Elvis Presley's Graceland To Celebrate The Holidays With Special Lighting Ceremony

Monday, October 28, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Elvis Presley’s Graceland will officially begin the holiday season by “flipping the switch” on the traditional lights and decorations during the annual lighting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 22. The event is free and open to the public.

The extensive Christmas display includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and much more, all originally displayed at Graceland by Elvis and the Presley family. Santa, decked out like the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, will be available for pictures following the lighting ceremony.

Regular paid tours of Graceland will operate the day of the lighting ceremony from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The interiors of Graceland mansion will feature Elvis’ Christmas décor through Elvis’ birthday week celebration Jan. 8, 2014. Included will be his traditional red velvet drapes as well as Presley family Christmas artifacts on display around several trees throughout the home.

Elvis fans can watch the Graceland lighting ceremony live on www.elvis.com. For more information, call 901 332-3322.


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