MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Graceland will host a special weekend of holiday music and activities highlighted by three live concerts Dec. 14-15 on the Graceland Soundstage at Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex: “Christmas with Elvis with Live Orchestra;” “An Elvis Gospel Christmas” and “Elvis Live in Concert.”
Anyone attending these concerts will receive free admission to Elvis Presley’s Memphis at 3 p.m. that day where they can visit two newly expanded exhibits: “ICONS: The Influence of Elvis Presley” and “Presley Cycles.”
The weekend will also include several holiday activities like “Christmas at Graceland” Archive Presentation; Christmas Tips, Tricks and Crafts seminars at The Guest House at Graceland™ hosted by Lifestyle Expert JJ Keras, who has been regularly featured on the Today Show and Good Morning America; and a special screening of the Hallmark Channel’s movie “Christmas at Graceland” in The Guest House Theater.
Additionally, the mansion will be decked out with a Christmas display that includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh and more, all originally displayed at Graceland by Elvis and the Presley family. Seasonal holiday tours of the interior of Graceland Mansion, featuring the Presley family’s personal Christmas décor, will be offered through Jan. 8, 2019.
Christmas with Elvis at Graceland – With Live Orchestra
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at the Graceland Soundstage
The show features Elvis’ holiday favorites performed live on stage, with the full, rich sound of a 32-piece orchestra, featuring local Memphis musicians, vocalists, choirs and dancers including members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Tennessee Mass Choir and Havenview Middle School Choir. The concert will be under the musical direction of, and conducted by Robin Smith of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.
An Elvis Gospel Christmas – Live at Graceland
5 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Graceland Soundstage
An inspirational and uplifting concert featuring Elvis' favorite gospel and Christmas classics is performed by the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and former members of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet. The original Blackwood Brothers Quartet sang at Gladys Presley’s funeral at the request of Elvis and Vernon Presley. James’ younger son Billy Blackwood continues the Blackwood Quartet legacy. JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet were Elvis' back-up singers 1971-1977. Former members performing include Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill, Larry Strickland, and Bill Baize.
Elvis Live in Concert - with All-Star Band featuring TCB Guitarist James Burton
8:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Graceland Soundstage
This concert features Elvis live in concert and on the big screen performing the King of Rock 'n' Roll's greatest hits, backed by an all-star band featuring legendary TCB Band guitarist James Burton.
Christmas at Graceland Archive Presentation
3 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Guest House at Graceland Theater
The Graceland archivists have created a brand-new presentation full of stories and artifacts spotlighting Elvis’ favorite holiday.
Holiday Crafts Demo
10 a.m. Dec. 15 in The Guest House at Graceland Ballroom
Lifestyle Expert JJ Keras will help you save time and money this holiday season as she demonstrates holiday DIY ideas using household items. The event is free to all Holiday Concert Hotel Package Holders as well as anyone who purchases tickets to two or more holiday concerts.
Screening of the Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas at Graceland”
Noon Saturday, Dec. 15 at The Guest House at Graceland Theater
The screening is free.
Lifestyle Expert Holiday Tips
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at The Guest House at Graceland Theater
JJ Keras will offer Tips and Tricks to help you create your own merry Christmas. Want to host an unforgettable holiday party? Want to decorate like a pro? Want to give the perfect gift? You’ll learn how in this engaging seminar. The event is free to all Holiday Concert Hotel Package Holders as well as anyone who purchases tickets to two or more holiday concerts.
Expansion of ICONS: The Influence of Elvis Presley and Presley Cycles Exhibits
Elvis Presley’s Memphis will ring in the holidays with its own beautiful décor and the expansion of two exhibits: “ICONS: The Influence of Elvis Presley” and “Presley Cycles.” The ICONS exhibit, already filled with items from many Elvis fan celebrities such as John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Justin Timberlake, will add artifacts from many popular performers. Admission to the complex and exhibits will be complimentary 3 p.m. Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 for anyone attending a concert that day.
The Guest House at Graceland Holiday Concert Packages
To celebrate the Holiday Concert Weekend, the AAA Four-Diamond Guest House at Graceland resort is offering a special package for the weekend and will hold a series of festive events which will be free to package holders as well as anyone who purchases tickets to two different concerts. The package includes two nights at The Guest House at Graceland in a standard guest room plus two Deluxe section tickets to all three concerts at the Graceland Soundstage.
Tickets are also available without hotel stay, including VIP ticket packages.
For more information and ticket information, visit www.Graceland.com/Holiday.
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