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Where to see 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' and 'A Christmas Story' on Long Island

Ralphie meets Santa in the 1983 holiday classic

Ralphie meets Santa in the 1983 holiday classic "A Christmas Story," starring Peter Billingsley. Photo Credit: TBS

Get ready to drink in some 1980s-style holiday cheer at two venues on Long Island as a pair of Christmas perennials bloom again on the big screen.

First up is the nutty-as-a-fruitcake Griswold clan, headed by Chevy Chase, who'll make merry in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" at YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore on Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. A stockingful of laughs abounds in the 1989 comedy about the family's attempts to have a good old-fashioned holiday. Their plans literally go up in smoke by film's end as the entire clan -- and a SWAT team -- sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the front lawn as a fiery Santa and reindeer set flies over their house.

Then, on Dec. 19, two helpings of the Jean Shepherd charmer "A Christmas Story" (1983), will be served at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts. The story of a boy, a leg lamp and a BB gun has become a holiday favorite, and maybe even gave some people a yen for Chinese food as Christmas dinner.

Tickets for each are $8. For "Vacation" tickets, go to boultoncenter.org, and for "A Christmas Story," go to smithtownpac.org.

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