This holiday season, the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, will be on display from November 10 until December 31, 2018 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. Visitors are welcome to relive favorite childhood memories of in anticipation of Christmas as they gaze at animated window displays depicting scenes from the holiday movie classic.


“A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit features six animated scenes from the holiday movie “A Christmas Story.” The displays include Higbee’s Department Store, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, The Bumpus Hounds and A Hero’s Dream.


In addition to the exhibit, visitors will have the opportunity to see a bronzed Flick with his tongue stuck to the flag pole. This homage to the classic scene is the perfect photo opportunity in front of the Indiana Welcome Center.


The Indiana Welcome Center is located at the intersection of I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South in Hammond; only 30 minutes from downtown Chicago and two hours north of Indianapolis.


Special Events

“A Major Event” & Holiday Market will be held Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  at the Indiana Welcome Center and kicks off the holiday season. The Welcome Center will be bustling with children’s activities and a cozy holiday market, featuring handcrafted and specialty items. “A Major Event” kid’s activities include a passenger train, “Flick” Bingo, movie viewings, crafts, and a visit to Santa atop Santa’s Mountain. The Holiday Market will continue from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2.


 “Oh Fuuudge!” Tire Changing Relay is an event that pays tribute to the events leading up to Ralphie blurting out “the-queen-mother-of-dirty-words,” will be held on Saturday, December 8. Parent/child teams will run through an obstacle course and prizes will be awarded to the pair with the best time. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the event begins at 10:00 a.m.


The popular “Mommy’s Little Piggy” Mashed Potato Eating Contest features plates mounded with mashed potatoes and contestants of different age groups showing how the piggies eat and will be held on Saturday, December 15. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m., and the first wave of participants will begin at 10:00 a.m.


All events are held at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond and registrations are available online at


Holiday for Heroes
First responders and retired and active military are invited to view the exhibit, take part in activities and get their photo taken with Santa during this special event on December 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Special Needs Day
Santa invites families with special needs on December 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and again from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The exhibit will be sensory friendly and accessible for kids of all ages.


Relive the “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” scene atop Santa’s Mountain

Have your picture taken with Santa on top of Santa’s Mountain, a replica of the one featured in the movie. In the famous scene, Ralphie Parker tells Santa what he wants for Christmas, and Santa responds, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”


Photos with Santa on Santa’s Mountain are available between Thanksgiving and Christmas, every Saturday and Sunday between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. as well as and other special days leading into the holidays. Children have the opportunity to slide down a big red slide into a pillow of snow. Photos are $6 each.


Wag Your Tail Wednesdays

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your pet photographed with Santa on Santa’s Mountain. Pet photos with Santa will be available Wednesday, November 21 & 28 and December 12 & 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Photos are $6 each, and $1 of every photo is given to local animal rescues. Well-behaved animals only.


More Information

Visit for a complete list of special events, contests, hours of operation and directions. The Welcome Center gift shop offers an array of movie memorabilia including the infamous leg lamp!