New Year’s Eve at Knott’s Berry Farm is theme park fun and post-Christmas feel good vibes rolled into one. To ring in 2012, Knott’s Berry Farm featured a “Charlie Brown Christmas” theme that delighted visitors from throughout the Inland Empire, Southern California and beyond.
For the uninitiated, Knott’s is a theme park born out of a berry farm first cultivated by the Knott family in 1920 (Walter Knott invented the boysenberry on the Knott’s farm in 1932). Today, the park features a variety of attractions, amusements, and activities for the entire family.
Technophiles will be happy to learn that Knott’s has an app that you can download to your smart phone. The app has everything you need to know about Knott’s, including information about rides and attractions; GPS capabilities to help you find fun, food, restrooms, or anything else near you at the park; and a friend finder feature to help you keep track of your party. We liked the app map better than the printed one we got at the entrance.
We started our adventures in the early afternoon by checking out the roller coaster offerings, including the Jaguar, Silver Bullet, and Ghost Rider. By the time we were done, we felt a little loopy, so we headed over to the nearest food stand and washed down the coasters with some fizzy soda (we got one of those souvenir bottles that has $2 refills — good deal). Of course, we came back for more roller coasters later in the day, because, well, roller coasters.
Next, we wandered through the gorgeous scenery at Indian Trails and Ghost Town. (Did you know there’s a tomb that you can stand on and feel a heartbeat?) We saw fellow park visitors riding horse-drawn Conestoga wagons and rode on the Calico Railroad for a tour of nearly half the park. It was just our luck to have our train held up by old-fashioned train bandits, but, unfortunately for them, we had none of the gold nuggets, silver nuggets, or chicken nuggets they were looking for.
We dined at the Ghost Town Grill, one of the in-park sit down restaurants. Like other locations throughout the park, the Grill serves the same famous Mrs. Knott’s chicken dinner as they do at the aptly-named Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant just outside the park entrance. Paired with mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and a biscuit, it was delicious!!
After dinner, we checked out the Calico Mine Train (a family must) and the Skycabin (easy on the post-dinner stomach) and enjoyed some of the warm, oozy boysenberry pie that Knott’s is known for.
As midnight approached, a fog fell over the park and we headed over to Calico Square where people began congregating as they waited for the fireworks show. Park visitors were treated to fun, glittery party hats at several points throughout the park. We hit up the midway games for a while and saw a kid win a massive stuffed polar bear. When midnight fell, we rang in 2012 with everyone at the park to a great big bash.
Overall, Knott’s is a great place to celebrate New Year’s, especially if you’re looking for something other than the club scene. Bring more family and friends for more fun.
Preview dated December 16, 2011. Updated January 1, 2012.
Knott’s Berry Farm will have something for everyone this New Year’s Eve (NYE) with a variety of dance music, a Beatles tribute band and a live performance by the popular band, The Clueless Remix featuring DJ Reeso. All this, plus Knott’s rides, attractions and a Midnight Mayhem Fireworks Show in Calico Square will make Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration the place to ring in 2012.
Guests can put on their dancing shoes and get on the dance floor as Knott’s rolls out two dance parties in the park. The evening will include salsa instruction in Knott’s Fiesta Plaza and line dancing in Knott’s Wilderness Dance Hall. For those who love the music of the 60’s, Beatles tribute band Abbey Road will be performing as well as Caravan’s Steel Drum Band and The Clueless Remix featuring DJ Reeso!
At Midnight, the skies above Calico Square will be ablaze with color as Knott’s rings in the New Year with a Midnight Mayhem Fireworks Show.
Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration is included with regular daytime admission. Park hours are 10 am to 1 am. Knott’s season pass holders will be able to renew their passes for only $59.99 on New Year’s Eve, guaranteeing another year of family fun.