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Relive your favorite 'A Christmas Story' moments at the real house in Cleveland


Updated December 16, 2018 12:00 PM EST

Editor's note: This story originally published Dec. 7, 2017.

If all you want for Christmas is an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot range-model air rifle with compass in the stock and that thing that tells time, but you're afraid you'll shoot your eye out, maybe opt for a different gift, perhaps a trip to Cleveland, Ohio.

What's in Cleveland, you ask? Well, one of the city's top attractions is "A Christmas Story" House and Museum.

Purchased in 2004 and restored to its former glory, the house from the American classic Christmas movie, "A Christmas Story," opened its doors to the public on Thanksgiving weekend in 2006.

Ralphie visits Santa

The house has roughly 50,000 visitors annually who come from all over the world to see the house, memorabilia from the movie, and the famous "Major Award," that forever-classy leg lamp.


The "A Christmas Story" house is completely interactive, so guests can recreate their favorite movie scenes, take photos by the leg lamp with the BB gun, climb under the kitchen sink like little brother Randy, and decode a secret message in the bathroom while washing their mouths out with Lifebuoy soap.

Can't make it by Christmas? The museum is open year round, seven days a week.

"A Christmas Story" was originally released in 1983, and is based on Jean Shepherd's Indiana childhood recollection. The story revolves around Ralphie Parker as he begs his parents and tries to convince other adults in his life that a BB gun should be his Christmas gift. Today, the movie runs for 24 hours beginning every Christmas Eve garnering more than 40 million viewers.

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