Holiday LIGHTS

November 23, 2019 – January 05, 2020   |   5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Step into a winter wonderland designed to create an unforgettable, immersive and engaging experience that has become a favorite Nashville holiday tradition.

Holiday LIGHTS Tickets

Advanced Tickets are strongly recommended as the event does sell out. As a nonprofit, net proceeds benefit Cheekwood’s mission-directed programs and activities. Click here to learn more about Cheekwood’s mission. Click here to learn everything you need to know before Holiday LIGHTS.

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.
*Available for online purchase only.

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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.
*Available for online purchase only.

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Holiday LIGHTS is presented by  


With special thanks for the installation to:


Holiday LIGHTS

When the sun goes down, the gardens light up for the prettiest holiday stroll of the season, featuring one mile of lights, photo opportunities, and unique lights displays throughout our beautiful botanic gardens.

Holiday LIGHTS Displays

Reindeer 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.  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.

Cheekwood Mansion

All decked out for the season, classic holiday decorations bring out the beauty inside and outside the Historic Mansion & Museum, featuring a 20’ tall poinsettia tree and art exhibits currently on display in the art galleries including Selections from The Cheekwood Collection and Umwelts 2019 (As The Crow Flies): David Brooks.

Dancing Lights of Trains

Bask in the colorful, dancing lights at the North Pole Express! Located in the Turner Seasons Garden, trains chug along their tracks all lit up for the season.



Santa Visits

Meet Jolly Ole St. Nick himself in Cheekwood’s Historic Stable and Tack Room located in the Frist Learning Center!

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Santa Visits sponsored by 

Holiday Carolers

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 Historic Mansion & Museum Loggia, our Poinsettia Tree features over 500 poinsettias and is the perfect picture spot.

Poinsettia Tree sponsored by 


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.



S’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 drink and take in the scenery.


Gingerbread Decorating

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!

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Gift Shops

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!



Café 29

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.



Greenery Workshops

Create a wreath for your door in our holiday-themed greenery workshops!

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Ceramic Ornament Decorating

It’s time to get crafty this holiday season and decorate a keepsake ornament.

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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.

Military Mondays

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, as well as active first responders and their immediate families. Please present relevant ID upon arrival. Not valid for Late Night LIGHTS or combined with any other discount or coupon. Valid onsite only.

Photo courtesy of Jayme-Rhae Edwards.

“Pawliday” at Cheekwood

Enjoy a dog-friendly day and celebrate the pawlidays at Cheekwood!

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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.

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Selections from The Cheekwood Collection

Located in the art galleries, step inside and see significant works from Cheekwood’s permanent collection acquired from the 1960s to the present.

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Perle Fine.  Pure Myth, 1948-49. Oil on canvas.  Gift of the Berezov Family. 1994.21.

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.

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Volunteer for Holiday LIGHTS

Help celebrate the holidays by volunteering for Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights event! Volunteers help as greeters, event assistants, Santa’s assistant and more! Send questions to

Volunteer Application

Holiday Parties

Step into the holiday experience for a turnkey holiday party solution for your family, friends, coworkers, team, or even corporate partners!

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Group Rates

Adult $18
Youth $12

Adult $20
Youth $14

*Rates Subject to Change 

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Want to skip the driving altogether? Use code CHEEKWOODHL19 with Lyft and save 10% off one ride to or from Holiday LIGHTS.


Parking is free on site, but please note that parking is limited.

Go Green and Skip the Lines!

Enjoy the seasonal merriment the easy way! Every Friday and Saturday, November 29th– December 28th, park your car at 30 Burton Hills Blvd. and hop aboard the Gray Line shuttle. Located just a few minutes away from Cheekwood, the shuttle service is included with your pre-purchased Holiday LIGHTS ticket.

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