By Kate Gill
Childhood dreams do come true ー at the very least, they can be bought.
Since 2017, the third floor of the iconic Cleveland, Ohio, house that was the fictional home to the bespectacled hero of "A Christmas Story" has been rentable to fans of the classic movie.
And this year, the neighboring "Bumpus" house is also available to the more cantankerous among us for overnight stays.
Ralphie Parker's 1940s-era home was immortalized in 2006 by curator Steven Intermill, who partnered with owner Brian Jones to create a walk-through museum featuring props and memorabilia from the 1983 film.
"[Jones] thought this would a cool, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Intermill told Cheddar Big News.
Years later, the adjacent Bumpus property, home to Ralphie's fictional hound dog-loving neighbors, went up for sale.
According to Intermill, the Bumpus house has been modernized, but he and Jones "spent a lot of time trying to recreate the feel of the movie." Intermill added that certain rooms, like the kitchen, were updated for the guests' comfort.
Rates start at $395 for the Parker house and $195 per night for the Bumpus house and fluctuate with the season. Of course, Christmas Eve carries a higher price tag. According to Intermill, the price can run to a less-than-festive $3,000 a night.