A Christmas Story House

A Christmas Story House, Cleveland: Hours, Address, A Christmas Story House Reviews: 4.5/5

A Christmas Story House
4.5
Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A Christmas Story House, now restored to its movie splendor, is open year round to the public for tours. Directly across the street from the house is the official A Christmas Story House Museum, which features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. Among the props and costumes are the toys from the Higbee's window, Randy's snowsuit, the chalkboard from Miss Shields' classroom and the family car. After reliving A Christmas Story at Ralphie's house don't forget to visit the museum gift shop for your own Major Award Leg Lamp and other great movie memorabilia.
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Paula
7 contributions
Fun place to visit!
Jun 2021
We really enjoyed the tour of the house. We bought our tickets and a leg lamp online. The tickets aren't date stamped, so you can use them anytime. Be on time for the start of the tour. The tour guide gives a lot of fun facts before the tour begins and throughout the experience. We bought a few items from the gift shop, the prices are reasonable. It wasn't difficult to find this house and they have a nice free parking lot right next to the house.
Written June 5, 2021
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ransom007
Anaheim, CA1,131 contributions
Tour the house used in "A Christmas Story"
May 2021
There is a free parking lot next to the house. This is the house used in the filming of the movie "A Christmas Story." Tour tickets are sold in the gift shop across the street just past the museum. Tours begin in the house and conclude in the museum and last about 1/2 hour. The tour guide gives background about the movie and artifacts in the house and then gives a few minutes for the guests to "explore" the house. From there to the back yard for a quick talk and look around. Then across the street to the museum for another quick talk and look around. I have never seen the movie, so I did not have the background necessary to understand many of the references. If you are familiar with the movie, as most of the other guests were, it seems to be a very enjoyable experience. COVID-19: Employees were masked and visitors were expected to remain masked throughout the tour. Social distancing is problematical on the tour.
Written May 30, 2021
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Hoperenoodle
Indianapolis, IN167 contributions
My little Ralphie enjoyed it!
Apr 2021 • Couples
What a fun way to spend a couple of hours if you are a fan of the movie “A Christmas Story”. There is a gift shop, the house itself, and a museum full of movie props and memorabilia. A guide takes you on the tour and provides background and facts and then you are allowed to roam freely in the house and museum. Fun photo opportunities.
Written April 28, 2021
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Debby
3 contributions
Excellant
Apr 2021
Fun, entertaining, and informative. You can see the house that was in the movie, a museum with many artifacts and information about the house, and the gift shop has a ton of stuff too. Neat neighborhood and Tavern across the street is worth the visit in itself.
Our tour guide was very informative and nice.
Written April 19, 2021
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Ratfacegirl
Stevensville, MI86 contributions
You’ve seen the movie a million times. Go see this museum and make some great memories for yourself!
Mar 2021 • Solo
I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but I have seen the film and enjoyed every viewing, so I decided to stop on the way out of town. I was really glad I did! The tour begins in the gift shop. There are stamped penny machines, which are a favorite of mine, along with T-shirts, mugs and the almighty “Major Award” replicas. I HAD to have a Christmas ornament to take home to remember this trip. It’s awesome; it’s a “Major Award”!

Next door to the Christmas Story House is the Bumpus house, where the hound dogs who stole the Turkey lives. You can rent both the Christmas Story House, and the Bumpus House for overnight if you want!

After getting tickets at the gift shop, you go to the house. The tour guide Cody gave us some behind the scenes info that gave me a chuckle, and it was fun to see the props. The house has replicas and you are allowed to stay inside and view them all as long as you wish. Take lots of photos; don’t forget the big wad of electric cords in the front room by the tree! If you stand quietly in the kitchen you can hear dad working on the old furnace and muttering to himself in the basement!

After visiting the shop for tickets, and the house for the tour, you are led to the museum which houses actual items from the filming. That’s where the Red Ryder resides. Take your time and enjoy the fan art; it’s really cool.

My hotel manager said I should grab lunch at the little Rowley’s bar across the street, but as I was headed home, I didn’t have time. Give it a try though, as he said it had some really good food.

This visit was a very delightful one that really made me smile. I recommend it if you are in Cleveland!
Written April 3, 2021
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Laura G
18 contributions
A bucket list destination for those that love the movie
Apr 2021
If you love the movie, then this is a must see if you are in the Cleveland area. It’s so much fun exploring the house and reenacting favorite lines from the movie. Our tour guide Ernie was fantastic! I couldn’t stop smiling through every room.

We were lucky that an unexpected spring snow made our experience even better!

The only negative and suggestion I have for the house is the Christmas tree. I realize one as big as the one in the movie just won’t work in the house, but they need to take the one they have and cover it with tinsel! That’s part of the nostalgia! 😂
Written April 2, 2021
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Ally Ruth
Port Clinton, OH120 contributions
A Must if You Love the Movie!
Dec 2020
If you love this movie, you have to visit this house! There are so many pieces of memorabilia and trivia! The gift shop is massive, and actors from the movie are sometimes there signing autographs. I loved the house tour, and took my pic in the "Daddy's Gonna Kill Ralphie" sink cupboard.
Written February 1, 2021
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jessicao
Ann Arbor, MI72 contributions
Super cute
Jan 2021 • Family
My 9 year old son and I went and we both loved it. It hits all your good feels and nostalgia for a movie we all watch every year.
He loved interacting with everything and being able to touch and hold certain items. The house is not exactly the same, I get it, but it was super fun to see either way.
The museum had a lot of cool movie props and costumes and our tour guide had fun little stories about them all.
The gift shops prices are on the high side but they have anything and everything that you could possible imagine wanting to buy for a souvenir.
***Side note: Make time for Rowley’s Inn if you’re eating. The food was fantastic!***
Written January 27, 2021
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Natalie Lill
2 contributions
Horrible experience
Jan 2021
First of all I just want to say the actual house is cool to see, the employees that work there are absolutely horrible. I’m sent them several emails and finally got a reply after saying I wasn’t going to stop until someone replied. I will attach the reply I received from the “ceo” after asking for a direct number for management.

My family visited the Christmas story house this morning and it was a horrid experience to say the least. My husband and I plus our 4 children ages 10, 6, 4, and 2 visited the house, museum, then the gift shop. My husband and I were wearing masks, my children were not which was not an issue until we got to the gift shop then we were told they needed masks. I didn’t have any with me so I told my husband to give our oldest son his and take the younger children out to wait in the car. On the way out while my 2 year old was screaming for a gumball my husband was told he needed a mask again, the employee just seen him hand my oldest his so he said I’m trying to leave I’m getting my son first. So while he was waiting in the car the woman came out to the car and told him he needed to leave he said he was waiting on me and my son to purchase our items. She said he needed to leave now he replied u have to get out of my way so I don’t hit u. The employee then comes inside and yells call the police because I was threatened, I guess to be ran over? At this point I had no idea what was going on outside. My husband went around the block and parked to wait then 2 black employees came up to my vehicle to try to fight my husband WITH my children in the car screaming crying because my husband was being harassed by thug wanna-be’s. He told my husband “welcome to Cleveland n****r” “you f****d up!” Also tried opening up my car door to get him to fight. Once my son got everything he wanted we went to check out at that point one of the men from outside came in and told the employee to stop the transaction I wasn’t allowed to purchase anything. I said why? He said because of the company you are with. Again I had no idea what had went on outside. He said I need your license number before u can buy anything I said I don’t know what my license number is. So I left. Ultimately this was one of the worst experiences visiting an establishment that should not have ever happened. I really hope this is looked into with these employees. Thank you.

***if the masks on my kids were an issue then I would have gladly gotten them before we even entered the Christmas story house. No one said a word until the gift shop.***
Written January 15, 2021
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Kim H
Columbus, OH22 contributions
Absolutely Spetacular!
Jan 2021 • Couples
A must visit place for anyone visiting Cleveland. Awesome flashback to the movie, with all the props, the yelling in the phone, dad yelling from the basement, the lamp in the window. Our tour guide Isaiah was the best!!
Written January 10, 2021
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