The Griswold's never actually take a vacation in Christmas Vacation but watching them stay home might just make you want to leave town. Clark Griswold's plans for the perfect holiday turn into a disaster thanks to bickering family members, competitive neighbors, a rogue squirrel, and a Christmas tree fire.
If Christmas Vacation prompts you to leave town during the holidays, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles will make you want to stay home. The classic John Hughes comedy follows an uptight advertising exec and his cheery travel companion as they try to get from New York to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Along the way they manage to run into every travelers worst nightmare on every conceivable mode of transportation.
A Christmas Story has become so popular in recent years it now has it own mini=travel industry. The Cleveland house used in the movie is now open for tours, a special screening of the movie with the cast drew crowds from all over the country to North Tonawanda, NY (near many of the film's Ontario filming locations) last weekend, and fans can even see the musical version of the movie at the theater at Madison Square Garden through Dec. 29.
An oldie but a goodie, especially if you're a fan of classic song and dance numbers. The synopsis is simple, but festive: an inn only opens on holidays throughout the year, complete with glimmering costumes, Bing Crosby crooning, and Fred Astaire dancing. A romance triangle forms when a starlet joins the festivities. This is the film which introduced the world to the song, "White Christmas."
After watching The Holiday it's hard to decide which is better, spending Christmas in an English cottage or balmy Los Angeles. There's good news if you're more the Christmas cottage type, the house the Rosehill Cottage was modeled after is rented out year-round.