The lighting of the Graceland holiday lights has become a Memphis holiday tradition. Elvis Presley lived at Graceland when the tradition started and today’s display contains some of the original decorations including Santa and his sleigh, a life-sized Nativity scene and a driveway lined with hundreds of blue lights.
It has also become tradition that a celebrity be the one to flip the switch on all those sparkly lights and this year the wonderful Trisha Yearwood will have the honor.
“I love Elvis, always have,” Yearwood says. “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.”
Last year, actor and Elvis fan John Stamos, who also voices Graceland’s new iPad tours, flipped the switch on Graceland’s lights.
The ceremony will take place on November 20th at 6pm. Yearwood will also perform at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital for the patients. Both Yearwood and her husband Garth Brooks are well known for their charitable contributions and often do double duty with paid performances and charitable ones in the same locations.
The Graceland holiday lighting ceremony is free and will also feature a red jumpsuit-clad Santa, who will arrive by limo and be available to take pictures. The lights at Graceland will run from November 20th until January 7th, when Presley’s birthday celebration begins.
If you can’t be in Memphis for the ceremony you can watch it on Graceland’s LIVE Stream page HERE.
Yearwood stays active outside of performing to support causes that are very important to her. In addition to performing for the children’s hospital in Memphis, she also recently hosted a lunch at her home where she honored breast cancer survivors. Yearwood lost her mother in 2011 to breast cancer and has since been a big supporter of the cause.