Christmas at Knott’s Berry Farm with Snoopy & Friends

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Knott's Berry Farm hosts a holiday celebration complete with A Peanuts' Holiday Parade, Christmas Crafts Village, visits with Santa Claus, and even a Christmas ice skating show! Located in Buena Park, California – Knott's Berry Farm is America's original theme park. It is better known for its Halloween Haunt, but a visit during the holiday season is sure to delight all ages. Here's what to expect during Christmas at Knott's Berry Farm.

Holiday Parade at Knott's Berry Farm ~ Christmas at Knott's Berry Farm

Snoopy & The Nutcracker waving to the crowd in the Peanuts' Holiday Parade (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

A Peanuts Holiday Parade

The Peanuts Holiday Parade features dancers, holiday music, and floats topped with Peanuts Gang members. This traditional parade is just long enough to keep kids rapt with attention throughout. The parade ends with Santa ho-ho-ing and wishing a Merry Christmas to all.

Knott's Berry Farm Holiday Crafts ~ Christmas at Knott's Berry Farm

My daughter was smitten with this adorable Knott's Christmas Craft Village shop

Knott's Christmas Crafts Village

What I remembered most from my last visit to Knott's Berry Farm when a teenager was its plethora of roller coasters. As a grown-up, though, my favorite part of the park is no longer thrill rides. Rather it is the Old West decor and quaint feel of Ghost Town. I am a sucker for make-believe, especially when it is done well. This area of the park transports you back in time to an 1880s California gold rush town.

You can purchase a lucky horseshoe emblazoned with your name from the blacksmith, watch a knick-knack being whittled from wood, pan for gold, or stop into the school house for a taste of old-school education. The school was made in 1879 and was purchased and recreated by Mr. Knotts in 1952.

Through Christmas Eve, Ghost Town is home to the Knott's Christmas Crafts Village. Artists peddle their one-of-a-kind crafts, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, and more from the plentiful shops.

Snoopy on Ice at Knott's Berry Farm ~ Christmas at Knott's Berry Farm

It's Christmas, Snoopy! ice show at Knott's Berry Farm (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Holiday Shows

If visiting during the holiday season, you absolutely must head to the Charles M. Schulz Theatre to see the It's Christmas, Snoopy! ice show. Skaters impressively glide, spin, and flip on a small ice stage. The colorful lighting, elaborate sets, playful costumes, and snippets from the famous A Charlie Brown Christmas television special are sure to keep even the wriggliest of kids entertained. White doves even fly onto the stage! Arrive a half hour before the show starts to nab the best seats.

Traditional holiday shows like Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and O'Henry's A Gift of the Magi can be viewed at the Birdcage Theatre. Join the Peanuts Gang in Calico Square for a song-and-dance show, Snoopy's Calico Christmas Tree, followed by the lighting of a huge, decorated Christmas tree. A Winter Wonderland show in Camp Snoopy featuring all the Peanuts characters can be skipped in favor of the ice show or tree-lighting.

Elf Mountain Christmas

It was chilly the day my family visited, so we did not brave the wetness of the Timber Mountain Log Ride. At Christmas at Knott's Berry Farm, this ride is transformed into Elf Mountain Christmas. Santa's elves prepare for Christmas complete with lights and music. I was impressed with a giant drying station outside the ride where soggy riders warmed themselves with heat lamps.

A white Bouche de Noel cake at Knott's Farm Bakery ~ Christmas at Knott's Berry Farm

A white Bouche de Noel cake at Knott's Farm Bakery (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Christmas at Knott's Berry Farm Treats

Take little ones to the Ghost Town Bakery, where they can decorate their own Christmas cookie with frosting and candies from noon to 5 pm daily during the holiday season. You can also find delectable holiday treats at the Farm Bakery in the Marketplace. This area of shops just outside the park's entrance is also home to the famous Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, which was the birthplace of Knott's Berry Farm in 1934.

Snoopy's Christmas Light Spectacular

In the evening, head to Camp Snoopy, the area of Knott's geared toward the preschooler-set with child-friendly rides and a giant Snoopy bounce house, for Snoopy's Christmas Light Spectacular. Hundreds of thousands of holiday-shaped light displays twinkle in the dark from dusk to park closing.

Santa's Toy Barn

Kids can even pay a visit to jolly old St. Nick during their visit during Christmas at Knott's Berry Farm. Head to Santa's Toy Barn to get some one-on-one time with Santa Claus. Parents can purchase a darling photo of kids making their Christmas toy wishes.

Christmas Tree at Knott's Resort Hotel ~ Christmas at Knott's Berry Farm

Posing with my daughter in front of one of the Christmas trees at the Knott's Resort Hotel (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

Christmas at Knott's Berry Farm Hotel Decorations

After a busy day at the park it's nice to take a short stroll through Knott's Marketplace to turn in for the night at Knott's Berry Farm Hotel. The lobby is all dressed up in green and red, adding to the holiday spirit during Christmas at Knott's Berry Farm. We stayed in one of the 16 special Snoopy rooms, decked out with Snoopy and Woodstock headboards plus paw-print carpeting. The highlight of our stay was when Snoopy stopped by our table during breakfast at the hotel's onsite restaurant, Amber Waves. Want to learn more? Read reviews of the Knott's Berry Farm Hotel on TripAdvisor.

Considering visiting Disneyland too? Read our comparison of Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland now!

What part of celebrating the season of Christmas at Knott's Berry Farm would be the most fun for your family? Share your thoughts in the comments!

A Note from The Travel Mama: My family and I received complimentary park entrance from Knott's Berry Farm. We were hosted by the Buena Park Convention and Visitors Bureau for our stay at the Knott's Berry Farm Hotel.

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Comments

  1. Having Snoopy stop by for breakfast was awesome…at Disney you have to pay for a character breakfast and here it was just par for the course…really cool.

  2. Knott’s Berry Farm is one attraction we haven’t been to in SoCal — will have to check it out next time we visit Grandma. (I want to go at Christmastime just to eat that CAKE!)

  3. I used to love Knott’s Berry Farm as a kid and I am feeling super guilty because I haven’t taken my kids yet. It is definitely in the 2011 plans. Wintertime seems like a great time!

  4. It is cool to see the park decorated so festively for Christmas. It looks magical! I’ve never thought of visiting Knott’s Berry Farm around the holidays, but it looks inviting. Who knew?!

  5. I have actually never been to Knott’s Berry Farm but have always wanted to go. Now I want to go at Christmas time!

  6. We’re heading to So Cal in February and I haven’t been to Knott’s for years. I’m going to have my teen/tween read this report and see if they’d like to visit. My seven-year-old will be up for it for sure!

  7. I love all the holiday decorations! I’m such a sucker for any theme park, I know I would love Knott’s Berry Farm. When I get there, I’m heading straight for that candy store:)

    Glad you had a good time!

  8. Wow, what a fun trip you guys had!! I haven’t been to Knott’s Berry Farm in so long but it definitely looks like a trip is in order! Thanks for sharing your wonderful day.

  9. Thank you for your comments! I hope each of you gets a chance to experience Knott’s during the holidays someday!

  10. Looks like a fun trip so festive and fun! I think I will spend way too much time at the Christmas craft store. 🙂

  11. I remember going to Knott’s Berry Farm in the 60’s and the most memorable thing was the delicious chicken dinner and a huge water pump in front where I took my daughter’s picture – I can’t remember the rides, if there were any.

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