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Festival Details - "Holiday LIGHTS"...

More Than a Million Lights!

When the sun goes down, the gardens light up for the prettiest holiday stroll of the season, featuring more than a million lights throughout our 55 acres of beautiful botanic gardens. Enjoy seasonal favorites like real reindeer, a Poinsettia Tree, and TRAINS! lit up for the holidays. New this year, see the story of the Nutcracker unfold through a unique exhibit in our Historic Mansion & Museum, and experience the evening glow of Chihuly Nights, part of Chihuly at Cheekwood.

Visit Holiday LIGHTS every night of the week! New this year are Medical & Military Mondays, when Military, First Responders, and Healthcare Workers can enjoy half-priced admission every Monday night during the season. Tickets do sell out, so reserve your timed-entry tickets to Holiday LIGHTS in advance.Holiday LIGHTS Member Preview

Delight in the joy of the holiday season during Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood as we open exclusively for our members on Thursday, November 19 from 5 PM – 9 PM! Members will receive an additional 10% off in our Cheekwood Holiday Shop and Museum Gift Shop.

*Some exclusions may apply. Discount does not apply to previous purchases or in the Chihuly Exhibition Gift Shop.

  Cheekwood Estate & GardensReindeer Village

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.

 NEW! Children’s Wonderland

Step into our new Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden transformed into a Children’s Wonderland with our interactive Pinnacles of Light display featuring towering colorful cones programmed to festive holiday music.

 Dancing Lights of TRAINS!

See Cheekwood’s popular TRAINS! exhibit with all the bells and whistles the holidays have to offer. Located in the Turner Seasons Garden, this walk-through display appeals to young visitors as well as the young-at-heart.

  Cheekwood Estate & GardensNEW! Nutcracker Marche in the Mansion

The magic of The Nutcracker comes to life at Cheekwood! In partnership with Nashville Ballet, Cheekwood will display a collection of traditional and non-traditional nutcrackers and costumes from Nashville’s Nutcracker throughout the Historic Mansion & Museum. Witness this timeless holiday story unfold before your eyes through vignettes across Cheekwood’s period rooms.

 Poinsettia Tree

It wouldn’t be the holidays without Cheekwood’s beloved Poinsettia Tree! This year, our Poinsettia Tree will be on display in the Great Hall of the Frist Learning Center. Stop by to get a family photo in front of our iconic Poinsettia Tree!

 Rustic Christmas wreath, flat lay. Fir branches with red berries,pine cones,ribbon, scissors, cinnamon, cotton, apples on rustic wood. Atmospheric moody image at holiday workshop Cheekwood Estate & GardensHoliday Workshops

Roll up your sleeves and get creative with us! Sign up for one of our seasonal workshop offerings, like Live Greenery or Stained Glass for Beginners. Advanced registration required. LEARN ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS HERE.

 Cheekwood Holiday Shop

The Garden Gift Shop transforms into the Cheekwood Holiday Shop for the season with a large selection of holiday décor, ornaments, gifts, winter accessories, and glow items. LEARN MORE.

 Café 29

Step inside the Frist Learning Center Courtyard, and warm up with a hot seasonal drink and to-go food from Café 29. Choose from our made-to-order menu featuring soups, sandwiches, salads, baked goods, a children’s menu, snacks, coffee selections and alcoholic beverages.

  Cheekwood Estate & GardensS’mores Central

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 seasonal beverage, and take in the scenery.

 Chihuly at Cheekwood featuring Chihuly Nights

Experience the stunning works of artist Dale Chihuly like you’ve never seen before as Chihuly Nights meets Holiday LIGHTS. With 13 outdoor art installations lit up alongside more than a million twinkling lights, our gardens have never looked brighter.


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Nashville, TN United States
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