'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' Quiz


By: Staff

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Think you know "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" by heart? This 1989 holiday classic from John Hughes, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. From the Griswolds finding the perfect tree to all their surprise guests, shining lights and slapstick mishaps, we're willing to bet you and your friends and family watch and recite it word for word every December.

No one does family vacations (or parties, weddings, anniversaries, funerals or graduations) like Clark Griswold. Clark, Ellen, Rusty and Audrey are all home for the holidays, and nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas! So park the recreational vehicle in the driveway, pour yourself some eggnog in a moose head-shaped glass and be sure to overstay your welcome for this ho-ho-ho holiday quiz. Yule be sure to love it!

When you're through, you might just find yourself standing outside in the clean, cool chill of the holiday air, giving a soft and triumphant sigh, whispering, "I did it."

What does Clark forget to bring when the family goes to look for a Christmas tree?

Since Clark forgot the saw, the tree makes its way home with roots attached.


What is Clark browsing when he gets tongue-tied in front of the attractive saleswoman?

Her name was Mary too.


What does Clark hope to buy with his Christmas bonus?

Clark is desperate to get the family a swimming pool with his money, since he already put down a deposit he couldn't afford.


What's Clark's nickname?

Sparky is Ellen's pet name for him.


Where does Clark hide his Christmas presents?

He gets trapped in the attic while doing so.


Who shows up right after Clark lights up the house?

Eddie, Catherine and their young kids all show up uninvited.


What does Clark discover in the attic?

He finds a trove of awesome clothing and gets teary watching old movies.


John Hughes wrote the script for "Christmas Vacation." What other holiday classic did he pen?

Kevin McCallister and Clark Griswold sprung from the same mind.


What's the name of Eddie's dog?

Snot is a lovely name for a lovely dog.


What winter activity do Clark and Eddie take the kids to do one night?

Clark goes a little too fast with his newfangled sled lubricant.


There are always new actors playing the kids in every "Vacation" iteration. Who played Audrey in "Christmas Vacation"?

Juliette Lewis would go on to have a successful film career.


What does the trusty Griswold station wagon get stuck under when the family is on its way to pick up a tree?

In a road rage-related driving mishap, Clark ends up driving under a logging truck.


Who wears a toupee?

Uncle Lewis's hair comes off with his hat.


What "Seinfeld" alum makes an appearance in the film?

Louis-Dreyfus shows up as the snobby yuppie neighbor.


What does Eddie keep adding to Clark's shopping cart?

Snot has a robust appetite.


Who does Audrey have to share a bed with, since all the family is in town?

In 2018, Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki would play a couple on "The Connors."


Eddie borrowed his recreational vehicle from a friend, and the friend borrowed what from him in return?

It's a good deal! Eddie got a car AND a house, really.


What does Clark receive as his Christmas bonus?

As Cousin Eddie says, that's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.


How many lights does Clark claim decorate the house?

That's right, 25,000. Clark never overdoes anything.


Who does Clark accidentally fry?

The cat was chewing on the Christmas lights when Clark plugged them in.


What lives in said replacement tree?

Unfortunately, they find out the squirrel lives in the tree after it is in the house.


What does Eddie deliver to Clark as a Christmas surprise?

Eddie kidnaps Clark's boss to exact revenge for the lost bonus.


What does Aunt Bethany recite over the meal instead of a blessing?

Her recitation of the "Pledge of Allegiance" is a very patriotic, albeit misplaced, moment during Christmas dinner.


Who plays Rusty in "Christmas Vacation"?

While Anthony Michael Hall made the role famous in the first film, Johnny Galecki starred in "Christmas Vacation" before joining "Roseanne."


What hat does Clark wear?

He wears the Chicago Bears hat throughout all the films.


How does Clark find a replacement tree after the first one is burned to a crisp?

Clark takes a chainsaw to a tree in the front lawn.


Which of these does Clark fix with a chainsaw?

Well. It was a little wobbly.


What does the family end up singing as Santa flies through the air?

Aunt Bethany got confused (and patriotic) again.


Why does Ruby Sue love staying at the Griswolds' home?

Ruby Sue is a pretty happy kid, all things considered.


How many "National Lampoon's Vacation" films were made before "Christmas Vacation"?

"Christmas Vacation" was the third film after "Vacation" and "European Vacation."


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