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How to watch ‘Christmas Vacation’ online for free

Don't spend all nine of your lives trying to watch this holiday classic.


Joseph Knoop


Posted on Dec 21, 2018   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:57 pm CDT


Chevy Chase might be notoriously difficult to work with, but that won’t stop us from enjoying his comedic heydays, particularly the holiday classic: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (if that’s not to your liking, check out our best Christmas movies of all time). Go ahead and relax with one of your favorite Christmas movies. Here’s everything you need to know how to watch Christmas Vacation online.

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Watch Christmas Vacation online for free: How to watch Christmas Vacation on-demand

1) Amazon Video/Amazon Prime

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Amazon Prime Video

Rent: $3.99 (both HD and SD)
Purchase: $14.99 
Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii

Though you can’t get it for free with your Prime account (Prime unlocks some films and series, like Band of Brothers, for free streaming), Amazon Video is one of the cheapest and most accessible ways to watch Christmas Vacation this holiday. All you need is an Amazon account, one of the compatible devices to watch it on, and the free app downloaded onto that device.


2) YouTube Movies

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YouTube Movies

Rent: $3.99 (HD)
Purchase: $14.99 
Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii

For as long as YouTube offers a sale, you can buy Christmas Vacation for $8.99. Since the rental and purchase price are the same as competitors’, it’s just a matter of where you prefer to watch your movies.


3) Google Play

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Google Play

Rent: $3.99 (HD)
Purchase: $14.99 (HD)
Devices: Android, iOS, desktop/laptop, Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, Vizio Smart TV

Google Play offers Christmas Vacation at the same price as the preceding options, and Google Play works on many of the same platforms as its competitors. It’s another matter of how you prefer to watch your movies.


4) iTunes

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Rent: $3.99
Purchase: $14.99
Mac, PC, Apple TV, iOS

It’s a dollar over its competitors if you want to purchase Christmas Vacation, but the rental option is the same price as other platforms. The only downside of iTunes is it’s available on fewer platforms, but if you have access to a Mac, PC, or iOS device, you’re good to go.


How to watch a Christmas Vacation live stream online

AMC has the rights to air Christmas Vacation this holiday season. Thankfully, AMC is available on most major streaming platforms, and you can check what times Christmas Vacation is airing on TV Guide. Here’s everywhere you can watch an AMC live stream, and by extension, where you can watch Christmas Vacation.

1) Philo

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Philo Philo

Aside from renting the movie online, Philo is essentially the cheapest way to live stream Christmas Vacation. Philo includes AMC along with plenty of other channels including BBC America, Comedy Central, Discovery, Hallmark, and plenty more. Plus, having AMC on Philo will also let you upgrade to the ad-free AMC Premiere(Here’s the complete guide to Philo channels.)


2) Sling TV

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Sling Orange + Blue Sling TV

Sling TV is split up between two packages (each alone is $30, but you can combine them for $45). AMC (and thus an Christmas Vacation live stream) is available on both. When you’re picking your package, it really comes down to what sports channels you want. ESPN is available on Sling Orange, but Sling Blue has the NBC Sports Network and Fox Sports. Sling also offers add-on packages to bolster sports and movie streaming options. (Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.)


3) FuboTV

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FuboTV FuboTV
  • Cost: $54.99 for your first month and $79.99 per month thereafter
  • Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices

FuboTV is one of the best overall values for streaming sports content in addition to entertainment options like AMC, which will get you an Christmas Vacation live stream. The basic package includes the NFL Network and NBA TV. Fubo is one of the best places for Spanish or Portuguese-speaking viewers, as it offers multiple foreign language packages. (Here’s the complete guide to FuboTV channels.)


4) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV is a solid place to get both sports and entertainment channels. You’ll get AMC for the Christmas Vacation live stream, plus channels like BBC America, Disney, four ESPNs, FXX, Fox Sports, and NBA TV. It’s cheaper go through YouTube’s on-demand library, but if you’re in the market for a streaming service and you like how YouTube looks, YouTube TV could do the trick. (Here’s the complete guide to YouTube TV channels.)


Other ways to watch AMC

AMC website

You can watch on-demand content from AMC via its official website, Simply go to the site, click on the “TV provider sign in” button in the top right, and provide your login information from a streaming service provider. With the exception of Sling TV, every streaming service listed above should work.

AMC Premiere app

Cost: Free, but requires login.
Available on: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Android TV

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New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.

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*First Published: Dec 21, 2018, 7:00 am CST