Family Friendly: Discover Cheekwood Holiday LIGHTS

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Living in Nashville during the holidays means one thing – visiting Cheekwood Holiday LIGHTS starting this Saturday, November 20 – January 9, 2021. This is hands down a Nashville tradition to be enjoyed by all of the family. Now in its 7th year, you can expect to experience over a million lights including enhanced display exhibits. Nashville’s only botanical garden is set to usher us into the holidays in a really magical way and we are excited to share some of the key moments you can expect to experience this year.


Fun for the kids and young at heart

This year, Cheekwood will introduce new elements to its “Children’s Wonderland” experience in the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden—a canopy tree draped in dripping lights and a sparkling chandelier over the Grandy Scarlett Studio Pavilion. Plus, you can also experience a new whimsical peppermint pathway and shimmering tunnel of light to the Bradford Robertson Color Garden. Santa will not officially be on-site this year but, children can still get their wish lists to him by visiting the Frist Learning Center to drop off their letters in a special mailbox for Jolly Ole St. Nick. Good news, the Reindeer Village is back featuring two real reindeers, too cute.

A Holiday Marketplace 

This year, the Holiday Marketplace expands in the Frist Learning Center Great Hall, where daytime and evening visitors can shop among a carefully curated selection of tabletop and home decor, ornaments, nutcrackers, custom-scented candles, winter accessories, and gifts for children of all ages.

Lights and Christmas Decor, of course 

There will be over 1 million lights to see during this holiday experience, including the Dancing Lights of TRAINS! display. In the Historic Mansion & Museum, a 20-foot Orchid Tree adorned with varietals of the tropical flower takes center stage in the Loggia to complement this year’s Mansion décor theme, “A Botanical Holiday.” Visitors will also enjoy over 35 Nutcrackers on display throughout the period rooms. There will also be s’mores pits and cash bars for seasonal drinks and hot toddies.

A Give Back for Frontline Workers 

Active duty and retired military personnel, active fire, police and EMT personnel will enjoy 50 percent off “Gardens Only” admission for Holiday LIGHTS for up to five immediate family members on Monday nights with a valid form of identification. As always, thank you for your service.

Purchase your tickets HERE.

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