CHIMNEY ROCK — For the past 23 years, Santa has been visiting Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park to practice for his Christmas Eve debut. On Dec. 5th & 12th from 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. (weather-permitting), jolly ol’ St. Nick will continue this festive tradition by rappelling down one of the world’s largest Chimneys.
At the top of every hour, with assistance from Fox Mountain Guides (his professional helpers), Santa will make his famous descents, while families cheer him on. In order to stay healthy for his big upcoming night, he won’t be able to pose for photos this year, but he will have a great photo op set up for those looking to get some holiday family photos or selfies.
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 either mail to Santa or keep as a memento. Holiday tunes will also be provided by hammered dulcimer player, John Mason.
“Santa has been practicing for his big night on our Chimney for over 20 years!” said Emily Walker, general manager, Chimney Rock Mgt., LLC. “He realizes that if he can master this one, he can make it down any chimney on his list.”
An assortment of other activities will also be offered, including guided hikes with elves, a family animal encounter, making s’mores over a bonfire, and holiday shopping at our gift shops. Warm snacks and holiday treats will also be available for purchase.