Knott’s Merry Farm 2023 Guide: Dates, Food, Entertainment, Discount Tickets

Knott’s Merry Farm celebrates the magic of the holidays in true Peanuts fashion with sparkling lights, holiday music, enchanting shows, and delicious, festive foods. Knotts Merry Farm runs from mid November to early January.

Knott’s Merry Farm gives guests a fun filled experience with themed food, entertainment, and beautiful decor to celebrate the holiday season.

Knott’s Merry Farm Ticket Prices

knott's berry farm christmas celebration

Knott’s Merry Farm tickets are available directly through the Knott’s Berry Farm website. The Knott’s Merry Farm elements are integrated into the normal Knott’s Merry Farm day. Unlike the Knott’s Scary Farm event which is a separate ticket, the Christmas offering at Knott’s Berry Farm is part of the normal park day.

Rather than buying tickets directly through Knott’s Berry Farm, we recommend purchasing discount tickets through our travel partner. You can read all details on discount Knott’s Berry farm tickets here.

The ticket prices are far lower than the neighboring Disneyland theme parks with their Christmas offerings.

Knott’s Merry Farm 2023 Dates and Hours

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Knotts Merry Farm 2022 runs from November 18, 2022, to January 8, 2023, except Christmas Day, when Knott’s Merry Farm is closed. The Knott’s Merry Farm hours vary by date and can be seen on the official website here.

You should note that during this time, Fiesta Village, near Camp Snoopy, is closed for reimagining.

Knott’s Merry Farm 2023 Holiday Decor

There is so much incredible holiday decor all around Knott’s Merry Farm. As you walk in, you’re greeted with a beautiful, holiday display to welcome you in.

All over Knott’s Merry Farm are festive decorations adorning every building. Every nook and cranny has an added holiday touch, from dazzling lights, to green garlands, there’s something to celebrate the holidays everywhere you look. Make sure to check out the beautifully decorated tree in Calico Square.

Meet Santa at Knott’s Merry Farm

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Santa Claus is available to meet guests at Knott’s Merry Farm. You can find him in Santa’s Christmas Cabin beginning 30 minutes after park opening. I was there around 11:00 and the crowds were light. I waited a short 10-15 minutes to see Santa.

Inside Santa’s Christmas Cabin at Knott’s Merry Farm, you’ll be greeted with the smell of baked holiday goods and dazzled by the beautiful sights of wreaths and garland, making you feel that warm and cozy holiday feeling.

knotts merry farm food options

There’s plenty of festive foods and drinks to try inside Santa’s Christmas Cabin, too. The stuffed waffle sandwiches were so delicious and I highly recommend trying one! I tried the Nutella with strawberries one and I would have gone back and purchased a second, it was that good.

Christmas Crafts Village at Knott’s Merry Farm

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During the season of Knott’s Merry Farm, Ghost Town transforms into Christmas Crafts Village, a true shopping wonderland! With a huge assortment of holiday gifts and trinkets, this area is fun to walk around and you may even find a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone.

I’d recommend grabbing a warm apple cider from Ghost Town Bakery and taking your time strolling around this area, as there are so many wonderful things to see.

Entertainment at Knott’s Merry Farm

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Knott’s Merry Farm Shows

There is so much to see and experience at Knott’s Merry Farm to celebrate the holidays. From carolers to festive holiday productions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

For the most up to date showtimes, make sure you have the Knott’s app on your phone. This is helpful not just for discovering showtimes, but for finding out where the seasonal holiday foods can be found and wait times for rides.

*Snoopy’s Night Before Christmas Ice Show at Walter Knott Theater (NEW for 2022)
Snoopy skates his way through a retelling of the classic poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas”

*Best Wishes at Camp Snoopy Theater
Lucy Van Pelt discovers the true meaning of Christmas in this musical with all the Peanuts pals. I watched the first show and showed up a few minutes late and there was standing-room only left. Because of this, especially with little ones, I’d recommend arriving early so you can grab a spot to sit and enjoy.

*Home for the Holidays at Calico Mine Stage
Enjoy celebrating timeless holiday traditions with dancing and fun set to popular holiday tunes

Watch a video of the Knott’s Merry Farm Home for the Holidays stage show here:

*Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies at Wagon Camp
A mix of music and comedy to get you into the Christmas spirit. This show used to be performed at Disneyland as Billy Hill and the Hillbillies in the Big Thunder Ranch area before the area closed for the creation of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

*Parkwide Lighting Moment
Knott’s Merry Farm comes to life as the holiday lights turn on to kick off the evening

*A Christmas Carol and The Gift of the Magi, 1885 at Bird Cage Theater
A Knott’s Merry Farm version of The Gift of the Magi and the retelling of a Christmas Carol

*Snow and Glow in Ghost Town
Enjoy a beautiful snowfall as holiday lights dance to the beat of Christmas music

Knott’s Merry Farm Music

*The Sleigh Bells at Calico Park
This acapella group sings Christmas classics

*Bluegrass Duo at Fireman’s BBQ
Grab a meal and sit down to enjoy classic bluegrass hits

*Calico Carolers
Enjoy classic and contemporary Christmas songs with singing and handbells

*Rockin’ Reindeer at Boardwalk BBQ
Grab a meal and enjoy this musical duo

*Tinsel Top Club at Boardwalk Ballroom
The best swing bands put their spin on holiday classics

*Calico Saloon Show at Calico Saloon
Enjoy a yuletide sing-a-long with some of your favorite holiday tunes

Character Meet and Greets with Snoopy and the Gang

snoopy christmas meet and greet

Knott’s Merry Farm has plenty of classic and fun characters to meet during the holiday season. Young and old alike will enjoy a hug and a talk with some of their favorite Knott’s Merry Farm pals. When I was there at around 10:30 am, I waited a short 5 minutes to meet Snoopy and Pig-Pen. There is a photographer there to capture photos, but you do have to pay an additional cost to receive the pictures. You can also ask them to use your phone to take photos, as well, so you don’t have to purchase the pictures.

Here’s where you can find these characters. And don’t forget to check the Knott’s app for the times these friends will be out.

PEANUTS PALS – Camp Snoopy
SANTA – Santa’s Christmas Cabin
SANTA SNOOPY – Santa’s Christmas Cabin
WHITTLES – Gold Mine Trail

Gingerbread Lane Snoopy Games

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This festive extension of Ghost Town in Knott’s Merry Farm offers food, shopping, games to play, and holiday photo ops. The games have holiday prizes to choose from. There’s also a punch card for the games. Once you’ve played 12 rounds of any of the games, you’ll get a holiday plaid Snoopy plush (while supplies last).

I recommend exploring this spot with little ones, as it’s not very crowded and they’ll enjoy playing games and meeting festive characters.

Here in Gingerbread Lane at Knott’s Merry Farm is also where you can meet Whittles.

Knott’s Merry Farm Christmas Food Options

Inside Knott’s Merry Farm you’ll find a wide array of holiday dishes and delectable treats. The following list tells where these festive foods can be found. There are quite an array of options at food vendors throughout Knott’s Berry Farm.

*Gold Mine Trail Booths
Turkey Bites with Gravy and Brussel Sprouts with Pecans and Cranberries
Mistletoe Meatloaf Footlong Hot Dog with Peppers and Onions
Christmas Churro
Merry Farm Souvenir Mug

*Wagon Wheel Pizza
Gobble Gobble Turkey Rice Casserole
Jolly Double Stuffed Baked Potato

*Ghost Town Bakery
Pumpkin Spice Cake
Assorted Christmas Cookies
Ham and Cheese Quiche
Pumpkin Scone
Donner’s S’mores Macaron
Buttery Pecan Macaron
Dipped and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gingerbread Cookies
Santa’s Apple Pie Cupcakes
Grinch’s Gingerbread Brownies
Apple Cider
Merry Farm Souvenir Mug

*Spurs Patio Bar
Halo Light
Christmas Cookie Milkshake Hazy IPA
GhostRider IPA
Strawberry Margarita
Chilly Delight
Mulled, Red, White, and Boysenberry Wine

*Calico Tater Bites
Tinseltown’s Turkey, Bacon, and Alfredo Tater Bites

*Sutter’s Pizza
Santa’s Pulled Pork and Onion Pizza

*Sutter’s Grill
Pot Roast Beef Burger
Merry Farm Souvenir Mug

*Pemmican Pickle
Boysenberry Heff

*Sutter’s Funnel Cake
Christmas Peppermint Bark Funnel Cake
Maple Fun Bun with Pecans
Merry Farm Souvenir Mug

*Ghost Town Grub
Prancer’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll with Cream Cheese Icing Funnel Cake
Maple Fun Bun with Pecans
Merry Farm Souvenir Mug

*Wilderness Broiler
Orange Chicken over French Fries

*Santa’s Christmas Cabin
Turkey Bites with Gravy and Brussel Sprouts with Pecans and Cranberries
Stuffed Waffle Sandwiches
Freshly Baked Cookies
Salted Caramel Bread Pudding
Select Holiday Beverages

*Gourmet Churro Factory
Comet’s Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
Cinnamon Sugar Churro with a Spanish Hot Chocolate Dip and Sip
Merry Farm Souvenir Mug

*Chow House
Pomegranate Lemonade
Cake Batter Blondie Cookiewich with Butterscotch Chips
Kids Chilly Delight

*Calico Saloon
Merry Mimosa
Boxing Day Bourbon Mule
Icy Winter Breeze
Mulled Wine
Partridge in a Pear Tree – Belgian Ale
3 French Hens Seasonal Dark Ale
Christmas Cart
Boysenberry Heff
Merry Farm Blonde
Christmas Cookie Milkshake Hazy IPA
Candy Cane Lane Chocolate Peppermint Stout
Halo Lite

Mini Turkey Corn Dogs with a Sriracha Ketchup*
Bang Bang Cauliflower Bites with a Sweet Chili Sauce

*Log Ride Funnel
Prancer’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll with Cream Cheese Funnel Cake
Maple Fun Bun with Pecans
Merry Farm Souvenir Mug

*Charleston Circle Coffee
Dipped and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
S’mores or Buttery Pecan Macaron
Pumpkin Cream Pie Trifle
Cheeky Pumpkin Fudge Bar
Gingerbread Cookie
Peanut Buttery Winter Cocoa with PB Whiskey
Apple Cider with a Cinnamon Stick
Merry Farm Souvenir Mug

*Prop Shop Pizzeria
Vixen’s Scalloped Potato and Ham Pizza
Santa’s Pulled Pork and Onion Pizza
Pot Pie Stromboli
Gingerbread Cookies
S’mores or Buttery Pecan Macaron
Merry Farm Souvenir Mug

*Coasters Diner
Happy Tidings Turkey Burger with Cranberries, Mashers, and Gravy on a Brioche Bun
Maple Glazed Salmon on a Winter Citrus Salad with a Raspberry Dressing
Yuletide S’mores Pecan Milkshake

*Boardwalk BBQ
Classic Turkey Sandwich with all the Trimmings
Blitzen’s Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries, Pecans, and a Balsamic Drizzle
Ham and Scalloped Potato Casserole
Pumpkin Cream Pie Trifle
Gingerbread Cookies
Pumpkin Spice Cake
S’mores or Butter Pecan Macaron
Michelob Ultra
10 Hop Hazy IPA
Boardwalk IPA
Boysenberry Heff

Holiday Cheese Enchiladas with Turkey
Walking Tostada Taco with Meat, Nacho Toppings, and Salsa
Holiday Horchata (Alcoholic)

*Fiesta Bar
Candy Cane Lane Chocolate Peppermint Stout
Fiesta Village Lager
S&T West Coast IPA
Mangonada Margarita

*Grizzly Creek Lodge
Vixen’s Scalloped Potato and Ham Pizza
Mac and Cheeseburger with Jalapenos and Sriracha Ketchup
Grinch’s Gingerbread Brownies
Pumpkin Spice Cake
Merry Mint Float
Kids Chilly Delight
Christmas Ale
Mangonada Margarita
SOK, Mexican Lager
S&T West Coast IPA
Merry Farm Souvenir Mug

*Cable Car Kitchen
Christmas Peppermint Bark Funnel Cake
Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll with Cream Cheese Icing Funnel Cake
Merry Mint Float

*Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant
Holiday Horchata (Alcoholic)

*Farm Bakery
Pumpkin Spice Cake
Assorted Christmas Cookies
Pumpkin Scone
Donner’s S’mores Macaron
Buttery Pecan Macaron
Dipped and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gingerbread Cookies
Santa’s Apple Pie Cupcakes
Grinch’s Gingerbread Brownies

Tips for Knott’s Merry Farm 2023

Knott’s Merry Farm truly brings the holiday cheer to the theme park during this time of year. Here are some tips for visiting Knott’s Merry Farm 2023.

I highly recommend having the Knott’s app on your phone as it’s the quickest place to find all the showtimes for the shows, musical appearances, and character meet-and-greets throughout the day.

During the morning and early afternoon hours, crowds are light and wait times for food, rides, and meeting characters are shorter.

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