CHIMNEY ROCK, N.C. (WSPA) – Santa Claus is coming to town! To Chimney Rock, that is.
He and Mrs. Claus will be visiting Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 10th.
During his visits, St. Nick will be climbing down one of the world’s largest natural chimneys.
For more than 20 years, Santa has been using his Chimney Rock visits to practice for the night when he’ll be climbing down lots of chimneys and delivering toys to all the good boys and girls around the world.
On each of his visits, one lucky guest will win a two-hour rock climbing lesson for two with Santa’s professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides.
The winner of each drawing will be announced at 1:30 p.m., but you must be present to win.
Chimney Rock has been named one of “10 great places to catch up with Santa” and one of the 10 Best High Places in the World by USA Today.
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Weather permitting, brave ol’ St. Nick will descend from the top of Chimney Rock on a nearly 200-foot rappel about every 30-45 minutes.
When Santa isn’t climbing, kids are invited to visit with him and Mrs. Claus for photo opportunities, and enjoy holiday cookies, hot cocoa, and kids’ activities.
You may also get to meet Grady the Groundhog and other live woodland critters that wouldn’t survive at the North Pole.
On December 10th, the Chase High School Jazz Band from Forest City will be performing some holiday favorites from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Local poet Eddie Cabbage will be hand-typing “made to order” poems for kids and their parents on his vintage typewriter. Donations for the poems are requested.
There is no additional cost for the event with paid Park admission.
“Santa on the Chimney has become a much-anticipated annual event that draws folks from all over the region,” said Mary Jaeger-Gale, General Manager at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. “It’s a very unique and fun way for families to enjoy time together during the holiday season.”