If you are one of those people who love Christmas, you’ll be pleased to discover that you are not the only person in town who does. In fact, Knott’s Berry Farm continues celebrating the holiday season well beyond December 25. Their annual Knott’s Merry Farm continues through January 1, 2012 providing attendees with activities that are sure to keep everyone in the holiday spirit.
With a fully decorated 65-foot Christmas tree adorning Calico Square and a nightly holiday parade featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown and other beloved Peanuts characters, you just might forget that Old St. Nick is already safely back home in the North Pole.
One of the highlights of Knott’s Merry Farm is certainly the ice show “It’s Christmas, Snoopy!” presented in the 2,100-seat Charles M. Schulz Theatre. Here the professional skaters incorporate some of the most spectacular and challenging figure skating moves—death spirals, axel jumps, Biellmann spins, and one-arm overhead lifts—to name a few. And they execute these daring maneuvers with grace and pizzazz, to the sound of Christmas carol favorites.
At the Birdcage Theatre, abridged versions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” are presented throughout the day. The consistently top-rate acting brings the poignant themes to life, while the shortened versions make them suitable enough for even the most fidgety youngsters.
The theatre, which opened at Knotts in the late 1950s, is a replica of the national tourist attraction by the same name located in Tombstone Arizona. It was on the stage at Knotts that actor and comedian Steve Martin appeared in an abridged version of the Tom Taylor play “Our American Cousin,” back in 1965. (Click here to view actual vintage photos of Martin performing.)
Currently at Knotts, a rotating cast of actors–Robb Tracy, Mark Rydzynski, Dale Jones and Dean Carter–portray Ebenezer Scrooge in the Dickens’ classic. Their portrayal of the definitive miser never ceases to be a pointed reminder that there’s more to life than work and money, and that giving to others is oftentimes much more rewarding than receiving.
As always, the rides at Knotts provide ample thrills. Timber Mountain Log Ride becomes transformed into Elf Mountain at this time of year, where Santa’s helpers can be seen busy at work and play!
Aboard Knotts’ newest attraction, WindSeeker, a thrill ride that rises 300 feet up into the sky, daredevils are provided with a bird’s eye view of the thousands and thousands of twinkling lights that illuminate the entire park.
When New Year’s Eve rolls around Knotts will present a fun-filled event to hail in 2012. There’ll be dancing in Calico Square with The Clueless Remix featuring DJ Reeso, as well as, salsa and country line dancing at other locations in the park. Additional entertainment on December 31 includes Abbey Road, a Beatles tribute band, and comedian Dick Hardwick. At midnight, aerial fireworks light up the sky, and 2011–and Knotts Merry Farm–will become simply memories of the past.