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December 01, 2022

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Cheekwood’s Holiday LIGHTS Open Nov. 19

New installations this year include a Bejeweled Bridge, brightly lit playhouses and whimsical seven-foot Luminary Lanterns.

Nashville’s classic tradition Holiday LIGHTS returns Saturday, November 19, 2022, and runs through January 8, 2023. In the setting of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, light displays with over one million lights are featured along a one-mile walking path. 

“Now in its eighth year, Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood is a must-see tradition for families and visitors throughout Middle Tennessee. Each year, we offer a brilliant display of lights throughout the grounds, offering a truly quintessential holiday experience,” says Jane MacLeod, Cheekwood President/CEO.

With twinkling lights and dazzling delights to see throughout nine of Cheekwood’s 13 distinct gardens, there is something fun for everyone to enjoy. New installations this year include a Bejeweled Bridge, brightly lit playhouses and whimsical seven-foot Luminary Lanterns, accompanying beloved favorites such as Dancing Lights of TRAINS!, Starfield, and Candy Cane Lane.

Holiday Décor in the Mansion

Inside the Cheekwood Mansion the historic period rooms will feature several trees bedecked with dried and silk florals, and festive holiday décor includes pampas grass, sun palms, pink poinsettias and exotic greenery. Highlights include the iconic 20-foot-tall pink Poinsettia tree on display in the Loggia and over 50 nutcrackers nestled throughout the rooms of the mansion. While indoors, visitors are welcome to view the art exhibitions Inside the World of Charles Addams and Glamour & Style: Portrait Photography from the Golden Age of Cinema.

Holiday Marketplace

Inside the Frist Learning Center, the Holiday Marketplace rivals Santa’s workshop, featuring a nine-foot ornament wall filled with garden-themed ornaments, among many other holiday merchandise offerings. Highlights include holiday jewelry, winter accessories, nutcrackers inspired by those on display in the mansion, Christmas cardinal items, and much more. Shop in the daytime or evening for gifts for loved ones or for a memento of a holiday experience at Cheekwood.

S’mores Stations and Seasonal Libations

While out exploring the luminous landscape, guests can stop by one of the many bar kiosks throughout the grounds for refreshments, with seasonal libations including spiked hot cocoa and apple cider. Nikki Darling’s Vanilla Bean S’mores kits will be available, in both milk and dark chocolate, for purchase at the s’mores stations behind the Holiday Marketplace in the Frist Learning Center.

Weekend Visits with Santa

Families can visit with St. Nicholas every Saturday and Sunday starting November 26th and 27th through December 24th. The visits will be held in the Frist Learning Center Tack Room. 

Dog Visits with Santa

Special dog-themed Santa visits will take place on Saturday, December 4th and 18th outside of the stable at the Frist Learning Center.

Late Night Lights

Late Night Lights will offer a discounted ticket price for those who wish to experience Holiday LIGHTS later in the evening. The $20 per person Gardens Only passes allow entry at 8:30 PM or later Monday through Thursday.

Military Mondays

Cheekwood is pleased to offer Military Mondays throughout the season. Military personnel and first responders, along with up to five immediate family members, are offered 50% discount on Gardens Only admission on Monday evenings.

The ‘Merry & Bright’ package returns this year with two adult admission passes, two drink tickets and two s’mores kits all in one convenient purchase. The package costs $100 for members and $125 for non-members.

Cheekwood members are invited to view Holiday LIGHTS before it officially opens to the public. A special member preview evening takes place Friday, November 18. Members receive discounted tickets throughout the season.

The seasonal festival will be open seven nights a week except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Timed-entry tickets must be purchased online in advance. To learn more about Holiday LIGHTS and to purchase tickets visit, cheekwood.org.

 

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 3-year-old Ezra.