Chase is set to headline the New Jersey event, marking his first-ever Christmas convention appearance
The Griswolds are reuniting!
Taking place Dec. 8 through 10 in Edison, New Jersey, the convention is best known for its panel of Christmas-movie stars, which now includes the Saturday Night Live alum, 79, plus D'Angelo, 42, Quaid, 72, and Lewis, 50. It will also mark Yellowjackets star Lewis' first convention ever.
The four starred the 1989 holiday comedy classic Christmas Vacation in which Chase plays patriarch Clark Griswold, who faces a series of unlucky happenstances while trying to have a traditional Christmas with his family that includes wife Ellen (D'Angelo), daughter Audrey (Lewis), son Rusty (Johnny Galecki) and extended relatives like cousin Eddie (Quaid).
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In June, PEOPLE exclusively revealed Chase's headlining attendance at the upcoming convention, which is a winter wonderland for Christmas fanatics — complete with a holiday market full of local artists and vendors, photo ops and other activities.
Last year’s event saw several Hallmark, Lifetime and GAF holiday stars, including Andrew Walker, Nikki DeLoach, Paul Campbell, Danica McKellar, Chad Michael Murray and Autumn Reeser. They joined headliners and Mean Girls costars Lacey Chabert and Jonathan Bennett.
Hallmark holiday movie favorite Tyler Hynes told PEOPLE in August 2022 at Christmas Con Pasadena that his dream Christmas-movie costar would be Chase.
"I mean, if we're talking about holiday stars, I would just think of Chevy Chase from the Lampoon movies. Christmas Vacation is one of those legendary movies I grew up on," said Hynes, 37, noting he was named after Chase's Caddyshack character. "Doing these movies now and having him be in it would be a full-circle moment."
In December 2022, D'Angelo revealed in an interview with PEOPLE that she nearly turned down the role of Ellen Griswold opposite Chase in the first Vacation movie, which premiered in 1983.
"I was so sure that I wasn't the right person," she said at the time.
At that early point in her career, D'Angelo had done musicals and drama including Hair and Coal Miner's Daughter, in which she played Patsy Cline. "I really didn't know what my direction was going to be," the actress said.
What's more, she was around 30 and would be playing a mother to Anthony Michael Hall, who was a teenager. "I even suggested somebody else to my agent and he went, 'No, no, no. Really, take a look at the script,' " D'Angelo continued.
And in the end, "I'm just so honored that the Griswolds are so embedded in our culture about what a family is, because it's a good family," she added.
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