NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cheekwood’s Holiday LIGHTS returns for its fourth year and is set to open Nov. 23 and runs through Dec. 30, excluding Christmas Day. Featuring 1 million lights, the course is 1 mile in length, offering lights and holiday experiences.
Presented by Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Cheekwood’s Holiday LIGHTS will be open every day this year, and will introduce new timed ticket options to provide a better guest experience onsite. First arrivals begin at 5 p.m. with later evening arrivals beginning at 7 p.m. Cheekwood is continuing last year’s Late Night Lights offer, where guests arriving after 8:30 p.m. can receive a discounted rate of $15 adult admission and $10 child admission each night.
Guests can enjoy crowd favorites like real reindeer, s’mores pits, festive cocktails and nightly performances of holiday carolers in the Frist Learning Center. Santa will be visiting Cheekwood every evening in December leading up to Christmas, as well as on Saturday mornings. Additionally, guests can sign up for evening and Saturday morning gingerbread workshops featuring gingerbread by Crumb de la Crumb Bakery, and Cheekwood members can reserve breakfast with Santa Dec. 8 and Dec. 22.
Cheekwood’s new Café 29 restaurant will offer nightly dinner service from 5-10 p.m. and food trucks will be onsite during peak nights with food available for purchase.
The installation of Holiday LIGHTS began in August, as the botanical garden and museum continues to transform into a festive wonderland. Decorations will extend from the mansion out into the gardens, setting the grounds aglow with elegant displays, dazzling views and gleaming lights.
The popular wintertime program attracted more than 56,000 visitors in 2017.
Holiday LIGHTS is presented by Jackson National Life Insurance Company, with special thanks for the installation to Outdoor Lighting Perspectives.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cheekwood.org/calendar/holiday-lights.
Cheekwood is a 55-acre American Country Place Era estate in Nashville, Tennessee. Built in 1929 by the Cheek family who amassed their fortune through the Maxwell House Coffee business, the estate was gifted and opened as a public institution in 1960. Today, it features 12 distinct gardens, a woodland sculpture trail, an 8,000-piece permanent art collection, and Georgian-style Mansion with historically furnished rooms and galleries. Over 225,000 visitors come to Cheekwood annually for year-round seasonal festivals, world-class art exhibitions, breathtaking gardens, and educational and public programs for all ages. A member of the American Public Gardens Association, Cheekwood is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, 8 miles west of downtown Nashville. Daily hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For further information, call 615.356.8000 or visit cheekwood.org.
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