CLEVELAND -- The holiday season was forever changed with one word: "Fragile."
The smash hit family film "A Christmas Story" was released 30 years ago this November.
To celebrate the big anniversary,"A Christmas Story" House and Museum in Tremont -- the location where many exterior scenes were filmed -- is hosting a slew of events.
The 30th anniversary celebration kicks off Thursday at 10 a.m. with several special guests including Slider dressed as Santa.
Admission into the house will be discounted to $5 per person all day July 25. There's also an ugly Christmas sweater contest and a "soft open" of the newly expanded 3,500-square foot gift shop.
The highlight of the 30th anniversary celebration is "A Christmas Story" Convention on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 29 - 30), which includes cast appearances, tours of the house, BB-gun shooting range and more.
Here's a breakdown of some other "A Christmas Story" events to be held locally this year:
Cleveland Indians A Christmas Story House and Museum Night - Progressive Field, September 25.The Cleveland Indians play the last home game of the season against the Chicago White Sox at 7:05 p.m. Brian Jones, owner of "A Christmas Story House" and Museum, will throw out the first pitch to start the game.
"A Christmas Story," The Musical - Near West Theatre, November 15-17, 22-24, 29-30; December 1, 5-8. Near West Theatre presents a multi-cultural, intergenerational cast in "A Christmas Story," The Musical. Cleveland's first-ever production of this new musical based on the classic 1983 movie, which recently was honored with three Tony Award nominations. Performances at 3606 Bridge Avenue in Cleveland's Ohio City. Call 216-961-6391 for tickets or buy online at www.nearwesttheatre.org.
"A Christmas Story" - The Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, November 29 through December 22. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the beloved film, we bring back one of the most popular shows in Cleveland Playhouse history in a sparkling new production. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family.Purchase your tickets to "A Christmas Story" in the month of July and save $10 per ticket. Cleveland Playhouse is also thrilled to announce the return of the Festival of Trees. Create new memories with this beloved holiday tradition, as the Festival of Trees fills the lobbies and hallways of our new home at PlayhouseSquare during the run of "A Christmas Story." www.clevelandplayhouse.com
Mrs. Parker's Little Piggy Luncheon - Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Hotel, November 30. An exclusive opportunity to enjoy a traditional meatloaf, mashed potato and red cabbage meal, just like Mrs. Parker made, while dining with cast members from "A Christmas Story." Entertainment provided by Cleveland Playhouse and Near West Theatre.Tickets will be available for purchase September 1.
Cleveland's Winterfest 2013 - Downtown Cleveland, November 30. Cleveland is invited to "create nostalgia for now" at this all-day street festival and celebration that kicks off the holiday season in Cleveland.Featuring a spectacular, epic lighting display that will be the talk of the town!
"A Christmas Story" Run 5K/10K - Cleveland, December 7. Be a part of history for the first "A Christmas Story" Run, to celebrate this classic movie's 30th anniversary. Proceeds will benefit the "A Christmas Story" House Neighborhood Restoration Project, located Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/index.php/5k10k-run/
In case you haven't seen it, "A Christmas Story" tells the 1940s tale of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker who wants nothing more for Christmas than a Red Rider BB gun. Despite his numerous pleas for the gift, everybody blows his desires down the tubes -- even a mall Santa -- by famously saying, "You'll shoot your eye out kid."
The film was a box office flop upon its initial release on Nov. 18, 1983. Directed by Bob Clark, the movie starred Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley, Ian Petrella and Zack Ward.
A new sequel was released late last year direct to blu-ray and DVD.
"A Christmas Story" House and Museum is located at 3159 West 11th Street and is open all year.