Santa on Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock Park: Santa on the Rock

Saturday, December 3 & 10, 2016
Watch Santa Claus ready himself for clambering down chimneys across the world as he practices climbing one of the most famous chimneys of all, Chimney Rock! Watch him scale the 315-foot Chimney Rock before climbing down millions of much shorter chimneys all around the world on Christmas Eve. USA Today named Chimney Rock one of the top 10 places to catch up with Santa. Come and see why!

From 11 AM to 2 PM, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, complimentary hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities and see live critters. Annual Passholders are invited to a special holiday sale with 25% off their total retail purchase both days at Cliff Dwellers Gifts, which will be providing entertainment, artist demonstrations and refreshments. There is no additional cost with paid Park admission.

Santa on Chimney Rock

Mr. Claus will rappel from the top of Chimney Rock about every 30-45 minutes from 11 AM to 2 PM while spectators gather in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts (parking area) for live holiday music, refreshments and kids’ activities. Santa will be available in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts for photo opportunities. Mrs. Claus will serve delicious cookies and hot cocoa. Park mascot Grady the Groundhog or other live critters will make an appearance, and an educational display of animal skins and skulls will be on display by a State Park Ranger.

This event is included in regular park admission, $13/adults and $6/youth 5-15. 

Chimney Rock is located 25 miles southeast of Asheville in the Hickory Nut Gorge on Highway 64/74-A. The Park is the focal point of the developing Chimney Rock State Park. Street address for GPS: 431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC

For more about the Park, see our Chimney Rock Guide.

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