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"The House from A Christmas Story!" Top 5 Page for this destination Cleveland Things to Do Tip by WheninRome

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  • The House from A Christmas Story! - Cleveland

Who would have guessed that one of Christmas times most beloved movies, A Christmas Story, was filmed in the heart of Cleveland. Not only that, the house that was the center of the film has been perfectly restored to look as if Ralphie should be waking up on Christmas morning every day of the year.

You can view the outside of the house and its infamous backyard, where Ralpie shot his eye out and resting place for the leg lamp, for free. You can also get into the gift shop across the street for free and they have some surprisingly fun items. The movie A Christmas Story is always rolling on a TV in the gift shop - what lucky workers!

You must purchase tickets ($8 for adults, $6 for children and children under 6 free) to view the inside of the Christmas Story house and to get in the museum across the street, which houses movie props, costumes and other memorobilia.

The movie is actually based on a book by Jean Shepherd "In God We Trust All Others Pay Cash", which I must admit I have not read.

The neigborhood that the house is in is not in good condition - rather rough. Parking can also be difficult. We parked on street a block away and took our chances with running into the neighborhood bully Scut Farkus and his toadie Grover Dill. If you don't want to walk, the neighbors next door (including the Bumpuses) do allow parking in their yard for a price.

Is it a tourist trap? Yes, but a darn good one. Worth every penny in my opinion. And the house's website below has extensive movie information and trivia - worth the price of admission alone.

Address: 3159 W 11th St, Cleveland, Ohio 44109
Directions: Kind of hard to find. Its in the Tremont neighborhood. Best to use a GPS or mapquest beforehand.
Phone: (216) 298-4919

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 31, 2009
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