Quirky Attraction: A Christmas Story House


A Christmas Story House
Location: Cleveland, Ohio (3159 W. 11th St.)
When to visit: 10 am – 5 pm daily (12-5 on Sundays)
Cost: $10 for adults, $6 for kids
Time needed to enjoy: 30-45 minutes
Website: www.achristmasstoryhouse.com

Much of the classic movie ‘A Christmas Story’ was filmed in Toronto, but the exterior shots of the family home were taken in a residential neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 2006, that restored yellow house has been the A Christmas Story House and Museum, which hosts thousands of visitors every year with daily tours.

Though the film was released in 1983, it was set in the ’40s, so everything here is designed to look really old. The interior of the house has been restored to look just like it did in the film. Visitors are encouraged to hold up the BB gun next to the tree and pose underneath the sink.


christmas story house collage


Across the street from the house itself is the museum, which houses original props and artifacts from the movie, like Schwartz’s hat and scarf, Miss Shields’s blackboard, and Grover Dill’s cap.

christmas story movie artifacts

The house is open year-round, but you can expect much larger crowds during the holiday season. It’s a must-visit for fans of the movie.


Would you visit the Christmas Story House?

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8 Responses to Quirky Attraction: A Christmas Story House

  1. A Southern Gypsy December 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    I love this! A Christmas Story is my favorite Christmas movie (a close 2nd being Christmas Vacation)–I’d love to visit the house. You should come link this up to our #SundayTraveler link which is Holiday & Festive themed this week :) http://asoutherngypsy.com/dickens-christmas
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    • Scott Shetler December 23, 2013 at 12:06 am #

      Thanks for reading – this house is definitely a must-see for anyone who likes the film!

  2. Arti January 18, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    I would absolutely love to visit this house!! Would be such a fascinating time to spend in there!
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  3. The Sojourner January 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Hmmnnn… Didn’t even know that the movie was shot here in my city. :)
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    • Scott Shetler January 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      Yep, there was a lot about this movie that I didn’t know until I visited here.

  4. Patti December 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    My absolute favorite holiday movie of all time. Seriously. I can pretty much recite the whole thing line-by-line. If we ever make it to Cleveland I would definitely love to visit the house.
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    • Scott Shetler December 21, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

      A lot of people are surprised to hear this place exists, but everyone who goes seems to love it!

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