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Step into a winter wonderland designed to create an unforgettable, immersive and engaging experience that has become a favorite Nashville holiday tradition.
When the sun goes down, the gardens light up for the prettiest holiday stroll of the season, featuring one million lights, photo opportunities, and unique lights displays throughout our beautiful botanic gardens.
There’s only one place in Nashville that has real reindeer – Cheekwood! Two of Santa’s most trusted companions will be visiting from the North Pole every night of Holiday LIGHTS and during our daytime hours. Stop in for a chat with the Reindeer Keeper and grab seasonal food and drink, like hot chocolate and cider, along with hot toddies, beer, wine and liquor.
All decked out for the season, classic holiday decorations bring out the beauty inside and outside the Cheekwood Mansion, featuring a 20’ tall poinsettia tree and art exhibits currently on display in the Mansion Art Galleries including Selections from The Cheekwood Collection and Umwelts 2019 (As The Crow Flies): David Brooks.
All aboard the North Pole Express! Hop aboard at Cheekwood’s new train depot featuring a slide, climbing net and more for the kiddos all surrounded by an immersive, larger than life train display all lit-up for the season.
Meet Jolly Ole St. Nick himself in Cheekwood’s Historic Stable and Tack Room located in the Frist Learning Center!
Warm up in the Frist Learning Center and enjoy the sounds of season as carolers sing holiday favorites every night from 6-9 PM. Visitors are highly encouraged to suggest carols and join in the singalongs!
20’ Tall Poinsettia Tree
Located in the Cheekwood Mansion Loggia, our Poinsettia Tree features over 500 poinsettias and is the perfect picture spot.
NEW! Poinsettia Wall
Stop by the Frist Learning Center to enjoy our Holiday Carolers, and get the perfect family photo in front of our new Poinsettia Wall.
Get warm by the fire and roast a marshmallow or two! Located at the bottom of the mansion drive, our fire pits are the perfect spot to take a break, grab a drink and take in the scenery.
Treat your family to a day of tasty fun with our Gingerbread Workshops. Roll up your sleeves and create a beautifully delicious gingerbread masterpiece. They are almost too pretty to eat. Well, almost!
Looking for that perfect holiday gift? Whether you’re looking for unique handmade jewelry or holiday trinkets to display this season, we’re open year round to meet all your gift giving needs. During Holiday LIGHTS our gift shops will also be selling “glow” goodies so you can wear lights while you are surrounded by lights!
Step inside the Frist Learning Center and warm up at Café 29 with a hot seasonal drink, hot food and the sounds of the season as Carolers take over the Great Hall.
Create a wreath for your door in our holiday-themed greenery workshops!
Ceramic Ornament Decorating
It’s time to get crafty this holiday season and decorate a keepsake ornament.
Late Night LIGHTS!
Experience the glow in the final hours of the exhibition. Discounted tickets will available for purchase at the gate after 8:30 PM on the night of your visit. *Tickets may not be combined with any other discount, promotion, or special offer. Valid onsite only.
To thank our servicemen and women, Cheekwood is offering half-priced admission every Monday throughout Holiday LIGHTS for active and retired military personnel and their immediate families. Please present Military ID upon arrival. *Not valid for Late Night LIGHTS or combined with any other discount or coupon. Valid onsite only.
Pet Portraits with Santa
Celebrate the pawlidays with a Christmas keepsake photo of your furbaby with Santa!
Umwelts 2019 (As the Crows Flies): David Brooks
2019 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence David Brooks’ work explores the connection between the built and natural worlds.
Selections from The Cheekwood Collection
Located in the Mansion Art Galleries, step inside and see significant works from Cheekwood’s permanent collection acquired from the 1960s to the present.
Holiday LIGHTS Express: Antique Toy Trains
This year, Cheekwood will provide a festive display of one of America’s most popular holiday customs, Christmas trains. Holiday LIGHTS Express: Antique Toy Trains is an exhibition of model trains from the 1920s and 1930s set in the traditionally decorated Cheekwood Recreation Room.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS TICKETS
Merry & Bright Package
Bundle and save! Get 2 Holiday LIGHTS tickets, 2 Drink Tickets, and a S’mores Kit for two! Package is good for any night of Holiday LIGHTS.
Family LIGHTS Package
Create lasting holiday memories with the whole family! Get 2 Adult Tickets, 2 Youth Tickets and 2 pairs of 3D Holiday Specs that instantly transform holiday lights into magical illusions, including snowflakes, elves, candy canes and snowmen. Package is good for any night of Holiday LIGHTS.
INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*
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*Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205(Neighborhood: Belle Meade)