Santa Claus is coming to town! Chimney Rock hosts Santa on the Chimney

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Photo credit: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Saturday’s annual holiday features rappelling Santa, holiday activities

Santa will practice for his big night of deliveries on Saturday during Santa on the Chimney at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

At 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., Old St. Nick with help from his special friends at Fox Mountain Guides, one of Western North Carolina’s premier climbing schools, will practice for his Christmas Eve deliveries by rappelling down the Park’s 315-foot Chimney.

Santa will take breaks at the top of every hour starting at 11 a.m., so that he and Mrs. Claus can visit with children in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts. Children can get their photo taken with Santa during his break.

Free digital copies of Santa photos will be available for download after the event on the Park’s Facebook page.

Boys and girls who haven’t had a chance to make their wish lists can stop by poet Eddie Cabbage’s table, where Cabbage will help kids put their wishes on paper using his old-fashioned typewriter.

A variety of animal education programs by a Park naturalist and a make- a-holiday craft table will also be offered. Complimentary cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will also be available for visitors.

At the conclusion of Saturday’s event, there will be a special drawing for a two-hour climbing lesson from Fox Mountain Guides, Santa’s special climbing friends.

All events during the Santa on the Chimney are included with the cost of Park admission.

Individuals interested in upgrading their Park admission to an annual pass can do so for $13 per adult and $5 per child. Those that want to purchase an Annual Pass or Rockin’ Discovery Pass for their loved ones can do so at a reduced rate of $25 per Annual Pass or $10 per Rockin’ Discovery Pass.

Adult and children’s annual passes give passholders unlimited access to the Park during regular hours, discounts to area attractions, exclusive invitations to passholder-only events throughout the year and more.

For additional information about Santa on the Chimney or the Park’s annual pass program, visit or

Dec. 9 Santa on the Chimney Schedule

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.- Eddie Cabbage will type up wish lists for kids
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Holiday crafts will take place in front of Cliff Dwellers.
  • 11-11:30 a.m. - Kids can visit and get their photo taken with Santa
  • 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.- Santa rappels from the Chimney
  • 12-12:30 p.m.- Kids can visit and get their photo taken with Santa
  • 12:30-1 p.m.- Santa rappels from the Chimney
  • 1-1:30 p.m.- Kids can visit and get their photo taken with Santa
  • 1:30-2 p.m. -Santa rappels down the Chimney