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Saturday, December 4

24th Annual Santa on the Chimney

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.

Chimney Rock has become Santa’s favorite place to train for his big night of deliveries. There’s no way he could make it down so many chimneys without practice. What better place to prepare and stay in shape than on one of the world’s largest chimneys at Chimney Rock State Park? Make your list and bring it to Santa, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies and meet live Park animal ambassadors.

Schedule of Events


Santa Repels Down the Chimney – 11am, 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm

Come cheer Santa on as he prepares for his big night!


Guided Hike with an Elf – 11:15am & 1:15pm

Explore the Hickory Nut Falls trail with one of Santa’s helpers on a moderate hike to one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. Meet in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts. (45minutes)


Winter Family Animal Encounters – 11:30am & 1:30pm

Join one of our Park Naturalist for an informal program where your family will meet a few of our animal ambassadors. This activity takes place on the Outcroppings Deck. (30 minutes)


Holiday Tunes with Lake Lure Classical Academy – 12:30pm

Join Lake Lure Classical Academy students and sing-a-long to some of your favorite holiday tunes.


Eddie Cabbage Types Your Letters to Santa

Local poet, Eddie Cabbage, types up your letters or wish lists to Santa on his vintage typewriter. 


Make Your Own S’mores

Pick up your s’more making kit at Cliff Dwellers Gifts and get started making this delicious treat, or simply just warm your paws at our bonfire station.


Create a Snowy Owl Ornament

Recycle ordinary pinecones into decorative ornaments. These adorable owls are perfect for holiday decorating!


Holiday Shopping

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Give endless adventure with an Adult or Youth Annual Pass. See a retail associate for more details!



Saturday, December 4
11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Chimney Rock, NC