The holidays are the only time of the year when it's appropriate to point at a dead plant and expect a kiss. Get in the holiday spirit with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $25 for one entry to the "A Christmas Story" 5K/10K Run (a $45 value)
- $45 for two entries to the A Christmas Story 5K/10K Run (a $90 value)
All participants receive:
- A long-sleeved leg lamp T-shirt
- A commemorative medal
- Chip timing
- Snacks after the race
- Free entrance to A Christmas Story House & Museum
- Gift bag
The A Christmas Story Run encourages runners and walkers to dress up in costumes from the 1983 holiday classic—bunny-suited Ralphie, human leg lamp, crate marked "fra-gee-lay"—and then embark on either a 5K or 10K route, with proceeds benefiting the A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project. Both routes zip past the former Higbee's Department Store, the A Christmas Story House & Museum, along with a number of other locations from the film. 5K finishers can climb aboard Lolly the Trolley for a ride back to Public Square. The 10K route will loop back to the starting point. The top three racers in both the 5K and 10K will take home their very own "major award"—a leg lamp and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. After the race, all participants can stay for a jumbotron screening of A Christmas Story.
The race kicks off at Public Square at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. Runners can pick up their packets at A Christmas Story House & Museum on Thursday, December 5 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runners can also pick up their packets on race day until 7 a.m., but are strongly encourage to do so prior to race day to avoid long lines.
A Christmas Story House & Museum
Since 1983, families have spent their holidays around the television, watching A Christmas Story and joining in the triumphs and failures of 9-year-old Ralphie as he struggles to secure a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa's bag. Although the cult-classic film showed Ralphie living in Indiana, the house in which the movie took place rests in Cleveland—and is now a museum. When MSNBC interviewed lifelong fan and A Christmas Story House & Museum owner Brian Jones, they profiled the story of how he found the house on eBay and jumped at the chance to own it. Today, he’s turned it into a year-round place of pilgrimage for fans and the site of an occasionally-held convention for Ralphies.
Jones’s restoration has returned rooms to exactly how they were in the film, letting guests gaze at the tinsel-strewn tree with its star falling off and explore the bathroom where Ralphie’s mouth was washed out with soap—a time-tested method for cavity prevention. Visitors can even attempt to hide like little Randy in the cabinet under the sink. After seeing the backyard that still houses the original shed, where Ralphie defended his family against Black Bart, fans head across the street to the A Christmas Story House & Museum. Here, original props such as the toys from the Higbee’s department-store window, Randy’s snowsuit, and Miss Shields’s classroom chalkboard join other memorabilia and hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos. Before leaving, guests drop into the gift shop to pick up a leg lamp just like the one Ralphie's old man cherished so dearly.