10 Fun Facts About Christmas Vacation

by laliveinsider on Tue., Oct 29 at 04:51 PM

We’re lighting up your holidays with these fun facts about National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, in honor of its 30th anniversary! See how many you did or didn’t know!

1. Based On A Short Story

​​The movie is based on the short story, “Christmas ‘59” written by John Hughes for National Lampoon, in 1980.

2. Only Two Christmas Movies Released in 1989

During the holidays, we can usually count on there being a ton of releases to keep us busy with our friends and family but in 1989, 'Christmas Vacation' was only one of two movies that were released. The other, was John Hancock’s Prancer.

3. Only Sequel In The Vacation Franchise To Have Its Own Sequel

The National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure was made for TV in 2003. This time, Randy and Miriam as Eddie and Catherine are stranded on an island for the holidays!

4. Aunt Bethany Is Betty Boop

Mae Questel was also the voice of Betty Boop where she began her career in 1931. She passed away at 89 years old in 1998.

5. Earthquake Made A Cameo While Filming

In the arrival scene of Uncle Louis and Aunt Bethany entering the Griswold home, the cameras shook slightly in the shot due to an earthquake!

6. Took The Number 2 Spot At The Box Office

During opening weekend in December of 1989, 'Back To The Future 2' was in its second week at the box office which beat out 'Christmas Vacation' by about a half a million dollars.

7. Animation credits


'Christmas Vacation' was one of three movies in 1989 to have animated credits. The others were 'Honey, I Shrunk The Kids' and 'Troop Beverly Hills'.

8. Ties To 'It’s A Wonderful Life'

Frank Capra III who was the Assistant Director on 'Christmas Vacation', is the grandson of Frank Capra, Director of 'It’s A Wonderful Life', the 1946 film. Also, in 'Christmas Vacation', Russ is seen watching 'It’s A Wonderful Life' on TV in the scene where the grandparents arrive.

9. Tie To 'Lethal Weapon'

The Griswold’s neighbor’s house is the house that Murtaugh lived in during the 'Lethal Weapon' movies. This was filmed on the Warner Brothers Studios lot.

10. Film Shot In 3 Locations

Most of the movie was shot in Los Angeles, while using fake snow, but there were some exterior scenes that were filmed in Colorado and Chicago.

Now you can share these fun facts with your friends and family just in time for An Evening With Chevy Chase following a screening of Christmas Vacation on December 5th at Microsoft Theater! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear Chevy Chase (Clark Griswold) share stories from his career as well as a Q&A. Get your tickets here!

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