By now, many fans have seen 'A Christmas Story' at least a hundred times, but it keeps on making families laugh with every line of ultra-quotable dialogue. The classic holiday film starring protagonist Ralphie Parker was set in the fictional town of Hohman in northwest Indiana, but Cleveland, Ohio served as the set location for the 1940’s era film.
The house in which protagonist Ralphie Parker lived - the set for most of the film - still stands in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland’s west side. Fans of the film can visit the house, take tours, and catch glimpses of memorabilia and props used in the move.
And yes, the film's classic leg lamp stands proudly in the front window; no word yet if there’s a grave plot for it in the backyard next to the garage though. The house has a gift shop as well, so you can take home your own personal “major award” and you don’t even have to win a crossword puzzle contest first.
Outside the "Christmas Story" house — Photo courtesy of ©www.positivelycleveland.com
“A Christmas Story” first hit theaters in 1983, and after it went to VHS, it took off as a wildly popular holiday classic. It can now be seen airing all over basic cable and even on a twenty-four hour marathon on Christmas day via TBS.
Despite being produced in the 80’s and set in the 40’s, the film doesn't feel dated in the least and has themes and messages that transcend timelines and age groups, making sure that anyone who watches it can relate. It touches on themes significant to Ralphie’s 9or any student's) life: family, school, Christmas-time chaos, and Ralphie's plight of being denied his coveted Red Rider BB gun (with a compass in the stock and "this thing that tells time").
If you’re planning to visit Cleveland for the holidays, the Parker household will have to be a stop if you’re a fan of the movie. Red Roof Inn’s three Cleveland locations offer “Ralphie Rates” which include accommodations, two admissions to visit the Christmas Story House, a 15% off discount at the house’s gift shop, a special A Christmas Story keepsake, and a free appetizer at Bac Chinese Restaurant (a great way to gear up one’s appetite for “Chinese turkey”). These packages start at $89.99 and will likely fill up quickly, so call ahead and request Ralphie Rate or use promo code 609881 when booking online.
Inside the "Christmas Story" house — Photo courtesy of ©www.positivelycleveland.com
If you’re a true die-hard fan of 'A Christmas Story,' you have another option: bid online for the opportunity to stay two nights at the home this Christmas, with another night at The Renaissance Hotel Cleveland, and $800 in other gifts/perks.