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Graceland to celebrate Christmas with annual holiday lighting and concert weekend

by Brittani Tuttle

Elvis Presley’s Graceland is celebrating the Christmas season in Memphis with two festive holiday events, starting later this month.

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Graceland’s Christmas Lighting Ceremony

On Nov. 21, Graceland will host its annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony, featuring a performance from country music star Chase Bryant, who will be joined by cast members from Hallmark Channel’s new movie “Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays.”

Cast members expected to appear include Lori Beth Sikes, Alan Wells, Nina Thurmond, Trace Masters, Laney Malone, Hailey Harris, Anniston Almond, and Shaleen Cholera. This year’s lighting ceremony will feature a “100-percent chance of snow,” a visit from Santa Claus, kids crafts and more.

After the lighting ceremony, the festive fun continues with the world premiere of the new Hallmark Channel holiday film at the Soundstage at Graceland. Filmed on location at Graceland and throughout Memphis, the film stars “Adrian Grenier (“Entourage”) and Kaitlin Doubleday (“Empire,” “Nashville”), and features an appearance by Priscilla Presley. “Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays” premieres on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. EST.

The lighting ceremony is free and open to the public, but the premiere of “Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays” is a ticketed event. Complimentary tickets will be available that evening at the door, based on availability.

A limited number of reserved seats are available to anyone who purchases advanced tickets to any Graceland attraction for Nov. 21. Tickets can be reserved by calling (901) 332-3322 or (800) 238-2000. To learn more, visit Graceland.com/Christmas.

Graceland Holiday Concert Weekend

The holiday celebrations will continue on through the winter, with the annual Holiday Concert Weekend, returning on Dec. 13-14. For the third year, guests can enjoy a weekend featuring two concerts, holiday-themed evening tours of Graceland Mansion, carolers, a holiday brunch and more.

The Home for the Holidays with Elvis Concert will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, offering a concert experience conducted by Robin Smith of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. Fans will hear Elvis’ holiday songs performed on stage with his vocals, backed by a 32-piece orchestra, local Memphis musicians, vocalists, a choir, and dancers.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Elvis’ Christmas Peace Concert will be a special concert themed after Elvis’ 2003 album “Christmas Peace,” which features some of his Christmas and gospel music. Hosted by singer-songwriter and guitarist John Paul Keith, guest performers include Reagan Strange, John Németh, Wendy Moten, Keith Paluso, Drake Milligan, and the Tennessee Mass Choir — as well as a special appearance by bass player Norbert Putnam.

Tickets are now available for Graceland’s annual Holiday Concert Weekend. You can purchase yours now at Graceland.com/Holiday.

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