Hey Froggyland! I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and safe travels!
As always, I went home for the holidays. If you didn’t already know, home for me is beautiful Cleveland, OH. I always get teased about being from there. If it’s not the crummy sports teams, it’s the burning river or some other nonsense. I think the jokes are all funny but I truly believe with my whole heart that Cleveland is the greatest city in the world. There are a lot of things that we Clevelanders are proud of, and one of those things is that parts of the holiday classic A Christmas Story were filmed there.
The exterior shots of the neighborhood along with the old Higbee’s Department store all made it into the film. Higbee’s is no longer there (pretty sure it’s a casino) but Ralphie’s house still stands strong on West 11th Street. A Christmas Story is my girlfriend’s all-time favorite Christmas movie so when she found out about this, she demanded that I get her pictures while I was home.
In 2004, a fan of the movie bought the house and restored it to look like it did all those years ago and it’s now a pretty popular tourist destination. It’s open all year round for tours and the house across the street was turned into a museum with props and costumes. There’s even a gift shop to pick up some pretty sweet memorabilia from the movie. Yes…you can buy your very own leg lamp.
How cool is that? If you ever get the chance, I recommend visiting this piece of cinematic history. You can also find out more about the house by clicking right here.
See you next time!