Last weekend the older kids and I packed up our warm clothes, umbrellas and our happy selves and went on down to Knotts Merry Farm for a media day o’ merry fun (all opinions are my own). To our happy surprise, the rain stopped just before we arrived and we were able to ride all of the rides, eat all of the food, see all of the sights and enjoy ourselves as much as we wanted. Apparently plenty of other Knotts lovers felt the same way, because the park was actually quite busy.
This was our first time to Knotts Merry Farm and by far, our favorite. Knotts Berry Farm is the perfect natural location for Christmas. Seriously. The deco just goes perfectly with Christmas decorations.
Highlights of Knotts Merry Farm:
“It’s Christmas Snoopy On Ice” – was by far the best show on ice I’ve seen. The elaborate costumes combined with ice skating stunts and the peanuts gang all under a half hour was superb.
Santa’s Christmas Cabin - located in the Wilderness Dance Hall. It was warm and cozy, with loads of treats like cinnamon buns, ice cream, coffee, cookies and Santa!
Christmas on Engine 41 – although “Tom Sugarfoot” freaked my kids out a bit with all of his innocent questions, the ride aboard the calico steam train is always fun.
Camp Snoopy comes alive at night with lights! – Camp Snoopy came alive when the sun went down with music and millions of twinkly lights.
Although I did not intend to stay at Knotts Merry Farm for the entire day, we ended up doing just that. With a delicious dinner at the Ghost Town Grill, which I highly recommend, Christmas shopping in Calico, rides in Camp Snoopy and so much more – we had a GREAT time. Thank you Knotts Berry Farm for a truly wonderful day!
On Sunday, the “day of rest” I took the day off. I didn’t lift a finger.
No laundry, no dishes, no cooking. And no sweeping.
Because I was so lazy, this is what I got on Monday.
Yes. In just one day.
I’m going to blame the holidays for the extra crumbs because I just can’t bear the thought that this is my life now.
I think whenever you’re expecting a new baby, whether it be your first or your five hundreth, choosing the babies “first gift” is huge and unforgettable. It’s like, setting the stage for what is to come.
The first gift I bought my first born was an outfit. I would wander the baby aisles alone and daydream about what my perfect angel child would wear.
The first gift I bought my second born was a lovey. Similar to this one. It was an important moment for my oldest son and I, as he helped choose the gift. He and I wandered the baby aisles daydreaming what it would be like to have a little girl in the house.
The first gift I bought my third born was also an outfit. My oldest son and daughter and I would wander the baby aisles and daydream about the chaos that our house was soon going to become.
The first gift I bought my fourth born was this lovey. My oldest daughter helped me pick it out. We chose purple, a color we don’t see around here too often – because everything.is.pink. We walked around the baby aisles daydreaming about what it’ll be like to have a full house.
There are few things in life that make me as happy as the events and activities leading up to Christmas. I love, love, love the holidays, the genuine merriment of the season, the cold air, the twinkly lights, the warm baked cookies and seeing my children’s faces light up when they see Santa Claus. Or as my 3 year old daughter calls him “Santa Flaws”.
It is no wonder that one of my favorite holiday activities is taking my children to the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train - where magic, beauty, genuine family wholesomeness and merriment combine to create a one of a kind experience. It’s these special experiences that I hope my children carry with them throughout their lives.
A lot of my real life friends have asked me recently what makes it worth it to go to the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train. Being that we live kind of far away and the cost to attend is not expensive, but not inexpensive either. And I simply say: “there is no better Santa visiting experience in Southern California”. And I truly mean that when I say it.
A visit to the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train consists of holiday activities like cookie decorating, carnival games, story time with Mrs. Claus (or Mrs. Flaws as my daughter would say), coloring and list making, hay maze, millions of twinkly light decorations, hot chocolate and popcorn, bounce house, a night time ride aboard the “polar express” train that takes riders through the historic Irvine Regional Park to the “North Pole” and lastly, a visit to see the big man himself-Santa Claus.
New to the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train for 2013:
- All activities now take place inside the locomotive loop
- The entire locomotive loop is decorated to be a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkly lights
- A hay maze!
- Go through the Winter cottage and enter for a chance to win a train set
- Tickets to ride the train must be purchased online
I cannot express enough how wonderfully amazing the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train is. You must go and experience it for yourself.
Tickets to ride the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train must be purchased online. Some activities cost money.
Tickets were provided for review purposes. However all opinions are my own.
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