November 2008 Newsletter


A Christmas Story Gift Shop Opens in Canada
A Christmas Story House Canada The Canadian branch of A Christmas Story House Gift Shop is now open. We have expanded operations into Canada and opened an online branch of our gift shop based in Oakville, Ontario. The Web site for the Canadian branch is

The movie was filmed in three locations – Toronto and St. Catharines, Ontario, and Cleveland, Ohio – so it’s only fitting that we be able to serve the customers in the communities that made film possible. We are happy to finally be able to meet the demand for leg lamps north of the border.

To lead the branch, A Christmas Story House has named Tyler Schwartz as director of Canadian operations. An Oakville-native, Schwartz is a true fan of the film. He has researched all of the film’s shooting locations and documented his two-year adventure in a 90-minute film called“Road Trip for Ralphie.” While filming this documentary, Schwartz struck up a friendship with A Christmas Story House owner, Brian Jones who later approached him about opening a Canadian location.

Schwartz’s“Road Trip for Ralphie” documentary will premiere at “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention, held Nov. 28-29 in Cleveland that will bring thousands of fans of the movie for two days of activities and events at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

Other Canadian-related highlights at this year’s convention include:
· A reunion of actors from the movie, including Canadians Tedde Moore (Miss Shields), Zack Ward (Scut Farkus) and Dwayne McLean (Black Bart)
· Rides in the original fire truck used in the movie from Flick’s famous tongue-on-the-flagpole scene with proceeds benefiting the Chippawa Volunteer Fire Department of Niagara Falls, Ontario, which owns and maintains the fire truck
· The unveiling of newly acquired costumes from the film which have been in storage these past 25 years at a Toronto costume company
· The first public display of two Genie Awards won by “A Christmas Story” for Best Achievement in Direction and Best Screenplay on loan from the estate of Bob Clark, director of “A Christmas Story”

Lets Talk Turkey… Chinese Turkey that is!
Pearl of the Orient Chinese Restaurant Christmas Story House & Museum is proud to name Pearl of the Orient as its new official Chinese restaurant. The award-winning restaurant has partnered with A Christmas Story House & Museum to offer a special discount to movie fans. Visitors to A Christmas Story House & Museum can pick up and bring a discount coupon to Pearl of the Orientto receive 10 percent off their bill. In addition to becoming the official Chinese restaurant of A Christmas Story House & Museum, Pearl of the Orient has been named presenting sponsor of “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention.

We are very pleased to have such a fine restaurant as Pearl of the Orient onboard as our new official restaurant. And yes, for the true fans who want to relive the Parker family’s infamous holiday meal from the film’s finale, Pearl of the Orient does offer Peking Duck, aka “Chinese Turkey”.

Pearl of the Orient replaces C&Y Chinese Restaurant as the official restaurant. C&Y Chinese Restaurant closed earlier this year and served as the official Chinese restaurant since A Christmas Story House opened on Nov. 25, 2006.

Pearl of the Orient has two locations serving both sides of Cleveland. The eastside location of Pearl of the Orient in Shaker Heights is located at 20121 Van Aken Boulevard in the Van Aken Center. The phone number for this location is 216-751-8181. Serving the west side, Pearl of the Orient in Rocky River is located at 19300 Detroit Road in the Beachcliff Market Square. The phone number is 440-333-9302.

Click here for more information on Pearl of the Orient.

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Recent Fan Submissions
A Christmas Story Leg Lamp CostumeWe received a couple really nice fan submissions last week. 

Jason Harris of Fairport Harbor, Ohio sent in this submission:

“This year I decided to dress up as the leg lamp for my works annual Halloween Costume Contest.  I made the costume myself and I came in first place due to the creativity of the costume.  I wore the costume around that night for trick or treat and ironically met Patty Lafontaine who played the elf in the movie.  She loved the costume and also took pictures of me.”


Only 21 Days until A Christmas Story Convention and Celebration!

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