The cast of the classic Christmas movie based on a city in Indiana is heading home for the 40th anniversary. 

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A Hoosier Christmas Story

One of my dad's favorite Christmas movies is A Christmas Story and it's been a tradition in my family to watch that movie on Christmas day for as long as I can remember.  It's a classic Christmas film, and it has a special place in the hearts of many Hoosiers because the movie is set in Hammond, Indiana (even though the film wasn't filmed in Indiana).

Ralphie and the Gang Heading to Indiana

A Christmas Story came out in 1983 making this the 40th anniversary of the movie.  So to celebrate this milestone anniversary Ralphie and the gang are heading back home to the city that inspired the film, Hammond, Indiana.  On December 16th and 17th the cast of A Christmas Story will be in Hammond, Indiana to commemorate the 40th anniversary, and you will even have the opportunity to meet cast members.

A tribute to the 40th Anniversary of "A Christmas Story," a tribute to Hammond, and a tribute to every heart that ever found joy in this timeless tale. The cast, your beloved misfits, are all set to make this reunion an event of legendary proportions. From Peter Billingsley to Scott Schwartz, the gang’s all here to relive the magic with you during the "A Christmas" Comes Home Exhibit!


According to the website promoting the event, the list of cast members is as follows:

  • Peter Billingsley - Ralphie Parker
  • Scott Schwartz - Flick
  • Ian Petrella - Randy Parker
  • Yano Anaya - Grover Dill
  • R.D. Robb - Schwartz
  • Drew Hocevar - Male Elf
  • Patty Johnson - Female Elf
  • Dwayne McLean - Black Bart

The event will be complete with a "Mommy's Little Piggy" Mashed Potato Eating Contest because, of course, it will.  You can find out all of the information on the event and purchase tickets, here.


Hammond, Indiana Celebrating A Christmas Story All Season

While this particular event with cast members from the movie will take place on December 16th and 17th, there are plenty of exciting things happening throughout December to celebrate the film's 40th anniversary in Hammond.  According to Visit Indiana, the city will have many animatronic window displays of many iconic scenes, and you can even get your photo taken with Flick whose tongue is stuck on the iconic flagpole. This will go on throughout December.

Immerse your family in the holiday classic, "A Christmas Story" through animatronic window displays of memorable scenes, special events, browse our nice gift shop with official    "A Christmas Story" merchandise, and photos with Santa. We even have a special photo-op with "Flick" on our flagpole.

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