Holiday LIGHTS Member Preview

November 21, 2019   |   5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Holiday LIGHTS Member Preview

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



*Late Night LIGHTS! tickets not valid for Holiday LIGHTS Member Preview.

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

All aboard the North Pole Express!

Hop aboard at Cheekwood’s new train depot featuring a slide, climbing net and more for the kiddos all surrounded by an immersive, larger than life train display 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.


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.


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 Historic Mansion & Museum, 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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