Welcome to Knotts Berry Farm! Which at this time of year is a MERRY Farm loaded with yule-tide cheer. We’ve got all the details on the Christmas time festivities and what will be coming for New Years Eve. But don’t look up. If you do, you may recognize the growing absence of the $5 million dollar elephant in the park. Yes, Windseeker is making its unceremonious exit. But first, let’s focus on holiday cheer shall we?
Knotts Berry Farm Christmas Crafts Village
At this time of year Knott’s opens up nearly a third of their park for free (on select days) so guests can come shop, eat, and experience some farm fresh cheer. From Monday through Thursday, guests can enter the Christmas Crafts Village through the Knott’s Marketplace. Ghost Town is turned into a shopping wonderland filled with dozens of local artisans selling their unique wares. Let’s take a stroll through the festive farm and see what is offered at the Christmas Crafts Village.
We enter Ghost town to find that they have really upped their game in the decorations department. Garland is everywhere. Poinsettia bouquets adorn nearly every storefront.
Santa’s Christmas Cabin
This year the Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town is home to Santa’s Christmas Cabin for the holiday season. It is here that St. Nick holds court and invites children of all ages to come and share their wish lists with him. You’ll also be able to indulge in edible holiday delights. There’s Santa’s homemade cookies, a sundae bar, hot chocolate topped with hand carved chocolate shavings, winter wine and craft beer tastings, and more.
Just outside there are roasted corn cobs and turkey legs.
The wonderful craftsmanship of the glassblower is on full display here. It’s so fascinating to see the artist carefully handling such hot, molten material, only to have it become something beautiful.
Nearby is the chainsaw wood sculptor. If you have never seen this done it is an astounding process.
Near the front of the park there are more booths and stalls from varied artists and manufacturers. While the format is, admittedly temporary, it can feel a bit too much like a swap-meet in spots. That being said, it looks far better than it has in years past.
Included in admission to the Christmas Crafts Village are a few notable attractions. To begin with, we have the wonderful, vaudevillian performances inside the Birdcage Theatre. They are performing the Christmas classics, The Gift of the Magi and A Christmas Carol. If you have never seen these shows, do yourself a favor and sit, relax, and take in an intimate, old-school style piece of theatre. It’s wonderful.
You can even take a ride on what has been voted one of the most painful woodies in America, Ghostrider!
Every evening they also stage a tree lighting ceremony. While the best viewing is only available to paid guests, you can stand off to the side and watch, free of charge.
While guest can explore the Christmas Crafts Village between Monday through Thursday without admission charge, it is limited to paying park guests from Friday to Sunday. This whole arrangement will be going on now until Christmas Eve.
More Merry Farm
Guests who pay admission to get into the rest of the park get even MORE holiday hijinks!
The annual ice show, It’s Christmas, Snoopy! returns this year and is currently being performed on Saturday and Sunday only. It features a cast of 11 professional skaters, the Peanuts gang, and, of course, Snoopy. We love this show, and it simply isn’t Christmas without it.
Throughout the rest of the park, the atmosphere is cheery and bright. There seem to be far more decorations this year in every corner of the park. It’s so good to see this.
Fiesta Village is all decked out too!
Over in Boardwalk, each ride marquee has its own decorations.
If you haven’t been out to Knott’s for Christmas yet, this really seems like the year to do it.
Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies
Well, it seems that you can’t keep a good act down. Even though Disney has decided to part ways with the crowd pleasing antics of Billy Hill and the HIllbillies, front man Kirk just posted something wonderful on Facebook.
The Hillbillies will be performing one night, on New Years Eve at Knott’s Berry Farm to help ring in the new year. This will certainly be a great opportunity for the Billies to strut their comical, musical chops for a brand new crowd, and a few loyal fans. And if they prove popular with the crowd, perhaps we’ll see even more of the Hillbillies in the park after their Disney gig ends in January.
We might just be spending New Years Eve at Knott’s this year instead of Disneyland to support the Hillbillies and enjoy the down home atmosphere of Knott’s. Who’s interested in joining us?
We all know by now that Windseeker is being moved to Kansas City’s Worlds of Fun and being renamed Steel Hawk. That being said, nobody was certain when the move would happen. Well, it’s happening now.
The 5 million dollar misstep started coming down earlier this week. While a perfectly safe attraction, it just didn’t seem to meet the particular requirements demanded by California state law.
Behind the construction walls, the safety barriers that stood between guests and riders were removed so as to allow removal of the short lived attraction.
As the ride is disassembled, the pieces are then being staged behind the park, next to the fire station on Western Ave.
We look back now, at the one season that the ride operated and the fun we had on it. Godspeed Windseeker, and a flight of angels sing thee to thy next stop, Kansas (Dusty’s boyhood park).
Read the Full article here on the Windseeker opening in 2011.
Don’t forget to renew your Knott’s pass this year. Right now they are charging only $78 for a full year with no black out dates. Wow huh? They are even letting you make payments for 6 months. It’s a great deal.
A 2014 SEASON PASS INCLUDES:
- UNLIMITED VISITS to the park during the 2014 season with no black out dates
- NEW RIDES SUMMER 2014 – 3 new rides in Camp Snoopy & the Grand Re-opening of the Calico Mine Ride
- EXCLUSIVE RIDE TIMES on select rides during the summer
- DISCOUNTS on select food and merchandise
- SEASONS OF FUN – Knott’s Berry Bloom, Summer Fun, Camp Spooky, Knott’s Merry Farm, and New Year’s Eve
UPGRADE to Gold for 2 PARKS IN 1 – includes Soak City Orange County Waterpark If you BUY NOW you get one free admission through Dec. 31
Not a bad deal if you ask us. But did you notice that little nugget in the New Rides section? 3 new rides for the refurbishment of Camp Snoopy as it celebrates 30 years. That along with the newly refurbished Calico Mine Train. That’s fantastic news and echos this past summer’s three new rides in the Boardwalk and refurbished Log Ride.
Knott’s Offers Free Admission to Veterans,
Retired, and Active Military
Once again, Knott’s keeps up the tradition of honoring the men and women who serve our country by offering them Free Admission. This includes one guest and a further discount of $22 per ticket for up to 6 additional people in their group.
This offer is good through January 5th.
Well folks, that wraps things up from the farm. We hope to see you during the holidays as we have a few wonderful events we are cooking up that we will be announcing very soon! See you In The Parks!