HAMMOND | This holiday season, the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, will feature six animated display scenes from the movie classic “A Christmas Story.”
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 and The Bumpus Hounds. In honor of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority’s 30th anniversary, as well as the 30th anniversary of the movie, a new window scene will be unveiled at the start of the exhibit.
The “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit will be on display from Saturday through Jan. 5 in W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall. The design takes visitors to the streets of downtown Hohman, a fictional Indiana town which was a disguise for writer Jean Shepherd’s hometown of Hammond.
In addition to the exhibit, visitors will have the opportunity to see Flick have his tongue stuck to a flag pole in front of the Indiana Welcome Center, just as he did in the movie. A permanent bronze statue recalling the signature scene was unveiled Oct. 29.
The Welcome Center will be bustling with children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 to officially kick off holiday events, including a passenger train that children can ride for $1. “Flick” bingo, movie showings, crafts and sweet treats will all be available.
The popular “Mommy’s Little Piggy” mashed potato eating contest will be held, Dec. 7, with registration at 10:30 a.m. and the eating at 11.
The “Oh Fuuudge!” tire changing relay will be held Dec.14 as parent/child teams run through an obstacle course. Prizes will be awarded to the pair with the best time. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
Registration is available online at www.AChristmasStoryComesHome.com. Visit the website for a complete list of special events, contests, hours of operation and directions. The gift shop offers an array of movie memorabilia.
Bring the family to enjoy live entertainment on weekends and write letters to Santa and drop them in the big mailbox in the exhibit hall. View the documentary “The Untold Christmas Story” in the 100-seat theater, vote on the Ugliest Leg Lamp and favorite Christmas tree, or participate in the Write a Theme Contest.
Relive the “You’ll shoot your eye out” scene atop Santa’s Mountain and have a picture taken with Santa from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Photos are $5.
Have your pet photographed with Santa on Santa’s Mountain on Wag Your Tail Wednesdays. Pet photos will be available from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 27, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 Photos are $5, and $1 from every photo is given to local animal shelters. Well-behaved animals only.
The holiday classic “A Christmas Story” was released in 1983, written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark and 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 childhood in Hammond.
Shepherd narrated the movie and also had a cameo in the Higbee’s Department Store scene.