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
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).
On the Grounds of the Estate
I hope you enjoyed the lights. Merry Christmas to you and your family!