Owner Bubby Knott has been adorning his farm with Christmas regalia for the past 17 years. “Christmas is a special time for me and my family,” Knott says. “Most people in our community are not as fortunate as I have been, so it’s my way of giving back to my community for all the opportunities that I’ve been afforded in my lifetime.”
Lots of Southern Maryland folks appreciate Knott’s generosity and find visiting his farm at Christmastime a perfect way to celebrate the season. Jessica Blizzard of California visits with her family each year. “Flat Iron Farm is a wonderful place to get the family into the Christmas spirit,” she says. Betsy Lampo, an 18-year resident of Lexington Park, agrees: “During the holiday season, Flat Iron Farm is one of my favorite places to visit. The light displays are gorgeous.” So whether you are from St. Mary’s County or you live nearby, you will be glad to make the trip to Knott’s Christmas wonderland.
There is much to do and see when you visit Flat Iron Farm with your family. From driving through the farm and seeing the lights – “If I had to guess, I would say that there are over a half million lights on display at Flat Iron Farm,” Knott explains – to visiting the Candy Cane house, there is plenty of Christmas cheer for everyone on hand. The kids will truly enjoy the Santa’s Workshop display, which Knott describes as “one of a kind.” There is also a large collection of John Deere items and a fantastic working train display. Not wanting to forget the reason for the season, the farm includes a painted manger scene that covers the entire back wall of one of the horse barns.
An old antique store and several Christmas country stores offer visitors the opportunity to do some shopping as well. Among the many offerings, you’ll find old-fashioned candies and McCutcheon’s jellies and jams available for purchase. Christmas decorations, crafts and toys are sold as well.
In the middle of all of the Christmas merriment kids can also ride a pony inside the large riding arena, where they can have their picture taken for a small fee (a great gift idea). Don’t forget to take the kids to the petting zoo, too! Most fun of all is to visit Flat Iron Farm on a cold December night, so that when you have finished your visit you can roast marshmallows over one of the fire pits. Just remember to BYOM (bring your own marshmallows). Other refreshments are available for purchase.
Knott reminds visitors to turn their car radios to 88.7 FM and enjoy the music that is synchronized to the dazzling light display. Previous years’ musical selections have included Charlie Brown’s “Linus and Lucy” theme and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Wizards in Winter.”
The great news is that a visit to Flat Iron Farm is free of charge. Knott’s hope is to simply bring to those who visit a little Christmas joy. Acknowledging that Christmas can be a financial burden, he says, “Some people are not able to have the smallest of Christmas opportunities to share with their families, so charging someone to attend would only wipe out the Christmas spirit that I propose by inviting everyone to my home.”
Lots of people will attend Christmas Eve church services early so that they still have time to take in the light display and other festivities before putting the little ones to bed. A visit to Flat Iron Farm on December 24 would make for a magical Christmas Eve. Plan a visit this Christmas, and it is sure to become a family tradition, if it is not already one. ✦
Christmas Town at Flat Iron Farm 2011 will begin on Thanksgiving and remain open every Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. until two weeks prior to Christmas, when it will be open every day from 6 to 9 p.m. until New Years Eve. The farm is located at 45840 Highway to Heaven Lane, off of Flat Iron Road, in Great Mills.