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Tripping the light fantastic at Knott's Berry Farm's New Year Eve celebration

Tripping the light fantastic at Knott's Berry Farm's New Year Eve celebration

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Having already explored Knott's Merry Farm during the day, I thought that I'd make another trip over to Buena Park and see what the holiday version of America's First Theme Park looked like after dark.

Though -- in hindsight -- it might not have been my brightest idea to schedule my return trip to Knott's for New Year's Eve.


Photo by Shelly Valladolid

In all the years that I've been going to this theme park, I have never seen Knott's Berry Farm as busy as it was this past Tuesday night. But on the upside, all of the people that I encountered over the course of New Year's Eve seemed to be in extremely good spirits as they tried to decide which rides, shows and attractions they should then get in line for.


Photo by Alice Hill

Me? I decide that the very best way for my family & I to deal with these enormous crowds was to just go with the flow. Submerge ourselves in that great sea of people and then see where the night took us.


Photo by Alice Hill

As we crossed through Calico Square, I stopped for a moment and chatted with a pair of stiltwalkers who were in the park that night to help entertain the New Year's Eve crowds.


Photo by Alice Hill

Just across the way, the Calico Mine Train looked especially festive thanks to some seasonal projections that Knott's park decor team had set up.


Photo by Alice Hill

Knott's newly expanded Boardwalk area was also bustling on Tuesday. But thanks to all the music & the lights, it was still a fun part of this theme park to explore.

But if I had to pick the prettiest corner of Knott's Merry Farm at night, hands down that would have to be Camp Snoopy ...


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... which -- thanks to Snoopy's Magical Nights of Lights and its thousands of sparkling lights & festive holiday music -- has never looked better.


Photo by Noe Valladolid

Mind you, I was kind of hoping that my family & I might able to catch at least one live show that night like Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies ...


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... but when even that evening's performances of "Lucy's Wish List" were standing room only, getting into the Boardwalk Ballroom to see Dana Daniels do his world-famous comedy magic just wasn't going to happen.

Even so, thanks to the festive holiday decor ...


Photo by Alice Hill

... as well as all the colorful lights ...


Photo by Alice Hill

... New Year's Eve at Knott's Berry Farm was still a very enjoyable experience. One that I'll definitely try and repeat sometime in the years ahead.


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Though next time around, I won't make the mistake of showing up at 6 p.m. The next time I do New Year's Eve at Knott's Berry Farm, I'm definitely going to plan ahead. More importantly, arrive early enough to get a decent seat at some of this event's live shows.

But what about the rest of you folks? Is there anyone else out there who tripped the light fantastic at Knott's on December 31st?


Photo by Alice Hill

If so, which of those one-night-only shows did you get to see?

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  • Yes I was there!  First time out of the house for New Year's Eve in years and years.  And what could possibly lure me out to spend my night with crowds of people?  Why Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies, that's what.  I am so disappointed in Disney for letting Billy Hill and the Hillbillies go I can not even begin to tell you.  But when I heard Knott's had hired them for this night I began making my plans.  I arrived at Knotts for the 10 AM opening because I knew what parking could turn into.  Spent a wonderful day seeing the saloon show, a melodrama, listening to the handbell ringer/carolers, riding the train and interacting with the period correct citizens they hired for this event and watching the stunt show.  I then joined a group of friends from another online blog and we went to see the Christmas Ice Show in VIP seating.  Ate dinner in a private dining room in Spurs and listened to a Knott's historian.  Met up with friends and watched a little bit of the Ghost Town Miners (formally Miner 49ers from Disneyland - there seems to be a pattern here!).  Then it was off to wait in line to see Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies.  I head Dana Daniels shows were hard to get into and so I stuck with the Hillbillies the entire night and it was well worth it.  Also Knotts put on a really great fireworks show at midnight.  All around, a great way to spend New Year's Eve and Knott's did a super bang up job!  My hat's off to them for a great evening and for hiring Kirk and the gang for the night.

  • Did you stay for the New Years fireworks? How was the show?

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