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Thursday, November 21 - Saturday, February 29

Winter “Love” Photo Contest
Time: Park hours
Cost: No additional cost to enter.

Winter can be the most beautiful time of the year at Chimney Rock. Leafless trees make for expansive views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. The sky is clear; you’re likely to find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the peacefulness and love of nature. The theme for this season’s photo contest is “Love”. Capture that special moment or scene on your camera, enter it in our Winter “Love” Photo Contest and tell us about it. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.

GREAT PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS:

First Place – An overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to Chimney Rock, brunch for two at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours

Second Place – A Chimney Rock prize package including two passes to Chimney Rock, lunch for two at the Old Rock Café and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

People’s Choice – Selected by our Facebook fans, the winning photo will be featured as the cover photo of our Facebook page for two weeks and the cover of our Pinterest board of winning photos. Prize includes two Park admission tickets, lunch for two at the Old Rock Café and a $20 gift certificate for Old Time Photo in Chimney Rock Village.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken inside Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between November 21, 2019 – February 29, 2020.
    The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers.
  2. Up to three photos per person can be submitted via any of the following ways to be eligible to win:
    1. Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page and share our photo contest post on your wall. Then post your photo to our wall with the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words) through your personal Facebook account. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
    2. Pinterest: First, re-pin our photo contest pin to one of your boards and follow our 2017 The Different Seasons of Chimney Rock Spring Photo Contest Board so we can easily contact you. Then pin your photo with the hashtags #chimneyrock AND #photocontest with your personal account, and include the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words).
    3. Twitter: First, follow Chimney Rock Park and retweet our tweet about the photo contest. Then tweet your photo to @ChimneyRockPark with the photographer’s name and the hashtag #photocontest. Next, send us private messages with your brief photo caption.
    4. E-mail: If you don’t have access to any social media sites listed above, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to visit@chimneyrockpark.com.
    5. Snail Mail: Send your print photo with the clearly marked photographer’s name, city & state, a brief typed photo caption and a phone number to: Photo Contest, Chimney Rock Management LLC, PO Box 39, Chimney Rock, NC 28720.
  3. Every entry should be clearly labeled with the photographer’s name, city & state, a brief photo caption your photo of the Seasons of Chimney Rock, an email address and the best phone number to reach you.
  4. Photos should be available at a minimum resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (1 MB minimum) to be eligible to win. Photos taken via smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are welcome if they meet minimum requirements.
  5. For entries showing human faces, you must list their name(s) and have written permission from any photographed person(s) to use their image.
  6. Entries should reflect the photographer’s interpretation of love at Chimney Rock. Emphasis will be placed on quality, composition and creativity. All entries may be used in promotions of Chimney Rock and park-related activities.
  7. Digital images can be optimized but not dramatically altered with photo editing software. Black and white photographs are welcome.
  8. Decisions of the judges are final.

Winners will be notified and announced at chimneyrockpark.com and on Chimney Rock’s social media channels. For more information, call 1-800-277-9611 or email us at visit@chimneyrockpark.com.

Saturday, December 7

Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Join Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves for a morning of breakfast, Christmas crafts and a special Christmas story at 10 a.m. You’ll not only enjoy festive breakfast foods, but you’ll also get to share your wish list with Mrs. Claus and learn a little more about Jolly Old St. Nick.

 

Cost: Event included with the purchase of breakfast.

Saturday, December 7

Santa on the Chimney
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The first two Saturdays of December are some of the most magical days of the year for Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. On December 7th & 14th, jolly ol’ St. Nick will be practicing for his big upcoming night by rappelling down the Chimney at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day.

At the top of every hour, Santa will take a break, so that he and Mrs. Claus can visit and take photos with children and their families. Local poet, Eddie Cabbage, will also be available to help kids put together their Christmas wish lists. Using his vintage typewriter and pieces of parchment paper, Cabbage will type up a one-of-a-kind, personalized wish list that kids can give to Santa or keep as a memento.

Holiday music will be provided from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. each day of the event. A band or choir from local schools will make musical guest appearances at each event.

The Park’s restaurant, Old Rock Café, will host Breakfast with the Elves from 8:00-11:00 a.m. Families can order a variety of holiday breakfast items, enjoy holiday music and hear Mrs. Claus tell a very special Christmas story at 10 a.m. After your hearty breakfast, head on up the mountain to see Santa preparing for his big debut with assistance from his professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides.

An assortment of other activities, including animal encounter demonstrations, holiday craft stations, and complimentary cookies and hot cocoa will also be available.

This event is included with general park admission and is weather permitting. Park tickets can be purchased online or at the Ticket Plaza upon arrival.

Friday, December 13

Quick and Easy One-Pot Meals Cooking Class at the Old Rock Cafe
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost: $50 per couple; $30 per individual

The holidays can be stressful, to say the least. Why worry about wasting time washing dishes when you can create the perfect holiday meal using just one pot. Join Old Rock Café’s Chef Randall Spencer for this cooking class focused on one-pot meals that will please the whole family. Come hungry, because you’ll get more than just a sample of each dish and a drink included as part of this class. Register for this event below.

 

 

Saturday, December 14

Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Join Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves for morning breakfast and a special Christmas story at 10 a.m. You’ll not only enjoy festive breakfast foods, but you’ll also get to share your wish list with Mrs. Claus and learn a little more about Jolly Old St. Nick.

Saturday, December 14

Santa on the Chimney
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The first two Saturdays of December are some of the most magical days of the year for Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. On December 7th & 14th, jolly ol’ St. Nick will be practicing for his big upcoming night by rappelling down the Chimney at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day.

At the top of every hour, Santa will take a break, so that he and Mrs. Claus can visit and take photos with children and their families. Local poet, Eddie Cabbage, will also be available to help kids put together their Christmas wish lists. Using his vintage typewriter and pieces of parchment paper, Cabbage will type up a one-of-a-kind, personalized wish list that kids can give to Santa or keep as a memento.

Holiday music will be provided from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. each day of the event. A band or choir from local schools will make musical guest appearances at each event.

The Park’s restaurant, Old Rock Café, will host Breakfast with the Elves from 8:00-11:00 a.m. Families can order a variety of holiday breakfast items, enjoy holiday music and hear Mrs. Claus tell a very special Christmas story at 10 a.m. After your hearty breakfast, head on up the mountain to see Santa preparing for his big debut with assistance from his professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides.

An assortment of other activities, including animal encounter demonstrations, holiday craft stations, and complimentary cookies and hot cocoa will also be available.

This event is included with general park admission and is weather permitting. Park tickets can be purchased online or at the Ticket Plaza upon arrival.

Saturday, December 21

Naturalist Niche: Winter Walk
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $13 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.

Thursday, December 26 - Tuesday, December 31

Winter Break Family Fun
Time: 2pm daily
Cost: Included with Park admisson.

Winter is the perfect time for exploring the Park. Leafless trees make for more places to enjoy the views and picture taking. Chimney Rock celebrates this winter break by offering our popular Family Animal Encounters for this one week, too. Join us daily at 2pm to hear what our Animal Educators would be doing if they were still living on the wilder side during these chillier months ahead.

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