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Saturday, December 2

26th Annual Santa on the Chimney

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
**Update 12/1**
**It looks like we are receiving some much-needed rain in WNC this weekend. Unfortunately, rainy weather leads to unsafe climbing conditions for Santa and his helpers. Santa will not be rappelling tomorrow, December 2nd, due to rainy conditions.
However, elves will still be at the Old Rock Cafe serving a festive pancake breakfast starting at 8am. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the park from 11am to 2pm for photos, and you can still make a holiday ornament and enjoy cookies and hot cocoa in the Sky Lounge. The weather is looking better for our second Santa on the Chimney event next weekend, December 9th.**

Santa has a big job climbing down all the chimneys in the world on Christmas Eve. What better place to practice for the big night than on one of the world’s largest natural chimneys? Come cheer Santa on as he rappels down the 314-foot Chimney Rock with help from our friends at Fox Mountain Guides. Plus, write a letter to Santa, make a holiday craft, take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hike with an elf, and meet live Park animal ambassadors.

Schedule of Events: 

Santa rappels down the Chimney – 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm
Come cheer Santa on as he prepares for his big night!

Photos with Santa – 11:15am-1:45pm
Get your photo made with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Guided hike with an Elf – 11:30am
Explore the Hickory Nut Falls trail with one of Santa’s helper on a moderate hike to one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. Meet in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts. (45 minutes)

Winter Animal Encounters – 12:30pm
Join one of our Park Naturalists 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
Enjoy some of your favorite holiday tunes on the dulcimer with local favorite, John Mason.

Write a letter to Santa
Write a letter or send your wish list to Santa. Give your letter to Santa himself of keep as a souvenir.

Create a holiday ornament
Make a festive outdoor-themed holiday ornament with one of Santa’s helpers.

Holiday Treats
Help yourself to complimentary cookies and hot cocoa by the elevator tunnel.


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


chimney rock state park