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Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

Holiday LIGHTS | November 20 – January 9

Savor the sights and sounds of the 2021 season at Cheekwood and make lasting memories with Nashville’s favorite holiday tradition. Enjoy a one-mile walk through the enchanting Holiday LIGHTS display, featuring with over a million lights glowing throughout the gardens.

• One Mile of Lights

• Real Reindeer

• S’Mores Pits

• Cash Bars with seasonal drinks and hot toddies

• Holiday Marketplace in the Frist Learning Center

About the Event  

  • What are the dates for Holiday LIGHTS?

    Holiday LIGHTS is open 7 days a week starting November 20, 2021 – January 9, 2022.

    *Please note: Cheekwood is closed Thanksgiving Day and Night, Christmas Day and Night, and New Year’s Day. Cheekwood will be open New Year’s Night (January, 1, 2022) from 5 – 10 PM

    *Please note starting November 16th Cheekwood closes at 4 PM to prepare for Holiday LIGHTS and will reopen at 5 PM beginning November 20th for Holiday LIGHTS.

  • What are event hours?

    Entry times are available every 30 minutes from 5 PM to 8:30 PM. Cheekwood closes at 10 PM.

     

  • Where do I park?

    Cheekwood has parking onsite. During busy days and events parking may be limited, and you will be directed by security to park in overflow parking.

  • Is there a drop off area for rideshare?

    Yes, Parking LOT A is the designated drop off and pick up area for rideshares.

Tickets  

  • What is the admission cost?

    Holiday LIGHTS tickets will go on sale October 1 (Members) and October 15 (Not-yet Members).

    Adults
    Gardens Only $26 | Gardens and Mansion $28

    Senior (65+)
    Gardens Only $26 | Gardens and Mansion $28

    Student (with ID)
    Gardens Only $26 | Gardens and Mansion $28

    Youth (3-17)
    Gardens Only $20 | Gardens and Mansion $22

    Ages 2 & Under
    Gardens Only Free | Gardens and Mansion Free

    Members receive a $10 discount per ticket based upon their membership level. Please note a service fee of $2 will be added to each ticket.

  • What is the service fee?

    The service fee is in place to cover ticketing software expenses, administrative costs, and transaction fees for each ticket.

  • What is Merry and Bright Flexible Admission gift package?

    The Merry and Bright Flexible admission gift package includes 2 Holiday LIGHTS Gardens & Mansion entry tickets (valid for any night of Holiday LIGHTS November 20, 2021, through January 9, 2022), 2 drink tickets, 2 s’mores kits and 10% off in the Holiday Marketplace.

    Specific entry date and time is not required in advance. Just present your certificate upon arrival.

    Members:$100 and Non-Members:$125

    Package will go on sale 11/8/21

  • What are Late Night tickets?

    $20 Late Night Lights Garden Only Tickets are available every Monday-Thursday at 8:30 PM during Holiday LIGHTS. Please note that Cheekwood closes at 10 PM. Late Night Lights tickets are non-refundable and can only transferable to a Monday-Thursday at 8:30 PM during Holiday LIGHTS.

  • How do I purchase tickets?

    Reserving a timed-entry ticket in advance for the time and day of your choosing is the best way to guarantee your entry into the gardens. No tickets will be sold onsite.

    If you are having trouble purchasing online, please email Visitor Services at info@cheekwood.org or call 615-353-6965 and provide your contact information, date and time you would like to visit, and number of people in your party and they will reach out to you to help you secure your ticket. Please note that this could take up to 48 hours.

    Click here to learn more.

  • Do I need to reserve tickets for my child that is under 2?

    Tickets are required for ALL guests, including children under 2.

  • Do Cheekwood Members need to buy tickets?

    Yes. Cheekwood Members receive a discount per ticket based upon membership level. If the Cheekwood membership is a Family One, Family Two or Contributing Level you will receive five discounted youth tickets.

  • The date I want is sold out, can I buy tickets at the door?

    All available tickets are posted on Cheekwood’s online ticket calendar. If tickets are sold out for a given time or day, please select another date or time to visit or continue to check the calendar for real time updates. When reserved tickets are cancelled, the ticketing system automatically releases these for online reservations.

  • Does my daytime admission give me access to Holiday LIGHTS?

    No, admission to Holiday LIGHTS and Cheekwood require separate tickets. Holiday LIGHTS is a special ticketed event with admissions starting at 5 PM. If you visit Cheekwood during the day, regular admission prices apply. If you have both regular admission and Holiday LIGHTS tickets, you must exit the garden by 4 PM and return to enter Holiday LIGHTS at your designated timed entry.

  • Can I use my reciprocal membership?

    No. Reciprocal membership discount is not valid for this special event.

  • Can I use my coupon or guest pass?

    No. Discount passes, coupons, and promotional codes are not valid for this special event unless they specifically state Holiday LIGHTS.

  • How do I reserve my military, fire, police and EMT discounted tickets?

    Active duty and retired military personnel, active fire, police and EMT personnel (with valid ID) get 50% off up to 5 tickets for immediate family every Monday night on Holiday LIGHTS “Gardens Only” tickets using the promotion code MondayHL. If you are unable to present a valid ID then the discount will be void and you will need to purchase admission to visit Cheekwood. Tickets purchased with the MondayHL promotion code are not valid for 8:30PM Late Night Lights tickets and are non-refundable but can only be transferred to another available Monday night during Holiday Lights 2021. 

  • Should I arrive in advance of my ticketed time slot?

    We strongly advise that you plan on arriving 15 minutes prior to your entry time to allow time for parking. To provide you with the best experience, entry is granted based on the time designed on your ticket.

  • Do I have to leave before the next entry group?

    No, the ticket is for your entry time only. You can stay at the property for as long as you want, within operating hours, of course.

  • Is there a limit to the number of tickets I can purchase?

    Yes, guests may order 14 tickets per transaction.

    For parties of 15 or more please visit our group tour page for more information and to request a group reservation.

  • If I am delayed and miss my slot can I join a later slot?

    We will try and accommodate you on the next available slot within Holiday LIGHTS operations hours on the night of your visit. Please ensure you leave enough time to arrive on time if you are traveling a long way.

Cancellation, Exchanges, and Refunds  

  • Can I get a refund?

    Cheekwood is unable to offer refunds once Holiday LIGHTS tickets have been purchased. In the event you are unable to use your ticket, please consider your purchase a donation to Cheekwood a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

  • Can I change the date of my tickets?

    The event will be held rain or shine, and no refunds will be issued as a result of inclement weather while the event remains open.  If, however, the event is closed or postponed due to severe weather, ticket holders will be offered a transfer to another day or refund.

    Tickets are nonrefundable outside of the event being closed or postponed due to severe weather, but may be transferred one time to another date in advance of your scheduled date and time of visit for a fee.

    Tickets can only be transferred within the same program. Exchange is based on availability and is not guaranteed. A new receipt will be sent from info@cheekwood.org once the transfer is complete, which can take up to 24 hours. If your request cannot be completed, a Visitor Services Representative will reach out to you.

  • What will happen if the weather is bad? Will Holiday LIGHTS be cancelled?

    Holiday LIGHTS is an outdoor illuminated event. If the weather presents a hazard and a risk to safety and Holiday LIGHTS, you will be notified by email and you will be informed of the re-booking process. We advise you to check the website or social media for the latest updates before you travel to Holiday LIGHTS.

  • If I'm unable to attend on a different day can I get a refund?

    Cheekwood is unable to offer refunds once Holiday LIGHTS tickets have been purchased. In the event you are unable to use your ticket, please consider your purchase a donation to Cheekwood a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

  • I have booked for the wrong day. Can I transfer to another day?

    Tickets are non-refundable but can be transferred in advance of your original scheduled date and time of visit. Ticket transfers are subject to a transfer fee per ticket. To request a ticket transfer, click here.

  • I have lost my ticket. What can I do?

    If your tickets are lost or if you require your e-tickets to be re-sent to you please contact us at info@cheekwood.org. We can also find your order by your last name upon arrival at the event.

  • I have a question that is not listed here. Who can I speak to for more information?

    Chat with us online!

    Email: info@cheekwood.org

    Call: 615-353-6965

Holiday LIGHTS Experience  

  • How long is the walk?

    The Holiday LIGHTS route is a little over a mile long. This is a self-guided walking event, there are no shuttle or tours.

  • Is the path dark or covered?

    In some areas the lighting will be low level as part of the experience. The path is not covered, and all guests are reminded that this is an outdoor illuminated event, and the weather may be inclement. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for winter.

    The parking area including the pedestrian walkways are uneven terrain, please use caution.

  • What are the last entry times?

    The last time slot is 8:30 PM, and Cheekwood closes at 10 PM.

  • What time does the event close?

    All visitor must exit the grounds by 10 PM.

  • Can I take photographs?

    Yes! Please use the hashtag #CheekwoodLights to share your experience. While waiting for that perfect shot, please do not block pathways or the view of others. No tripods allowed. Photographs and videos are not to be used for commercial purposes. No night commercial photography is allowed during Holiday LIGHTS.

  • Can I bring a drone?

    No, drones are not allowed.

  • Are dogs allowed?

    Dogs, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed on-site outside of special dog-friendly events, like Dog Nights of Summer, Dogs & Dogwoods, and Pooch Parade.

    Please note that Emotional Support Animals are not considered service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA.

  • Will Holiday LIGHTS be open during inclement weather?

    Holiday LIGHTS is a rain or shine event. Cheekwood reserves the right to shut down or cancel the event if weather conditions are assessed to pose a risk to our guests’ safety.

  • Is there ADA access?

    Yes. The event is accessible for wheelchairs, mobility assistant devices, and strollers. Cheekwood provides complimentary manually-operated wheelchairs as a courtesy to our guests. They are available on a first come, first served basis and can be checked out from the Visitor Services Center.

  • Do you have accessible parking?

    Yes, accessible parking spaces are available.

  • Is the Holiday LIGHTS trail accessible for wheelchair users?

    The route is designed so that it can be viewed solely from even paths.

    Cheekwood is committed to making its exhibitions, programs and services as accessible as possible, and is actively working to make its grounds and facilities user-friendly. However, due to the historic nature of much of the gardens and mansion, some areas may present challenges to those in wheelchairs, or who have difficulty walking or climbing. 

  • Does it get cold?

    Yes. Holiday LIGHTS is open during all weather conditions unless otherwise noted.

  • Can I purchase food and drink onsite?

    Yes, a selection of food and drink will be available to purchase.

  • Can I bring food and drinks?

    Guests are welcome to bring their own food. We have several benches on the grounds or you can bring a blanket. Glass containers and alcohol are not permitted.

    Alcoholic beverages are available at Café 29 and at bar stations located throughout the gardens during seasonal festivals and special events.

  • What shopping facilities are there?

    Cheekwood will debut a Holiday Marketplace in the Frist Learning Center opening November 20th. In addition, you can shop the Mansion Gift Shop, a “Gardens & Mansion Access” ticket is not required to access the Mansion Gift Shop.

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