Leg Lamps, Santa's Mountain and More in Indiana

A History of A Christmas Story

The 1983 holiday classic, A Christmas Story, will be celebrated throughout Hammond, Indiana. The film 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 in Hammond. 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.


Shepherd narrated the entire movie and also had a cameo in the Higbee's 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.


A Christmas Story Comes Home

This holiday season, The Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond will feature six animated displays featuring scenes from A Christmas Story. The displays include; Higbee's Department Store Window, Flick's Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It's a Major Award, Santa's Mountain at Higbee's, The Bumpus Hounds, and the Parker Living Room.  The displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of the Herald Square Macy's in New York City.


A Christmas Story Comes Home exhibit will be on display in the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall from late November through early January. The Welcome Center is located at the intersections of I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South; only 30 minutes from downtown Chicago.


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 the Santa responds, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid."


Photos with Santa on Santa's Mountain are available every Saturday and Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas from 11am to 3pm at the Indiana Welcome Center. Children have the opportunity to slide down a big red slide into a pillow of snow. Photos are $5 a piece/person.


More Information

Visit www.southshorecva.com/christmas for more a complete list of special events, contests, hours of operation and directions. The Indiana Welcome Center is located at the intersections of I-80/94 & Kennedy Avenue South in Hammond, Indiana. The Welcome Center can be reached at 1-800-ALL-LAKE.