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Santa to visit Chimney Rock

Santa Claus prepares to rappel down Chimney Rock. Donated photo Santa Claus prepares to rappel down Chimney Rock. Donated photo

Old Saint Nick will visit Chimney Rock State Park in Rutherford County Saturdays, Dec. 4 and 11, practicing his chimney-climbing game on the iconic rock as Christmas festivities abound. 

Santa will rappel down the Chimney at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. each day, taking a break after each trip to meet visiting children with Mrs. Claus. 

The day will also include breakfast with the elves from 8 to 11 a.m., Santa photos and one-of-a-kind wish lists typed up on the vintage typewriter of local poet Eddie Cabbage. 

At 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., elves will host guided hikes to Hickory Nut Falls, and guests can join naturalists on the Outcroppings Deck at 12:30 p.m. to meet the park’s animal ambassadors. The day will also feature live music, festive craft stations, s’more making at the bonfire and live music. 

The event is free with park admission.

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