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2012 American Idol Star Skylar Laine to "Flip the Switch" for Graceland's Holiday Lighting Ceremony

October 23, 2012



Elvis Presley’s Graceland will officially begin the holiday season by “flipping the switch” on the traditional lights and decorations during the annual lighting ceremony on Friday, November 16, at 6:00 p.m. The extensive Christmas display 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 free lighting event is open to the public.  

The Graceland lighting ceremony will feature special guest Skylar Laine, top ten finalist from the 11th season of “American Idol,” who will "flip the switch" and officially light the Graceland property and kick off the holiday festivities. In addition to flipping the switch, Skylar will perform a few songs, including some holiday favorites. Santa, decked out like the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, will be available for pictures with the kids following the lighting ceremony on November 16.

Regular paid tours of Graceland will operate the day of the lighting ceremony from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The interiors of Graceland mansion will feature Elvis’ Christmas décor starting on November 16 through January. Included will be his traditional red velvet drapes as well as Presley family Christmas artifacts on display around several trees throughout the home.

Elvis fans can also help support local families during the annual lighting ceremony. We will be collecting canned good donations for the Mid-South Food Bank.

Not able to be in Memphis? Watch the Graceland lighting ceremony live on Elvis.com. Follow @Skylar_Laine on Twitter and be sure to check out Skylar's Facebook page at Facebook.com/SLaineAI11.