A Christmas Story
Did you love A Christmas Story when you were growing up? I know I did. I watched it every Christmas and still do to this day. It’s a Christmas tradition. If you love it as much as I do and live near Cleveland you can attend the fifth annual “A Christmas Story” Celebration and Convention. The event is being run by the “Christmas Story” House and Museum — the actual home used in the film.
In 2005, the original home used for the exterior shots of the family home was put up for auction on eBay and avid fan of the movie Brian Jones managed to purchase the home directly from the seller for $150,000. Jones then spent the following year restoring the home to the way it looked on screen. The exterior of the home was completely restored and the interior was renovated to match the interior of the home shown in the movie (parts of the interior was actually filmed in a Toronto studio). In addition, Jones purchased the house across the street and converted it into A Christmas Story House Museum, which contains some of the props from the movie, including Randy’s snow suit, the Higbee’s window toys, and hundreds of behind the scenes photos. The house to the left of the museum features a gift shop with movie memorabilia.
The house and museum opened to the public on November 25, 2006, with original cast members attending the grand opening, and the site drew 4,300 visitors during its first weekend.
If you visit, make sure you leave your Red Ryder BB gun at home… because you’ll shoot your eye out kid!