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Behind the Scenes: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Yule love it! Unwrap the holiday magic and dive into the world of the Griswold family

About Virtual Tour



$9.99. Free to Home Alone and The Chicago Way members


Set in the Chicago suburbs, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) follows the Griswold family as they attempt to create the perfect traditional Christmas celebration. However, as is usually the case with this fictional family, chaos ensues. Yes, everything that can go wrong does.

  • Have you ever wondered what happened off-camera during the making of this iconic holiday film?

  • Do you know where the movie was shot?

  • Have you noticed the film's ties to Lethal Weapon, Betty Boop, and It's a Wonderful Life?

In this virtual Christmas event by Chicago Movie Tours, go behind the scenes of Christmas Vacation and dive into the world of the Griswold family.

You'll challenge your knowledge of the movie and discover fun facts that will make you appreciate the film even more. You'll also hear about Chicago's (minor) role in creating the perfect backdrop for the Griswold's holiday misadventures.

A recording will be available to those who've purchased tickets.

See you there, and may your holiday season be as unforgettable as Clark Griswold's Christmas lights!

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Virtual Tour FAQs

How Do I Watch?

Unless listed otherwise, our virtual tours take place live on Facebook. Simply visit Chicago Movie Tours' Facebook Page at the scheduled time, and click PLAY on the live video.


(You do not need a Facebook account to watch live programs.)

Can I Get a Reminder?

Yes! If you'd like an email reminder, register here for the event at least 24 hours before it begins.

Can I Watch Later?

Virtual tours may not be available after their livestream. Because some of Chicago Movie Tours' virtual events include clips that may trigger social media censors, Facebook could remove the videos after the livestream, even though the material is considered fair use.


In short: it's a good idea to watch live.

How Do I Tip?

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Your generous tips and donations—which help to cover costs of livestreaming software, archive and research memberships, on-location travel for virtual tour video footage, and more—ensure Chicago Movie Tours can continue creating free and affordable in-person and virtual events.


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Virtual Tour FAQs

What's Included

Chicago Movie Tours' virtual tours incorporate the following, when applicable, to bring the subject matter to life:

  • HD video

  • High-quality photos

  • Expertly designed animated slideshows

  • Clips and screengrabs

  • Maps (to orient you as you "travel" with us)

  • Vintage newspaper articles and ads

  • Classic movie fan magazine excerpts

  • Well-researched commentary


Additionally, we always include opportunities for audience contribution.

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