Knott’s Merry Farm Offers Fun for the Whole Family

KBF Santa snoopyOn the first day of Christmas, Knott’s Merry Farm gave to me…A Snoopy in a Christmas tree!
On the second day of Christmas, Knott’s Merry Farm gave to me…Two chicken dinners and a Snoopy in a Christmas tree!

…On the 12th day of Christmas, Knott’s Merry Farm gave to me… 12 skaters skating, 11 artisans crafting, ten carolers caroling, nine storytellers spinning, eight miners mining, seven rides a-spinning, six kids a-laughing… five boysenberry piiiiiiiies…four maple lollipops, three jolly snowmen, two chicken dinners and a Snoopy in a Christmas tree!

Knott's Merry Farm LogoAre you ready for Knott’s Merry Farm? Because we’re so ready we’ve even started singing about it! Now in its 29th year, Knott’s Merry Farm is a seasonal celebration at Knott’s Berry Farm that brings all the warmth of old-time holiday traditions into a fun adventure for the family. The event, which runs from Nov. 22 through Jan. 4, includes park-wide lavish decorations, live entertainment, festive food, and a shopping wonderland filled with local artisans. Visiting Knott’s Merry Farm always gets our family in the holiday spirit – and in fact it’s is one of our family’s favorite days of the year!

KBF singersThis year’s celebration includes live entertainment such as the live ice spectacular “Merry Christmas, Snoopy,” along with Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting, Engine 41 storytellers, local artisans and crafters in Christmas Craft Village, the Calico Carolers, and the Ghost Town Miners bluegrass quartet.

Of course Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Santa Claus, which is why the Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town is transformed into Santa’s Christmas Cabin for the holiday season. Guests can take photos with Santa as well as enjoy Santa’s homemade cookies, a hot fudge sundae bar, hot chocolate topped with hand carved chocolate shavings, and winter wine and craft beer tastings paired with fresh fruit and cheese.

KBF craft fairOther seasonal treats around the park include fresh made-to-order Maple Lollipops, churros from the Churro Factory, cakes, cookies, muffins and gingerbread men in the Farm Bakery, as well as the legendary cooking at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

All in all, it’s a great way to spend a day with the family. For admissions information, park hours, and directions, visit


Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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Santa Claus has a knack for covering a lot of territory, and this year is no exception. He’ll be making appearances all across the South Bay during the holiday season, so if you miss him in one place, you’re likely to spot him again soon.

El Segundo: Santa will be riding through the neighborhoods of El Segundo from Dec. 12 through Dec. 16, courtesy of the El Segundo Police Officers Association and the El Segundo Kiwanis Club. He will appear from 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night (see the El Segundo website for the complete schedule).

Manhattan Beach: Thanks to the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, Santa will be riding through the neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach from Nov. 28 through Dec. 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. each night. Download the map at the Chamber of Commerce web site to view the complete schedule.

Santa will also be posing for photos at the Manhattan Village Mall through Dec. 24. He will appear on Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with lunch and dinner breaks).

Hermosa Beach: Santa is coming to Gum Tree (238 Pier Ave.) in Hermosa Beach on Dec. 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free hot chocolate for the kids and photos will be available for a fee, with all proceeds going to the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation.

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Redondo Beach: Instead of riding through the neighborhoods, Santa will make appearances at two parks this year. According to the Redondo Beach Patch, Santa will visit Alta Vista Park’s baseball diamond from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and Anderson Park’s baseball diamond from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Dec. 17. The Redondo Beach Police Officers Association asks that families bring unwrapped toy or clothing item to give to a less fortunate child.

Rancho Palos Verdes: Santa will be riding through the neighborhoods of Rancho Palos Verdes on select nights from Dec. 4 through Dec. 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m. each night. See the city website for the full schedule.

Lomita, San Pedro, Palos Verdes Estates: Coordinated by the Lomita sheriff’s station, Santa will ride through these three cities, beginning with a tree lighting in Lomita on Dec. 2. The visits will continue through Dec. 18. See the schedule in the Daily Breeze for more information.