December 2008 Newsletter


Over 4000 Attended A Christmas Story Convention

A Christmas Story House LogoA Christmas Story 25th Anniversary and Convention was a big success and was attended by over 4000 “Ralphies.”  A big THANK YOU to eveyone who attend and helped us raise over $2500 for the Chippawa Volunteer Fire Department through rides on the original fire truck that rescued Flick from the flag pole.  The costume and Genie unveilings were a fun sight to behold.  If you missed the convention we hope you will join us to see these diplays as some of the items are on loan for the 25th Anniversary Christmas season only.

Click here to see pictures from the convention weekend.

Click here to see video of the convention weekend

Documentaries now for Sale on DVD
A Christmas Story House Logo Two of the documentaries that premiered at the convention are now for sale on DVD in our gift shop.

Road Trip for Ralphie is created by Two mega-fans of A Christmas Story set out to find all of the film’s shooting locations. During an adventure spanning two years and two countries, they uncover forgotten facts, discover little-known locations and recover long-lost memorabilia.

Go On Location and Behind-the-Scenes to reveal the people and places behind the perennial holiday hit. Visit more than 15 locations in Canada and Cleveland to learn little-known details about the movie and the people who made it. Viewers of this heart-warming fan film will feel like they’re there in person, on their own Road Trip for Ralphie.
Highlights of the DVD include dozens of rare behind-the-scenes photos and trivia not seen anywhere else.

The Untold ‘Christmas Story,’ directed and produced by William Szarka, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the classic holiday film A Christmas Story. The 75-minute documentary features interviews with the cast, never-before-seen on-set photos, a tour of Cleveland’s A Christmas Story House and a look at the fans and their devotion to a film that has become a part of their lives and a must-see experience at Christmas time.

Untold Christmas Story                               The Untold Christmas Story
Road Trip For Ralphie                                                                          The Untold ‘Christmas Story’

Click here to get your copy

Ebay Giving Works Auction Raises $5250 for Wounded Warriors


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Linda Campagna and husband Thomas Streib submitted the winning bid in a charity auction to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning in A Christmas Story House.

Like young Ralphie Parker and his movie family, the couple and two of their daughters will eat a “Chinese turkey” dinner of Peking duck. They’ll unwrap gifts like a blue bowling ball and can of Simoniz, shoot BB guns in the back yard and have the chance to try on a pink bunny suit, just like the one Ralphie was forced to wear.

No one besides owner Brian Jones and a few friends has ever stayed in the house since he bought and renovated it, and no one ever at Christmas. Campagna and Streib got their chance to relive the movie by bidding $5,250 on eBay Giving Works, the charity listings site, to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project that provides direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members. . “It meant a lot to us,” Campagna said, because she and her husband are both former Army sergeants. “We went higher than we would have gone otherwise.”

They live in Stewartstown, Pa., work for Boeing in neighboring Maryland, and are – of course – longtime fans of “A Christmas Story.”
Until hearing about the auction on the radio, however, “we didn’t even realize there was a real house,” Campagna said. “My husband called and said, ‘Quick, go to eBay!’ ”

They topped 15 bidders to earn their first trip to Cleveland.

They will be flown from Baltimore to Cleveland as part of the package.

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winner of ebay giving works auction

Tom Streib and Linda Campagna, right, and daughters Kari and Kate were the top bidders.

A Christmas Story House Voted Best Museum in Cleveland Again 


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A Christmas Story House and Museum was once again voted the BEST Museum in Cleveland.  Thank you to everyone who voted on for us on My Fox Cleveland’s Hot List.

Check out all the great Cleveland museums at My Fox Cleveland Hot List

The list is also a great resource for all the best Cleveland has to offer when visiting A Christmas Story House

A Christmas Story House & Museum is open year-round on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Tours of the house run every 30 minutes. Regular admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children (ages 7-12) and free for children ages 6 and under. For more information, visit or call 216-298-4919.

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