Is ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ on Netflix?

“I don’t know what to say, except it’s Christmas and we’re all in misery.”

If you’ve ever spent the holidays alternating between loving and hating your family, that line spoken by Clark Griswold’s (Chevy Chase) frustrated wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation probably rings true.

While Christmas Vacation was a critical dud when it was released in 1989, that didn’t stop the story of Clark’s determined efforts to have “a fun, old-fashioned, family Christmas” (in spite of his crazy relatives, Scrooge-like boss, and uptight yuppie neighbors) from becoming a holiday classic. Today, it’s mandatory holiday viewing for many, especially those who grew up watching it in the late ‘80s and ‘90s.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation isn’t on Netflix


Unfortunately, if you were hoping to stream Christmas Vacation this year, you’re going to be disappointed. The movie isn’t on Netflix in the U.S. Nor is it included with other subscription services, like Amazon Prime or Hulu.

To relive the Griswold’s chaotic Christmas celebration, you’ll either need to set your DVR or purchase or rent the film. It’s $3.99 to rent on Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and YouTube. The full-length movie is available to purchase for $12.99-$14.99, depending on which service you use. The DVD is $6.89 on Amazon.

When is Christmas Vacation on TV?

While you won’t find Christmas Vacation on Netflix, TV –specifically, AMC — has got you covered. The movie is included in the network’s “Best Christmas Ever” lineup for 2018, along with Elf, The Polar Express, Prancer, Gremlins, and Christmas in Connecticut and more than two dozen other movies.

Christmas Vacation airs several times throughout the holiday season, including on Sunday, December 2 at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. ET and again on Thursday, December 6 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. It also airs on Monday, December 10 at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. You can check the AMC schedule online to see if additional airdates have been added.

Unlike in years past, you won’t see the Griswolds on Freeform this year, though you can tune in to that network to watch The Santa Clause, The Holiday, and Santa Baby.

See Christmas Vacation in the theater

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation | YouTube Movies via YouTube

If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch a screening of Christmas Vacation on the big screen. Theaters around the country are showing that movie (and other holiday favorites) in the weeks leading up to December 25. Check your local listings to see if there’s a screening happening near you.

Christmas movies you can stream on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu

While you can’t stream Christmas Vacation on Netflix, plenty of other holiday favorites are available. You can watch Bad Santa, White Christmas, Love Actually, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Netflix this year.

Meanwhile, Amazon Prime members can stream It’s a Wonderful Life, Christmas with the Kranks, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Jack Frost, and I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown for free.

If you signed up for Hulu during the service’s Cyber Monday promotion (or if you were already a subscriber) you can stream Dear Santa, Happy Christmas, Christmas Crush, Crazy for Christmas, An Accidental Christmas, and A Very Brady Christmas.

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