If you've ever dreamed of staying the night inside the iconic house from A Christmas Story, here's your chance to make your Christmas wish come true. You might even find Randy's snowsuit in your tour of the home.
A Christmas Story, based on Jean Shepherd's book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, is a beloved classic holiday movie that many families watch together every single year. Now, you can visit the home where it was filmed on W 11th St. in Cleveland, Ohio. Take in the movie splendor and enjoy the free parking to boot.
The owners bought the official A Christmas Story house in 2004 and then restored it to look like it does in the 1983 film. You can actually sleep in Ralphie's bedroom. Overnight guests get access to the third floor, which has a kitchen, bathroom (Lifebuoy soap not included) and enough room for six guests. Will you spot the infamous bunny suit?
After hours guests have free reign of all parts of the home, including the recognizable living room downstairs with Ralphie Parker's Official Red Ryder 200 shot range model air rifle. Yes, THAT BB gun. Be careful of the leg lamp, though. It's fra-GEE-lay.
Also, beware of the stolen turkey, we hear it haunts the house. Just kidding, it was laid to rest peacefully in hound dog heaven. If only the family car was available to rent.
Across the street, in the Tremont neighborhood, there's A Christmas Story Museum, which features original props and great movie memorabilia. Admission is free when you book a stay at the Christmas Story house. Oh, and there's even a gift shop so you can buy your very own major award leg lamp. "It's indescribably beautiful!"
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Tis the season ... well almost. But in a couple weeks when the @gadaboutgals reunite Michele is going to take the girls to see the “A Christmas Story” house and then grab brunch in the neighborhood. A Christmas Story is a holiday classic movie from 1983 and is still a seasonal tradition for many. And Ralphie’s house it’s literally just 10 miles from Michele’s house! So of course we need to check it out! This is definitely going to be a fun way to kick off the holiday season! #gadaboutgals #gadabout #primewomen #cleveland #thisiscle #womenwhoexplore #achristmasstoryhouse #holidayseason #leglamp
The house is open for tours seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, you'll want to check the calendar for an exact holiday schedule. Overnight stays start at $395 and vary by length of stay and season. You could also spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day there for $1,995. Just make sure you don't shoot your eye out.
If only you could visit Miss Shields' classroom to see that pole in the schoolyard. Ralphie's house and his famous Red Ryder BB gun will satisfy the whole family, though. The entire house is decked from hall to hall. If you have a movie buff in your family, they'll love the movie memorabilia found inside the museum gift shop.
Whether it's your first time or your 98th, don't forget to watch the movie on its 24-hour TBS loop this year! You don't need a tour guide to watch Cleveland Street from the comfort of your living room.
This post was originally published on November 8, 2017.