Graceland officially begins the holiday season on Friday, November 20th with the annual lighting of the lights and decorations on the mansion and plaza property. After a countdown by everyone in attendance, the ceremonial switch is flipped at approximately 6PM CT as Graceland’s holiday splendor comes alive for another season. The special lighting ceremony will take place at the front gates of Graceland. (*Please note that 11/20 is the Friday before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.)
For those of you who can't be in Memphis for the ceremony, it will be streamed live on Elvis.com. More details and a link to the page will be posted when they are available.
The extensive spectacle includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh and much more originally displayed by Elvis and the Presley family. Santa will be available for pictures with the kids throughout the evening’s festivities.
The interior of Graceland mansion will also be decked in Elvis’s Christmas décor for the holiday season and includes his traditional red velvet drapes and Presley family Christmas artifacts on display around the decorated trees.
Following Elvis' own tradition, all interior and exterior Christmas decorations will remain in place through his 75th birthday celebration on January 8, 2010.
Graceland's Holiday decorations may be enjoyed as part of regular daily tours of Graceland in addition to the night of the lighting ceremony.