Peace and Joy? Maybe next year…

"A Christmas Story" house

Christmas Story House, Courtesy of Bernie Thomas

It’s tradition – a present earnestly desired.

It’s absurd – a tacky lamp won as an award which becomes a point of contention and embarrassment.

It’s hauntingly familiar – have you ever been Triple-dog Dared?

It’s an icon of childhood:  It’s A Christmas Story.  And Ralphie’s house in Cleveland, Ohio, has been restored to its movie glory.  It was bought on eBay in 2004 by Brian Jones, a fan of the film.  He made and sold replicas of the Lady’s leg lamp to raise funds and used them to renovate the house.  Actors from the film have also chipped in, helping to finance the restoration.  Brian also bought the house across the street, which has become the ticket office, gift shop and museum.

It’s definitely on The List for 2014 – but I’ll probably wait until spring.  Just in case I get Triple-dog Dared to touch my tongue to a sub-zero metal lamp post.  Again.

A Christmas Story House

Where:  3159 West 11th Street, Cleveland, OH, 44109

When:  Open Monday – Saturday from 10: 00-5:00; Sunday from 12:00-5:00, all year round except on major holidays

Cost:  Adults $10; Seniors $8; Children ages 7-12 $6, and children 6 and under are free.  Tours run every half-hour from 10:15 (12:15 on Sundays) to 4:30.  Tickets include access to the museum across the street, where actual props and costumes from the film are displayed.

Contact Information:  Phone – (216) 298-4919; E-mail –

 Website:  They also have a Facebook page


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