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Ford Recreates ‘Christmas Vacation’ Scene With Mustang Mach-E: Video


The movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is undoubtedly a cult classic, a flick that has cemented itself into the brains of anyone that’s seen it once, or more likely, dozens of times. There are many memorable scenes from this Christmas classic, but few greater than one where Chevy Chase’s character, Clark Griswold, tries to light up his newly decorated house.

Now, Ford has recreated this scene using the brand new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E in a bit of a reunion for the movie’s actors. Both Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprise their National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold, except this time, there’s a Mach-E parked in the driveway, and as Ellen plugs in the all-electric crossover, the lights come on. Needless to say, it’s a fun little spot, and both Chase and D-Angelo were thrilled to participate in it.

“It’s great to be back for another Christmas with my on-screen family and its rotating assortment of kids – and I have Ford and Mustang Mach-E to thank for paying me to do it,” said Chase. “I suppose you’re expecting some sort of riff on electric cars, but I can say with 85 percent certainty that this thing probably won’t cause any blackouts in your neighborhood when you plug it in.”

“My favorite sidekick role is playing Ellen Griswold to Chevy’s Clark, my one and only Sparky,” D’Angelo said. “But this year, the brightest spark is the Mustang Mach-E in the driveway! Please don’t tell him I said that. I’m already in trouble for bringing a different set of kids every time we go on a vacation.”

The one-minute commercial will debut on the Saturday Night Live Christmas Special on December 22nd on NBC, but of course, we don’t have to wait that long, as we’ve included it here for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

We’ll have much more on the Mach-E soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Mustang Mach-E news and continuous Ford news coverage.


Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Chris

    Creative idea! Except it’s really not well written or entertaining. It could have been, but it’s clunky and disappointing. I don’t blame Chevy or Beverly. The writing, editing, and direction is weak. Too bad. Christmas Vacation is a beloved American movie.

  2. Roy Chile’s

    Hopefully the 1st of many promotional commercials for the Mustang Mach E. I never seen a Chevy Volt or Bolt advertise on TV not that it matter, it was way over priced from the size

    1. Erik

      It’s not that overpriced. (Well it is compared to a traditional vehicle) but compared to a Tesla model Y it definitely is better in quality and with the GT it has better performance. Yes, it’s expensive but it’s definitely a lot better and affordable in its segment which is not cheap.

      1. Stalkbroker94

        You’ll find Roy tends to just talk, research be damned.

        1. Roy Chile’s

          U will find people like yourself trying to justify what you’re saying when you don’t know what you’re talking about. I drove the Volt it’s too dam small No room on the inside. Am sure there’s a lot of them on the streets where U live there’s NONE where I live. There’s a Hell of a lot more Teslas on the road. Why do U think Ford r research Tesla and not Chevrolet, Volt and Bolt wasn’t the right vehicle then or now. I seen the Mustang Mach E in person there’s more room inside it will out sale the Chevy twins for sure.

  3. S Baker

    Why would Ford have Hollywood American hating morons be out front with Ford’s first real electric automobile offering?

  4. Chad

    Hope they advertise this on television! Very nostalgic and would be a great way to advertise the Mach-E during the holiday season!


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