5 Don’t Miss Activities at Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights

Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights display will run through Sunday, January 5. {Photo Courtesy of Cheekwood}

EVENTS | Nashville — Looking for a fun Christmas activity to kick off your holiday season? Cheekwood Estates & Gardens in Nashville is a great one-stop location for some fun for all ages. Every November, the staff transforms the grounds into a winter wonderland with plenty of memory-making activities. Here are five things to not miss if you visit:

1 |The Holiday Lights – When the sun goes down, the magic happens at Cheekwood with a one-mile loop trail of holiday lights filled with over 500,000 light strings and dozens of Christmas-card-perfect photo ops. Night temps will hover around 50 on both Friday and Saturday nights this week … so get out there.

Cheekwood is the only place in Middle Tennessee to see real reindeer. {Photo Courtesy of Cheekwood}

2 | Reindeer Village – There only one place in Nashville (or anywhere else in Middle Tennessee to our knowledge) that has real reindeer … Cheekwood. Two of Santa’s most trusted companions will visiting from the North Pole this year … but only during daylight hours.

3 |A 20 Foot Tall Poinsettia Tree – Talk about an interesting and unique photo background … inside Cheekwood’s historic mansion sits a floor-to-ceiling poinsettia tree filled with over 500 of the holiday plants.

4 |S’mores Central – Lots of holiday attractions offer hot chocolate or hot cider but few (if any) offer a s’more making fire pit. No need to bring your own supplies. Cheekwood will sell S’mores Kits on site.

5 | Antique Toy Trains – Got a train lover in your family? Then be sure to check out the Holiday Lights Express: Antique Toy Train Exhibit featuring model trains from the 1920s and 1930s in the Cheekwood Recreation Room

Cheekwood Holiday Lights also features the decorated Cheekwood mansion, Santa visits, holiday carolers, a poinsettia wall, gingerbread workshops, greenery workshops, ceramic ornament decorating, and dog photos with Santa.

The event takes place through January 5 and organizers highly recommend getting advanced tickets as most nights … especially weekend nights … sell out. Military and first responders families receive half-priced admissions every Monday with an appropriate ID. Discounted tickets are also available at the gate each night at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $17 each. Children two and under are admitted free. The event will not be open on Thanksgiving Day. If the event does not sell out, general admission tickets are available at the gate. Visit the Cheekwood website for more details or visit the event’s Facebook page. •

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