The TV movie marathon hasn’t started just yet, but it’s only a matter of a time before A Christmas Story is rolling 24/7 on screens around the nation. This year you can actually skip watching the film and check it out in real life, as the house used for some of the filming has been restored, is looking great, and is open for public tours all year long.
Yes—there is a leg lamp in the window—and there’s plenty of props, memorabilia, costumes, and other bits and pieces from the film. The place is one part movie set and one part museum, and of course there’s a gift shop where you can bring home a little of the movie back to where you call home. The address has seen its share of visitors thus far, as they’ve had more than 100,000 fans swing on through.
This year is better than most as the movie is celebrating its 30th anniversary, so there’s all kinds of extra events. If you haven’t already overdone it on the holiday cookies and are looking to score a major award, there’s both a 5K and 10K run hitting the streets of Cleveland this weekend. They’re still looking for a few volunteers to help run things (literally)—they even promise “a very cool Christmas Story Run T-Shirt” for helping out.
If you are more into sitting back and relaxing rather than running through town, that’s not a problem, asthere’s an opportunity to also spend the night at the place. A charity auction is now in progress on eBay—of course—and the bids are only up to around $3,000. Sure that’s a lot of cash, but we were sure some super-fans would push it to $5k or more.
The big winner gets a two-night stay for up to four people right in the house, and they’ll even throw in some decoder pins and a BB gun. Sure, this isn’t the most typical type of movie set travel, but then again—A Christmas Story isn’t a typical movie.