It's a Nashville holiday tradition just about every local school child has seen at least once. The decorations and lights are set for the annual Christmas celebration at the Cheekwood mansion.
"Beautiful decorations and Christmas trees, and every year they seem to get bigger and better," said Hillary Steinwinder, public programs director at Cheekwood.
Elegance abounds in the 18th century English-style home, which was once the residence for Nashville's Cheek family.
Now, the visitors just keep coming, especially during the Christmas season.
"This year, our theme for all of the holiday decorations is 'A Storybook Christmas,' so each tree is themed by one of those classic holiday tales you've grown up with and want to share with your children," Steinwinder said.
Holiday arts and crafts are available to children, too, and on Saturdays, Santa is on hand with real reindeer for all to see.
But the tradition, year after year, remains all those trees. It's something even the Grinch can never take away.
"If you are familiar with the story, you know the Grinch stole all of Christmas from Whoville in one big, red bag. And all I can say is we have that big, red bag here full of Christmas, the Grinch himself, and of course his dog," Steinwinder said.
Christmas is open every day, except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
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