Holiday Lights at Cheekwood

I recently visited Cheekwood Estates and Gardens for their Holiday Lights display.  Cheekwood is a beautiful 1930s estate, and once the former home of Leslie and Mabel Cheek (for its history, click on the above link).  It has 55 acres of cultivated gardens and today the public can visit its botanical gardens, arboretum, and museum.

In late November through early January, they have Holiday Lights At Cheekwood, which consists of a million lights on a one mile path outside.  The estate has a few Christmas decorations as well.  My sister had free tickets as Cheekwood is one of the many places she volunteers, so again, she invited me to see the lights.

It was a cold night when we went so we made sure we dressed warmly in coats, hats and gloves.  I’m including some photos, because after all, don’t we all enjoy looking at Christmas lights this time of year?

Dancing Lights of Trains

Someone spent a lot of time on these train displays which were really spectacular.  It was hard getting a good photo of the trains as they moved quite fast!

On The Walk to the Mansion

The Estate

When I was a young girl in Girl scouts, my troop used to visit Cheekwood every year.  For many years, Cheekwood displayed their Christmas trees from around the world and it was a very popular place to visit at the holidays.  They stopped doing the Christmas tree display many years ago.  The mansion did have a few Christmas decorations.  I was glad the mansion was requiring masks (and grateful they were very strict about it and asking unmasked people to leave) and I was also thankful it was not crowded inside when we were there, otherwise I would have skipped the indoor part).

My sister

This was a 20 ft. live orchid tree!

 On the Grounds of the Estate

A lovely fountain

How did they get lights under the water?

The moon between the branches

Outside the horse stables

This year they added a Holiday Marketplace

Inside the Holiday marketplace

Behind the mansion, they had several s’more fire pits

Peppermint path

The photo did not do this justice. It was a shimmering, sparkling array of fall colors. So beautiful!

I hope you enjoyed the lights.  Merry Christmas to you and your family!


About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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6 Responses to Holiday Lights at Cheekwood

  1. JustI says:

    Merry Christmas! Beautiful lights!

  2. Wow! They did a lot of work for those displays! I bet it felt like Wonderland in real life. So pretty.

  3. kimwilbanks says:

    Thanks for sharing. I love Cheekwood, especially at Christmas! We’ve been a few times when we were in Nashville for Thanksgiving with our son. Praying for you all in Tennessee (my daughter-in-law’s family is in Goodlettsville). Stay safe and warm in the storm this weekend!

    • Gail says:

      Thanks Kim. We had almost 7 inches of snow last week and some reports are saying 6-10 inches on Sunday. Some are predicting it will be mostly ice for us and power outages will be a huge problem. I hope not but we’ve weathered many ice storms and hopefully this one won’t be too bad!

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