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How Knott’s ice show ‘Merry Christmas, Snoopy!’ sends skaters flying around its tiny stage

By in Press Enterprise on December 7, 2017

By Michelle Mills

One of the most popular productions during Knott’s Merry Farm is “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” The show, on weekends through Jan. 7, features top-notch ice skating performances to holiday music with vignettes starring the Peanuts characters.

Karen Kresge of Woodstock Ice Productions (which is owned and run by Charles Schulz’s daughter, Jill Schulz) has been creating, directing and choreographing Knott’s summer and holiday ice shows since 2000. She is a professional skater and was a soloist for the Ice Follies for 10 years.

As Kresge began her career as a director and choreographer, her friendship with Charles Schulz also started, as the Snoopy character was licensed to the Ice Follies and they worked together on tours and television specials. Later, she created, directed and choreographed more than 25 ice shows for and with Schulz at Snoopy’s Home Ice – The Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa.

  • Skaters perform in the Merry Christmas, Snoopy! ice show. The festively decorated Knott’s Merry Farm is open for the holiday season featuring the Christmas Crafts Village, Santa’s Christmas Cabin and a wide selection of shows Nov. 17, 2017. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)

  • Skaters perform in the Merry Christmas, Snoopy! ice show. The festively decorated Knott's Merry Farm is open for the holiday season featuring the Christmas Crafts Village, Santa's Christmas Cabin and a wide selection of shows Nov. 17, 2017. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)

    Skaters perform in the Merry Christmas, Snoopy! ice show. The festively decorated Knott’s Merry Farm is open for the holiday season featuring the Christmas Crafts Village, Santa’s Christmas Cabin and a wide selection of shows Nov. 17, 2017. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)

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