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A Christmas Story House, Cleveland

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A Christmas Story House offers the chance to relive the 1983 film by the same name. Step inside to learn about the making of the film, and see where nine-year-old Ralphie lived. Hardcore fans of the film act as guides to lead you through the house and divulge trivia. Props such as the Red Ryder BB gun, the boys’ winter hats, and the leg lamp litter the house. You are welcome to come relive your favorite moments from the film; crawl under the same kitchen sink that Randy once hid beneath, and look for mail in the old mailbox that Ralphie checked every day until his secret decoder pin finally arrived. After touring the house, pop across the street to the museum where you will find more props and costumes from the film, as well as behind-the-scenes photos from the production process. Put A Christmas Story House and other Cleveland attractions into our Cleveland trip builder app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Visited in November 2018. You learn a lot of behind the scenes information when you take the tour, The house itself is quite small but true to the movie and the time period, They encourage pictures an...  more »
  • I wanted to spend my 40th birthday at A Christmas Story house after having such an amazing experience when visiting. My husband and I called many times over several days to make a reservation. It was ...  more »
  • My family and I made a special trip here to kick off our Christmas Season celebrations, and boy was it worth it! Growing up, we sat and watched this movie countless times since it used to show for 24h...  more »
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  • Overall, this was a really nice experience. One must keep it in perspective... this is the original house, from the exterior perspective. A lover of the movie bought it, rebuilt the interior to match the movie as best possible, and made the most of it to share with others; that in-and-of-itself is pretty cool. The details... Location: East Cleveland neighborhood... Very easy to get to with Google Maps. Hours: Daytime, basically. Very reasonable, considering that this is a day trip for most, plus they use it for lodging. Parking: Very small lot available, so basically it is on-street parking. This is basically not an issue, of you don't mind driving a bit and parking in the neighborhood. (We had no issues on the Friday before Christmas.)The next-door neighbor offers parking on his property for $10; this is a nice option, but not necessary in my opinion. Tickets: Buy in-person, at the gift shop, or online ahead of time. The gift shop line runs the risk of being long, during peak times, but the wait is still not too long. If you buy online, they either ship them to you, or you can will-call them with a couple of days notice. House proper: Really cool... you walk around through it and can interact with everything. Staff is very friendly and helpful... they offer to take your picture, too! Also, there can be a line outside, waiting to get in, during peak times; this was not a big deal, as the wait was minimal. Museum: A nice collection of movie artifacts and discussion of the cast. Gift shop: All sorts of items to choose from, with a wide range of price points. We're glad we went. My family is a big fan of the movie, and had a wonderful time.
  • I came here with my daughter, she instantly became a fan. I think it had everything to do with our tour guide. His name is Lee. He was animated and full of knowledge. He made our experience there unforgettable and so entertaining. If all tour guides were like him, I would be going on all sorts of tours of stuff. The gift shop is cool, and the museum was so cool. Can't wait to visit again!
  • Better than I expected! I loved how everything was so detailed and kept original! The staff was very informative and told stories of how the film was made. Well worth the visit and most certainly will recommend to my family and friends. Visiting The Christmas Story House brought back many fond memories of my youth.
  • A very fun visit. Make sure to buy/pick up tickets before waiting in line. The line to get in (Dec) was quite long (1hr) so make sure to bundle up. Once inside the house is amazing, and it capped off by a fun time at the museum across the street. The host is very knowledgeable of the film, and knows a lot of secret behind the scenes information.
  • Absolutely loved seeing this house! Although it wasn't filmed inside the house, they did a great job recreating the inside. We also loved thr museum and gift shop, they both had everything plus the gift shop hosts some of the stars of the movies sometimes as well. When we went a couple years ago we got to hear the mean woman elf speak and you were able to ask questions and she would sign autographs for a price. Also enjoyed the neighbors of the house serving up kettle corn and other treats while you stand in the long line!

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