Christmas Vacation – Dome Experience

December 16, 2021 - December 18, 2021

This is a full blown, four alarm holiday emergency and we are fully prepared to have the hap-hap-happiest dome experience this side of the nuthouse.

Grab Cousin Eddie and join us for an exclusive viewing and party celebrating all things Christmas Vacation! Experience this iconic holiday classic like you’ve never seen it before – centered on the soaring dome screen with booming surround sound. It’s a beaut not to be missed, Clark.

Enjoy a cash bar with themed cocktails for those over 21, stock up on movie snacks with a fully stocked snack bar, wear a costume, win door prizes and more.

Are you a Griswold super-fan? Sign up for the VIP Experience and receive priority seating in the dome theater, popcorn, a complimentary cocktail (or a “mocktail” if under 21), and surprise goodies. There will only be 75 VIP tickets sold per showing! It’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.

The Explore Store will be open throughout the evening to finish up your holiday shopping. Enjoy free gift wrapping and seasonal drinks. Exploration Place members receive 10% off your Explore Store purchase!

We hope this adds to your enjoyment of the holidays.

Throw on your blue leisure suit and bring the missus. It’s time for Sparky to dedicate the dome to the Griswold Family Christmas!

Hoping for tickets for a show that sold out?  Add your contact information using the wait list button below. If tickets become available, we’ll contact people in the order that the requests are received. 

General Admission                        VIP is Sold Out                        Wait List


    • $25 VIP
    • $15 General Admission
    • Members receive 15% off

Event Dates:

Thursday, December 16       6:00 p.m.   (movie at 7:00 p.m.)
                                                 8:30 p.m.    (movie at 9:30 p.m.)

Friday, December 17            6:00 p.m.   (movie at 7:00 p.m.) SOLD OUT
                                                 8:30 p.m.   (movie at 9:30 p.m.)

Saturday, December 18       6:00 p.m.   (movie at 7:00 p.m.) SOLD OUT

Details to Know:

    • Early (6 p.m.) ticket time: Doors open at 6 p.m. Seating starts at 6 p.m. for VIPs and 6:30 p.m. for general admission. Door prizes and pre-show starts at 6:45 pm and the movie starts at 7 p.m. The event ends at 8:30 p.m.
    • Late (8:30 p.m.) ticket time: Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Seating starts at 8:30 p.m. for VIPs and 9:00 p.m. for general admission. Door prizes and pre-show starts at 9:15 pm and the movie starts at 9:30 p.m. The event ends at 11:00 p.m.
    • There will not be assigned seating. VIP ticket holders will have first access to choose their seats. Don’t worry, there truly are no bad seats – we promise! 
    • Food and drinks are allowed in the dome theater. We ask that you not bring in outside food or drinks.
    • We are airing the unedited PG-13 version of the movie.

Concessions Available:

    • The Gilded Cookie – Christmas Vacation themed sugar cookies are included with all VIP tickets!
    • Bar services including a signature drink from Xclusive Event Services
    • Popcorn, candy, nachos, soda, drinks and more from Exploration Place’s snack bar
    • Food trucks – The Critical Cart will be here serving up delicious eats all three nights of the event

Activities and Events:

    • Door prizes will be awarded randomly at each showing. Everyone attending will be eligible to win!
    • Photo booth with themed props.
    • Costume contest with prizes.

* Prices include movie and VIP perks, if applicable. Concessions and drinks sold separately. Schedule and details subject to change. [Mask Policy]

** Tickets will go on sale at 8 am CST on November 19 for members and 8 am CST on November 22 for all. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The only valid tickets available for Exploration Place events are sold directly through Exploration Place.

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