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Cheekwood announces holiday festival schedule

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 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 Dec. 1 through Dec. 22, Cheekwood will open its gates at 9:30 a.m. on weekends 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 Nov. 30  
Dec. 22, 10 a.m. – 2 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, Dec. 13, 20
Museum Concert Series
Enjoy live music in the Museum from
2 - 3:30 p.m. during Cheekwood Holiday Weekends.
Saturday, Nov. 30 Nashville Caroling Company
Saturday, Dec. 14 FBC 
Sanctuary Ringers
Sunday, Dec. 15
W.O. Smith Musical Ensemble
Saturday, Dec. 21 St. George Reverie
Sunday, Dec. 22 Smoky Mountain Christmas with Craig Duncan
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, Dec. 5, 6 p.m.
Plan a creative, “adults-night-out” holiday get-together.
Family Gingerbread Workshops
Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.
Decorate your own gingerbread house with the whole family.
Holiday Tea
Dec. 16 & 23, 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
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 - 8:30 p.m. or Sundays, 1 – 3:30 p.m. 
Join Cheekwood’s staff for hands-on workshops to create your own holiday décor. 
The cost is $30 members
$40 non-members
Dec. 10  “Ornament”al Art 
Dec. 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.

Posted on: 12/9/2013


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