Graceland officially begins the holiday season on Friday, November 25th with the annual lighting of the lights and decorations on the mansion and plaza property. After a countdown by everyone in attendance, the Christmas switch is flipped and Graceland’s holiday lights come alive for another year.
This year, Santa will appear decked out with a decidedly Elvis attitude, dramatically arriving at Graceland with Elvis style-- in a limousine-- to participate in the lighting. Santa will be available for pictures with the kids throughout the evening’s festivities. Humes Middle School Choir will be on hand with Christmas carols, and hot chocolate and holiday cookies will be available to make this a tradition to remember. (Humes Middle School is the former Humes High School, Elvis Presley’s alma mater).
Graceland’s extensive holiday 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. For the seventh year, Arkansas philanthropist Jennings Osborne and his family have constructed larger-than-ever displays of over two million lights in Graceland Plaza. The Osbornes provide lights for over 32 cities, Disney World and Graceland. Their light displays are a gift to the communities that enjoy them.
The interiors of Graceland mansion will be decked in Elvis’ Christmas décor for the holiday season and Graceland will stay open until 8:00 pm this night only for those wanting to purchase a ticket to tour the mansion decorated for the holidays.
For Elvis fans on your list, there will be special prices and discounts available at many of the gift shops at Graceland and Guardian Angel Pet Rescue will be offering gift wrapping for donations.
For the sixth year, a view of the spectacle can be enjoyed anywhere in the world via the LIVE GracelandCam at www.elvis.com.
Graceland Plaza, Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee
Friday, November 25th at Dusk (approximately 5:30PM Central Time)