National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation House!

One of my besties strikes again! Shout out to my homegirl Racheal, who has been telling me all about cool spots in South Jersey! She did not disappoint with this one!! Oh, and she’s a kick-ass realtor, so if you’re looking, hit me up and I’ll connect you!

Less than a half-hour from downtown Philly is this incredibly creative holiday house. The theme? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! How fun is that?!!

The house is located at 503 Legends Court In Mickleton, NJ. It is DRIPPING in lights, Clark is out front, as is the 1989 Ford Taurus family station wagon complete with the oversized Christmas tree they plucked right from the ground, roots and all! There’s even the 1984 Chicago cop car with flashing lights!

Of course, this scene wouldn’t be complete without crazy Cousin Eddy and his RV!!! This is THEE coolest! He looks JUST like him and waves too! It’s kind of unreal!

The characters are made of latex and were created by a California artist, Jeremy O’ Neil.

The family who owns the house, The Harbaughs’, seem like the absolute sweetest! Their goal each of the past three years they’ve decorated is to fill the RV with Toys For Tots! The toys will specifically be given to the children at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, so if you visit, definitely bring one or a few! They don’t need to be wrapped! There is also a donation box! Please give!

The first year they collected donations they accumulated more than 4,000 toys! Last year that total topped out at 9,000 toys!!

Cops are patrolling the street and directing traffic so it wasn’t crazy at all!

You can surely drive-by in your vehicle or if you feel safe, there’s a cul-de-sac right behind the house with a clearly marked path! Usually, you can get up close and take photos IN the set but this year because of Covid there is a barrier.

This infamous house, which gets lit on Thanksgiving and stays that way until New Years Day has gained much buzz! Even Clark, played by Chevy Chase, and Ellen, played by Beverly D’Angelo, sent the family a video shout out! Way cool!

By the way, you’re totally going to want to go home and rewatch this classic again!


Another popular house in New Jersey for holiday lights is located at 105 Branchwood Drive in Woodbury. It’s about 22 minutes away from ”The Griswold’s” home.

The house is Nintendo themed and the colors change constantly! It’s fun and the kiddos will enjoy it!

It does draw quite the crowd, however. I would expect a little wait for this one as it’s really a one-way drive-thru. My suggestion would be to visit right at sunset, not at prime time.


End your evening with pizza at Holy Tomato Pies just a few minutes away from this last house!

This hidden gem is so kitschy and fun! It’s definitely festive and will fit perfectly into your night of holiday lights! The decor is super eclectic and fabulously whacky! It’s Day Of The Dead meets Southwest, with a blend of Americana. I personally loved the paint room!

It’s also quite delicious! May I suggest the Parma pie and caeser with candied pecans? The fam LOVED everything, including their homemade berry lemonade packed full of mixed berries and their homemade warm brownie parfait with house-made whipped cream….although Dylan barely shared!

They currently offer curbside pickup or Covid safe dine-in options. We arrived right before closing and had the entire place to ourselves but if dining right now isn’t your thing, definitely take some to-go!

The staff couldn’t have been sweeter accepting us so late in the evening and we totally felt safe with their precautions. Plus, I loved their slogan! Haha!

It was really a wonderful, unique find! We all highly recommend!


Happiest of holidays! Enjoy! XOX, Sar

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Sari Marissa aka Fab Philly Mom is passionate about sharing her travels and the fun she has in her city with her supportive husband and two super adventurous little girls.

Sari has traveled to 48 states, 36 National Parks, 25 countries, and 4 continents....so far!

Sari is a very proud Yoga Alliance Certified 200hr yoga teacher, was named Yelp’s Top Reviewer in Philly, and co-founded Philadelphia’s first official Challah For Hunger chapter.

Sari is currently enrolled in a leadership
program through Women’s Philanthropy, in association with Jewish Federation of Philadelphia. She cannot wait to implement her gained knowledge and chair more of their events in the future.

There is never a time when Sari is not planning an adventure or discovering something awesome! Stay tuned...

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