Top 10 Reasons to Celebrate The Holidays at Graceland

Published On: November 10th, 2023

Tis the season to Take Care of Business and visit Graceland! This is the holiday season you need to finally take that trip to Memphis to see the home of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll during the most wonderful time of the year. But if you need a little inspiration on why you should visit Graceland THIS Christmas, we have a list of 10 great reasons!



When it comes to getting the full Graceland Christmas experience, nothing comes closer than staying at the king’s guest house! Booking our Graceland Christmas Hotel Package is the perfect getaway from the hustle & bustle of the season! The package includes a two-night stay at The Guest House, a Graceland Afternoon Christmas Tour, and your very own Graceland Christmas ornament to take home with you! Get more info HERE


Our 2023 holiday season kicks off at 6:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, November 16, as the holiday lights at Graceland Mansion come alive for another year! This year’s ceremony features a 100 percent chance of snow, a visit from Santa Claus, Christmas photo ops and much more holiday fun for the entire family! Can’t be in Memphis? Watch the Lighting Ceremony on our Graceland Livestream channel. The ceremony is free to attend. 


Graceland is beautiful no matter the time of year, but the mansion really sparkles at Christmas. Elvis would turn the Graceland grounds into a winter wonderland, and we continue to carry out Elvis’ decorating traditions for all to see! Experience how Elvis spent Christmas and enjoy the beauty of the holiday season with our limited-time holiday tours from November 16- December 23, featuring live guides sharing Presley family Christmas memories. See tour options HERE


Make plans to join us for the start of our 2023 holiday celebrations during Graceland’s annual Holiday Lighting Weekend from November 16-18! Graceland’s Christmas lights come to life on November 16 during our Holiday Lighting Ceremony followed by two days of holiday festivities, including Christmas tours, The Enesco Gift Shop & Department 56 Gallery opening, Christmas with The Paiges Holiday Show, photo ops with Santa and more! See weekend schedule HERE



Let loved ones know you are thinking of them this Christmas season by taking your Christmas Card photos here and incorporating the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll! From the lit instrument displays to hundreds of Christmas trees and holiday décor throughout our 120-acre campus, you’re sure to find the perfect backdrop for your holiday photos!


The world’s largest display of Department 56 Villages opens at Graceland! Enesco, a leader in giftware and collectibles, will open its new gift shop and Department 56 Gallery on November 16 during Graceland’s Holiday Lighting Weekend (Nov 16-18). Step into a magical holiday wonderland with more than 1,500 individual Christmas and holiday village pieces on display! Learn more HERE



Join us December 1-2 for Graceland’s Holiday Concert Weekend! Weekend festivities include two nights of live holiday shows at the Graceland Soundstage! From Terry Mike Jeffrey’s salute to Elvis’ holiday hits on December 1, to Dean Z’s high-energy rockin’ Christmas show on December 2, it will be a magical weekend of entertainment! In addition, enjoy special Graceland Christmas tours, parties and holiday magic! Get tickets & info HERE


Eat, drink, and be merry at The Guest House at Graceland this year! Enjoy cocktails at The Lobby Lounge Bar while listening to Elvis Christmas classics, unwind by the fire pit and dine in at one of our on-site restaurants. There’s no better way to celebrate the season than letting us take care of you & yours with the same warm Southern hospitality that Elvis always showed his guests! Learn more about our dinning options HERE


Get your holiday shopping done at one of our gift shops at Elvis Presley’s Memphis! We have the most extensive collection of Elvis souvenirs and merchandise in the world on our campus! From T-shirts, mugs, hoodies, tumblers – there is something for any Elvis fan on your list! We also have Elvis-inspired holiday items including Elvis Christmas ornaments to trim your tree with, new Christmas albums, and much more holiday merch! You can also shop through our official online store for gifts that come directly from the king’s castle! Shop HERE


As Elvis himself was known to say, “Thank you. Thank you very much.” We are thankful for our guests and invite you to celebrate Thanksgiving at The Guest House at Graceland Hotel with a four-course dinner served in high style in the Grand Ballroom to count your blessings on Thursday, November 23, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM or 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Get event details HERE



Can’t make it to Graceland for the holidays? There are still PLENTY of ways to celebrate Elvis’ love for Christmas with us:

  • Watch our Holiday Lighting Ceremony live via Graceland Livestream on Thursday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. CST. JOIN HERE
  • Watch the live NBC Graceland Christmas Special on Wednesday, November 29, airing immediately after the Rockefeller Tree Lighting.Learn more HERE
  • A Graceland gift card is the perfect gift for any Elvis fan and is redeemable for tours, concert tickets, on-site gift shops, restaurants, and online at Buy gift cards online HERE
  • Give like the king by donating to the 2023 Graceland Poinsettia Campaign! You will be supporting a great cause, the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation, while adding to the beauty of Graceland during the holiday season. The beautiful red poinsettias line the staircase at Graceland and can be seen throughout the mansion by our guests who visit during this special time of year. Learn more HERE
  • Don’t miss a thing – download the Graceland app to stay updated on news, events and offers! The app is available for download via Google Play & Apple App Store

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