By Cindy Dupree
Graceland will officially begin the holiday season when three-time Grammy award-winning country artist Trisha Yearwood “flips the switch” on the traditional lights and decorations during the annual lighting ceremony on Friday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m. CST and performs a song for guests gathered for this special event. Patients from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis will assist Yearwood in lighting up Elvis Presley’s iconic home for the season.
The extensive Christmas display at the king’s castle 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. The interiors of Graceland mansion will feature the Presley family’s Christmas décor starting on November 20 for seasonal holiday tours through his birthday celebration in January. Included will be his traditional red velvet drapes as well as Presley family Christmas artifacts on display around several trees throughout the home.
Yearwood, a life-long fan of Elvis Presley, is one of the biggest-selling female performers in country music history, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the author of three best-selling cookbooks and host of the Emmy Award-winning Food Network show, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” currently shooting its seventh season.
“I love Elvis, always have,” stated Yearwood. “I’ve visited Graceland many times, but never at Christmas. I’m incredibly honored to be invited to flip the switch at Graceland’s holiday lighting ceremony this year.”
In addition to Elvis’ own holiday décor, visitors to the famous Memphis mansion will experience an interactive, state-of-the-art iPad tour that provides a fully immersive experience for guests. Visitors can take a multimedia tour of the music landmark that allows users to dive deeper into the story of Elvis’ life through unique archival audio, video and photo elements. A customized iPad tour experience for kids and tweens features interactive photo activities geared for younger visitors.
Channeling his inner Elvis, Santa and his red jumpsuit-inspired suit will arrive by limousine and police escort. Santa will be available for pictures with the kids following the lighting ceremony. The lighting event featuring Trisha Yearwood is free and open to the public.
Not able to be in Memphis? Watch the Graceland lighting ceremony live on Graceland.com, on Elvis Presley’s Graceland Livestream or listen on Elvis Radio, SiriusXM Channel 19.