In our house, Christmas season doesn't really start until we
break out our DVD of "A Christmas Story." It's the timeless story
of a boy who wants only one thing for Christmas: A Daisy Red Ryder
BB Gun. At every turn, his plans are thwarted by the classic
parental block: "You'll shoot your eye out."
Two years ago, we added a new holiday tradition: a trek to
northwest Indiana to see the animated "A Christmas Story" displays
created for Macy's windows. They're now now owned by the Welcome
Center in Hammond, Ind., located at the intersection just south of
I-80/94 at the Kennedy Avenue exit. Hammond was the home of Jean
Shepherd, the author of the story.
The displays includes six of my favorite scenes from the movie:
Higbee's Department Store Window, It's a Major Award, Santa's
Mountain at Higbee's, The Bumpus Hounds, the Parker Living Room and
the No. 1 best scene ever: Flick's Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare.
Best of all, the exhibit is available at the family-friendly
price of.... FREE.
It opens Nov. 1 and will remain on display through Jan. 9,
In the days leading up to Christmas, the Welcome Center also
will host a bunch of Christmas Story-themes special events,
Nov. 21 Kids' Kickoff: Children's
activities from 11am to 3pm, including free train rides, "Flick"
Bingo, movie showings, crafts and sweet treats.
Dec. 4 and 5 Festival Weekend:
Enter the "Mommy's Little Piggy" mashed potato eating contest for
free and meet cast members for a fee. Call (219) 989-7770 for more
Dec. 11 "Oh Fuuudge!" tire changing
relay: Parent/child teams run through an obstacle course
and prizes will be awarded to the pair with the best time.
While you're there, don't forget to vote in the ugliest lamp
For more information or to sign up for any of the events visit
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
Let us plan your weekend with the best family events and activities in Chicagoland.
Start the week right with deals, prizes, parent life hacks and more delivered straight to your inbox.
Need last-minute ideas for a weekend of family fun? No worries. We've got you.
Get the inside scoop on the people, places and things we are loving right now.
Resources, tips, inspiration and more for parents of children with special needs.
Score exclusive offers from our fabulous advertisers.