Santa on the Chimney at Chimney Rock State Park

Santa on the Chimney

2021 Santa on the Chimney Dates: December 4 and 11

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, and the opportunity to take family photos on Santa's sleigh.

The Park is just 25 miles from downtown Asheville.

Experience the Tradition

Santa typically rappels down the Chimney the first two weekends of December. Local poet Eddie Cabbage will be available with his vintage typewriter to help children put together their Christmas wish lists. Cookies and hot cocoa are available for purchase.   

What to Know: Santa on the Chimney 2021

  • 2021 Dates: December 4 and 11
  • Location: Chimney Rock State Park (25 miles from downtown Asheville)
  • Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Admission cost: Regular park admission does apply but there is no additional cost to attend Santa on the Chimney


Updated October 21, 2021
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