Elvis Presley’s Graceland Holiday Festivities to include Christmas Tours, Festive Concerts, the World’s Largest Display of Department 56 Villages, and More

Published On: November 10th, 2023

Elvis Presley’s Graceland will celebrate the holidays this year with a season of Christmas tours, live concerts, the grand opening of the world’s the largest collection of Department 56 villages, and more. Holiday festivities at Graceland kick off during the annual Holiday Lighting Weekend November 16-18 and continue through Elvis’ Birthday on January 8.

Each year, Elvis Presley’s Graceland celebrates the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s love of the season by continuing his holiday decorating traditions throughout the grounds of his home. Outside on the mansion grounds, 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.

Guests who visit November 16 through December 23 will be able to enjoy limited-time afternoon Christmas tours featuring live tour guides sharing holiday stories throughout Graceland Mansion daily. On select nights during the season, Graceland will also offer evening Christmas Ultimate VIP Tours for guests who want to immerse themselves in the magic of the mansion grounds with special photo ops. The Guest House at Graceland resort hotel is also offering Graceland Christmas Hotel Package featuring two nights hotel accommodations, afternoon Christmas tours and a Graceland Christmas ornament.

The holiday season officially begins at Graceland during the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony on November 16 at 6:00 pm. The public is invited to join Santa Claus as he “flips the switch” on Elvis’ holiday lights and decorations. For those who can’t be in Memphis, the ceremony will be streamed live online.

Following the ceremony on November 16, Santa will be available for photos at the official grand opening of the Enesco Gift Shop and Gallery featuring Department 56, located on the Graceland campus.  The Department 56 Gallery tells the collectible company’s story through themed displays and vignettes featuring its beloved holiday hand-crafted lighted villages and will feature the world’s largest display of Department 56 villages. Additional weekend festivities include merchandise signings with artist Jim Shore and Village Artists Tom Bates and Scott Enter; plus Christmas with The Paiges concert at the Guest House Theater on November 17, giveaways, and much more. More details about Holiday Lighting Weekend

On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, The Guest House at Graceland will offer a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet for those looking to let someone else do to the cooking this year. A complete menu and reservation details are available at the Guest House website or by calling 901-443-3000.

Graceland then will rock ‘n’ roll into December during the annual Holiday Concert Weekend with two nights of live shows at the Graceland Soundstage. On Friday, December 1, it is Terry Mike Jeffrey’s salute to the king’s holiday hits with Elvis’ Wonderful World of Christmas concert. Then, on December 2, Dean Z will take the stage with his high-energy Dean Z’s Rockin’ Christmas Show featuring the best rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, and swing Christmas classics.

Voted the #1 Best Historic Holiday Home Tour by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards five years in a row (2018- 2022), Graceland is nominated again this year. Voting for Graceland is now open at10Best.com.

The Christmas at Graceland festivities will close with Elvis’ Birthday Celebration on January 5-8 with concerts, conversations, final Christmas tours and more. Highlights include Viva Elvis Birthday Pops Concert with Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra on January 6, A Night at American Sound on January 7, plus Elvis’ Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on January 8. Elvis’ Birthday Celebration events schedule is available at Graceland.com/Birthday. Tickets on sale November 10.

A complete list of Christmas at Graceland events is available at Graceland.com/Christmas, plus the Top 10 Reasons to Celebrate the Holidays at Graceland.

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