When its the holiday season lights, holiday trees, ham, carols, spiked egg nog, “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street” come to the mind of a lot of people. Another movie, one I seem to hear about the most these days and see on TBS continuously in December is “A Christmas Story”.
On a weekend afternoon before Christmas, my fiance (then girlfriend) and I decided to hit up the Tremont neighborhood in Cleveland and the A Christmas Story House. We parked on Rowley Avenue, a few blocks away.
All the houses in route were decorated with holiday lights…
…and inflatable snowmen and Santa Claus’s and lots of holiday goodness.
We captured the holiday scene to-and-from.
I’ll always gravitate to holiday decorations, checking them out closely. 🙂
We came up to the end of Rowley Avenue at 11th Street. The house was straight ahead. First though we had to get tickets at the gift shop across the street. Next to the gift shop was also a museum which contained lot’s of props from the holiday movie and some behind the scenes photos.
The gift shop had anything and everything for sale. Who could forget Ralphie coming down the stairs in the pink bunny suit pajamas. I should have asked if I could try them on and grab a picture. I am in Cleveland all the time, hmmm.
The infamous leg lamp in all kinds of sizes was available of course. I was tempted.
With tickets purchased it was time to get in line to head into the house. The house was purchased in 2004 and made to look like the movie both inside and out. It was an unusually warm day in Northeastern Ohio. Good thing. I didn’t want to get my tongue stuck on a flag pole per chance I decided to start fooling around.
Standing on the porch, there the leg lamp stood, looking inside. Group after group were taking pictures at the window. I just got up close for a good shot.
As we approached the front door we looked along the side of the house and saw the backyard and old shed.
Right inside the door our eyes got wider. I should have put my coat on the coat rack.
There they are. The 1983 film featured the Parker family. From left to right, Mother Parker, The Old Parker, Randy and Ralphie. The movie took place around the holidays and revolved around Ralphie and his desire for…
…a Red Ryder BB gun. Unwrapping and seeing it sure made his Christmas. The movie was narrated from the perspective of an adult Ralphie.
Anyways, back to the leg lamp haha. There’s the wooden crate marked “FRAGILE” or as some would say “Fra-gee-lay”. I loved reciting lines and thinking about scenes from the movie when at the house and when writing this post.
The lamp was a prize, I mean major award, won by The Old Parker.
Mother Parker didn’t take to it nicely as it sat in the living room.
The vintage radio also sat in the living area. The movie took place in the 1940’s so there was lots of old-school props and things to be seen.
Love seeing holiday trees no matter the era.
Heading upstairs we went into the kid’s bedroom and checked out Ralphie’s desk.
We also explored the small bathroom upstairs…
…and the kitchen. The delicious turkey is ready. Too bad the dogs got a hold of it before the Parker’s. Ralphie as an adult said:
The heavenly aroma still hung in the house. But it was gone, all gone! No turkey! No turkey sandwiches! No turkey salad! No turkey gravy! Turkey Hash! Turkey a la King! Or gallons of turkey soup! Gone, ALL GONE!
Old school newspapers and stuff everywhere!
It was time to climb into the cupboard under the kitchen sink like Randy.
We were the last ones in the house, so it was time to leave. It was almost dark so we could capture the holiday lights lit up on the outside of the house. We didn’t have a chance to checkout the museum. Next time!
It was a great time at the A Christmas Story House. A must visit, if your ever around Cleveland, Ohio.
Tip: If you have a chance to get here and the Tremont neighborhood, also get to Lucky’s Cafe for breakfast food and coffee yum.
What is your favorite scene or quote from A Christmas Story?