A few months ago I was visiting family in Ohio. While there, I took a little day trip over to a Cleveland to tour a place I’ve always wanted to see in person. Afterwards, I shared this funny picture on the blog and asked if you could guess where it was taken.
I can’t get anything by you guys! Y’all had no trouble figuring out I was reenacting a scene from the well-loved Christmas movie, A Christmas Story.
I had a blast that day touring the Victorian home featured in the movie. The home is located at 3159 W. 11th Street in Cleveland, Ohio.
I took a lot of pictures that day and shared the home over a series of several posts. I will link to all those at the end of this post in case you missed them. If this is a favorite movie of yours, I think you’ll get a kick out of seeing the interior of the home. It’s been restored to the way it looked at the time of the movie and it will bring back so many memories of those funny scenes in A Christmas Story.
Back when I posted about the house, I never got around to sharing the pictures I took inside A Christmas Story House Gift Shop/Store or the A Christmas Story House Museum. Someone reminded me of that the other day 🙂 so today I’m taking you inside the store.
I was going to try to post the pics from the museum, too…but there are just too many for one post. I’ll post pics from inside the museum another day if you would like to see those, too. There was some neat stuff in there, including letters written to the parents and to the school by the producers of the movie.
So where is the museum and the gift store in relation to the house? When you’re upstairs standing in Ralphie and Randy’s bedroom looking out the window, you can see the A Christmas Story House Museum directly across the street.
Glance down the street to the left and you’ll see the A Christmas Story House Gift Store. It’s right next door to the museum. See those two garages in between the museum and store…those house vehicles from the movie. By the way, if you are interested in taking this tour, the sooner you go, the better. I was told that the closer it gets to Christmas, the longer the lines are to get inside for a tour. Plus, it’s blooming cold outside in December so it won’t be much fun standing in a long line in the freezing cold.
Let’s go inside the gift shop and check it out .
Of course, you knew they would have THE lamp for sale in the store. It comes in various sizes. If I had a picture window on the front of my home, there would definitely be one of these in the window for the Christmas season. I would not be able to resist! Ha!
I’m sure you recognize the bunny suit Ralphie wears for a short while in the movie, much to his dismay. 🙂 When I was shopping in the store, I tried to find one in my grandson’s size, but they were all way too big.
This was his first Halloween and a round, jolly pumpkin he was. 🙂
They had little leg-lamp night lights, too.
Wouldn’t this be a cute stocking stuffer. Kind of wishing I had bought one of those now.
The only thing I bought that day was this cute house ornament. It’s good size and probably too heavy for most Christmas trees (4-1/2 inches tall) so, I keep it here on my desk, a little reminder of the trip.
My favorite thing in the gift store were all the Dept. 56 village displays. Dept. 56 has created all of the major buildings, characters, etc… from the movie. This scene shows the house where the Parkers live, the one I toured and shared previously here on the blog. You’ll also notice the lamp is being delivered in its “fra-gi-le box…that’s Italian, you know. 😉
There’s the school bully, that mean ol Scut Farkus and his cronies!
Remember the scene where Ralphie finally can’t take it anymore and jumps on Scut Farkus, beating the daylights out of him? It would be so interesting to see how the folks at Dept. 56 actually mold/create the characters and people for the villages, especially the characters for A Christmas Story.
This scene depicts Ralphie’s teacher, Miss Shield’s home from the movie. I don’t remember it in the movie but it’s adorable in the Dept. 56 version.
One of the funniest scenes in the movie takes place in Higbee’s Department store when Ralphie and Randy go there to visit Santa. This scene below shows Higbees and the firestation…remember the tongue stuck to the lamp pole scene. lol Such an iconic movie with so many funny scenes.
I was surprised to see some Christmas Vacation movie products for sale in the store. I asked one of the employees about that and I think she said the two movies are now connected, like maybe whoever owns the rights to A Christmas Story also bought the rights to Christmas Vacation, something like that. Anyway, it was all I could do to NOT buy a set of the moose mugs. lol
Do you remember the scene in Christmas Vacation where Clark and Eddie are drinking from them? Is that right before the tree goes up in a blaze? I need to watch Christmas Vacation again this year. You can tour the home in that movie here: National Lampoons’s Christmas Vacation House Tour
Hope you enjoyed this little trip inside the gift store for A Christmas Story Movie House. We’ll take a trip inside the museum soon if you would like to see that, too. Go in person if you get a chance…it’s a fun trip if you are a fan of the movie.
If you missed the other four posts I’ve shared about this famous movie house, you’ll find them all at the links below. (Click on the titles or the pictures below to view those posts.)
Tour The Upstairs of the A Christmas Story House (Includes Ralphie and Randy’s bedroom and the bathroom where Ralphie had his mouth washed out with soap)
Here’s a link to the gift shop if your home needs a leg lamp. 😉 A Christmas Story Gift Shop (not an affiliate link)