A Christmas Story House
If you watch the yearly Christmas specials, there is one movie you’re going to catch the majority of without fail… A Christmas Story! About 10 years ago, I read an article that the Cleveland-area house that was used as the Parker’s home in the film was quite run down. I was sad to see that it had been painted blue! However, in 2004, entrepreneur Brian Jones purchased the home and lovingly restored both the inside and outside to mirror the 1983 movie. He also purchased a home across the street and converted it into a museum.
We have been to the house on five separate occasions bringing a few new guests along each time. This year, we visted the house the week before Thanksgiving. The place was packed by 10 a.m. A new addition that impressed me: tour guides who offer back stories that aren’t included in the DVD extras.
The best part of being in the house is re-living the scenes from the movie and witnessing other’s who feel the same connections with certain props or settings like the leg lamp (obviously), the bathroom with the clothes hamper pulled next to the potty with Ralphie’s decoder pin, etc. It definitely helped to kick off the holiday season full of cheer!
There is also a neighboring home (also owned by Brian Jones) that offers a gift shop with most of the replica items from the movie for sale (Bunny Suit, Leg Lamp, Lifebuoy Soap, Decoder Pin, Ovaltine). The only warning I would have for you is that items non-exclusive to the house are a little more expensive than you would find in department stores (ceramic village pieces, games, ect.). But, you can also buy items from Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!
Christmas movies are a fun, family tradition in my house with A Christmas Story at the top of the list. If you love the movie or know somebody who does, then take them to the house. It’s 100% joy all around!
Save Room 4 Love,
Brad (The Chatterbox)