Santa on the Chimney at Chimney Rock State Park
By Jason Tarr
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
In 2021, Santa rappels down the Chimney on December 4 and 11. On those Saturdays, you can see him on the Chimney at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
After each trip down the Chimney, Santa will take a well-deserved break so that he and Mrs. Claus can take pictures with children and families. Local poet Eddie Cabbage will be available with his vintage typewriter to help children put together their Christmas wish lists.
Elves will also host guided hikes to Hickory Nut Falls at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., so you can explore the Park thanks to one of Santa’s helpers. In between, join naturalists on the Outcroppings Deck at 12:30 p.m. and meet some of our animal ambassadors during a live animal encounter.
The Park's restaurant, Old Rock Cafe, will host "Breakfast with the Elves" from 8-11 a.m. both Saturdays. The menu will include holiday-themed pancakes.
Other family-friendly activities will be available throughout the day including festive craft stations, s’more-making at the bonfire and live music. Cliff Dwellers and Sky Lounge Gifts will be open for holiday shopping. Complimentary hot cocoa and cookies will be provided, courtesy of Mrs. Claus.
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
- Please note: The event is weather dependent.