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Saturday, December 1

Breakfast with the Elves at the Old Rock Cafe
Time: 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Cost: Event free with purchase of breakfast
Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Join Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves for a magical Christmas breakfast at Old Rock Café before visiting Santa on the Chimney. Your kiddos can order a variety of Christmas-themed breakfast items, enjoy holiday music, hot cocoa and write or draw their list for Santa. Mrs. Claus will share her favorite Christmas story as a special treat at 10am and Santa’s elves will be stopping by tables during the breakfast to chat with kids.

Saturday, December 1

Santa on the Chimney
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park Admission

Because of rainy conditions, Santa will not be rappeling down the Chimney on Saturday, Dec. 1. He will however be visiting with kiddos and all other activities will take place. 

There’s no way Santa could make it down so many chimneys without practice. What better place to prepare for his Christmas deliveries 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 and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities, meet live Park animal educators and more.

Win a Free Climb with Santa’s elves! Each day, one lucky guest will win free two-hour rock climbing lessons for two with Santa’s professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides.

Event Schedule

11-11:30 a.m. – Santa photos/Family activities/Wish List Making with Eddie Cabbage

11:30am-12pm- Family activities/Live Music from Lake Lure Classical Academy

12-12:30pm- Santa photos/Family activities/ Live Music from Lake Lure Classical Academy/Wish List Making with Eddie Cabbage

12:30-1pm- Family activities

1-1:30pm- Santa photos/Family Activities/Wish List Making with Eddie Cabbage

1:30-2pm- Family activities/Wish List Making with Eddie Cabbage

2pm- Guided hike with Santa’s Christmas Elf on the Great Woodland Adventure

 

Saturday, December 8

Canceled: Breakfast with the Elves at the Old Rock Cafe
Time: 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Cost: Event free with purchase of breakfast
Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Because of forecasted winter weather on Saturday, Dec. 8, Breakfast with the Elves has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Join Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves for a magical Christmas breakfast at Old Rock Café before visiting Santa on the Chimney. Your kiddos can order a variety of Christmas-themed breakfast items, enjoy holiday music, hot cocoa and write or draw their list for Santa. Mrs. Claus will share her favorite Christmas story as a special treat at 10am and Santa’s elves will be stopping by tables during the breakfast to chat with kids.

Saturday, December 8

CANCELED: Santa on the Chimney
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park Admission

Because of forecasted winter weather on Saturday, Dec. 8, Santa on the Chimney has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Sorry for the inconvenience.

There’s no way Santa could make it down so many chimneys without practice. What better place to prepare for his Christmas deliveries 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 and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities, meet live Park animal educators and more.

Win a Free Climb with Santa’s elves! Each day, one lucky guest will win free two-hour rock climbing lessons for two with Santa’s professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides.

Event Schedule

11-11:30 a.m. – Santa photos/Family activities/Wish List Making with Eddie Cabbage/Live music from Hendersonville Symphony Children’s Choir begins

11:30am-12pm-Santa rappels down the Chimney/ Family activities/Wish List Making with Eddie Cabbage

12-12:30pm- Santa photos/Family activities/ Live Music from /Wish List Making with Eddie Cabbage/ Live music from Hendersonville Symphony Children’s Choir continues

12:30-1pm- Santa rappels down the Chimney/ Family activities/Wish List Making with Eddie Cabbage

1-1:30pm- Santa photos/Family Activities/Wish List Making with Eddie Cabbage

1:30-2pm- Santa rappels down the Chimney/Family activities/Wish List Making with Eddie Cabbage

2pm- Guided hike with Santa’s Christmas Elf on the Great Woodland Adventure

Friday, December 21 - Tuesday, March 19

Rockin’ Winter 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. You may even see a critter scamper by you in the forest. Capture that special moment or scene on your camera, enter it in our Winter Wonders 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 December 21, 2018 – March 19, 2019.
    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 a face of 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.

Wednesday, December 26 - Saturday, December 29

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.

Saturday, December 29

Naturalist Niche: Winter Tree ID
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder,; Advance registration required

It’s no surprise that recognizing trees without their leaves can be tricky! Bark, twigs and buds are your best tools when familiarizing yourself with our woody friends this time of year. Join naturalist and author Ron Lance to demystify the art of knowing your trees no matter the season. This hike is considered moderate.

We  love our visitor’s furry friends, but we do understand that some hike participants may consider animals a distraction on the trail. Pets are not allowed on Naturalist Niche hikes because of this. Hikes are geared for adults.

Cost includes Park admission for the day.

Space is limited to 15. Please call 828-625-9611 ext. 1810 to register.

 

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