For all of us who ever wanted a Christmas present as badly as Ralphie Parker wanted a Red Ryder BB gun, A Christmas Story has special resonance! The holiday film certainly didn’t take the box office by storm in 1983, but it has since become a yuletide classic alongside It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually, and Home Alone. For this festive season, we’re gifting you with a ton of trivia about the beloved movie. For example, did you know you can actually stay the night in the Parker family house? Read on, folks…
The quick answer is Tremont, a historic area in Cleveland, OH. But this is movie magic we’re talking about, and nothing is quite as it seems. Other scenes were shot in Toronto, for example, including school scenes and that infamous “Oh, fudge!” moment.
More trickery! The film is set in neither Ohio nor Ontario, but instead in the fictional town of Hohman, IN. It was based on the 1966 book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd, who grew up Hammond, IN. And the town of Hammond boasts a roadway called Hohman Avenue.
Just like The Wonder Years, A Christmas Story features narration from the adult version of the film’s young protagonist — an older Ralphie, in this case. So, who voiced adult Ralphie? Jean Shepherd, the author of the book!
The film is set in the late '30s or early '40s, but it was made in the early '80s. It got lukewarm reviews at the time of its Thanksgiving 1983 release — The New York Times was particularly grinchy — and it only earned $2 million during its first weekend in theaters. Never mind that: It’s a holiday tradition now!
The Parker family home stands in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, OH. In fact, that residence has been restored to its Christmas Story splendor — complete with a leg lamp in the window — and now serves as a museum dedicated to the movie’s legacy. You can even book overnight stays!
A Christmas Story lights up the small screen every December, as you might imagine. In fact, TBS has been airing “24 Hours of A Christmas Story” on Christmas Eve in recent years. No humbug about it!
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