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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.
It’s no surprise that recognizing trees in the winter 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 is a moderate, two-hour hike. Please register below.

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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