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