Elvis Presley’s Graceland Celebrates the Holiday Season
This holiday season at Graceland will be filled with more festive events than ever to celebrate one of Elvis’ favorite times of the year. Voted the #1 Best Historic Holiday Home Tour by USA Today’s 10Best Readers two years in a row (2019 & 2020), Christmas at Graceland celebrates the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s love of the season.
Christmas at Graceland (Photo: Business Wire)
The festivities begin on November 18-20 during Graceland’s Holiday Lighting Weekend. The weekend kicks off with the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony, which will feature internationally renowned songwriter and producer David Porter, along with students from the Stax Music Academy, “flipping the switch” to light Elvis’ iconic Graceland Mansion for the holiday season. In addition, the evening will include a holiday music performance by Stax Music Academy, an appearance by Santa Claus, and a concert featuring holiday music by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Big Band at the Soundstage at Graceland. On Friday, November 19 and 20, Graceland will host evening Christmas tours of Graceland Mansion featuring live tour guides sharing stories of spending Christmas with Elvis; and will round out the weekend with Dean Z’s Rockin’ Christmas Show on Saturday, November 20. Dean Z will perform, alongside his high energy 10-piece band and the beautiful Dynamite Singers, singing favorite holiday hits, the best rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, and swing Christmas classics.
On December 1-20, Graceland will be offering special afternoon Christmas Tours that will feature live tour guides sharing holiday stories throughout Graceland Mansion. In addition, new this year, are the first-ever special Christmas Ultimate VIP Holiday Experience tours nightly from December 1-20. The tours allow guests to explore Graceland decorated for the holidays after-hours, hear stories of what it was like to spend Christmas with the king at Graceland and tour the grounds to see the beautiful lights and up-close looks at the festive lawn decor that was part of Elvis’ annual decorating tradition. Each tour is limited to eight guests with an expert guide and will include a holiday photo ops both inside and outside Graceland Mansion. In addition, also available December 1-20, The Guest House at Graceland is offering a special package that includes two adult tickets for the Graceland Christmas Tour, access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex, a tour of Elvis’ planes, a Graceland Christmas ornament and a set of three limited-edition, collectible Graceland Christmas CD greetings.
Graceland Live is also offering a full line-up of holiday shows at the Soundstage at Graceland during November and December, including Josh Turner’s Holiday and the Hits show, Michael W. Smith’s A Very Special Christmas and The Beach Boys Holiday Harmonies.
For those that can’t make it to Memphis for the holidays, they can join the festivities online with the Graceland Virtual Tour: Christmas Edition on December 20. Angie Marchese, Vice President of the Graceland Archives and Exhibits, will be leading a behind the ropes look at Graceland decorated for Elvis’ favorite holiday. Angie will share stories of how Elvis spent the holidays around the mansion and show the holiday décor he handpicked and left up all the way through his birthday on January 8. Virtual guests will also get a peek inside Elvis’ private jet, and then visit Elvis Presley’s Memphis, the world’s largest Elvis museum. Guests will be able to send questions and comments to Angie in real-time.
Graceland will be decorated for the holidays from November 18 through January 9, 2022. Visitors during this time will be able to enjoy Elvis’ holiday decorating traditions throughout the grounds of his home, Graceland Mansion. Outside, are the traditional lights including hundreds of blue Christmas lights lining the driveway, a life-size nativity scene, Elvis’ Santa and his sleigh lawn decorations, and more. The interior of Graceland is beautifully decorated with Christmas décor that includes his traditional red velvet drapes, Christmas trees throughout, and Presley family Christmas artifacts on display. The Guest House at Graceland will be beautifully decorated inside and out for the holidays as well.
For complete details about Christmas at Graceland and holiday events, visit Graceland.com/Christmas.
About Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland, in Memphis, is music’s most important and beloved landmark, with hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world visiting the historic home each year. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) manages the operations of Graceland and its related properties, including Elvis Presley’s Memphis, Graceland’s entertainment and exhibition complex over 200,000 square feet in size; the new 80,000 square feet Graceland Exhibition Center featuring rotating exhibits; the AAA Four Diamond Guest House at Graceland 450-room resort hotel; and the Graceland Archives, featuring thousands of artifacts from Elvis’ home and career. EPE also produces and licenses Elvis-themed live events, tours, and attractions worldwide. Graceland Holdings LLC, led by managing partner Joel Weinshanker, is the majority owner of EPE. Graceland is the only attraction worldwide to ever receive eight USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards including “Best Holiday Historic Home Tour,” “Best Tennessee Attraction and Iconic Landmark,” “Best Musical Attraction,” “Best Historic Southern Attraction,” and the #1 “Iconic American Attraction.” The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards named Graceland the most popular attraction in Tennessee and one of the top 25 landmarks in the world and Rolling Stone named it one of 10 Great American Music Landmarks. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.graceland.com.