Santa Claus visits Chimney Rock State Park

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Photo courtesy of Chimney Rock 

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will get families in the Christmas spirit early on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 9, when Santa practices for his big night at the Park! 

Organizers said at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on both days, Old St. Nick, with help from his special friends at Fox Mountain Guides, will practice for his Christmas Eve deliveries by rappelling down the Park’s 315-foot Chimney.

Since climbing down the Chimney is no easy feat, organizers said Santa will take breaks at the top of every hour starting at 11 a.m., so that he and Mrs. Claus can visit with children in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts. Children can get their photo taken with Santa during his break.

Complimentary cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will also be available for visitors. 

Individuals interested in upgrading their park admission to an annual pass can do so for $13 per adult and $5 per child. Those that want to purchase an Annual Pass or Rockin’ Discovery Pass for their loved ones can do so at a reduced rate of $25 per Annual Pass or $10 per Rockin’ Discovery Pass.

For additional information about Santa on the Chimney or the Park’s annual pass program, please visit