Updated October 2019. The holidays are quickly approaching and all I can think about are family traditions: bright lights, decorated trees, festive markets, and cozying up to watch a few heartwarming classics.
A child of the eighties, A Christmas Story, was always a favorite in our house. It slowly crept up in many homes as an American tradition across the nation. One cable channel even plays it for twenty-four hours straight over Christmas eve and day in a true marathon fashion.
I’m not sure I would consider it sentimental necessarily, but the hilarious struggle of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker forever made an imprint in our hearts.
The movie, wrapped in nostalgia and a realistic perspective, flourishes at portraying the good, the bad and the ugly of the holiday season.
Whether you could relate to the loving doting mother, the hard-working crabby Old Man, the silly younger sibling, or the serious older brother, the family dynamic rings true to many households.
Looking for a unique Christmas trip idea?
Here are three fun ways to pay tribute to one of the most iconic holiday movies to date.
1. ICE! featuring A Christmas Story
The theme at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland indoor winter wonderland this year is none other than, A Christmas Story. With two million pounds of hand-carved ice, this holiday classic will come to life with interactive sculptures and displays.
You’ll be sure to witness the unforgettable scenes first-hand like The Old Man’s Major Award, Aunt Clara’s pink nightmare and the ultimate triple dog dare at the school’s flagpole.
Where: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN USA
When: November 8th, 2019 – January 1, 2020
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2. The Indiana Welcome Center
Since the film was set in Hohman, the fictitionalized town of Hammond, Indiana, the state bought the displays that were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of the Macy’s in New York City.
Now displayed at the Indiana Welcome Center, they include The Hibgee’s Department Store Window, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, The Bumpus Hounds and A Hero’s Dream.
Throughout the season, kids can also enjoy the craft table and write letters to the North Pole plus other special activities like photos with the big man himself on top of Santa’s Mountain where the kids slide down just like in the movie. You can also get some Christmas shopping done at the small store inside. I’ve never seen so many gifts around one movie theme.
And don’t forget take an Instagram-worthy photo with Ralphie or Flick!
Where: Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, Indiana 46323 USA
When: November 9th, 2019 to December 31, 2019
3. The House from A Christmas Story
Step right into the movie. No really. Ralphie’s house from A Christmas Story actually exists outside of Cleveland, Ohio. The exterior of the home was used in the original movie and has been renovated inside to match.
Afterward, head across the street to the museum, where you can find behind-the-scenes photographs, original props (including Randy’s snowsuit and the family car, costumes and memorabilia. Don’t forget to pick up your very own Major Award Leg Lamp, bunny costume, or Red Ryder BB gun.
Looking to amp up your trip? You can now stay overnight at the house or at the Bumpus House, the hillbilly neighbors next door. Talk about a unique experience!
Where: A Christmas Story House, 3159 West 11th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44109 USA
When: Open Year Round, 7 days a Week except Major Holidays