‘Christmas Story’ house to open

The house where Ralphie dreamed of a Red Ryder BB Gun, where he could have shot his eye out; the house with Electric Sex in the window and a devil of a boiler in the basement; the house of the pink bunny outfit and the Bumpuses’ dogs stealing the Christmas turkey, yes, the house from “A Christmas Story” is going to be open for tours beginning Thanksgiving weekend.

The 1895 four-bedroom house at 3159 West 11th St. in Cleveland, Ohio, will throw open its doors beginning November 25 for tours. It has been restored to what it looked like in the 1983 movie, including the famous lamp shaped like a leg that was the Old Man’s Major Award.

The grand opening events will include the return of many of the actors who played kids in the movie, including those who played Randy, Flick, Scut Farkus and Grover Dill, marathon showings of the movie and tours of the house and the museum across the street.

The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is offering a special package for the event that includes lodging, parking, buffet breakfast for two, transportation to the house and Museum, tickets for two to the “A Christmas Story” house and Museum, a Christmas story gift bag, admission for two to see “A Christmas Story” on the big screen in the hotel and to meet the actors.

After the grand opening, the house will be open year-round Wednesday-Sunday. Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 ages 12 and younger.

The Renaissance Cleveland will have “A Christmas Story” package available through January that includes many of the things in the grand opening package.

For information on the house, go to www.achristmasstoryhouse.com. Or call 216-298-4919. There is a link on that site to the Renaissance package site.

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