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


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 2021 are Monday, Nov. 29 – Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 and Monday, Dec. 6 – Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021.


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 
  • Calico Saloon Show 
  • Tree Lighting (5:15)–this happens just beyond the gates of Calico, but you can still see it!
  • Visit the School House
  • 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 cookies and waffles which has a variety of toppings.  Other seasonal food items are the Turkey Poutine Tots from Calico Tots (by the Wagon Wheel stage) and Pickle Pizza and Turkey Tetrazzini from Wagon Wheel Pizza (by Ghostrider exit).

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 the seasonal funnel cake 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, Monday November 29 – December 2 and December 6-9.  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 California 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 $18 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 $18 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.

Everything You Need to Know about Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passes



Knott’s Berry Farm 2022 Season Passes have already been released!  This means you can get in for the remainder of 2021 (through December 17) AND the entire 2022 year for just one low price!  2022 Season Passes have just be released for sale on the Knott’s Berry Farm Website.  Did you know that passes are only valid per calendar year, and they get MORE EXPENSIVE as the year goes on?  But did you also know that if you buy a 2022 pass, you can still get in to Knott’s Berry Farm in 2021 for CHEAPER than if you were to buy a pass for this year?  Since I am an official Knott’s Berry Farm Berry Blogger, my family received complementary passes for the 2020/2021 season.  Here’s everything you need to know:  

Knott’s Berry Farm 2022 Season Pass Information for NEW Passholders

This information is if you currently DO NOT have a 2021 Knott’s Berry Farm Pass

  • Passes are valid from the day you buy them in 2021 – December 31, 2022.  If you buy a pass in April, it still will expire December 31 of 2022.
  • The only “block out days” is December 18-31, 2021 (high Holiday season).  If you’d like to visit on these days, admission is just $14.99 (this is new this year).
    • This means you can come back for Knott’s Spooky Farm (family friendly Halloween celebration weekends during the day) and Knott’s Merry Farm as many times as you want for just $14.99 a visit.

Renewal Information for Existing Knott’s Berry Farm Passholders who have bought season passes before the reopening on May 5, 2021

If you currently have a 2020/2021 pass and are interesting in renewing for 2022, this information is for you.

  • DO NOTHING.  We will get more information about renewals before our passes expire May 5, 2022.

Renewal Information for Existing Knott’s Berry Farm Passholders who have bought season passes AFTER the reopening on May 5, 2021

If you bought your pass AFTER the reopening on May 5, 2021, then this information is for you.

  • Your current 2021 pass will expire December 31, 2021.
  • You can renew your pass online at
  • You get a free Bring-A-Friend ticket valid any fall daytime through December 17, 2021.
    • This means your friends can enjoy Knott’s Spooky Farm or Knott’s Merry Farm.  Tickets are redeemable at the ticket booths.
  • Payment plans are available for as low as $8.50 a month ($16.50 down for a purple pass)

What are the Different Types of Passes?

There are three levels of passes:  Regular (purple), Gold (gold, obviously), and Platinum (gray).

Regular Purple Pass:  $110

Knotts purple Pass

  • Unlimited visits to Knott’s Berry Farm with no black out dates
  • Admission to Peanuts Celebration, Boysenberry Festival, Knott’s Spooky Farm, Knott’s Merry Farm, and the 100th Anniversary celebration
  • Early Entry opportunities
  • 10% Discounts on select food and merchandise
  • Parking is not included but can be added for $75

Gold Pass (includes Soak City):  $130

Knotts Gold Pass

  • All the benefits of the Regular Purple pass, but includes unlimited admission to the 2022 Soak City Season
  • 10% Discounts on select food and merchandise in both Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City
  • Early Entry to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City on select days (this is very valuable especial for Soak City days–this will allow you the best opportunity to secure a lounge chair spot in the shade)
  • Parking is not included but can be added for $75

Platinum Pass (includes all Cedar Fair Parks and parking):  $198

Knotts Platinum Pass

  • Unlimited visits to Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City 2022 Season
  • Includes unlimited admission to all Cedar Fair Parks across the country (there is Great America in Northern California)
  • 20% Discounts on select food and merchandise
  • Parking is INCLUDED! ($75 value)

Additional Pass Add-ons

  • Parking:  $75 add on to Regular Purple and Gold passes
  • 2022 All Season Dining:  $135 for all pass levels (Platinum used to be more expensive).  Dining plan is valid as soon as you buy your pass in 2021.
    • Enjoy 2 meals (spaced 4 hours apart) every single day, all season long
  • 2022 All Season Drink Refills:  $35
    • Unlimited Drink Refills all season long! (15 minute cool down time between refills)
    • Choose between the reusable Souvenir Bottle or the paper cup plan
  • 2022 All Season Unlimited Funpix Digital Photos:  $49.99
    • Add FunPix to your pass to get unlimited digital photos from select rides, Peanuts Meet and Greets, or anytime a Knott’s Photographer snaps your photo
  • 2022 Season Pass Locker Rentals:  $160
    • Don’t like to hold stuff and don’t like paying $15 each time?  Get a year long pass for $160 (also valid at Soak City)
  • 2022 Season Pass Fast Lane:  $575 per person
    • Enjoy priority boarding on select rides
    • Only a limited number are available
  • 2022 Scary Farm Pass:  $99
    • These sell out every year!  Scary Farm (or Haunt) is a separate admittance ticket.  This is the scary monster scare event, not to be confused with Knott’s Spooky Farm (which is the family friendly Halloween event that is included with park admission)

Knott’s Berry Farm Grand Reopening Reminders

  • Reservations are currently NOT needed for Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City
  • While masks aren’t required, it is HIGHLY recommended that all guests wear face coverings.  My family chooses to wear masks even though the adults are fully vaccinated.
  • Soak City is open select days through September 6, 2021.  Soak City is closed Monday August 30 through Thursday September 2.
  • The last day for Knott’s Summer Nights 2021 is Sunday, September 6.

So What Pass Should I Get?

I definitely recommend getting at least the Gold Pass because by the time summer comes next year, you’re going to want to go to Soak City at least once (and by then, the Gold Pass will be $150 so might as well just buy it now for $21 more).  It is actually MORE expensive to get the Gold Pass plus Parking ($130+$75 = $205) than the Platinum Pass ($198).  I HIGHLY recommend getting the Meal Plan at least for some of your family passes.  It pays for itself in less than 4 visits and it’s so nice not having to worry about buying food in the park.

In a nutshell, I would have one person in your family get the Platinum Pass, which includes parking.  You can opt to add the meal plan on to your Gold Passes at a smaller rate.  Here’s what I would do to buy season tickets for my two daughters and myself.  I would get the Platinum pass for me (in case I have a random no-kid Knott’s Day, the parking would be on my pass), I would get the Gold Pass for my daughters and add the Meal Plan on to their Gold passes.  We are usually good with 2 souvenir drink refill bottles since the kids don’t drink as much as I do.

As always, season pass prices don’t go anywhere but UP, so run and secure this introductory pricing while you can!  Take advantage of the 2021 entry offers and save yourself some money!  2022 is going to be the best year, especially with the 100th Anniversary Celebration.  Keep your eyes out for all new entertainment and offerings!  Follow along using the hashtags #Knotts100 and #KnottsFamilyReunion.

For more of our Knott’s Berry Farm adventures, follow us on instagram @littlegraythread.

Knott’s Merry Farm Seasonal Eats and Treats Meal Plan Eligible Food 2021

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 2021 and many of the items are meal plan eligible!

Upon entry, you can scan the sign to get the Merry Farm Event Guide conveniently on your phone.  Merry Farm happens daily from November 19 through January 2 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)

  • The Prancer Pickle and Bacon Pizza
  • Traditional Turkey Tetrazzini

Calico Tater Bites (located near Wagon Camp Stage)

  • Turkey Poutine Tater Bites

Sutters Grill

  • Cheery Crispy Chicken Sandwich with Honey Mustard Slaw

Sutters Pizza (located next to Calico Fry Co.)

  • The Rudolph Reuben Pizza

Hollywood Hits (located near Walter Knott Theater, Snoopy on Ice)

  • Italian Sausage and Caramelized Onion Pizza
  • Couscous Salad with Pomegranates, Walnuts and Radish

Coasters Diner (located near Xcellerator)

  • Tinsel Thai Turkey Burger

Boardwalk BBQ

  • Classic Turkey Sandwich
  • Blitzen’s Fully Loaded Ham and Scalloped Potato Casserole

Strictly on a Stick (located by the Log Ride)

  • Apple Pie Dog–turkey dog with an apple pie flavored batter

Fiesta Dogs (located in Fiesta Village)

  • Jolly Taco Stuffed Sweet Potato
  • Mistletoe Bacon Mac and Cheese Dog with Chips

Papa Loca (located in Fiesta Village)

  • Sweet Potato Fries with Turkey, Marshmallow and Gravy

Cantina (located in Fiesta) *Open for Breakfast

  • Holiday Chicken and Waffle Tacos served with Fruit

Grizzly Creek Lodge (located in Camp Snoopy)

  • Italian Sausage and Caramelized Onion Pizza
  • Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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 $31.99.  This way, you can try any meal plan eligible item every 90 minutes. You can also opt for the All Day Premium Dining for $42.99 which entitles you to a meal or snack (ice cream, pretzels,etc) every 90 minutes and also includes an all day drink plan and souvenir bottle.
  • 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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Holiday Offerings at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts – American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker – Hee Seo, Cory Stearns – Photo by Doug Gifford

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa!

A magical roster of international music, dance, legendary recording artists and family holiday cheer makes for a most remarkable holiday season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Celebrate all month long beginning (December 3 &10) with holiday movies outside on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, Elf and The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Free family fun will be had before the Nutcracker with the annual Holidays Around the World festival on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza (December 4 & 11) .Sugar plums and fairies grace the stage with the return of American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker (December 10-19), followed by seasonal concerts “The Beautiful Day” – Kurt Elling Sings Christmas (December 11), Salsa Navidad– Spanish Harlem Orchestra (December 12),  “Voice of Christmas” Johnny Mathis (December 21), Fiesta Navidad (December 22), A Magical Cirque Christmas (December 26), and the season will culminate with Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert (January 1).

To help take the stress out of year-round gift giving, the Center offers gift certificates that can be used for any of the many wonderful shows and performances. Gift certificates can be purchased through the Center’s website at or by visiting or calling the Box Office.

Tickets are available for purchase online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

Audience Advisory: All ticket holders must wear a mask AND provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of performance.


Friday, December 3, 2021 and Friday, December 10, 2021 at 7-9 pm

Julianne and George Argyros Plaza

Tickets $5

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for our favorite holiday movies! Cozy up with some cocoa and head to Argyros Plaza for a movie night that the whole family will enjoy.


December 4 & 11, 2021 at 11 am- 2 pm

Julianne and George Argyros Plaza


Join us for festive family fun before the Nutcracker performances as the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza transforms into a winter wonderland! Enjoy live performances from local music and dance groups that celebrate holiday traditions from around the world, create your own seasonal craft, and keep an eye on the sky…you just might experience a little holiday magic with our spectacular snowfall on the plaza!


December 10-19, 2021

Segerstrom Hall

Tickets start at $30

American Ballet Theatre’s sumptuous production is Orange County’s must-see Nutcracker and a beloved holiday tradition. Once again, audiences will be thrilled by ABT’s incomparable dancers and delighted with Alexei Ratmansky’s “cinematic creation” (Orange County Register) as the ballet unfolds to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. And the children in the ballet are Orange County’s most accomplished young dancers, from Segerstrom Center’s American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School.


Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 7 & 9 p.m.

Samueli Theater

Tickets start at $49

Grammy Award winner Kurt Elling returns to the Jazz Club in Samueli Theater to celebrate the holidays with his acclaimed show, The Beautiful Day. With a mix of traditional carols and contemporary Christmas songs, the jazz vocalist and favorite of Center audiences celebrates the promise and magical energy of the holiday season that touches people of all beliefs.


Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 2 p.m.

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Tickets start at $29

Jazz lovers enjoyed incredible shows when Spanish Harlem Orchestra first brought Salsa Navidad to Segerstrom Center in 2019. Now the two-time Grammy winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band returns to celebrate the winter holidays with music that will make you want to stand up and dance. It simply doesn’t get any better when this Latin jazz powerhouse exudes an energy on stage with musical precision that captivate audiences until the last note is played.


Tuesday, December 12, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Segerstrom Hall

Tickets start at $69

Celebrating his 65th year in the music industry, legendary singer Johnny Mathis’ sublime vocal approach to music eclipses passing fads and trends. He has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories — from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history.


Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Tickets start at $29

One of Orange County’s most beloved holiday events, Fiesta Navidad, features the Grammy Award®-winning Mariachi Los Camperos in a concert filled with festive music and dance. This celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is a joyous annual traditon at Segerstrom Center, perfect for the whole family.


Sunday, December 26, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Segerstrom Concert Hall

Tickets start at $39

The world’s greatest entertainers unite for a spell-binding and incredible holiday production – A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS! Experience the enchantment of Christmas as Magical Hostess Lucy Darling takes you through an evening of dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family.


Saturday January 1, 2022 at 7p.m.

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Tickets start at $49

Join us for a dazzling performance brimming with energy, merriment, and romance. It is a glorious re-creation of the beloved Neujahrskonzert, the concert that has welcomed the New Year for more than 80 years in Vienna and all over the world.

Led by an expert conductor of music from Vienna’s golden age, Salute to Vienna brings the music of Johann Strauss to life with singers and dancers. Backed by the Strauss Symphony of America, the performance is rich with selections from beloved operettas, elegant dances, lively overtures, and the beautiful “Blue Danube Waltz.” Celebrate the start of the New Year with Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert.

More Holiday Shows at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Nutcracker for Kids

December 4, 20121 | Saturday at 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Pacific Symphony

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $12

Handel’s Glorious Messiah

December 5, 2021 | Sunday at 3 p.m.

Pacific Symphony

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $30

Concordia Christmas

December 6, 2021 | Monday at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

Concordia University

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25.

Midtown Holiday Men

December 17-18, 2021 | Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Pacific Symphony

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $35

Tis the Season!

December 19-20, 2021 | Sunday at 5 p.m. & Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Pacific Chorale

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $29.

Holiday Organ Spectacular

December 21, 2019 | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Pacific Symphony

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $15.

Disney on Ice: Dream Big Returns to Southern California

Courage leads the way for Disney’s most adventurous heroes when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big skates into the Southland this holiday season playing Anaheim, Los Angeles, Ontario and Long Beach from December 8th – January 2nd.  Dream Big features favorite Disney friends such as Mickey, Minnie, Miguel, Moana, Elsa, Belle, Genie, and more highlighting all the magic and adventure of Disney’s tales through world-class figure skating. Audiences will be transported to exciting worlds where heroes of every kind seek to fulfill their dreams at a live experience families will never forget!

Join the fearless Moana and the greatest demigod that ever lived, Maui, on an action-packed voyage to restore the stolen heart of Te Fiti. Explore the Land of the Dead as Miguel from Disney Pixar’s Coco brings the festivities of Día de los Muertos to the ice. Get tangled up in Rapunzel’s hair-raising quest to see the floating lights. Travel to the kingdom of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and Olaf in a dramatic retelling of the sisterly love that saved a kingdom. And discover the strength, bravery and kindness that inspired generation after generation with Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora, Belle and Cinderella. 

While delivering the same magical experiences guests expect from Disney On Ice, Feld Entertainment is continuing Guest Wellness Enhancements to help keep families safe at its live events. Feld Entertainment is working closely with venue partners to establish and follow COVID-19 health and safety standards in accordance with all federal, state and local guidelines.  Full details on Feld Entertainment Guest Wellness Enhancements can be found here.  Please monitor the venue websites at Honda Center Reopening Policies

STAPLES Center SAFE, Toyota Arena COVID Response and Long Beach Arena Reopening for health and safety policies, including face covering and entry requirements, which are subject to change.
Guests looking to purchase Disney On Ice souvenirs will find the process easier than ever thanks to a new contactless shopping experience with touch-free payment and digital purchasing options.  Guests can pre-order items prior to arriving at the venue.  Once ordered, guests can pick up their purchases at a convenient, contactless pickup station during the show.  Additional information can be found here.

Special MOM Discount

Save 20% off select performances and price levels
Use Code: MOM20


WHEN: Wednesday, December 8 – Sunday, December 12

  • Wednesday, December 8 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 9 7:00 PM
  • Friday, December 10 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 11 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 12 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE: Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

TICKETS: Family friendly ticket pricing available – tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the venue Box Office.

*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

L O S   A N G E L E S

WHEN: Thursday, December 16 – Sunday, December 19

  • Thursday, December 16 7:30 PM
  • Friday, December 17 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 18 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 19 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE: STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

TICKETS: Family friendly ticket pricing available – tickets can be purchased online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.             

*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply


WHEN: Wednesday, December 22 – Monday, December 27

  • Wednesday, December 22 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 23 7:00 PM
  • Friday, December 24 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM 
  • Saturday, December 25 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 26 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Monday, December 27 7:00 PM

WHERE: Toyota Arena4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

TICKETS: Family friendly ticket pricing available – tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the Box Office.

*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

L O N G   B E A C H

WHEN: Thursday, December 30 – Sunday, January 2, 2022

  • Thursday, December 30 7:00 PM
  • Friday, December 31 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM
  • Saturday, January 1 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 2 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE: Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS: Family friendly ticket pricing available – tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the venue Box Office.

*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

Magic of Lights Illuminates Angels Stadium This Season

For the First Time, Angel Stadium to host a dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience Nov. 19 through Dec. 26!

This holiday season will be brighter, bolder and more colorful as the Angel Stadium
parking lot is transformed into a vibrant drive-through, holiday themed light display starting
Friday, November 19 through Sunday, December 26.

Inside the comfort of their own vehicle, guests will enjoy the tour’s brand-new displays including Prehistoric Christmas, Big Foot Monster Trucks and the Snow Flurry Tunnel, as well as Magic of Lights favorites including the 12 Days of Christmas, Toyland and the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights. Created with nearly one million sparkling lights, Magic of Lights is a nostalgic and festive experience for guests of all ages.

Magic of Lights shines daily from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Dec. 26. Tickets for this festive holiday event are on sale now and can be purchased for an assigned date starting at just $25 per vehicle. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit Tickets must be purchased online in advance and will not be available for purchase at the gate.

NEW Spooky Foods on the Meal Plan at Knott’s Berry Farm

Spooky season is upon us at Knott’s Berry Farm! There are two distinct events for Halloween: Knott’s Spooky Farm is the family friendly daytime experience (included with park admission), not to be confused with Knott’s Scary Farm (aka Haunt) which is the nighttime scare event suited for ages 13 and up (additional ticket required). The good news is that the seasonal Halloween food items will be available 7 days a week during all park opening hours! It’s also important to note that meal plans are not valid during Haunt (but the drink plan is!). Specialty foods will hit Knott’s Berry Farm starting September 16 – October 31. Here is the complete list of seasonal food offerings with foods that are Meal Plan Eligible and Kid Friendly

Wagon Wheel Pizza: (located by Ghostrider)

  • From the Depths Spaghetti and Spicy Meatball | Meal Plan Eligible
  • The Hallow’s Chorizo Pizza | Meal Plan Eligible

Calico Tater Bites: (located by Wagon Camp Stunt Show)

  • The Hound Dog Tater Bites: foot long hot dog over Tater Bites with Green Cheese Sauce
  • Tater Tot Flight

Sutter’s Pizza: (located next to Calico Tater Bites)

  • Vampire Garlic Pizza | Meal Plan Eligible

Sutter’s Grill:

  • Petrified Pizza Burger: Cheeseburger with Pepperoni Pizzas as buns | Meal Plan Eligible, Kid Friendly

Strictly on a Stick: (located by the Log Ride entrance)

  • Freaky Frog Legs with Cajun butter (don’t knock it until you try it!) | Meal Plan Eligible
  • I’m Going to “Dill” You Pickle Spears with Spicy Aioli | Meal Plan Eligible, Vegetarian

Boardwalk BBQ: (this is the biggest and fasted quick service restaurant. Before you cross the train tracks, make a right past the Log Ride and you will see it on your left)

  • Cauldrons BBQ Brisket Mac-n-Cheese cone | Meal Plan Eligible, Kid Friendly
  • Goulie Goulash Mac n Cheese with Hamburger Meat | Meal Plan Eligible, Kid Friendly
  • Candy Corn Trifle
  • Halloween Sushi Crab Roll

Cantina: (located in Fiesta Village)

  • Decomposing Taco: deconstructed taco served in a bag of Doritos | Meal Plan Eligible, Kid Friendly

Papas Loca: (also located in Fiesta Village)

  • Mesmer’s Bacon and Cheese Fries | Meal Plan Eligible, Kid Friendly

Fiesta Dogs: (located by the Dancing Hat ride)

  • Mummy Dog with Chips : hot dog in a flaky puff pastry | Meal Plan Eligible, Kid Friendly

Hollywood Hits: (located by the Bumper Cars)

  • Vampire Garlic Pizza | Meal Plan Eligible
  • Sweet Sinister S’mores Dessert Pizza

Coaster’s Diner: (located by Xcellerator)

  • Carnage Chupacabra burger: Red or black bun with a Cheeseburger and a Hot Dot | Meal Plan Eligible, Kid Friendly
  • Witch’s Finger Matcha Shake

Grizzly Creek Lodge: (located in Camp Snoopy)

  • The Hallow’s Chorizo Pizza | Meal Plan Eligible
  • Petrified Pizza Burger | Meal Plan Eligible, Kid Friendly
  • It’s Alive Rice Krispy Treat

Charleston Circle Coffee: (located by Beary Tales)

  • It’s Alive Rice Krispy Treat
  • Bobbing for Apple Macarons
  • Candy Corn Trifle
  • Chai Pumpkin Latte Whoopie Pie

Gourmet Churro Factory: (located in Ghost Town by the Saloon)

  • Creepy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Churro

Chow House: (Ice Cream shop located in Ghost Town by the Saloon)

  • Dark Entities Lemonade with mint, lychee fruit, and desert pear syrup
  • Wicked Wafflewich

Murderous Midnight Funnel Cake: Funnel Cake with Blueberries, Lemon and Gummies

  • Sutter’s Funnel (by Sutter’s Grill near the entrance in Ghost Town)
  • Log Ride Funnel
  • Ghost Town Grub (located in Ghost Town near Fireman’s)
  • Cable Car Kitchen (located outside the park in the Marketplace)

Wilderness Broiler (located by Pony Express) will continue offering a rotational seasonal menu that is not considered part of the Halloween food offerings. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest announcements, because the Halloween Sushi might make a one week appearance!

There are so many new foods to try that you’ll want to try them all. This is the best time to try the All Day Dining Pass which allows you a meal plan eligible entree every 90 minutes! When else will you be able to try frog legs on a meal plan?! As a reminder, food items will only be available if the restaurant is open. For your best bet, plan on visiting the park on peak days Thurday – Sunday.

Knott’s Scary Farm starts September 16 – October 31 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday after park hours. Additional tickets are required and start at $50. Knott’s Spooky Farm happens Saturday and Sunday September 25 – October 31. Kids 13 and under can enjoy complementary trick or treat trails and all guests will be able to experience themed characters and a brand new Camp Snoopy Halloween Show.

What to do with Leftover Rotisserie Chicken

If you’re like me, the ease and delicious smells from the ready-to-eat rotisserie chickens always draws me in. I have these beautiful visions in my head of my family sitting around the dinner table, sharing about their day over a warm meal that I definitely did not make. It always so happens that I always have leftover chicken for days since these rotisserie chickens seem to be never ending. They are the gift that keeps on giving since I have two easy recipes for you that will result with no chicken part left behind!

Chicken Salad on Focaccia

I got this recipe from Ralph’s (which is incidentally where I also picked up my rotisserie chicken).


  • 1 1⁄2 cups celery, chopped
  • 3⁄4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1⁄2 cups lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup grapes, halved
  • 2 teaspoons tarragon
  • 1 each focaccia bread loaf, sliced in half lengthwise
  • cashews, for garnish
  • 4 cups rotisserie chicken, skin removed, cut into pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced


  • Step 1: Mix chicken, mayonnaise, tarragon, green onions, grapes, lemon juice and celery together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Step 2: Place chicken salad on bottom half of focaccia. Top with cashews and lettuce, then other half of focaccia. Cut into slices and serve.

Easy Jook (Chinese Rice Porridge) in the Pressure Cooker

This recipe uses the remainder of the chicken carcass and leftover meat on the bones.


  • 1 cup rice (brown rice okay)
  • 6 cups water
  • Rotisserie chicken carcass and leftover meat
  • Soy sauce and sesame oil to taste
  • green onions for garnish


  • Step 1: Wash rice thoroughly and add to pressure cooker. Add 6 cups of water and chicken carcass.
  • Step 2: Cook on high for about 25 minutes. Release naturally or keep a towel nearby because the starchiness of the rice will make it splatter.
  • Step 3: Carefully remove bones and serve into bowls. Add soy sauce until the color turns a light brown or to taste. Other popular toppings are Chinese donuts, green onion, fried scallions, thousand year old egg, sesame oil.

With these recipes, you can easily get 3 meals out of just one rotisserie chicken! You can find all the ingredients at your local Ralph’s or Food4Less.

Summer Fun at Universal Studios Hollywood

Celebrate Summertime at Universal Studios Hollywood! Universal Studios invited us to visit and gave us Xpress Lane passes to experience the new rides and attractions. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!

On the top of everyone’s “must-do” list is the new The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! ride! Located on the upper level right across from Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. This is a family friendly dark ride featuring the furry friends from Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets films. There are no scary scenes and it is not in 3D (which is great for those like me who get motion sickness with 3D technology!). Ride vehicles fit two guests with a pull down lap bar and guests must be over 34″ tall to ride.

What makes this ride experience stand out from the rest is the outstanding line experience! Wait times in the morning were as low as 20 minutes, but in the afternoon I did see it jump to around 70 minutes. There is plenty to see in the ride queue itself with animatronics, fun props to take photos with, and screens with a glimpse into what these pets actually do when no one is around. If you do choose to purchase an Xpress Lane (which allows you to bypass the line), you will still see two animatronic scenes. I recommend at least walking through the first level so you can see the bulk of the queue entertainment through the dachshund scene (our favorite!).

Jurassic World the Ride: New Indominus Rex!

Both of kids surprised us all by deciding to ride Jurassic World for the first time! Height limit is 42 inches tall and they were packed pretty well in between us adults. Universal Studios has also brought back their “Single Rider” line which means all available seats are filled. Jurassic World–the Ride features an original storyline that takes guests on a breathtaking excursion through the theme park as depicted in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s film Jurassic World. Look out for new iconic dinosaurs from the movie including the colossal Indominus rex who stakes her claim at the ride’s finale. If your kids are still a little nervous, you can ask for a Child Swap Pass when you get off the ride. My kids enjoyed playing at the Jurassic Park play area (only open until 6:20!) while we waited for everyone in our group to ride.

New Food Options

Minions Cafe is now open right next o Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Super Silly Fun Land! This all new quick service restaurant features perfectly round grilled cheese sandwiches, fun mac n cheese, and banana themed desserts. We ordered the grilled cheese which comes with a tomato soup dipper and fries and the chicken bacon mac n cheese. Definitely safe room for dessert, especially the Nutella Banana pudding! There are also two different collectable Minion sippers available for purchase which includes either a soft drink or a coffee.

Since the park closes at 8:00, you might want to consider eating dinner at Universal CityWalk. NBC Sports Grill & Brew is now open right across from the light up fountains. Guests can enjoy all-star food while watching popular live sporting events on an array of HDTV screens. The menu also offers 40+ beers and a menu curated by Executive Chef Marie Grimm. Even if you haven’t worked up an appetite, guests can still enjoy the huge 23 feet by 13 feet HDTV monitor from outside the restaurant!

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Hot Wheels Ultimate Drive Thru Experience Comes to Ontario

Mark your calendars and start your engines, because the Mattel Hot Wheels Ultimate Drive Thru Experience is happening at the Ontario Toyata Arena through January 3! Thank you Mattel for inviting us to check out this event for free.

Journey into a one-of-a-kind, contactless experience where the world of Hot Wheels comes to life right outside your windows! Drive through this LARGER THAN LIFE showcase of everyone’s favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks, specialty Monster Trucks, Garage of Legends vehicles, robots and more! EVERY ticket purchase includes a Hot Wheels 3-Car Pack and one FREE digital photo memory of your experience!

Where: Toyota Arena 4000 ONTARIO CENTER, ONTARIO, CA 91764

When: December 3 – January 3

  • Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 9om
  • Friday: 12pm – 9pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 10pm
  • Sunday: 12pm – 8pm

Tickets: Start at $45 per car online ($55 at the gate), Friday – Sunday $50 online, $60 at the gate. Buy tickets online here.

  • Ticket price is PER CAR
  • Admission includes a 3 pack of Hot Wheels, Lanyard, and 2 downloadable no-contact photo ops
  • Add on additional merch toy packs for $29.99


  • Hot Wheels Hall of Fame – Twin Mill®, Deora® II, Rip Rod®, Loop Coupe®, and the original Bone Shaker®
  • The Original Monster Truck, BIGFOOT®
  • BIGFOOT® #5, the World’s Tallest & Heaviest Monster Truck!
  • Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live’s Tiger Shark™, Demo Derby & V8 Bomber™
  • 4- Story MEGASAURAS!
  • Spectacular Light Tunnels

Know Before You Go

  • Wear a mask. All staff are wearing masks.
  • It took us an hour to get through the entire 1 mile course.
  • You may not exit your vehicle at any time.
  • No restrooms or snacks are available on location.
  • There are 3 light tunnels that flash and strobe.
  • Dogs are allowed in cars!