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Spending Christmas in the “A Christmas Story” House

We know for a fact that Christmas is the most exciting, fun, and festive time of the year. During the holidays, some people do not mind traveling hundreds of miles away from home just to see new places, meet new people, and experience new things. If you and your family are holiday travelers, then why not drive or fly to Cleveland, Ohio and spend Christmas in the original “A Christmas Story” house? For sure, staying in this famous house for a night or two would make your Picture 2Christmas magical!

Looking Back at the Movie “A Christmas Story”

“A Christmas Story” is an American Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark which was released in the year 1983. Since its release, this movie has become a holiday classic and is usually shown on TBS during the Christmas season. The film earned two recognitions during the 5th Genie Awards in 1984; Best Director (Bob Clark) and Best Screenplay.

Plot

The main cast of the movie is the Parker family: Mr. and Mrs. Parker (Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon), Randy Parker (Ian Petrella) and Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley). Ralphie is the boy who wished for only one gift for Christmas, a Red Ryder air rifle. Although many people are against Ralphie’s wish, the last part of the movie depicts ‘The Old Man’ (Ralphie’s father) has hidden one last present containing the gift he ever wanted. However, before Ralphie finally received his air rifle, many things happened in between. And these things make the movie ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’ (according to the Library of Congress) and truly legendary.

“A Christmas Story” House: What it is Today

In December, 2004, a businessman from San Diego named Brian Jones bought the house on e-Bay for $150, 000. He got interested with the property because as a child, he always has watched the movie with the rest of his family. In the attempt to preserve the house and make it look exactly the same as shown in the original movie, Mr. Jones has spent close to $300, 000 for the restoration.

Last December 1, the house was opened for bidding. The highest bidder gets the chance to stay in the house for two nights during Christmas and one more night at Cleveland’s Renaissance Hotel. For sure, bidding in this type of auction means a hefty amount of cash. But as the saying goes, “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

What to Expect:

According to a source, winning the bid will give people the rare opportunity to re-enact their favorite Christmas scenes in the movie like opening gifts in the living room and initiating a BB gun fight.

Picture 3In addition to buying the original “A Christmas Story” house, Mr. Jones also spent some cash to turn the house across the street into a gift shop and a museum. Here, visitors can buy a copy of the movie script, buy chunks of wood from the original house, and go on a tour inside the house and enjoy watching the movie in the living room.

“A Christmas Story” House and Museum Tour: What People Have to Say

Majority of customers give it a 5-star rating. First reason, they say that the house is interesting and interactive. Second, it is great for kids of all ages and adults who are young at heart. Third, it is simply a must-visit for big fans of the movie.

You can learn more about this piece of living memorabilia at http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/ . The site also has heaps of resources about the movie and the area.

– Happy Globetrotting!