National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) Poster


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Followed by 

Hotel Hell Vacation (2010) (Video)
Vacation (2015)


Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (2003) (TV Movie)
Another Christmas film within the "Griswold World"


Pluto's Christmas Tree (1952) (Short)
The squirrel in the tree
Act of Vengeance (1974)
Chevy Chase wears a hockey mask, holding a chainsaw, trying to intimidate the neighbors.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Chevy Chase holds a chainsaw, trying to intimidate the neighbors.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Clark watches out the window as Mary takes off her red bathing suit at the pool, just like Linda's famous disrobing scene.
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Chevy Chase wears a hockey mask, holding a chainsaw, trying to intimidate the neighbors.

Referenced in 

Growing Pains: The Return of the Triangle (1990) (TV Episode)
"Why does Chevy Chase keep going on vacation when only bad things happen?" "Okay. Okay. Well, then how come he never notices that he has different kids?"
Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
A small poster is visible briefly during a chase scene.
Rocky V (1990)
Rocky Jr. and his friends watch this movie
Clerks (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Serial Mom (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Futurama: Xmas Story (1999) (TV Episode)
The palm Christmas tree tied to the top of the Planet Express Ship when flying from the lodge to the Planet Express building.
Cleo: Episode #1.7 (2002) (TV Episode)
Cleo's pick in the video store
Friday After Next (2002)
Both films feature an animated opening credits scene relating to christmas
Gilmore Girls: Pulp Friction (2005) (TV Episode)
Lorelai references cousin Eddie Johnson dumping his RV's septic tank into the sewer drain in the film.
Barry Norman's Christmas Movie Quiz (2007) (Video Game)
Referenced by name
Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh (2008) (TV Movie)
When Drake & Josh try to make snow, their efforts cause unsuspecting neighbors to endure a tramatic experience, including property damage.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Christmas with the Kranks (2009) (TV Episode)
Film Brain reminesces about Christmas movies
Nostalgia Critic: Home Alone 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as one of John Hughes' writing credits; poster shown
Family Guy: Road to the North Pole (2010) (TV Episode)
In the opening montage in a parody of the poster Stewie electrocutes Brian while he's putting up Christmas lights.
Edición Especial Coleccionista: La princesa prometida (2011) (TV Episode)
DVD appears on the background
Nostalgia Critic: Milk Money (2011) (TV Episode)
At one point the Critic concludes a rant exactly how Clark concluded his rant on his boss. "Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where's the Tylenol?!"
The Amazing Race: The Sprint of Our Life (Indonesia) (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialog
Apartment Complex (2011) (Short)
Title is mentioned
80's Dan: A Very Inappropriate 80's Dan Christmas (2011) (TV Episode)
The neo-Nazi complains about people watching this instead of Salon Kitty.
Saturday Morning RPG (2012) (Video Game)
Players can participate in a quest wherein they must help a man empty his RV's waste into a storm drain.
Bum Reviews: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (2012) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
Blackcatloner Reviews: Norbit (2013) (TV Episode)
Blackcatloner paraphrases Clark Griswold's famous rant and applies it to Norbit. Then after nuking Norbit, he says "Where's the Tylenol?"
Blackcat Riffs: Sex Madness (2013) (TV Episode)
"Keep kissing her ass and you'll find yourself on the street faster than you can say 'Where's the Tylenol?'"
Shameful Sequels: Home & Alone for Christmas (2013) (TV Episode)
"...go out shopping for a Christmas tree Griswold style."
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.48 (2013) (TV Episode)
Brooklyn Decker talks about her father dressing as the character Eddie from the film
Christmas Cruelty! (2013)
The moose eggnog glasses.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 18 December 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic discuss their lists of the best Christmas movies
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.3 (2014) (TV Episode)
Kristen Bell mentions the movie by name.
Shameful Sequels: Vegas Vacation (2014) (TV Episode)
Mike praises this movie
Shelby (2014)
As an in-joke, Chevy Chase says to his daughter that he's been in more than one Christmas disaster.
Santa Con (2014)
Rose and Nick are seen drinking from Monty Moose glasses.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 16 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Hosts discuss their favorite Christmas movies
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Adnan Virk gives in honorable mention on his list of favorite Christmans movies
Blackcatloner: Blackcatloner's Top 5 Favorite Christmas Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Blackcatloner's number 2 pick.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Golden Tate says this is his favorite Christmas movie
Blackcat Riffs: Halloween Party (2015) (TV Episode)
"Bend over and I'll show you."
Vacation (2015)
Picture in Rusty's photo album. 'Juliette Lewis' and Johnny Galecki can be seen as Audrey and Rusty.
Midnight Screenings: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation/Vacation (2015) (TV Episode)
Brad says this is better than the 2015 reboot
The Cinema Snob: Ms. Velma's Most Incredibly Magnificent Christmas Week (2015) (TV Episode)
"...to Christmas Vacation with Clark's gigantic tree."
Krampus (2015)
Kids mention painting a cat
Santas in the Barn: Let the Yule Log Burn (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during group challenge
Sounds of the 80s: 2015 Christmas Special with Kim Wilde (2015) (TV Episode)
Kim tells Sara that it's her favourite Christmas film and she watches it every year.
How my Christmas Went (2015) (Video)
Kieron watches the film.
Honest Game Trailers: Undertale (2016) (TV Episode)
"You've taught me everything I know about exterior illumination"
Blackcatloner: How You Doin'? (2016) (TV Episode)
Blackcatloner quotes Clark Griswold's famous rant while describing Norbit.
iZombie: Physician, Heal Thy Selfie (2016) (TV Episode)
Drake's Mother (Actress Miriam Flynn) says she's going to take pictures for Christmas cards next year.
Nostalgia Critic: The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2016) (TV Episode)
"That metal plate in Eddie's head had bigger consequences than I thought."
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Krampus (2016) (TV Episode)
compares the premise of a harried holiday family to this movie
Atop the Fourth Wall: My Little Pony 2015 Holiday Special (2016) (TV Episode)
Linkara mentions never having seen this movie
NCIS: Los Angeles: Tidings We Bring (2016) (TV Episode)
G. Callen says: "You and Kens gonna light up the neighborhood Griswold-style?"
Blackcatloner: Hey, Stella! You're Making Me Crazy (2017) (TV Episode)
"...but it's still a bit nipply out... I mean, nippy out."
Cine Terapia: Cine Terapia - Axel Kuschevatzky (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by one of the characters.
Nostalgia Critic: Dragonball Evolution (2017) (TV Episode)
"Shitter was full!"
Golic and Wingo: Episode #1.20 (2017) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Mike Golic
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 12 January 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kate.
Norm Macdonald Has a Show: Chevy Chase (2018) (TV Episode)
Norm names all four Chevy's Vacation movies.
My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever (2018) (TV Movie)
Discord dresses himself in a green winter hat and white bathrobe reminiscent of Cousin Eddie.


It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
A clip from the film is shown.

Featured in 

Rocky V (1990)
On Christmas day when Rocky is waiting for Tommy to show up at his house, Rocky Jr. and his friends are all watching Christmas Vacation on TV. It's on the scene where Clark is assaulting the plastic reindeer because he can't get the Christmas lights lit.
Troldspejlet: Episode #30.16 (2003) (TV Episode)
DVD release reviewed + footage used
The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006) (TV Movie)
featured on Jingle's TV.
Best! Movies! Ever!: Rants (2007) (TV Episode)
clips are shown to illustrate the best rants in films
20 to 1: Crazy Customs (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Christmas lights.
Nostalgia Critic: Top 12 Greatest Christmas Specials (2008) (TV Episode)
Featured as the Number 6 spot
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Road/Ninja Assassin/Old Dogs (2009) (TV Episode)
DVD Extra Extra segment, clips shown
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Up in the Air/Everybody's Fine/Brothers (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown during the people falling off roofs segment
The Wright Stuff: Episode #14.87 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip shown to introduce discussion topic.
Shameful Sequels: Christmas Vacation 2: Part 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
seen and compared to its inferior sequel
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.61 (2010) (TV Episode)
In the "Jaywalking" segment, a person on the street is substituted for Nicolette Scorsese in the poolside fantasy scene
Hollywood's Top Ten: Cinema Santas (2010) (TV Episode)
Shameful Sequels: Christmas Vacation 2: Part 2 (2010) (TV Episode)
seen and compared to its inferior sequel
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011) (TV Movie)
clips and stills shown, discussed
Nostalgia Critic: The Grinch (2011) (TV Episode)
The bright Christmas lights in Whoville are compared to those on Clark Griswold's house.
Greatest Ever Christmas Movies (2013) (TV Movie)
Number 11 in the Countdown
Best of the Worst: Elves, Santa Claus, and Christmas Vacation 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mike and Jessi mention it. Also, DVD and footage of this movie are shown.
Anime Abandon: Iria (2014) (TV Episode)
"She went from zero to Clark Griswold in nothing flat."
Nostalgia Critic: What You Never Knew About Christmas Vacation (2014) (TV Episode)
movie is the subject of discussion
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 10 July 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
Clark's long name-calling rant is heard
Best of the Worst: Plinketto #3 (2017) (TV Episode)
movie clips are shown
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jason Sudeikis/Amy Sedaris/Robert Kelly (2017) (TV Episode)
Clip of Clark in the monologue
ScrewAttack's Top 10s: Top 10 Christmas Movies (2017) (TV Episode)
The #2 pick.


Animal House (1978)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The boulder scene is spoofed with the snowman in the opening credits

Spoofed in 

Twisted Metal: Head-On (2005) (Video Game)
Cousin Eddy is a nod after the character from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
How It Should Have Ended: The Holiday Movie Special (2010) (TV Episode)
Holiday Movie parody
This Isn't Christmas Vacation: The XXX Parody (2010) (Video)
The movie plot, title, characters and DVD case are all a parody of National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
The Texas Chainsaw Mistletoe (2017) (Short)
Contains material directly spoofing film

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