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A ~Froggy~ Festive Guide to Knott's Merry Farm

by Mommy Frog on December 2, 2021 1 Los Angeles

Knott's Merry Farm - PinterestEach holiday season, Knott's Merry Farm puts Knott’s Berry Farm into the holiday spirit and transforms the Orange County theme park into a winter wonderland. Festive lights, holiday treats and cheery entertainment will have froglets of all ages feeling merry and bright. This guide will walk you through everything your family needs to know before heading to Knott's Merry Farm, at this berry-themed, theme park just a 10-minute drive from Disneyland Resort!

One of our family traditions that goes back to my own froglet days is watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Maybe that's why Peanuts characters and the holidays just seem to go together. You'll be able to celebrate with the Peanuts at Knott's, by meeting them in Camp Snoopy and seeing them in shows. Ice skating Snoopy? Oh, yeah!

This year, we have much to celebrate with all of the Southern California theme parks open and the Knott's Merry Farm event back in full swing. Keep in mind that Knott's Berry Farm is cashless as of Nov. 15, 2021. You can pay with credit cards, debit cards, Apple Pay or Google Pay. Knott's has Cash-to-Card kiosks in the park if you need to convert cash to a card.

Dates | Tickets | Festive Food | Entertainment | Tips

Knott’s Merry Farm Dates

Knott's Merry Farm - Linus and Charlie Brown

Knott’s Merry Farm is open every day, Nov. 19, 2021, through Jan. 2, 2022, except for Christmas when Knott's is closed.

Hours vary based on the day, but typically the weekend has longer hours, while Mondays through Thursdays are shorter. If you want to bask in the glow of holiday lights, then choose a weekend visit.

Crowds will intensify on holiday weeks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve), especially on the weekends. If you can, we recommend taking your froglets during a weekday, or earlier in the holiday season.

Best Knott’s Merry Farm Ticket Options

Knott's Merry Farm - Ghost Town

Tickets for Knott’s Merry Farm 2021 are already available for purchase as the holiday event takes place during normal park hours. No reservation or separate dated ticket is needed. When you purchase online through Knott's, they'll add taxes and fees, but if you purchase Knott's Berry Farm tickets from Undercover Tourist, the $55.15 discounted price you see (ages 3+) is what you pay. No extra taxes or fees are added, plus you save $33 versus the gate price! Think of all the yummy treats you can buy with the savings.

If your froglets are old enough to ride the roller coasters, we recommend adding Fast Lane through Knott's if it's within your budget. Holiday crowds are inevitable and a Fast Lane pass will optimize your time for many of the most popular rides.

What are the Fast Lane Rides? Rides offering Fast Lane during Knott's Merry Farm include:

  • Calico Mine Ride
  • Calico River Rapids
  • Coast Rider
  • GhostRider
  • HangTime
  • Jaguar!
  • Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair
  • La Revolucion
  • Montezooma’s Revenge
  • Pony Express
  • Sierra Sidewinder
  • Silver Bullet
  • Supreme Scream
  • Timber Mountain Log Ride
  • Xcelerator (may be under refurbishment)

Knott's Merry Farm Holiday Food

Knott's Merry Farm - Turkey balls and white wine sangria

All year long, it's all about the food for us at Knott's. But Knott’s Merry Farm offers a few of our froggy favorites (such as turkey balls, tamales, those fancy waffles at Santa's Christmas Cabin and shakes topped with bundt cakes!). Here's where to find all the yummy goodness Many of these dishes are on the dining plan — look for the dining plan symbol on special menus at the restaurant:

Wagon Wheel Pizza 

  • Traditional turkey tetrazzini
  • Prancer pickle and bacon pizza (it tastes as, err, interesting as it sounds)

Ghost Town Bakery

  • Pumpkin sheet cake
  • Grinch's gingerbread cookies
  • Donner's chocolate and cranberry macarons
  • Santa's apple spice loaf
  • Boxing Day pecan butter tarts
  • Christmas cookies
  • Cupcakes
  • Turkey and stuffing turnovers
  • Turkey and spinach croissant
  • Christmas sushi roll
  • Santa Snoopy cookie

Calico Tater Bites

  • Turkey poutine tater bites

Sutter's Grill

  • Cheery crispy chicken sandwich with honey mustard coleslaw

Sutter's Funnel

  • Prancer's pumpkin pie funnel cake with maple syrup and whipped cream

Knott's Merry Farm - Desserts

Santa's Christmas Cabin

  • Turkey balls with gravy & Brussels sprouts, pecans and cranberries
  • Frosty's waffles (with a variety of yummy topping choices)
  • Bundt cakes
  • Santa's apple spice loaf
  • Boxing Day pecan butter tarts
  • Christmas cookies and milk
  • Cupcakes
  • Tamales
  • Kettle corn (colorful)
  • Scrooge's sticky toffee pudding
  • Pumpkin cider
  • Mulled wine
  • White sangria with cranberries
  • Christmas ales
  • Holly Jolly limeade

Knott's Merry Farm - Tamale

Gourmet Churro Factory

  • Comet's pumpkin cheesecake stuffed churros

Chow House

  • Holly Jolly limeade
  • Salted caramel toffee cookiewich

Calico Saloon

  • Peppermint Moscow mule with candy cane bites
  • Santa's little helper champagne punch
  • Merry berry sparkler (raspberry vodka, cranberry, lime juice and ginger ale)
  • Pumpkin cider
  • Holiday beer on tap in the Saloon

Log Ride Funnel Cake

  • Noel's Nutella & cream cheese funnel cake

Strictly on a Stick

  • Apple pie corn dog with fries

Cantina

  • Holiday chicken waffle tacos with habanero honey and strawberry salsa

Papa Loca

  • Sweet potato fries with turkey, marshmallow and gravy

Fiesta Dogs

  • Jolly taco stuffed potato at Fiesta Dogs (this sweet potato is huge!)

Knott's Merry Farm - Bundt Cake Shake

Coasters Diner

  • Christmas maple walnut bundt cake shake
  • Tinsel Thai turkey burger

Charleston Circle Coffee

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside apple cider
  • Santa's apple spice loaf
  • Grinch's gingerbread cookies
  • Caramel toffee cookies
  • Snow angel cake with strawberries and whipped cream in a cup

Hollywood Hits

  • Couscous salad
  • Italian sausage and caramelized onion pizza

Boardwalk BBQ

  • Classic turkey sandwich with all the trimmings
  • Ham and scalloped potato casserole
  • Snow angel cake with strawberries and whipped cream in a cup
  • Merry Christmas sushi roll

Grizzly Creek Lodge

  • Italian sausage and caramelized onion pizza
  • Chicken Caesar pasta salad
  • Pumpkin spice cake

Outside the Park

  • Cable Car Kitchen - Funnel cake with French toast sticks and pumpkin ice cream
  • Farm Bakery - pumpkin sheet cake, Grinch's gingerbread cookies, Santa's apple spice loaf, Boxing Day pecan butter tarts, Christmas cookies, Cupcake and a Santa Snoopy cookie

To view the complete list of foods while in the park, scan the QR code on the pole just after you enter the park. On select days beginning Dec. 4, 2021, visit the Holiday Hideaway (past the GhostRider exit) for more turkey balls, seating and a beer garden.

Must-See Entertainment

Knott's Merry Farm - Snoopy Show

Merry Christmas Snoopy!: A Knott’s classic, the Christmas ice show brings the magic of the holidays to life, with world-class ice skaters and Snoopy himself twirling and spinning across the stage. Join in the fun with well-known holiday tunes, plus some new ones created just for the show! Keep an eye out for appearances by other Peanuts pals. The show is located in the beautiful Charles M. Schulz theater. Showing on select days.

Guide to Knott's Merry Farm - Peanuts Gang

A PEANUTS Guide to Christmas: This show was made for tadpoles and froglets. Say hi to Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Lucy as they share some Christmas cheer (and holiday survival tips) on the Camp Snoopy stage. Performances are daily.

Home for the Holidays: New in 2019, “Home for the Holidays” invited frog families to sing along to favorite Christmas tunes, dance along with magical dancing toys and let in the joy of the holidays. Enjoy classic holiday songs and timeless seasonal traditions. It's located at the Calico Mine Stage.

A Christmas Carol & Marley’s Wings: Many long-time Knott’s season passholders call this holiday tradition a favorite. The historic Bird Cage Theater (located in Ghost Town) is home to the black box theater-style rendition of “A Christmas Carol” and its sequel, “Marley’s Wings.” There are different showtimes for each performance.

More Holiday Fun at Knott's Merry Farm

Knott's Merry Farm - Santa's Cabin

Santa’s Christmas Cabin: If you want to meet Santa, feast on some sweet holiday treats, or sample some wine (for the 21+ frogs), Santa’s Christmas Cabin is the place to be. Upon entering, frog families are greeted with the aroma of roasted nuts, waffles and baked goods, and the sight of Santa on his chair, twinkling lights and an overall atmosphere of merriment. No socially distant Santa here — you can sit on his lap. On one night, he did not wear a face covering and on another he did, so be prepared for anything. When Santa is off feeding his reindeer, you might get treated to Santa Snoopy instead.

Knott's Merry Farm - Carolers

Christmas Carolers: Keep an eye out for Christmas Carolers on the streets of Ghost Town. They spread holiday cheer with their bells and voices throughout the day and are a pleasure to listen to.

Snow and Glow: Experience a magical snowfall and light show in Ghost Town once the sun sets. The snowfall occurs hourly from sundown until the park closes and only lasts three minutes, so don't be late.

Nightly Christmas Tree Lighting: Is there anything better than a good old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting? Gather together at Calico Square and witness the nightly Christmas tree lighting at sunset. It was at 5:15 p.m. the night we visited.

Tinsel Top Club: Swing dance into the season at the Boardwalk Ballroom with swing band music.

Musical Acts: Check the Knott's app for showtimes for musical performances such as The Sleigh Bells, the Rockin' Reindeer duo, Mariachi Angelitas, Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies and the Bluegrass Duo.

Christmas Light Show: Enjoy a holiday light show throughout Camp Snoopy.

Parkwide Lighting Moment: Knott's Berry Farm comes alive with the lights of the season kicking off the nighttime festivities.

Holiday Shopping: Buy some unique gifts in Ghost Town at several craft booths with hand-made items.

Tips for Festive Fun

Knott's Merry Farm - The Sleigh Bells warm up to perform at tree

  • Buy the Fast Lane pass to ensure the froglets get on all the rides they want to during your visit.
  • Scan the QR code on posts near the park entrance for the full list of holiday foods and merchandise.
  • Catch the snowfall near the Blacksmith on Ghost Town — don't be late. It's quick!
  • Hop by the cemetery to see the grave of Ebenezer Scrooge.
  • Enjoy the holiday lights in Camp Snoopy and meet Peanuts characters in their holiday best, including Snoopy.
  • Arrive early for shows.
  • Meet Peanuts characters in their holiday best in Camp Snoopy. Hugs allowed!
  • Save some green on tickets by buying Knott's Berry Farm tickets through your favorite froggy friends.
  • Check the weather and dress in layers, as California winter weather tends to be cold in the mornings, warm in the afternoons, but then chilly again in the evenings.
  • Use the Knott's Berry Farm app to see a park map and list of showtimes/character meet and greets and fun holiday food.
  • Bring water and snacks for the long day, but save room for lots of sweet and savory treats!
  • Consider getting an all-day dining plan to eat a meal every 90 minutes, or get the plan that comes with a refillable souvenir bottle and a meal or snack every 90 minutes.
  • If you can, try and stay until the sun goes down. The true magic of Knott’s Merry Farm happens with the Christmas tree lighting, and the festive vignettes and lights found throughout the park.
  • Bring a face covering and extras for indoors if you're not vaccinated or prefer to wear one indoors.
  • On New Year's Eve, you can experience live shows, entertainment and midnight fireworks.
  • Bring credit cards, debit cards, Apple Pay or Google Pay to pay for food and merchandise since Knott's is cashless as of Nov. 15, 2021. Knott's has Cash-to-Card kiosks in the park in case you load cash into a card.

Have questions about Knott’s Merry Farm? Ask us questions in the comments below! 

Related: ~Toadally~ Must-Try Eats at Knott's Berry Farm

Related: The Full Lineup of Beary-Good Knott's Berry Farm Events

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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