Not all leftover childhood dreams go unfulfilled. Some of them come true when you least expect it. Case in point: You can now stay overnight at the famous house from A Christmas Story. No word on whether that includes your very own Red Ryder BB Gun and plate of leg lamp cookies, but this is still a pretty sweet opportunity nonetheless.
Although the film was set in Hammond, Indiana, the cozy, three-story home from Jean Shepherd's 1983 holiday classic is actually located in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood at 3159 W. 11th St. where it has been available for touring since undergoing a restoration in 2006. (We're guessing they finally got around to repairing that cranky furnace.)
Now, for the first time ever, visitors can tour the house, then kick off their shoes and settle in for the night in the home's private third floor loft, which includes a bedroom, living room, full kitchen and full bath. The loft can accommodate up to six guests who have their pick of a queen bed, a queen sleeper sofa and Randy and Ralphie's twin beds. In addition to the loft, guests also have access to the entire house from one hour after it closes to the public at 6 pm until 9 am the following day. A complimentary tour of A Christmas Story House & Museum located just across the street also comes with the package.
Rentals begin June 1 and have no minimum stay requirement, except during the holidays where guests are required to book at least two nights. Rates start at $496 a night, so pack your hand-sewn pink bunny rabbit onesie and prepare to spend a few nights in Ralphie's nostalgic home.
Don't forget to wave at the neighbors admiring your lovely leg lamp and be careful not to shoot your eye out.