“Vacation” may not be the word that first comes to mind when you think of Cleveland, but I am proud to say I have been making the trek out to The Cleve once or twice a year for the past half decade.

Cleveland has just the right amount of grime and posh. One minute you’re buying drugs in some random’s apartment and the next you’re sipping latte’s in East Fourth. There’s something for everyone. Plus, one of my great friends lives right around the corner in Canton. I get the feel of Cleveland without actually having to stay in the city.

Now, I am nothing if not a total sucker for cheesy tourist traps and thankfully most of my friends feel the same way. So when I suggested we visit The A Christmas Story House in July to my Ohioan pals Megan and Rachael, the idea was welcomed.

A Christmas Story, starring Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, and Darren McGavin, is a 1983 film set in the 1940’s that follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker as he deals with his eccentric family, dodges bullies, and wishes hard for a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas.

The A Christmas Story House, as seen here, was used as the exterior house during filming of the movie. Since then, due to tourist interest, the interior of the house has been remodeled to look like the set from the movie.

From the leg lamp, to the red rider BB run, to the Christmas tree… it’s all there in its wonderful Christmas glory!

Rachael decided to “pull a Randy” and hide under the sink.


Context is everything as Megan solves the “Be Sure To Drink Your Ovaltine” puzzle.

The Christmas Story House and Museum is open 7 days a week except major holidays including (ironically?) Christmas.

Tickets include access to the house, a guided tour, and admission to the museum.

Adults: $10.00
Children 7 to 12: $6.00
(Children 6 & under: FREE)
Seniors: $8.00

Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sundays: 12pm-5pm

A Christmas Story House, Museum and Gift shop are closed, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and all other Major Holidays.

Tours run every half hour starting at 10:15 (12:15 on Sundays)
The last guided tour is at 3:45 pm.  Self-guided tours continue to run through 4:30 pm.


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