As Merry Christmas Snoopy! closes on its final act, the crowd erupts in applause, and I dab at my eyes. Apart from the show’s beauty and the sheer talent displayed on ice, it tells the Christmas story from the perspective of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and his friends. It is a beautiful show detailing everything I love about Christmas and those themes of tradition, family, and nostalgia are represented throughout Knott’s Merry Farm. This year, families can celebrate the season with a brand new production, Home for the Holidays along with its lineup of holiday-themed shows and entertainment, holiday decor throughout the park, and an inviting selection of eats and treats inspired by the holidays with a cultural twist.
Festive Holiday Foods
Fried Green Beans: Knott’s has taken everyone’s favorite dish and put their own holiday spin on it. Fried green beans are paired with a mushroom soup dip, parmesan, and herbs. Available at Calico Fry Company.
Christmas Chicago Dog: The traditional Chicago hot dog is known for its accompaniments plenty of vegetables. The chefs at Knott’s starts with a Vienna hot dog and tops it with a dill pickle, tomato slices, neon relish, mustard, and sports peppers served on a green bun. Available at Fiesta Dogs.
Turkey Eggrolls: These eggrolls feature your holiday mealtime favorites including turkey, stuffing, and cranberry, rolled up into an eggroll. Available at Santa’s Christmas Cabin.
Turkey Bites: Much like their Turkey eggrolls, these breaded turkey bites will give you all of the flavors of the season in one bite. Each breaded bite includes turkey, cranberry, stuffing, and served with gravy for dipping. Available at Santa’s Christmas Cabin.
Cranberry-Apricot Wild Boar Sausage: Wild boar is traditionally enjoyed in the winter in Germany. The chefs at Knott’s have taken this traditional German delight and topped it with caramelized onions and spicy mustard and served it atop a hoagie bun. Available at Santa’s Christmas Cabin.
Holiday Poutine: With origins in Quebec, traditional poutine is a dish that includes french fries and cheese curds topped with brown gravy. Knott’s version features sweet potato fries, cheese curds, cranberries, turkey, and turkey gravy and is available at La Papa Loca.
Mac Lorraine: If you didn’t have mac and cheese during the holidays did you even celebrate? : ) This delightful twist on everyone’s favorite dish features macaroni, white cheese sauce, bacon, chives, and naan bread. Available at Wagon Wheel Pizza.
Spinach Salad: Looking for a lighter holiday dish? Check out this festively delicious salad, which includes baby spinach, dried cranberries, granny smith apples, and candied walnuts tossed in a cider vinaigrette. Available at Ghost Town Grill.
Turkey Pasty: I had my first pasty while living in the UK. This baked pastry is traditionally made with meat and vegetables. At Knott’s, you’ll find this pasty served at Ghost Town Grill. The chefs start with a pie crust and fill it with turkey breast, wild mushrooms, cream, potatoes, cranberry, and spinach.
Turkey Dinner Burger: Can’t decide between the traditional turkey dinner or a hearty burger? You don’t have to! This burger features a turkey patty, cranberry mayo, sage sausage-apple stuffing, and is served on a pretzel bun. Available at Coasters Diner.
White Christmas Pizza: This dreamy pizza features a white cheese sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, garlic, chives, and chicken. Available at Beechy Keen Pizza.
Peppermint Shake: Knott’s has taken the traditional peppermint milkshake and raised the bar by topping it with green frosting, crushed candy canes, red & white roulade cake, peppermint chocolate bark, and whipped cream. Available at Coasters Diner.
Eggnog Milkshake: Crazy shakes are trending this season, and Knott’s second indulgent milkshake starts with an eggnog base and is then topped with white frosting, Christmas sprinkles, gingerbread cake, and whipped cream. Available at Coasters Diner.
Baklava: Continuing it’s European-inspired foods, this sweet pastry, with origins in the middle East, Greece, and Central Asia features layers of crispy Filo Dough and a ground nut mixture of almonds, walnuts, and pistachio
seasoned with cinnamon and cardamom, then drizzled with honey syrup infused with rose water. Available at Grand Bakery and Ghost Town Bakery.
Peppermint croissants: This holiday twist on the popular breakfast pastry features a sweet peppermint flavored croissant drizzled with white chocolate. Available at Grand Bakery and Ghost Town Bakery.
Christmas Cookie Dough Bites: This dessert is now listed under “the best things I ate at Knott’s Merry Farm.” Holiday sprinkle cookie dough is fried in funnel cake batter and topped with powdered sugar. Available at Ghost Town Grub.
Christmas Barks: This year, Knott’s features 3 Christmas barks including a white chocolate peppermint bark with festive sprinkles and sugar balls, a dark chocolate, pistachio, and cranberry bark, and a milk chocolate English Toffee bark. Available at Grand Bakery and Ghost Town Bakery.
Gingerbread Churro: This churro features sugar and spice, and everything nice! This Gingerbread spice churro features cinnamon sugar and dolce de leche. Available at Chowhouse.
Cake of the Month: Knott’s cake of the month is a Gingerbread bundt cake with rum flavored cream cheese frosting and powdered sugar. Available at Grand Bakery.
Holiday Funnel Cakes: The funnel cake is as iconic as the park itself! This year, Knott’s introduced three holiday funnel cakes available during Merry Farm. The S’mores Funnel Cake is topped with soft serve ice cream, s’mores snack, chocolate chunks, marshmallow fluff, and graham crumbs. The Horchata Funnel Cake is topped with soft serve ice cream, and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, whipped cream and a churro donut. The Maple Pecan Funnel Cake is topped with soft serve ice cream, whipped cream, maple icing, and candied pecans. Available at Log Ride Funnel Cake.
Christmas Cinnamon Buns: Cinnamon buns are as iconic as eggnog and gingerbread during the holidays. Both of Knott’s bakeries will feature their version….Orange Pecan pull apart Christmas buns. Available at Grand Bakery and Ghost Town Bakery.
Pistachio cheesecake dome: The chefs at Knott’s take a Pistachio cheesecake and cover it in a chocolate dome. Available at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.
Apple Pie Pizza: This buttery sweet dessert features apple pie filling, a brown sugar crumble, and a cream cheese icing. Available at Beechy Keen Pizza.
Peppermint Popcorn: This mixture of red and green kettle corn can be found at Santa’s Christmas Cabin.
Mini Christmas Ornament Chocolate Candy Apples: These petite-sized granny smith apples, dipped in white chocolate ganache are almost too pretty to eat! Find them, decorated like Christmas Tree ornaments at Grand Bakery and Ghost Town Bakery.
Winter Mint Macaron Snowman: This wintery snowman-shaped French macaron features a creamy white peppermint buttercream. Available at Grand Bakery and Ghost Town Bakery.
Eggnog Christmas Tree Cheesecake (on a stick): Knott’s has become well-known for their indulgent cheesecake-on-a-stick desserts. This holiday’s edition features eggnog cheesecake on a graham cracker crust, dipped in white chocolate ganache. Available at Grand Bakery and Ghost Town Bakery.
Hot Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes: Truth be told, Knott’s bundt cakes are one of my favorites. This year’s theme is hot chocolate and these mini double chocolate bundt cakes are dipped in dark chocolate ganache, filled with marshmallows, topped with real whipped cream and chocolate “snow” sugar, then adorned with a chocolate straw. Available at Grand Bakery and Ghost Town Bakery.
Knott’s Grand Bakery and Ghost Town Bakery will also feature a selection of holiday cupcakes and cake pops in assorted flavors.
For the Grown-Ups
Boysenberry Mojito: This drink, available at Ghost Town Grill, features Ultra-premium, all-natural lime juice, mint, natural sweeteners and a dash of Boysenberry.
Cookie Shots: These cookie-shaped shots are available in chocolate chip, red velvet, churro, or cookies and cream flavors and then filled with milk or liqueur. Available at Santa’s Christmas Cabin.
Visit Knott’s Merry Farm through January 5, 2020 to indulge in these limited-time holiday eats and treats.