Clark Griswold, the patriarch of this disaster-prone clan, is trying his best to have the best Yuletide holiday ever with the best Christmas tree, a beautifully lit house, happy reunions with his family, and a surprise in the form of a new in-ground pool, funded by his yearly bonus. He finds the tree after hours of searching, but forgets the saw. He and his son Rusty string up around 25,000 Christmas lights, nearly killing himself in the process, to find that a fuse is short somewhere. His wife Ellen's redneck cousins, Eddie and Catherine, land in their driveway in a beat up sewage seeping RV with their two young children, Ruby and Rocky, and a snot-covered Rottweiler. No holiday is a bore once the SWAT team sieges the house and the tree catches on fire.
Cousin Eddie Johnson
Production Budget - $27,000,000
Domestic Gross - $71,319,526 (15th)
Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $146,591,268
Other Production Companies:
1. Yule crack up!
2. There's No Place Like Home For A Holiday!
Long Beach, California
Summit County, Colorado
Filmed with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
Written by Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann
Performed by Mavis Staples
That Spirit of Christmas
Written by Mable John, Joel Webster and Parnell Davidson
Performed by Ray Charles
Written by Alex Anderson
Performed by Bing Crosby
Hey, Santa Claus
Written by Harvey Fuqua
Performed by The Moonglows
Here Comes Santa Claus
Written by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
Performed by Gene Autry
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Written by Johnny Marks