A picture of Elvis Presley is right by the stairs at Graceland. See them decorated for Christmas during December.

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My family loves traveling to Memphis, Tennessee.  And when we visit Memphis, we love going to Graceland!  I love taking tours of the house and seeing all the special exhibits.

But one of the best times I’ve ever been to Graceland was around Christmas.  Graceland is so beautiful when it is decorated for Christmas.

There is so much going on at Graceland during the holiday season.  I am going to tell you about some of the best parts of visiting Graceland during the holiday season, including special events.  And then I’m going to tell how you can save money on your trip with some coupons!

Graceland Home Tours

Did you know that Graceland was rated as the Best Historic Holiday Home Tour by USA Today’s 10Best Readers for two years in a row (2019 & 2020)?  This is definitely a home you are going to want visit during the holiday season!

Outside the home are beautiful Christmas decorations.  They do a great job keeping up Elvis’ holiday decorating traditions.  There are thousands of traditional lights outside the home.  And of course, these lights include hundreds of blue Christmas lights!  You can also see Elvis’ Santa and his sleigh lawn decorations as well as a life-size nativity scene.

They decorate the inside of the home as well.  The interior of the Graceland Mansion is decorated with Christmas décor, including Elvis’ traditional red velvet drapes.  There are also Christmas trees throughout the home and Christmas artifacts on display.

You can take specific Christmas tours of Graceland.  You can also see the Christmas decor during a regular tour of Graceland.

Graceland Christmas Travel Guide

A picture of Elvis Presley is right by the stairs at Graceland. See them decorated for Christmas during December.

Graceland, Elvis Presley's home, in Memphis, Tennessee is beautifully decorated for Christmas

Graceland Lighting Ceremony

The holiday lights are a beautiful thing to see during the holiday season in Graceland.  And now for the first time ever, you can see the holiday lights when they first go up in Graceland!

Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony

The Holiday Lighting Weekend takes place at Graceland from November 18, 2021, through November 20, 2021.

The Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony officially takes place on Thursday, November 18, 2021.  It takes place at 6:00 PM at the Graceland Plaza Green.  David Porter, a renowned songwriter/music producer, has the honor of lighting the switch.  He’ll do it along with students from Stax Music Academy.

The students from Stax Music Academy also will perform as part of the ceremony.  There are also kid crafts and other fun things to do for the whole family.  Oh, and did I mention Santa Claus is coming?

A Holiday Celebration Concert Featuring the MSO Big Band

Directly after the Holiday Lighting Ceremony is a fun concert.  The Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Big Band will play some great holiday music.  They’ll play everything from Christmas classics to a festive arrangement of (what else?) Elvis’ Blue Christmas.

Dean Z’s Rockin’ Christmas Show

Dean Z, his 10-piece band, and the Dynamite Singers will be performing rock ‘n’ roll, swing, and rockabilly Christmas classics.  This takes place on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 7:00 PM on the Soundstage at Graceland.  You’ll hear Christmas songs made famous by Chuck Berry, Brenda Lee, Dean Martin, The Ronettes, and, of course, Elvis Presley.

Holiday Concerts

There are other concerts that will be taking place during the holiday season at Graceland.

Josh Turner

MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner is one of the youngest members ever inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.  Now he’s on his first-ever Christmas tour, Holliday & The Hits.  And as part of that tour, he’ll be performing at the Graceland Soundstage on November 27, 2021.  You can book a ticket to this concert here.

Michael W. Smith

Multi-Platinum recording artist and Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith will be having A Very Special Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 11, 2021.  This takes place at the Graceland Soundstage.  You can get tickets to this concert here.

The Beach Boys

I probably don’t need to tell you who the Beach Boys are, right?  They’ll be performing at the Graceland Soundstage on December 12, 2021, as part of their Holiday Harmonies tour.  They’ll be performing a mix of songs from their Christmas album along with songs from The Beach Boys co-founder and lead singer Mike Love’s holiday album, Reason for the Season.  You can get tickets to this concert here.

Graceland Lodging

What’s a better way to enjoy Graceland at Christmastime than to stay at one of the Graceland hotels?

If you’ve ever watched the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas at Graceland Movie, then you probably noticed just how beautiful the Guest House at Graceland was.  That is the hotel that Kellie Pickler’s character stayed in during the movie.  You can get great rates for the Guest House at Graceland by clicking here.

If you want to stay near Memphis but not at Graceland, then click here for some great rates on hotels near Memphis.