Holiday LIGHTS

November 20, 2021 – January 09, 2022   |   5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

Holiday LIGHTS

Savor the sights and sounds of the season at Cheekwood and make lasting holiday memories with fun activities for all ages. Our enchanting Holiday LIGHTS experience is Nashville’s favorite holiday tradition, with one mile of lights glowing throughout the gardens.

Santa will not be on-site during Holiday LIGHTS, but children can still get their wish lists to him. Visit the Frist Learning Center where kids can drop off their letters in a special mailbox for Jolly Ole St. Nick.

 Check out our “Know Before You Glow” to learn more about ticket options for Holiday LIGHTS.

Know Before You Glow

Holiday LIGHTS Tickets | Gardens Only

Holiday LIGHTS Tickets | Gardens & Mansion

Merry and Bright Gift Package

Holiday LIGHTS is presented by


Marlene and Spencer Hays Foundation

With special thanks for the installation to


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, s’mores stations, and TRAINS! lit up for the holidays. New this year, begin your journey on Peppermint Path featuring clusters of candy cane coated cylinders. The arches in the Bradford Robertson Color Garden come alive as you make your way through the interactive Tunnel of Lights.

Open 7 Nights a Week

Visit Holiday LIGHTS every night of the week! Active duty and retired military personnel, active fire, police and EMT personnel get 50% off “Gardens Only” tickets every Monday night throughout Holiday LIGHTS. Tickets do sell out, so reserve your timed-entry tickets to Holiday LIGHTS in advance. For more information on the Military Monday discount, please review our Know Before You Glow.

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 Friday, November 19 from 5 PM – 9 PM! Members will receive an additional 10% off in our Holiday Marketplace and Museum Gift Shop.

Reindeer Village

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 learn more about our resident reindeer, Tinsel and Twinkle.

Children’s Wonderland

Step into our Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden and be transformed into a Children’s Wonderland with our interactive Pinnacles of Light display featuring towering colorful cones programmed to festive holiday music. New this year, see the Grandy Scarlett Studio Pavilion all decked out for the holidays featuring a Sparkling Chandelier cascading from the ceiling.

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.

A Botanical Holiday in the Mansion

Be sure to visit the Historic Mansion & Museum to see holiday decor featuring a broad assortment of botanicals and textures and a collection of over 40 nutcrackers on display throughout the period rooms. Also on view are special exhibitions, INTERVENTIONS: Fortuna by Beth Katleman and Manhattan Memories: Soaring Towers and Park Visions of Jefferson Hayman and A.C. Webb.

NEW! Orchid Tree

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a grand tree of live botanicals created by Cheekwood’s gardening team. This year’s 20-foot tree is designed with a stunning arrangement of orchids.

NEW! Holiday Marketplace

Cheekwood will debut its own Holiday Marketplace this year featuring festive merchandise including home decor, custom-scented candles, nutcrackers, winter accessories, holiday stationary, and more. Come shop in the Great Hall of the First Learning Center beginning Saturday, November 20.

Advanced reservations required for all happenings, workshops, and classes. Additional fees may apply. Capacity is limited.

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