"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

Nov. 16 - Dec. 30, 2024

Indiana Welcome Center
7770 Corinne Dr., Hammond, IN

About the Exhibit

The "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit centers around 6 animatronic window displays from Macy's Department Store in New York featuring different scenes from "A Christmas Story". 

The holiday classic, "A Christmas Story", 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 growing up in Hammond, Indiana. A number of the short stories appeared in Playboy magazine and originated from his unscripted radio broadcasts in the 1950's, 60's and 70's.

Jean Shepherd narrated the entire movie and also had a cameo in the 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.

Little Ones with Santa - Indiana Welcome Center

Santa Photos

Santa's Mountain is back!

Have your photo taken with Santa weekends Thanksgiving through Christmas. After the photo, kids can slide down the big red slide!

Mommy's Little Piggy Contest

Special Events

Join in the fun during the Mommy's Little Piggy Contest. First responders, active and retired military and their families can come by for a Holiday for Heroes. For those with special needs visit during All is Calm. 


Gift Shop

Stop by the gift shop to gather up everything "A Christmas Story" from leg lamps and stockings to ornaments and fudge.

See some of our more popular products at the link below.

Family with Christmas displays

Come See Us

Plan your visit to the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, IN during the holiday season.

Map out our location and check our exhibit and gift shop hours.

Bison at Kankakee Sands

More To Do In Northwest Indiana

We've put together more things to do and events happening throughout the Region this winter - from outdoor adventures to indoor activities for when it's just too cold!