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NASHVILLE, TN. – Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art has released its schedule of events for Holiday at Cheekwood, the organization’s signature four-week celebration of holiday traditions and festive, family-friendly activities.

This year’s seasonal schedule will include Holiday Weekends, a new addition in 2013 featuring extended Sunday hours. From December 1 through December 22, Cheekwood will open its gates at 9:30 a.m. on weekend mornings to offer additional drop-in studio art activities, cookie decorating, live music, Santa visits and more.

Cheekwood’s holiday celebration is a tradition in the Nashville community and beyond, drawing visitors from across the region to enjoy artfully decorated Christmas trees and its stately mansion decked out in magnificent holiday splendor. This year’s décor theme is Christmas in Color, featuring bright, bold palettes and creative splashes of color created by professional decorators, designers, event planners and florists.

“We love being a special part of Nashville’s holiday season,” said Hillary Steinwinder, VP of Education & Public Programs. “And this year, we’re proud to give our community the gift of extended Sunday hours and expanded programming. The holidays are truly a magical time to visit Cheekwood, and we’re excited to respond to our festival’s popularity with more opportunities for families and visitors of all ages to enjoy it.”

Cheekwood Holiday Weekends Schedule
Saturdays & Sundays November 30 - December 22, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Create a masterpiece, customize a cookie, pose with Santa and more every weekend during the holiday season. All activities and events are free with gate admission unless otherwise noted.

Drop-In Studio: Holiday ‘ART’ivities
Create cool crafts and warm memories with the whole family in our drop-in art studios.

Cookie Decorating
Sprinkle your own custom design on a deliciously iced holiday cookie!
Sponsored by Christie Cookie

LIVE Reindeer!
Get up close and personal with two of Santa’s trusted North Pole companions.

Portraits with Santa in his Workshop
Visit Santa in his North Pole Workshop and leave with a one-of-a-kind professional souvenir photo. Additional fees apply.
     • Extra Santa dates: Fridays, December 6, 13, 20

Museum Concert Series
Enjoy live music in the Museum from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. during Cheekwood Holiday Weekends.

     Saturday, November 30    Nashville Caroling Company
     Sunday, December 1         Blair Children’s Choir
     Saturday, December 7      Brentwood Suzuki Strings
     Sunday, December 8         Nashville Philharmonic Flute Ensemble
     Saturday, December 14    FBC Sanctuary Ringers
     Sunday, December 15       W.O. Smith Musical Ensemble
     Saturday, December 21    St. George's Reverie
     Sunday, December 22       TBA

Events Requiring Advance Registration
Make plans to gather at Cheekwood this holiday season for crafty, casual fun and delightfully dressed-up events.
Pre-register for all events at unless otherwise noted.

Adult Gingerbread Workshop
Thursday, December 5, 6:00 p.m.
Plan a creative, “adults-night-out” holiday get-together.

Family Gingerbread Workshops
Saturday, December 7 or Saturday, December 14, 10:00 a.m.
Decorate your own gingerbread house with the whole family.

Holiday Tea
December 16 & 23, 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Enjoy an elegant afternoon tea with friends in the Cheekwood Mansion’s gorgeous holiday setting.
Pre-register or call 354-6377.

D.I.Y. Holiday Workshops
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. or Sundays, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Join Cheekwood’s staff for hands-on workshops to create your own holiday décor.
$30 members / $40 non-members

     December 1    Live Greenery: “Kissing Ball”
     December 3    Merry Mail Card Display
     December 8    Live Greenery: Mailbox or Door Décor
     December 10  “Ornament”al Art
     December 17  Re-useable Gift Bags

Ticketed Events sponsored by the Horticulture Society of Middle Tennessee
Enjoy good company, great ambience, and a festive mood at Cheekwood’s ticketed holiday events.
Call 615-353-6978, contact or visit for reservations.

Martinis & Mistletoe
Friday, December 6, 8:00 p.m. - Midnight
$65 in advance - $80 at the door

Sparkling Settings Luncheon
Monday, December 9, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$55 per person (tables for eight)

About Cheekwood
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Our 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 in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Current hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. New 2014 Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday nights May – October open until 10 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, seniors $10 and children 3-17 are $5. Parking is $3 per car. Admission during Bruce Munro Nights is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children 3-17, and $5 for Cheekwood members. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit

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