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Santa Climbs Down the Chimney December 6 and 13

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Despite his doctor’s orders, Santa is at it again! Jolly old St. Nick will be visiting Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park to climb down one of the world’s largest natural chimneys from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 6 and 13. For more than 20 years, Santa Claus has practiced at Chimney Rock for his big evening when he climbs down millions of chimneys worldwide delivering Christmas presents to little boys and girls.

Each weekend, 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. and 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. For Park hours, rates and in case of inclement weather, visit chimneyrockpark.com.

Fearless St. Nick will descend from the top of Chimney Rock on a nearly 200-foot rappel about every 30-45 minutes, weather permitting. 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. Weather permitting, you can also meet Grady the Groundhog or other live woodland critters that wouldn’t survive at the North Pole. Local poet Eddie Cabbage will be on 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 Shannon Quinn-Tucker, PR and Promotions 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.”

Check off your holiday shopping list with a discount on Annual Passes and a special sale of 25 percent off retail for Annual Passholders on December 1 to 15 at the Sky Lounge Gift Shop. Guests who upgrade their admission to Annual Passes are also eligible for this sale.

For a limited time, new adult Annual Passes are available for only $25 ($3 off regular price) and Grady’s Kids Club Passes for only $10 (a $2 savings) at the Park and in the online store November 28 through December 23. Start saving with discounts on Park retail and dining, along with savings at Biltmore, Mast General Store and many local favorites. To learn about Passholder benefits and buy your upgrade online, visit chimneyrockpark.com.

The event is sponsored by Fox Mountain Guides and Coffee on the Rocks in Chimney Rock Village.

Watch Santa’s extreme stunt in a 50-second video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3XO_DyFtuU

Winterfest. After Santa’s big climb on the Chimney, join him for an old-fashioned Christmas in Chimney Rock Village beginning at 3 p.m. Bring your kids for photo opportunities with Santa on Main Street, trolley and hay rides and live music performances. Shops in the Village will stay open late for holiday shopping, and the Old Rock Café will be open for dinner until 7 p.m.

Other community holiday events open to the public include the Annual Chili Cook-off and Tree Lighting from 5-9 p.m. on December 5 at the Chimney Rock Volunteer Fire Department and The Gathering Place in Chimney Rock Village, and the Annual Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge Holiday FunRaiser Gala at 6:30-10 p.m. on December 11 at the Lakeview Restaurant at Rumbling Bald resort.

Best known for its stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure and a 26-story elevator that whisks you to the top of Chimney Rock, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers scenic hiking trails, guided rock climbing, nature education programs and ancient geological features that attract visitors from around the world. Chimney Rock is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or go to chimneyrockpark.com to plan your visit. To learn more about Fox Mountain Guides or book a rock climbing lesson, visit foxmountainguides.com or call (888) 284-8433.

 

 

 

Santa Climbs Down the Chimney December 7 and 14

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Despite his doctor’s orders, Santa is at it again! Jolly old St. Nick will be visiting Chimney Rock to climb down one of the world’s largest natural chimneys from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 and 14. For more than 20 years, Santa Claus has practiced at Chimney Rock State Park for his big evening when he climbs down millions of chimneys worldwide delivering Christmas presents to little boys and girls.

Each weekend, one lucky guest will win free two-hour rock climbing lessons for two with Santa’s professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides. The winner of each drawing will be announced at 1:30 p.m. and you must be present to win. Chimney Rock was 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. For park hours, rates and in case of inclement weather, visit chimneyrockpark.com.

Fearless St. Nick will descend from the top of Chimney Rock on a nearly 200-foot rappel about every 30-45 minutes, weather permitting. Kids are invited to sit on Santa’s lap for photo opportunities, meet Mrs. Claus, and enjoy holiday cookies, hot cocoa and kids’ activities. Weather permitting, you can also meet Grady the Groundhog or other live woodland critters that wouldn’t survive at the North Pole.

New this year are performances by the Lake Lure Classical Academy’s fifth grade chorus, a group of 40 children, and their rock ‘n’ roll band. On Dec. 14 only, the choir will perform at noon, followed by the rock ‘n’ roll band comprised of high school and middle school students at 1 p.m.

“For more than twenty years, families have come to watch Santa prepare for his big night by practicing on the Chimney. We’re excited to bring our community’s children together to share their talents at this fun, family-friendly holiday event,” said Matt Popowski, PR and Events Manager, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

Check off your holiday shopping list with a discount on Annual Passes and a special sale of 25 percent off retail for Annual Passholders on December 1 to 15 at the Sky Lounge Gift Shop. Live holiday music and refreshments will be provided. There is no additional cost with paid Park admission. The event is sponsored by Fox Mountain Guides and Coffee on the Rocks in Chimney Rock Village.

Watch Santa’s extreme stunt in a 50-second video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3XO_DyFtuU

Santa’s Village. After Santa’s big climb on the Chimney December 7, join him for an old-fashioned Christmas in Chimney Rock Village from 5-7 p.m. Bring your kids for photo opportunities with Santa on Main Street, caroling and a bake sale, leading up to a tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Gathering Place. Shops in the Village will stay open late for holiday shopping, and the Old Rock Café will be open for dinner until 7 p.m.

Other community holiday events open to the public include the Annual Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge Holiday FunRaiser Gala at 6:30-10 p.m. on December 5 at the historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn, followed by the Annual Chili Cook-off and Bingo at 5-9 p.m. on December 6 at the Chimney Rock Volunteer Fire Dept.

Holiday Specials. For a limited time, new adult Annual Passes are valid for 18 months and are available for only $23 ($5 off regular price) at the Park and in the online store November 25 through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. Start saving with discounts on Park retail and dining, along with savings at Biltmore, Mast General Store and many local favorites. To learn about Passholder benefits and buy your upgrade online, visit chimneyrockpark.com.

Best known for its stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers scenic hiking trails, guided rock climbing, nature education programs and ancient geological features that attract visitors from around the world. Chimney Rock is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or go to chimneyrockpark.com to plan your visit. To learn more about Fox Mountain Guides or book a rock climbing lesson, visit foxmountainguides.com or call (888) 284-8433.

The Lake Lure Classical Academy, a Challenge Foundation Academy, is a tuition-free public charter school open to all North Carolina students. Opened in fall 2010, the school currently serves grades K-10 and will add a grade level each year until the school reaches 12th grade in fall 2015. The curriculum utilizes the Core Knowledge Sequence, a detailed outline of specific content to be taught in language arts, history, geography, mathematics, science and fine arts. Learn more at llca.teamcfa.org.

Santa on the Chimney Celebrates 20 Years December 8 and 15

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Watch for a man in a big red suit with a long, white beard climbing down the chimney. It’s Santa Claus, of course, but that’s no ordinary chimney. It’s Chimney Rock, one of the world’s largest natural chimneys. St. Nick practices for his big evening when he’ll climb down millions of chimneys delivering Christmas presents to little boys and girls. And he’s back again for the 20th year! Come see Santa practice climbing down Chimney Rock more than 1,000 feet above Hickory Nut Gorge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 and 15, weather permitting. Chimney Rock was named one of “10 great places to catch up with Santa” by USA Today.

Fearless St. Nick will descend from the top of Chimney Rock about every 30-45 minutes, and between climbs he’ll be available for photo opportunities. Kids are invited to sit on Santa’s lap and meet Mrs. Claus, snack on holiday cookies and hot cocoa and engage in kids’ activities. Weather permitting, you can also meet Grady the Groundhog or other live woodland critters that wouldn’t survive at the North Pole. Annual Passholders can get their holiday shopping done with a special sale of 25 percent off retail on December 1 to 16 at the Sky Lounge Gift Shop as they enjoy live holiday music and refreshments.

Win a Free Climb with Santa’s Elves. Each day, one lucky guest will win free two-hour rock climbing lessons for two with Santa’s professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides. The winner of each drawing will be announced at 1:30 p.m.; you must be present to win. To learn more about Fox Mountain Guides or book a rock climbing lesson, visit foxmountainguides.com or call (888) 284-8433. There is no additional cost with paid Park admission. In case of inclement weather, check chimneyrockpark.com for the event status.

Fun Depot Fun With Santa Tomorrow Saturday December 17

Friday, December 16th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Don’t forget Saturday is breakfast with Santa at Asheville‘s Fun Depot from 9am-11am – FREE!! Bring your cameras for FUN pics!

Fun Depot Fun With Santa December 17

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Breakfast with Santa at Asheville‘s Fun Depot on Dec 17th from 9am-11am – FREE!! Bring your cameras for FUN pics!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Santa To Practice Chimney Climbing December 3 and 10 at Chimney Rock

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

CHIMNEY ROCK NC – How is Santa able to climb down millions of chimneys around the world in a single night? He practices, of course! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., December 3 and 10, visit Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park to see Santa practice climbing on one of the world’s largest chimneys at 315 feet tall. Guests can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, complimentary hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities and see live critters. Annual Passholders are invited to a special holiday sale with 25% off their total retail purchase both days at Cliff Dwellers Gifts, which will be providing entertainment, artist demonstrations and refreshments. There is no additional cost with paid Park admission. In case of inclement weather, check chimneyrockpark.com for the event’s status. Chimney Rock was named one of “10 great places to catch up with Santa” in 2008 by USA Today.

“Santa has a challenging job climbing down millions of chimneys Christmas Eve, so he practices to be ready for it,” said Matt Popowski, PR and Events Coordinator, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. “It’s just as entertaining as it sounds and a fun way to kick off your holiday traditions for kids and adults!

Climbing Santa.  Mr. Claus will rappel from the top of Chimney Rock about every 30-45 minutes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while spectators gather in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts for live holiday music, refreshments and kids’ activities. Between noon and 1:30 p.m., Santa will be available in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts for photo opportunities and to meet the children. Mrs. Claus will be present also, serving delicious cookies and hot cocoa while visiting with children. Park mascot Grady the Groundhog or other live critters will make an appearance for kids, and an educational display of animal skins and skulls will be on display by a State Park Ranger. On December 3, live music will be provided by Joe Collins, award-winning vocalist, songwriter and national champion mountain dulcimer performer. John Mason, who has toured the Southeast for 30 years playing the hammered dulcimer and is the Park’s featured musician, will be performing on December 10. The event is being co-sponsored by Coffee on the Rocks in Chimney Rock Village.

Hours, Admission & Trail Changes.  Current seasonal hours are daily 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the Ticket Plaza closing at 4:30 p.m. Park admission is $12 for adults, $5 for youth ages 6-15 and free for ages 5 and under. On December 5, winter hours go into effect. The Park will be open Thursday – Monday, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the Ticket Plaza closing at 4:30 p.m. Winter admission, effective Dec. 5, will be $9 for adults and $4 for youth ages six through 15. Children under six are admitted free. Starting Dec. 5, due to winter capital improvements, the Outcroppings and Skyline trails, Chimney and points of interest above, such as the Opera Box, Devil’s Head and Exclamation Point, will be closed to the public.

Holiday Specials. Annual Passholders are invited to a special holiday sale with 25% off their total retail purchase at Cliff Dwellers Gifts on December 3 and 10 for Santa on the Chimney. Entertainment, artist demonstrations and refreshments will be provided at the gift store both days. For passholders unable to attend during Santa on the Chimney, the 25% off discount sale will be valid from December 3 through December 11. Guests who upgrade their admissions to Annual Passes are also eligible.

Adult Annual Passes, a great stocking stuffer for family and friends, will be available for $20 during a holiday special November 25 to December 24, 2011. Guests who visit the Park during discounted winter admission rates can save money by upgrading their admission tickets to Annual Passes for only $11 for adults and $4 for youth (ages 6-15) within 30 days of purchase. Buy your upgrade online, call 800-277-9611 or show your receipt at the Ticket Plaza on your next visit within 30 days.

Fun Holiday Facts.

  • Based on 2010 population estimates by the United Nations Children’s Fund, Santa would have to make about 842 million stops on Christmas Eve, traveling some 221 million miles.
  • At 315 feet tall, Chimney Rock is one of the world’s tallest chimneys. This 535-million-year-old natural wonder is also among the world’s oldest chimneys. Today, it is one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular outdoor destinations.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, and the second highest waterfall of its kind in the eastern United States. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com. More information on current Capital Improvement projects at chimneyrockpark.com/progress or by calling 800-277-9611.