From Scary to Merry: Knott’s Merry Farm 2018 is here!

Merry Christmas from Knott’s Berry Farm. A cheerful greeting accented by Silver Bullet in the background. Photo by lmc, Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm has undergone it’s annual. magical transition from Scary to Merry in just 16 days!  The entire park is aglow with tons of new and returning holiday décor, entertainment, amazing gifts, and deliciousness.  The festive season began on November 16th with the traditional tree lighting ceremony with a group of special guest:  600 children from the Orange County Boys and Girls Club where the guest of honor at the gala event.

Group photo of guest of Honor the Orange County Chapters of the Boys and Girls Club. Photo by Knott’s Berry Farm

As reported by Diana Bahena, PR Represenative at Knott’s Berry Farm on November 17th:

“The holiday fun started at Knott’s Merry Farm tonight with a special tree lighting ceremony in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club in Orange County. Knott’s invited out 15 chapters of the Boys and Girls Club Orange County to enjoy the very first tree lighting ceremony of the season. They had front row seats to a show featuring classic holiday songs by the Little Chapel Bell Choir, a dance number performed by Santa Snoopy and the PEANUTS gang, and a special appearance by an unsuspected guest, Santa Claus! Santa Claus delivered a gift for two children from the Boys and Girls Club which contained a magical ornament that held the light of Christmas. Once the children placed the ornament on the Christmas tree, it’s dozens of twinkling lights illuminated the tree which culminated with snow falling on to the visiting Boys and Girls Club members gathered in the area.

Check out this very well done video coverage of the special tree lighting ceremony held on opening night, done by Melanie Walsh.

Returning favorite shows “It’s the Merriest Christmas Show Ever Charlie Brown” , “Merry Christmas Snoopy! Ice Show”, the Melodramas at the historic Birdcage Theater, the nightly Snow and Glow in Ghost Town, and  festive carolers are joined by beautiful new holiday décor to make Merry Farm 2018 a truly fresh and breathtaking experience.  The shows are funny, tender and sweet.  The telling of the Nativity Story by Linnis during the “Merry Christmas Snoopy” Ice Show is always a highlight of the experience.

Snow & Glow in  takes place in Ghost Town several times nightly. So fun to watch children playing in it. Photo courtesy Knott’s Berry Farm

“A Peanut’s Guide to Christmas” takes place on select days in Camp Snoopy. Photo courtesy Knott’s Berry Farm


Linnus and Charlie Brown at “The Merry Christmas Snoopy! Ice Show, in the famous Charles Schultz Theatre. Photo by lmc, Coaster Chit Chat.

By far, the “Merry Christmas Snoopy! Ice Show is my favorite.  It combines awesome choreography , great music, and great story telling.  The number “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” tells the story of romance, sacrifice, and endurance as lived by the young couples separated by WW 2 in a tender, moving display of grace and style.  Linus tells the Nativity Story in a moving recital.  The numbers staring Snoopy are colorful, demonstrating the amazing talent of the skaters to great music with a backdrop of clever props and scenery.

Snoopy is Santa Baby. Photo by lmc Coaster Chit Chat


Snoopy came down the chimney. Photo by lmc Coaster Chit Chat.

Returning favorite from 2016 Turkey Dinner bites joins the festive menu offerings  A variety of yummy meals, snacks, and sweet treats are sure to please the entire family.

from right to left: Turkey Dinner Bite, Chicken Tamale, Turkey Egg Roll with Boysenberry Aioli. Photo by lmc, Coaster Chit Chat


Dozens of special bakery items are available for the season, donuts, cupcakes, wedding cakes, this yummy Snoopy cookie. Photo by lmc, Coaster Chit Chat

The new decorations, including a giant lit bow on top of the entry sign and festive lights in the trees in front of the park add to the holiday cheer.  The Boardwalk is particularly festive this year, featuring a beautiful frozen fountain.  New trees also adorn the Hangtime gift shop, the water near the Delta flyers and Scrambler, and Coaster’s Restaurant, (Pink and Teal in honor or Xcellarator.)

This detail shot of the Boardwalk Fountain shows the attention to detail evident throughout the park decor. Photo by lmc, Coaster Chit Chat


A flock of Christmas Geese adorn the fountain. Photo by lmc, Coaster Chit Chat

New merchandise featuring bold plaid patterns are sure to please everyone on your shopping list.

Merry Farm logo clothing including hats, tee shirts, hoodies and more are festive and sure to please. Check them out throughout the park. Photo by lmc, Coaster Chit Chat


Boysenberry Bath Products, in old fashion wraps are sure to make that special someone happy on Christmas Morning.


Sure to keep you cozy, this full line of plaid jackets, stocking caps, and tees are available throughout the park. Photo by llmc Coaster Chit Chat

Knott’s Merry Farm 2018 is in full swing now until January 6th.  Be sure to check out all the family fun they have to offer.  On New Year’s Eve they will be open until 1am, with a spectacular fire works show to ring in the New Year.

Season passes for 2019 are available now, and include a free visit to this year’s Merry Farm.  (Additional visits at a huge discount so you can have all the Merry Farm fun!)

“Tis the Night Before Christmas” stars Snoopy at the “Merry Christmas Snoopy” Ice Show. Photo by lmc, Coaster Chit Chat

Thanks to Knott’s for the opportunity to check out this awesome event, and to our readers for their support.  Merry Christmas from





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