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“Fun but Be Careful”

A Christmas Story House
Ranked #8 of 183 things to do in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Denville, New Jersey
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13 reviews
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“Fun but Be Careful”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Having seen the marathon that is shown every Christmas, we decided to go see the house when we were in Cleveland. It was fun going through the museum, and I got a kick out of the fact that the leg lamp was in the window when you arrived. The only caution is that you have to drive through some bad neighborhoods to get there

Visited September 2012
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Go to Ralphie's house”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

If you're a fan of the movie this is a don't miss! Tour the house and the museum and of course the obligatory museum because doesn't everyone need a "Major Award"?

Visited December 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great visit for fans of the movie and director Bob Clark”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

I recommend you watch this movie again shortly before you visit this museum – especially if you’ve never seen the movie!

It was great fun to see this film shoot location restored to its retro, nostalgic glory. There are three different houses involved, including the house utilized in the movie, the gift shop where you also purchase tickets, and a museum displaying movie props and information about the movie. Your admission price includes a tour of the movie house on the inside. All of this combined makes for a worthwhile trip.

There is lots of free street parking available.

* Using a Groupon for the admission tickets (half off) made it extra worhwhile.

If you’re downtown, you can also see the former Higbee’s site – which is where the parade scene took place, and the mall Santa scene inside the building. It is now a casino, but the distinctive floor-to-ceiling columns are still there.

FYI – most of the film was shot in Toronto, including: almost all of the house interior scenes filmed at a studio in Scarborough; the scene where Ralphie says ‘fudge, ‘ at the Cherry St. Bridge; the Chinese food restaurant on Gerard St.; the purchase of the X-mas tree on Queen St.; and some outdoor chase scenes with the bullies.

Speaking of houses and Bob Clark, the ‘sorority house’ from Clark’s stellar horror film “Black Christmas” is actually a regular house in an affluent neighbourhood close to Casa Loma in Toronto.

Visited February 2013
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“Was interesting”
Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

Was a great job at restoring the house to its original look. The museum is worth the visit too. We watched the movie the night before going to have it fresh in our mind. Wasn't disappointed.

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Houston, Texas
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“You'll SHOOT your eyes out!!!”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Prices in the gift shop are average for a gift shop I'd say. But the weridos who were in the film that linger and just plain creepy. Keep your kids close. j/k They were just grumpy and asking $$$ alot for a signature. Who are you again? You played who........ House tour was perfect though. Every room looks like it has never changed. So nice around Christmas time. Something so simply, yet so perfect.

Visited November 2012
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