Cheekwood Museum and Botanical Gardens

(615) 356-8000
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN, USA

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Cheekwood is considered one of the finest American Country Place Era estates in the nation. Formerly the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, the extraordinary 1930s estate, with its Georgian mansion and 55 acres of cultivated gardens and expansive vistas, today serves the public as a botanical garden, arboretum, and museum with historic rooms and art galleries, showcasing works from its 7,000 piece permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions. The property includes 12 distinct gardens and a mile-long woodland trail featuring modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture.

As part of its 60th anniversary as a public institution, Cheekwood will open the new Bracken Foundation Children's Garden this March, featuring two acres of private gardens, secret nooks, hidden spaces and water features, including a Turtle Pond, Wishing Well, Art Studio, Living Library, Labyrinth, Adventure Walk, and Little Woods designed especially for toddlers with a Tea House, Story Tree, Fairy Garden and more.

Cheekwood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, was voted Best Museum and Tourist Attraction by Nashville Parent, Best Outdoor Fun by Nashville Scene, and is a USA Today Top 10 Botanical Garden.


Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood • November 20 – January 10

5 – 10 PM, 7 Days a Week

Holi’Day’ at Cheekwood

9 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesday – Sunday

Experience a million lights and a million magical moments throughout Cheekwood’s historic estate. Enjoy seasonal favorites like Santa’s Reindeer, Trains, Poinsettia Tree, and more. Plus, come see what’s new to find out why Holiday LIGHTS is Nashville’s favorite holiday tradition.

New for 2020, step inside the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden as it is transformed into the Children’s Wonderland filled with towering colorful cones of light.

Enjoy Nutcracker Marche in the Mansion featuring original stage props and costumes from Nashville’s Nutcracker in partnership with the Nashville Ballet, surrounded by over 80 traditional and non-traditional nutcrackers.

And for this year only, don’t miss Chihuly at Cheekwood with over 15 large-scale installations by glass artist Dale Chihuly throughout the gardens and mansion.

Roast s’mores in our s’mores pits, and grab a holiday libation at our bar stations for the perfect winter evening.

Cheekwood is offering half-price “Gardens-only” tickets for Military & Medical Personnel and First Responders every Monday during Holiday LIGHTS with advanced reservations at cheekwood.org.



Advanced reservations are required and capacity is limited. Reserve today at cheekwood.org.

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