Griswold house Christmas Vacation movie front door .. I am letting John Hughes movies acquaint me with my new adopted home of Chicago. It can be hard to keep track of your Chicago Christmas must-dos, but fear not— we've accumulated enough yuletide events to keep you cheery. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a American Christmas comedy film directed by With Christmas only a few weeks away, Chicago resident Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) decides it is time to get a Christmas tree. He gathers his Release date : December 1.