An exciting announcement from our friends over at Cheekwood about their upcoming Holiday Lights.
Cheekwood’s Holiday LIGHTS Opens November 19
Presented by Truist and The Marlene and Spencer Hays Foundation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville’s classic holiday tradition returns Saturday, November 19, 2022, and runs
through January 8, 2023. In the setting of the timeless Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, elegant and
creative light displays with over one million lights are featured along a one-mile walking path. Voted
Best Event/Festival (Local) in the Nashville Scene’s 2021 Best of Nashville Reader’s poll, Holiday LIGHTS
at Cheekwood is enjoyed by guests of all ages.
“Now in its eighth year, Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood is a must-see tradition for families and visitors
throughout Middle Tennessee. Each year, we offer a brilliant display of lights throughout the grounds,
offering a truly quintessential holiday experience,” says Jane MacLeod, Cheekwood President/CEO.
With twinkling lights and dazzling delights to see throughout nine of Cheekwood’s 13 distinct gardens,
there is something fun for everyone to enjoy. New installations this year include a Bejeweled Bridge,
brightly lit playhouses and whimsical seven-foot Luminary Lanterns, accompanying beloved favorites
such as Dancing Lights of TRAINS!, Starfield, and Candy Cane Lane.
Holiday Décor in the Mansion
Inside the Cheekwood Mansion the historic period rooms will feature several trees bedecked with
dried and silk florals, and festive holiday décor includes pampas grass, sun palms, pink poinsettias and
exotic greenery. Highlights include the iconic 20-foot-tall pink Poinsettia tree on display in the Loggia
and over 50 nutcrackers nestled throughout the rooms of the mansion. While indoors, visitors are
welcome to view the art exhibitions Inside the World of Charles Addams and Glamour & Style:
Portrait Photography from the Golden Age of Cinema
Inside the Frist Learning Center, the Holiday Marketplace rivals Santa’s workshop, featuring a nine-foot
ornament wall filled with garden-themed ornaments, among many other holiday merchandise
offerings. Highlights include holiday jewelry, winter accessories, nutcrackers inspired by those on
display in the mansion, Christmas cardinal items, and much more. Shop in the daytime or evening for
gifts for loved ones or for a memento of a holiday experience at Cheekwood.
S’mores Stations and Seasonal Libations
While out exploring the luminous landscape, guests can stop by one of the many bar kiosks throughout
the grounds for refreshments, with seasonal libations including spiked hot cocoa and apple cider. Nikki
Darling’s Vanilla Bean S’mores kits will be available, in both milk and dark chocolate, for purchase at
the s’mores stations behind the Holiday Marketplace in the Frist Learning Center.
Weekend Visits with Santa
Families can visit with St. Nicholas every Saturday and Sunday starting November 26th and 27th
through December 24th. The visits will be held in the Frist Learning Center Tack Room.
Dog Visits with Santa
Special dog-themed Santa visits will take place on Saturday, December 4th and 18th outside of the
stable at the Frist Learning Center.
Late Night Lights will offer a discounted ticket price for those who wish to experience Holiday LIGHTS
later in the evening. The $20 per person Gardens Only passes allow entry at 8:30 PM or later Monday
Cheekwood is pleased to offer Military Mondays throughout the season. Military personnel and first
responders, along with up to five immediate family members, are offered 50% discount on Gardens
Only admission on Monday evenings.
The ‘Merry & Bright’ package returns this year with two adult admission passes, two drink tickets and
two s’mores kits all in one convenient purchase. The package costs $100 for members and $125 for
Cheekwood members are invited to view Holiday LIGHTS before it officially opens to the public. A
special member preview evening takes place Friday, November 18. Members receive discounted
tickets throughout the season.
Cheekwood recognizes Holiday LIGHTS Presenting Sponsors, Truist Bank and Marlene and Spencer
Hays Foundation. The seasonal festival will be open seven nights a week except for Thanksgiving Day,
Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Timed-entry tickets must be purchased online in advance. To learn
more about Holiday LIGHTS and to purchase tickets visit, https://cheekwood.org/calendar/holidaylights-2022/.