Alerus Center to sponsor virtual 'Christmas with the Griswolds'

The Alerus Center, in partnership with HB Sound and Light, will present the first two in a series of drive-in movies on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 19-20, in its parking lot. Food truck vendors will be onsite.

The Alerus Center is sponsoring "A (Virtual) Christmas with the Griswolds: An Evening with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo” event at 7 p.m. Nov. 28.

Tickets for the show are on sale now.

The livestreamed show is a tribute to the holiday classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” in which Chase and D’Angelo starred as Clark and Ellen Griswold.

In this upcoming virtual show, the actors share fan-favorite clips from the movie, reveal their favorite memories from the making of the “Vacation” franchise and answer viewer questions in a live, question-and-answer session.

Tickets for the show, which will be broadcast via Zoom video-conferencing, are $25 per device and are on sale at . A limited number of VIP tickets that include a post-show meet-and-greet with Chase and D’Angelo are available, according to an Alerus Center news release.


The show, which offers a new twist on holiday tradition, will be “fun for all ages,” promoters say.

Chase, well-known for his performances on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” is an entertainment trailblazer who turned SNL success into Hollywood mega-stardom. Along with the “Vacation” franchise, other films -- such as “Caddyshack,” “Fletch” and “Three Amigos” -- contributed to making Chevy Chase a household name worldwide.

Perhaps best-known for her portrayal of Ellen Griswold in the “Vacation” franchise, actress-singer D’Angelo has built an entertainment career spanning more than 40 years. Her acting resume includes roles in more than 60 films and appearances in some of the most celebrated television series, including “The Simpsons,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Entourage.”

For more information, contact Emily Hanson, marketing director at the Alerus Center, at (701) 792-1402 or

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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