National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Corrected entry: When the Griswold family are going to buy a christmas tree, they are in the mountains. There are no mountains near Chicago, where the Griswolds live.

Dr Wilson

New this week Correction: It's unknown how long they've been driving on the road so they more then likely drove somewhere in or near Illinois to get their tree like the Cascade Mountain or the Chestnut Mountain. Both of which are a mere three hour drive.

New this week Correction: The driving scene towards the Christmas tree farm appears to very closely match the area approaching Wisconsin Dells, a very popular summer and winter resort area that is a 2-3 hour drive from Chicago - and also home to many Christmas tree farms.

New this month Corrected entry: When Cousin Eddie barges into the house with Clark's boss, Ellen jokingly tells him this is the family's first kidnapping, which is actually wrong. In National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Clark holds the security guard at Walley World hostage, and forces him to take the family on the rides.

New this month Correction: First, that was the joke. And Ellen wouldn't admit that the family has a history of kidnapping people and would lie.


Corrected entry: When Clark is hiding the gifts in the attic he finds an old pink one, but the shot later, it is blue.

Dr Wilson

New this month Correction: The next shot is not of Clark holding a blue package, but of Francis wondering why it's so cold, discovering the stairs are down, then closing them. That is plenty of time for Clark to discover another hidden and forgotten package from the past, which happens to be a blue one, now.


Corrected entry: When Clark goes around the side of the house to see why the lights don't work, one of the mothers goes in the garage and flips on the switch making the lights go on. Considering Clark covered the whole house with lights, he would've seen them come on.


Correction: The running gag in the Vacation movies is how oblivious Clark is. This is simply a joke pointing that out. He even thinks he figured out what was wrong without noticing the lights came on.


New this week Correction: Hes not that dumb. Wheres he is standing, the house is completely covered with lights which is what I said before. I notice you go though entries and think your personal opinion is a valid correction and it isn't.


Corrected entry: I've noticed in a couple of scenes where Chevy Chase and Beverly D'angelo are standing in the front hallway of their house, you can see the wooden rafters of the ceiling of the set in the dining room.


Correction: This is part of the ceiling, not part of the set. Some people choose to have exposed beams in their homes.


Corrected entry: When Clark gets locked in the attic he tries to open the door and calls out "Rusty" Then he calls out "Bev" instead of "Ellen".

Correction: He doesn't call out Bev, he screams "heeeeeeeelp." It then cuts to the outside with the rest of the family so his "help" call gets cut off.


Corrected entry: Leaves can be seen on several trees around the Griswold house, which is supposed to be in Chicago and its obviously supposed to be wintertime.


Correction: We sometimes have leaves on some of our trees all the way through winter. They only fall off with extreme winds.


Corrected entry: Why do they make Russ and Audrey sleep in the same bed in the spare bedroom when Ellen's parents get to sleep in separate bunks on Russ' bunk bed? This makes absolutely no sense.

Correction: Couple of reasons: Audrey may have had a fit at the idea of sleeping in her brother's room, and also the grandparents may not be sharing a bed anymore. Many older folks (my grandparents included) stop sharing a bed as they get into advanced age due to one partner's nighttime habits disturbing the other.

Corrected entry: When the grandparents are all sleeping and snoring in the chairs, the TV is showing the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade which is shown on Thanksgiving Day. Not a week before Christmas.


Casual Person

Correction: That's not the Macy's parade. It's the Chicago Christmas parade. Not sure if they still have it anymore, but they used to do one.

New today Correction: It's entirely possible they're watching it on tape. As a child, my aunt used to record the Thanksgiving Day parade every year.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: When Clark Griswold is on a ladder putting Christmas lights up on his house the trees in the background are green and leafy, (not evergreen trees), indicating summertime, although there is snow on the ground and it is supposedly winter.


Correction: As Clark climbs the ladder, all of the tall trees behind the house have no leaves and are even covered with snow. The bush that does have leaves next to the evergreen, beside being the only thing with leaves, could easily be any number of plants that retain their leaves throughout the winter.


Corrected entry: In the opening scene where Clark and the two guys in the pickup are racing, Clark pulls under a 18-wheeler. In the close up shots, you can see the truck's tyres from under the truck, but in the far away shots, you can see the safety bars that were put under the truck for the stunt driver so he wouldn't ride up under the truck.

Correction: There are no bars or any other special enhancements that were done to the truck for this stunt. The only visible bars in the close up and far away shots are the ones that hold the mudflaps in the front and the same bar across the back wheels that's seen in all of the shots.


Corrected entry: When Clark is going up in the attic, he has a bag with two gifts in it. As he goes into the attic, there are three gifts in the bag.


Correction: We never see the contents of the bag as he's going to the attic and up the stairs. All we see is that he's carrying a large bag with some bows & ribbon coming out the top. There is no way to see how many presents are in the bag.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, when the Griswold family are in their car under the wood truck, everybody panics but not Russ, who sings or something like that.


Dr Wilson

Correction: Character choice: He's used to this kind of thing from his dad.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: In the scene where Eddie is introducing Snots, the first shot has the dog perfectly clean, but when Eddie explains why that is his name, in the next shot he is covered with snot.


Correction: When the camera is on Eddie explaining his name, you can hear Snots sneeze thereby covering himself with snot.

William Bergquist

Corrected entry: Right before the grandma (Doris Roberts) faints due to the squirrel, Eddie's kids are on the brink of laughing before the scene cuts. Everyone is supposed to be scared.


Correction: Everyone might be scared at first, but once over the initial shock, kids could easily find the adult's panic amusing.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Some things in the chamber of Russ change from the scene where you see the grandfather in the bed and Clarke passing through the floor.


Dr Wilson

Correction: That's not very specific. Does the bed change positions? Are there different posters on the walls? Is the wallpaper a different color? At least give one example of something that changes between the two shots.


Corrected entry: Watch in slow-motion when Eddie's dog passes through the door to chase the squirrel. The door is actually broken before.

Dr Wilson

Correction: As per the rules of this site, watching in slow-mo does not qualify this as a valid mistake.

Mister Ed

Corrected entry: When Rusty drops the reindeer on the lawn, the legs break off the one closest to him but later all the deer are intact until Clark loses it and beats them up.

Correction: There is a significant time that passes from when Rusty drops it to when Clark "loses it." There is no reason he couldn't have glued everything back on.

Zwn Annwn

Corrected entry: When Clark is sliding on the saucer, he shoots out a shower of sparks when he crosses the street. Those old saucers were made of aluminum,and aluminum can't create sparks like other metal does.

Correction: Clark is extremely anal and a bit of a geek.given he's using his experimental lubricant, he's probably using a special saucer too.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: Throughout the movie there is an Advent Calendar that is opened from time to time, revealing what day of December it is. However, in the scene where the grandmothers are sitting in the den and one of them is decorating a gingerbread house, they are watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, which takes place in November.

Correction: The grandmothers are watching a Christmas parade that takes place in Chicago; the announcer states that a parade float in a previous parade had knocked the 3rd floor windows out of the Marshall Field's Department Store. Marshall Field's doesn't have a New York City location so this parade isn't the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Corrected entry: When Santa Clause's sled passes in front of the moon at the end, why is the sea so dark? It wasn't in previous shots.

Dr Wilson

Correction: Because when the moon is in a shot and they want to see the details on the moon's surface, they have to lower the exposure on the camera, which darkens the sky.

Corrected entry: In the original "Vacation" and the "European Vacation" movies, Russ is older than Audrey. In "Christmas Vacation," Audrey is older than Russ.

Correction: Chevy Chase has said in interviews that the changing of the kids appearance as well as their age in Christmas Vacation was always part of the joke about how Clark forgets his kids names and never knows where they are etc.

Corrected entry: We later learn that Eddie's RV makes a lot of noise when driven. How did they ever make it into the Griswald driveway without anyone noticing when they first arrive?

Correction: Eddie explains later that they "coasted in on fumes"; therefore, no loud engine noise.

It still would have made noise. Plus a least one person would have seen that huge RV pulling into their driveway. This is simply a "Hollywood Cheat." :).

Corrected entry: When Clark was trapped in the attic and fell through the ceiling in the bedroom, why didn't he just crawl out through the hole he just made onto the bunkbed?

Correction: It would be impossible for him to fit through - the bed is too close to the ceiling.



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Clark: Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse.



In the scene where Clark is working on the lights the full moon is shown. This is December 14th according to the advent calendar. On December 24th when Santa's sleigh goes sailing over the moon, it is still full.



Clark Griswold in the attic watching old movies dressed in a woman's turban and gloves to keep warm is not only funny but a reference to the Norma Desmond character from "Sunset Blvd.", who watches her old films to remember her Hollywood glory days.