Santa on the Chimney at Chimney Rock State Park

Santa on the Chimney

2020 Santa on the Chimney Dates: To be announced

*Please note: In 2020, events may be altered, postponed or cancelled as organizations and businesses follow state and local social distancing guidelines. Please check back frequently for updates.

Before traveling the world to climb down chimneys and deliver presents on Christmas, Santa practices in the Asheville area on one of the biggest chimneys of all!

The first two Saturdays in December mark Santa on the Chimney, a tradition that gives you and your family the opportunity to watch Santa rappel down the 315-foot granite outcropping that gives Chimney Rock State Park its name. Santa is assisted by his professional rock climbing buddies from Fox Mountain Guides.  

Chimney Rock State Park goes all out to welcome Santa for this only-in-Asheville holiday tradition. While the main event is watching Santa practice on the Chimney, you'll also enjoy live music, family-friendly activities, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and complimentary refreshments/snacks.

The Park is just 25 miles from downtown Asheville.

Experience the Tradition

2020 dates are to be announced. Santa typically rappels down the Chimney at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on the first two Saturdays of December. At the top of each hour between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Santa will take a break from climbing the Chimney so that he and Mrs. Claus can visit with children and families. You and your family can take complimentary photos with Santa (which will be available to download the next day). Local poet Eddie Cabbage will be available with his vintage typewriter to help children put together their Christmas wish lists. And, choirs will perform live from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Make sure to grab complimentary cookies and hot cocoa throughout the event!   

Want to be like Santa? Win a free climb with Santa's elves! Each day, one lucky guest will win free two-hour rock climbing lessons (for two people) with Santa's professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides.

What to Know: Santa on the Chimney 2020

  • 2020 Dates: To be announced
  • Location: Chimney Rock State Park (25 miles from downtown Asheville)
  • Time: To be announced
  • Admission cost: Regular park admission does apply but there is no additional cost to attend Santa on the Chimney


Updated August 26, 2020
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