'A Christmas Story' Comes Home

A history of the movie and it's significance to Hammond, Indiana
December 4, 2009 8:49:00 AM PST
The 1983 holiday classic, "A Christmas Story," will be celebrated throughout Hammond, Indiana. Flick is all grown up and joined us on ABC7 This Morning.The film was written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark and was based on Shepherd's 1966 book, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash. The book is a compilation of short stories based on Shepherd's experiences in Hammond. A number of the short stories appeared in Playboy magazine and originated from his unscripted radio broadcasts in teh 1950's, 60's and 70's.

Shepherd narrated the entire movie and also had a cameo in the Higbee's Department Store Scene.

The movie was set in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana which was a disguise for Shepherd's hometown: Hammond.

Hohman is one of Hammond's busiest downtown streets.

*A Christmas Story Festival: Saturday & Sunday @ Indiana Welcome Center, Hammond

The festival weekend will include two autograph sessions (autograph fees apply) with the cast from A Christmas Story including Flick, Grover Dill, Scut Farkus and Randy Parker.

Hotel packages are available and will be showing the documentary, The Untold Christmas Story, and offer photos with Santa on "Santa's Mountain."

The mountain is a replica of the one featured in the movie, in the famous scene, Ralphie Parker asks Santa for an Official Red Rider BB Gun, and Santa responds,

"You'll shoot your eye out, kid." Photos are $5 a piece... and we have leg lamps of every size for sale in our gift shop.

The exhibit, A Chirstmas Story Comes Home: Now through Jan. 10 @ Indiana Welcome Center, Hammond

features six animated displays featuring scenes from a A Christmas Story. The displays include; Higbee'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 the Parker Living Room. The displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of the Herald Square Macy's in New York City.

A Christmas Story Festival
Indiana Welcome Center
7770 Corinne Drive
Hammond, IN
Sat. & Sun
800-ALL-LAKE
www.southshorecva.com


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