How to Enjoy Knott’s Merry Farm for FREE–the Christmas Crafts Village

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That’s right.  You you read it.  You can get into Knott’s Berry Farm for FREE on select days to experience the Christmas Crafts Village in Ghost Town.  This is one of the best kept secrets and it’s actually how I first started visiting Knott’s 5 years ago before I had a pass.  The dates for FREE Ghost Town Admission for 2019 are December 2-5 and December 9-12.

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The Christmas Crafts Village is a shopping wonderland where local artisans sell their unique gifts in pop up kiosks in the Ghost Town section of Knott’s Berry Farm.  Many of these artist have been part of the Christmas Crafts Village for years and it has become part of our family traditions to peruse their shops.  The girls love the handmade beaded necklaces and sand dragons, and we always make a point to stop to say hi to Miss Doolittle and “Mama” (they are set up right outside of the saloon, so be sure to stop by!).

Admission is FREE to visit the Ghost Town area, which also means you have free access to everything within Calico.  This also encompasses Santa’s cottage where you can meet Santa, take your own photos with him or purchase a photo package, and indulge in some of the Holiday food offerings.

Here are some of my favorite attractions in Calico (show times are subject to change):

  • Calico Carolers Bell Ringers (sets are 12:30, 1:30, 3:00, 4:00)
  • Calico Saloon Show (11, 12:30, 2, 3:30, 4:30)
  • Wild West Stunt Show (12:30, 2, 4)
  • Snow and Glow (6:30, 7:30, 8:30)
  • Tree Lighting (5:15)–this happens just beyond the gates of Calico, but you can still see it!
  • Visit the School House
  • Cookie Decorating near Santa’s Cabin (extra fee)
  • Paint and Take Pottery (extra fee)

Foods and Restaurants:  Definitely take advantage of the Holiday food offerings right outside of Santa’s Cabin (I wrote an entire article just about food)–the turkey dinner bites are my favorite and are a steal at 2 for $5.99.  When you visit Santa, you’ll be greeted by the smell of a freshly baked cookie, which is served with milk for $3.50.  Other seasonal food items are the fried green beans from Calico Fry Company (by the Stunt Show), Mac n Cheese Lorraine from Wagon Wheel Pizza (by Ghostrider exit) and the Holiday White Pizza and Apple Dessert Pizza Beachy Keen’s and Wagon Wheel Pizza.

Outside the park, you can pick up a gourmet Dough-Knott from the bakery right before the security clearance.  Right next door at Cable Car Kitchen, you can get all FOUR seasonal funnel cakes with scooped ice cream (side note:  this is the only place you can get scooped ice cream–all the other vendors inside the park are soft serve).  You can also take home Mrs. Knott’s famous fried chicken at Chicken to Go, or make reservations at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner restaurant for a sit-down experience.

Christmas Craft Village free entry days are Monday through Thursday, December 2-5 and December 9-12.  Admission is required for all other days.  To enter, go to the side of the entrance near the Starbucks.  On-site parking is available for $20, or short term MarketPlace parking is complimentary for up to 1 hour.  Each additional half hour or portion is $10 each with a maximum daily charge of $30. All lost tickets will be charged $30. An additional 2 hours of free parking is available with a validated ticket and receipt showing a $19 or more minimum purchase from any California MarketPlace restaurant or shop.  In sum, you can enjoy 3 hours of free MarketPlace parking if you spend $19 at one of the shops or restaurantsMore information about the Christmas Craft Village can be found here.  You can also view a highlight reel of our Knotts adventures on Instagram @littlegraythread.

Easy No-Sew Cindy Lou Who DIY for Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

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The Snowflake has landed in Universal Studios Hollywood and has brought back our friends from Who-ville, new and old!  “Grinchmas” is included with park admission and runs daily from November 28 through Sunday December 29.  To prepare, I made this super easy Cindy Lou Who headband.

Supplies:

  • Headband
  • Red and White pom poms
  • pipe cleaner for ribbons
  • White fleece or felt cut into 4 ovals
  • stuffing like cotton balls or fiberfill
  • glue gun

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Measure a couple centimeters above the ear and mark with a pen.  Glue gun the circles together and stuff with stuffing.  Glue ovals to headband letting the bottom hang over the ears.  Glue the pom poms onto the headband.

Add as many ribbon details as you like!  I chose pipe cleaner so the bow will stand up.

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I pieced together the Cindy Lou Who costume with a red gingham dress and a red half circle cape.  You can even use a red tree skirt and attach ribbons to the collar!

The Martha May Santa costume was purchased from Target.  It’s super sparkly and over the top, just like Martha May Whovier!

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What’s New at Grinchmas Universal Studios Hollywood

New this year is the all-new, state-of-the-art, topsy-turvy “Grinchmas” tree that twists and turns over 55 feet in height. The custom-made tree is adorned with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of sparkling LED lights and choreographed to music to brighten the merry “Grinchmas” Who-lebration.  Dazzling “Grinchmas” tree lighting ceremonies that take place every evening, accompanied by a snowfall flurry, bring this annual favorite to life, creating a festival of fun fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.  There are some new Whos visiting Hollywood for the first time!

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Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will also transform for the Holiday season.

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  • Seasonal decor to each storefront and a light projection spectacular to bring the the iconic Hogwarts™ castle to life.
  • As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle” illuminates Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.
  • Holiday themed songs from the a cappella Frog Choir
  • A wide selection of custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be available. Collectibles include a decorative Hogwarts castle snow globe, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the four houses, wizard card ornaments, unique tree topper and house pennant garland.
  • Holiday-themed fare and hot Butterbeer further complement the overall experience.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the California Neighbor Pass makes the perfect holiday gift, providing guests with the opportunity to experience 175 days of fun for $149 when purchased online. Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

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More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Admission to Universal CityWalk is free. More information available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com.

Blue Man Group is Coming to Orange County and Kids can go for FREE on Select Days

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BLUE MAN GROUP is making it’s way to Segerstrom Center of the Arts in Orange County January 7 – 12, 2020!  This would make an excellent Holiday gift especially for families who are focusing more on experience based gifts instead of physical gifts.

Kids Night on Broadway–Kids ticket for FREE!

A special Kids Night on Broadway discount will be offered for two performances January 7 and 8. With the purchase of one full-price ticket, parents can receive a second ticket FREE for children. Ticket prices start at $26. Use code BLUEKID when purchasing. Children and families are also encouraged to arrive early and enjoy pre-show activities in the Segerstrom Hall lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m., including coloring stations, crafts, activities, photo opportunities and more!

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More than 35 million people around the world have experienced the smash hit phenomenon that is BLUE MAN GROUP, and the world renowned bald and blue trio are back on the road in a new North American tour. Under the helm of visionary director Jenny Koons, in her first-time collaboration with BLUE MAN GROUP, the tour features everything audiences know and love about BLUE MAN GROUP—signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy—the men are still blue, but the rest is all new! Including pulsing, original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction and hilarious absurdity, audiences join the Blue Men in a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages.

Tickets to BLUE MAN GROUP start at $26 and can be purchased at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. To take advantage of the Kids Night opportunity, use promo code BLUEKID. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 11 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more visit SCFTA.org/accessibilityinformation.

Fans can keep up with the Blue Man Group Tour through:

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/bluemangroup
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/bluemangroup
Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/bluemangroup/
YouTube:     https://www.youtube.com/bluemangroup

What to do at Knott’s Berry Farm in the Rain during Christmastime Merry Farm

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Rain?  In California?!  Yes, it happens sometimes!  Although Knott’s Berry Farm sometimes closes in inclimate weather (check their social channel @KnottsBerryFarm the morning of to be sure), there are still plenty of things to do if it is raining off and on.  Here are some of our favorite inside activities to do in the rain during Merry Farm.

Santa’s Christmas Cabin (located behind the School House in the Wilderness Dance Hall)

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The elves have come to Knott’s Merry Farm!  You can also meet Santa and take photos with your own camera or purchase a photo package.  Warm cookies, milk and hot cocoa are available for purchase.  In the building next door, you can decorate cookies for an additional fee.

Birdcage Theater (located next to the School House)

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There are two rotating shows featuring the classic Scrooge Christmas Carol.  “Marley’s Wings” is new this year and is an upbeat musical show that is great for kids.  “A Christmas Carol” is a little darker and might be scary for young children.  “A Christmas Carol” plays at 11:30, 2:00, and 4:00 and “Marley’s Wings” plays at 12:30 and 3:00.  You might be able to meet the cast in the lobby after the show!

Saloon Show with Cameo Kate and Dakota Dan

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Our favorite saloon performers are back with a Christmas show!  Sit back with a sarsaparilla and some fresh popcorn and enjoy the show indoors.  Show times are at 11, 12:30, 2, 3:30, 4:30.

Merry Christmas Snoopy on Ice at the Charles M. Shultz Theater (located across the train tracks, turn left past the fountain)

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Check knotts.com for the most up to date entertainment schedule.  Merry Christmas Snoopy on Ice is usually closed on Wednesdays.

Christmas Craft Fair

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If Knott’s Berry Farm is open, so is the Craft Fair!  Visit local artisans to find the perfect Holiday gift.  Our favorite is Miss Doolittles and her slime factory!  For $8, you can create your own slime with add ins and scents of your choice.

Dining Tips

If the rain is bad, most outdoor quick service restaurants might be closed.  You can typically find all the seasonal Merry Farm foods at Sutters which is the main quick service restaurant located at the front of Ghost Town.  I was able to get the seasonal Fried Green Beans (usually at Calico Fry Co) and Mac n Cheese Lorraine (usually from Wagon Wheel Pizza) both at Sutters.

If you’re looking for a place with inside seating, head to Grizzly Creek Lodge in Camp Snoopy or Coaster Diner near Xcellerator.  Boardwalk BBQ has ample seating under cover, but it is not indoors.  Ghost Town Grill is also a sit down restaurant located in the heart of Calico.

Shows and Entertainment that is typically cancelled in the rain:

  • Peanuts Guide to Christmas (Camp Snoopy Theater)
  • Calico Carolers Bell Ringers (if it is not sprinkling, they might come out)
  • Home for the Holidays (Calico Stage)
  • Wagon Wheel Stunt Show

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There is still so much to do in the rain at Merry Farm!  As always, check back with Knotts for the latest update on closures.  For more of our adventures at Knotts, find us on Instagram @littlegraythread.

Knott’s Merry Farm Season Eats and Treats: What’s on the Meal Plan?

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It’s the Merriest–and the yummiest–time of the year at Knott’s Berry Farm!  The limited time holiday foods are some of my favorites, especially since I have a soft spot for anything that is Thanksgiving Dinner themed!  They have expanded the offerings for 2019 and many of the items are meal plan eligible!

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Upon entry, you can pick up a Merry Farm Event Guide.  Merry Farm happens daily from November 22 through January 5 with select days featuring special holiday entertainment.  Food and treats are available every day inside and outside the park at the California Marketplace.

Wagon Wheel Pizza (located near Ghostrider)

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  • Mac Lorraine and Plain Mac n Cheese:  Macaroni with a white cheese sauce, bacon and chives served in a Naan bread cone.  Meal Plan Eligible.

Calico Fry Co. (located near Wagon Camp Stunt Show)

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  • Fried Green Beans served with mushroom soup dip.  Meal Plan Eligible

Sutters Pizza (located next to Calico Fry Co.)

  • Apple Pie Dessert Pizza:  topped with apple pie filling, brown sugar crumble, and a cream cheese icing  Meal Plan Eligible

Beachy Keen’s Pizza (located near Charles M. Schulz Theater, Snoopy on Ice)

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  • White Christmas Pizza:  white cheese sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheese, garlic, chicken and chives.  Meal Plan Eligible.
  • Apple Pie Dessert Pizza.  Meal Plan Eligible.

Coasters Diner (located near Xcellerator)

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  • Turkey Dinner Burger:  Turkey patty, cranberry mayo, apple sage stuffing on a pretzel bun.  Meal Plan Eligible.
  • Holiday Shakes:  Peppermint or Eggnog (around $6)

Boardwalk BBQ

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  • Turkey Dinner Sandwich:  Carved turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce ona  french roll.  Meal Plan Eligible.

Fiesta Dogs (located in Fiesta Village)

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  • Christmas Chicago Dog:  Vienna hot dog, dill pickle, tomato slices, relish, mustard, sport peppers on a green bun.  Meal Plan Eligible.

Papa Loca (located in Fiesta Village)

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  • Holiday Poutine:  sweet potato fries, cheese curds, cranberries, turkey and gravy.  Meal Plan Eligible

Grizzly Creek Lodge (located in Camp Snoopy)

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  • Stromboli:  Ham, cheese and marinara sauce in pizza dough.  Meal Plan Eligible

Ghost Town Grill (sit down restaurant in Ghost Town)

  • Turkey Pasty:  turkey breast, wild mushrooms, cream, potatoes, cranberries, and spinach served in a pie crust pocket
  • Classic Turkey Dinner:  Turkey breast, apple sage stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce

Ghost Town Bakery (located near Ghostrider and First Aid)

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  • Mini Christmas Ornament Chocolate Candy Apples
  • Christmas Bark:  Milk chocolate English Toffee, peppermint white chocolate, and pistachio cranberry dark chocolate

Santa’s Christmas Cabin (located in the Wilderness Dance Hall behind the School House in Ghost Town.  You can also meet Santa!)

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  • Holiday Turkey Balls
  • Holiday Turkey Eggrolls
  • Cookie Shots:  chocolate chip and red velvet
  • Cranberry-Apricot Wild Boar Sausage:  with caramelized onions, spicy mustard on a hoagie bun
  • Belgium Waffles
  • Warm chocolate chip cookies and milk

Seasonal Funnel Cakes:  All funnel cakes can be found outside the park at Cable Car Kitchen (S’mores, Maple Pecan, Horchata and Peppermint).  They can be served with scooped ice cream at Cable Car Kitchen whereas they only have vanilla soft serve inside the park.

  • S’mores Funnel Cake:  at Sutter’s Funnel Cake near Sutter’s quick service restaurant
  • Maple Pecan Funnel Cake:  at Ghost Town Grub (in Ghost Town near Firemen’s).  They also have the fried Christmas Cookie Dough Bites here
  • Horchata Funnel Cake:  at Log Ride Funnel Cake

California Marketplace:  shops and restaurants outside the park before you go through security

  • Cable Car Kitchen:  variety of funnel cake, churro sundaes, cookie sundaes, and a $15 holiday milkshake served with a donut
  • DoughKnotts:  Holiday stuffed donuts

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  • The Farm Bakery:  Winter Mint Macaron Snowmen, baklava, eggnog Christmas Tree Cheesecake on a Stick
  • Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant:  holiday menu includes chicken parmasan, meat pie popovers, and more

Dining Tips and Tricks

  • With the Knott’s Berry Farm meal plan, you are allowed 2 meals per visit, 4 hours apart.  Regular year-round options are also available during this time.
  • If you don’t have a meal plan on your pass, you can buy a single day All Day Dining wristband for $32.99.  This way, you can try any meal plan eligible item every 90 minutes.
  • The fastest place to grab Meal Plan Food is Boardwalk BBQ
  • Don’t have a park admission ticket?  No problem!  Enjoy seasonal eats outside the park at the California Marketplace at The Farm Bakery, Doughknotts, and Cable Car Kitchen.  Don’t forget about the world’s famous Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.
  • If you run into a situation where an employee says that a food item is not on the meal plan, you can politely ask them to try to see if it will go through.  It’s not a guarantee, but it’s worth a shot!

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Winter Fest OC Returns to the Oc Fairgrounds December 19 through January 5

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Winter Fest OC, Southern California’s favorite annual holiday tradition, returns to the OC Fair & Event Center, December 19th through January 5th. Featuring more attractions and live entertainment than before, the Orange County Fairgrounds transforms into a massive winter wonderland offering fun for all ages. This year, Winter Fest OC will feature the “World’s Largest Candy Maze”, all-new Winter Fest Racing Pigs, skating under the stars in a reimagined ice rink with two interactive islands, a new 50-foot walk-through Tree of Dreams Christmas tree, expanded daily entertainment from popular children’s cartoon characters to the all-new Winter Fest after Dark nightly series with tribute bands and DJs, plus new party and event suites available for private rental.

What’s New for 2019

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World’s Largest Candy Maze inside Yowie’s Sweet Shoppe  Featuring more sweets than a chocolate factory, navigate through the World’s Largest Candy Maze, filling your basket with nostalgic candy from decades ago to today’s favorites!

Winter Fest Racing Pigs  Nothing is more jolly than cheering on your favorite baby piglet as they race to the finish line wearing holiday sweaters. Get your seat early in the all-new Winter Fest Racing Pig stadium with shows daily.

Outdoor Ice Skating – Enjoy skating under the stars in the center of a winter wonderland on the redesigned ice rink with two interactive islands, surrounded by winter décor and lights, adjacent to the new 50-foot Tree of Dreams walk-through Christmas tree.

Winter Fest After Dark: Hussong’s Cantina & Restaurant – Each night at 6 p.m., the all new Winter Fest After Dark comes alive with live music, dancing, drink specials and more. Guests can dance into the night with the same popular bands as the annual OC Fair in the Hussong’s Cantina & Restaurant with live performances by DJ Manny Fresco and the La Nueva Deligencia.

Winter Fest After Dark: Hangar Stage – Each night at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., many of Southern California’s most popular live tribute bands will take the stage. Performances include tribute bands such as Escape, a tribute to Journey; Queen Nation, a tribute to Queen; Rumours, a tribute to Fleetwood Mac; Fast Times and Flashback Heart Attack, 80’s cover bands; Earth to Mars, a tribute to Bruno Mars, and so many more. Plus, the Morgan Leigh Band will be bringing country music favorites and additional bands will be announced soon. An Elton John tribute show featuring “Kenny Metcalf as Elton” and a tribute to ABBA by ABBA LA will ring in 2020 during Winter Fest OC’s New Year’s Eve celebrations at both 6 p.m. and midnight.

Tree Lighting Ceremony – Winter Fest OC will unveil an all-new 50-foot Tree of Dreams Christmas tree, and a new nightly celebration with fireworks and snow flurries, illuminating the holiday spirit at 5:30 p.m. daily.

Live Cartoon Character Shows and Meet & Greets – Offering fun for all ages, guests can experience live cartoon character shows with meet & greets from Thomas the Train, Paw Patrol, PJ Mask, Peppa Pig and many more.

SoCal Dickens LondonTowne – All the best of Victorian England is brought to life in SoCal Dickens LondonTowne where historical figures and fictional characters walk side by side. Mr. Charles Dickens can be seen in the High Street shops, where artisanal and one of a kind gifts abound. A little girl named Alice, hurries to have afternoon tea at the Tea Shoppe, while Mr. Scrooge glares cynically at the actors and musicians performing authentic Victorian entertainment. The delicious smell of Victorian fare, such as fish and chips, meat pies, rum cakes, and sticky pudding tempt patrons to linger, while the elite come out nightly to dance and sample fine absinthe or enjoy an authentic British style beer. London of old is calling… bring your imagination and partake in the festivities!

Expanded Private Party Suites – Yowie’s Sweet Shoppe Party Room and the Hangar Stage VIP Suites feature all-new private party spaces, where guests can host their ultimate winter wonderland themed celebrations. Ideal for birthday parties, company gatherings and much more, suites and party spaces can accommodate up to 200 people and start at only $199.

Tickets and Passes

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Winter Fest OC tickets are available now at WinterFestOC.com, including general admission tickets starting at only $10, platinum passes starting at $40, and early bird season passes valid for all 18 days starting at $18 for a limited time. Plus, reserve your private party space now, while dates and times last.

Buy your tickets ahead of time at WinterFestOC.com because prices are higher at the gate.

  • Weekdays:  Child (3-12) $13 online, $20 onsite; Adults $18 online, $25 onsite
  • Weekends and Holidays:  Child (3-12) $15 online, $20 onsite; Adults $19 online, $25 onsite
  • Opening Hours Deals:  $10 tickets available online, must enter within first operating hour of the day
  • Extras:
    • Snowflake Summit Ice Tubing Pass:  $10 online ($15 onsite)
    • Ice Skating 45 minute session:  $15
    • Unlimited Ride wristband:  $20 ($25 onsite)

Discounts will be offered on select days to honor our community heroes; First Responders, Nurses, Teachers, and Military/Veterans with proof of ID.  Group discounts are also available for groups of 4 or more.

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For more information on Winter Fest OC, visit www.WinterFestOC.com and for the latest updates on ticket promotions, entertainment, food and fun, follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, and YouTube or with #WinterFestOC.

Lessons I Hope my Daughters Learn from Frozen 2

*This post contains spoilers for Frozen 2*  Tread with caution.

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I remember the exact moment “Frozen” touched my life.  When “Frozen” came out in 2014, LittleGray was two and half and at the height of loving princess movies.  Fast forward five years later to “Frozen 2”, now with two daughters in tow.  If there’s one thing I learned from Frozen, it’s that family moments are precious and fleeting.  Our family was treated by Disney to have the ultimate #Frozen2FamilyNightOut to celebrate the opening weekend of “Frozen 2”.

The kids are at that beautiful age where magic is real and they love to pretend they are royalty.  They were treated like queens at The Dry Bar and were gifted a Fuji Instax Frozen 2 Camera to document their day from #FrozenFanfest.  Like all good Arendellians, we had chocolate milk for lunch from Yard House before seeing “Frozen 2” together as a family at AMC theaters.  These moments are so precious to us because our princesses are rapidly growing into strong young women ready to take on their kingdom.

With my daughters being only 7 and 4, I feel like most of the lessons went over their head.  They were enthralled by the humor and beautiful imagery of the film.  I felt like “Frozen 2” had some pretty complex storylines and I left with a lot on my mind.  Here is what I hope my daughters learn from “Frozen 2”:

You don’t need to wear a dress to be a Princess.

It was not lost on me that Anna and Elsa wore pants for most of “Frozen 2”.  Even though they had their share of ball gowns, they dressed for adventure and sported comfortable pants.  Them wearing pants did not make them any less of a princess.

You don’t need a partner to be complete.

Something that has been going around the internet is Elsa’s speculated sexual attraction.  Many people were disappointed that “Show Yourself” was lot a pointedly LGTBQ+ song.  I read Elsa as a person who was not interested in finding a romantic partner, male or female.

When grief settles in and it seems that there is no way out, focus on doing the next right thing, one step, one breath, one action at a time.

I’ve been in the same place as Anna where grief is so strong that it’s easy to get lost within it.  The song “The Next Right Thing” is a great reminder on how to come out of feelings of depression.

Be proud of who you are: a lesson in being biracial.

*MAJOR SPOILER*, but Elsa and Anna find out that their parents are from different cultures.  For reasons not addressed, their mother did not feel comfortable sharing her culture with her children.  It wasn’t until they were adults until they were able to embrace who they really were.  My hope is that my children can identify with being both Chinese and Arizonan and can adopt traditions from both cultures.

If you do not feel “at home” where you are, it’s okay to move out and be your own person in your own space.  

Never be afraid to go into the unknown.

Always keep your family close and make family time a priority.

If there comes a time where you do not live in close proximity to your family, go out of your way to create moments to spend time together.  With our busy schedules, it can be hard to have dedicated family time.  Thank you Disney for our family night out!  Frozen 2 is in theaters now!

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