Leg lamps for every guestroom! MCR, the fifth-largest hotel owner-operator in the United States, has acquired the 240-room Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland, Ohio – just a short drive from the home where the 1983 yuletide classic A Christmas Story was filmed.
In case you’re not one of the millions who tune in to TNT or TBS annually for the film’s 24-hour Christmas Eve marathon, a quick primer: The 1940's-set tale follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to obtain a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa and survive the school bullies — not to mention his own family.
Don’t shoot your eyes out, kids, because you’re going to need ‘em: The Parker clan’s onetime abode is open for tours year-round, with extended hours this month. Visitors can walk through the familiar set, including the bathroom where Ralphie frantically decodes Orphan Annie’s secret — and devastating — message.
Across the street from the Parkers’ yellow clapboard digs, a museum displays original props from the film — including the family’s 1937 Oldsmobile and little brother Randy’s ill-fated snowsuit. Rabid fans can also pop next door to visit the Bumpus House, the fictional dwelling of the eccentric neighbors and their pack of turkey-pilfering hound dogs.
The Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown is located at 1100 Carnegie Avenue.