Knotts Berry Farm Merry Christmas

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Features, In the Parks, Knott's Berry Farm

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Published on December 22, 2012 at 4:03 am with 16 Comments

Knotts Berry Farm knows how to turn on the Christmas cheer.  So much so that they actually change their name to Knott’s Merry Farm every year from Thanksgiving into the new year (November 22nd-Jan 6th 2013).  They earn their name change by offering a Christmas crafts village that you can shop in, the wonderful It’s Christmas Snoopy Ice Show, the Elf Mountain Christmas overlay to the log ride, holiday parade, stage shows, holiday decor and more amazing food than you could ever eat in one visit.

A large Christmas tree stands just outside the park gates.

Just inside, a traditional manger scene is set up.

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS VILLAGE

This is the last weekend to take advantage of the wonderful shopping in the Christmas Crafts Village. The last day for free admission into this section of the park is this coming Monday the 24th (The Crafts village is available this weekend as well, but  you will have to pay for park admission). If you are just planning to visit the Crafts Village on Monday, we suggest you park in the 3 hour parking for the Knott’s Marketplace and enter the park just behind Virginia’s Gift Shop.

Monday – Thursday guests can enter the Christmas Crafts village behind Virginia’s Gift Shop. Dec 24th is the last day for this event.

Almost the entire area of Ghost Town has been transformed into a crafty kaleidoscope of home made gift ideas. It is certainly a charming, much improved production from previous years.  This season, the booths are uniform and orderly.  Each location is decked out with festive garland and standardized signage.

Clean signage raises the level of professionalism for this event.

Knott’s Main Street is a great place to shop.

One of our favorite booths, the scented candles

The Bird Cage stages A Christmas Carol and Gift of the Magi throughout the day.

A really cool addition is the Glass blowing booth next to the old school house.

guests can watch this fascinating craft and the artisans at work.

That’s hot.

 

Molasses pops. $3.00 of yum

The Haunt Museum has remained open.

Even the Haunt Museum has been given a festive vibe.

Don’t forget to visit Santa and let him know what you’d like for Christmas.

PEANUTS HOLIDAY PARADE

The fruitcake in the holiday festivities at Knott’s is the Christmas Parade. It’s a homespun procession featuring the Peanuts gang. Unfortunately, it really is the weak link in the Knott’s holiday offerings. Since so much else has been improved in this year’s slate of holiday attractions, we hope that perhaps the parade will receive an upgrade by next season.

This is not exactly a bad parade, it is an intimate parade.  We would even say that this is the best that it has ever looked.  But the production could use a little polish.

Trailer hitches jut out from the front of each float, while a thin veil of mylar tries to hide the wheels below.

The choreography and under-rehearsed dancers needed a little work.

Turn-turn-kick-turn, turn-turn-kick-turn
One-two-three-kick-turn!

The music volume levels were uneven throughout the parade route.  We hear that this is being addressed.  The best place to catch the parade is in Ghost Town near Calico Saloon.

The big pay off is Santa, who is wonderful.

Those accustomed to the grandiose hyper-produced parades from Disneyland may simply turn up their noses and walk away.  But they would be missing out on the home spun charm that Knott’s is famous for. However, if Knott’s really wants to play the parade game with the big boys, the bar needs to be raised considerably on this production.

IT’S CHRISTMAS SNOOPY

Make no mistake, this years production of It’s Christmas Snoopy is the best it has ever been and one of the best Christmas offerings at any theme park.

The show is the same as last year, with minor adjustments here and there.  But the ensemble of skaters hit every mark perfectly.  The spruced up costumes and fine-tuned lighting also bring the show to a more polished level.

Every skater was perfectly in synch.

The Silent night sequence was particularly transcendent.

The ending of the show will leave you with a lump in your throat.

TREE LIGHTING

There is a nightly Tree Lighting show in Calico Square that happens nightly. It’s a fun performance which includes the Peanuts characters and culminates in the lighting of the tree.

ELF MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

Disneyland isn’t the only theme park capable of fun holiday overlays on their classic attractions. Knott’s Elf Mountain Christmas returns this year with a few new surprises.  We already love this thing.  But they seemed to have upped the production level in the indoor sequences with better lighting and sound.  It really adds to the quirky, fun and frantic feel of the attraction.

The boarding station is decked out for the occasion.

The trees could use a little work.

The Elves say hello.

Inside the mountain, colorful lighting has been refined from previous seasons.

The elves are running amok.

 

Curious? Here’s a ride through for you:

SNOOPY’S MAGICAL NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

The holiday version of Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular is back with bright strings of lights and holiday music.

If you haven’t had a chance to get over to Knott’s for the Holidays we suggest you do so soon.  The Merry Farm festivities will be available until January 6th (but the Craft Village will end this Monday).

Now for a few other notes from around the park.

VIRGINIA’S GIFTSHOP

If you don’t get enough Jack Skellington at Disneyland, Knott’s has it too.

Though you might note that most of these items are not available at Disneyland.

IN A SLURRY

The recent resurfacing near the Wheeler Dealer bumper cars seems to have already been worn out.  The slurry treatment which was applied prior to summer is showing a surprising amount of wear.

SUMMER 2013 ADDITIONS TO BOARDWALK

We now take a look at the progress on Knott’s additions for the upcoming 2013 season. Three family rides will call this area home.

Knott’s has even installed peep holes in the construction walls for guests to observe the progress.

NEW YEARS EVE FESTIVITIES

Knott’s Berry Farm will have offerings for everyone this New Year’s Eve with a variety of dance music, a family friendly comedian magician, Clueless Remix Featuring DJ Resso and Kenny Metcalf, and an Elton John impersonator.

There will be two dance parties in the park. Salsa instruction in Knott’s Fiesta Plaza and line dancing in Knott’s Wilderness Dance Hall. The evening will also include a live performance by the popular band, Clueless Remix Featuring DJ Resso, in Calico Square.

In addition, Camp Snoopy will be open with rides and shows for the young and the young at heart including “Happy New Year Charlie Brown!” at the Camp Snoopy Theatre where Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang will ring in the New Year with song, dance and some fun audience participation.

At midnight, the skies above Calico Square will be ablaze with color as Knott’s rings in the New Year with a Midnight Mayhem Fireworks Show.

We’ve got to hand it to Knott’s, their folksy brand of holiday entertainment was a true Christmas delight.

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  • to_dee

    Loved seeing all the photos TFS! My family love Knotts but havent had a chance to go there at Christmas so that was fun to see the seasonal celebrations