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Peter Billingsley as Ralphie in (Credit: TNT)

Peter Billingsley as Ralphie in "A Christmas Story" has a chat with Santa.

'A Christmas Story' movie and play

On the 30th anniversary of the beloved film, "A Christmas Story," the tale is being played out on stage, repeated on TV and examined in two new books.

Visitors wait to tour the house in Cleveland
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Visitors wait to tour the house in Cleveland where much of the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story" was filmed. The house and adjacent museum expect an influx of visitors on the 30th anniversary of the quirky holiday film turned classic in the city where Ralphie's house was restored on a bluff overlooking the steel mills. (Nov. 21, 2013)

The kitchen of the house in Cleveland where
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The kitchen of the house in Cleveland where much of the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story" was filmed is restored to the 1940s look of the film. The 30th anniversary of the quirky holiday film is expected to boost visits to the home in the city's Tremont neighborhood. (Nov. 21, 2013)

A leg lamp is framed in the window
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A leg lamp is framed in the window of the house in Cleveland where much of the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story" was filmed. A surge of visitors is expected to tour the restored house, and purchase a miniature lamp or two at the gift shop, on the 30th anniversary of the quirky holiday film. (Nov. 21, 2013)

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Tourists view Ralphie's room in the Cleveland house
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Tourists view Ralphie's room in the Cleveland house where the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story" was filmed. Interest in tours of the house, as well as the adjacent museum, is expected to increase during the 30th anniversary of the quirky holiday film. (Nov. 21, 2013)

A replica leg lamp is displayed with other
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A replica leg lamp is displayed with other memorabilia at the Christmas Story museum in Cleveland. (Nov. 21, 2013)

Animated ice skaters perform in a window of
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Animated ice skaters perform in a window of the old Higbee's department store in Cleveland. The Horseshoe Casino, which now occupies the building, has decorated the windows to mirror the annual displays of the old Higbee's, where some of the quirky 1983 holiday film "A Christmas Story" was filmed. (Nov. 21, 2013)

A miniature street scene from the movie
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A miniature street scene from the movie "A Christmas Story" is displayed in the Christmas Story museum in Cleveland. (Nov. 21, 2013)

John Bolton as
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John Bolton as "the Old Man" tries to keep the Parkers' Christmas dinner away from the Bumpus dogs in "A Christmas Story," which runs from Dec. 11 to 29 at Madison Square Garden Theater.

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The cast of
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The cast of "A Christmas Story," including Dan Lauria, with washboard, as Jean Shepherd, young Jake Lukas, center, as Ralphie, and John Bolton as his dad, make merry in a number from the show which opens Dec. 11 at Madison Square Garden Theater.

As Jean Shepherd, Lindenhurst native Dan Lauria narrates
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As Jean Shepherd, Lindenhurst native Dan Lauria narrates "A Christmas Story" at Madison Square Garden Theater.

Peter Billingsley as Ralphie in
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Peter Billingsley as Ralphie in "A Christmas Story" has a chat with Santa.

Scott Schwartz, left, with Peter Billingsley, is tongue-tied
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Scott Schwartz, left, with Peter Billingsley, is tongue-tied in “A Christmas Story,” after taking a triple dog dare to lick the frozen pole.

Peter Billingsley, left, as Ralphie is bundled up
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Peter Billingsley, left, as Ralphie is bundled up in "A Christmas Story."

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Peter Billingsley as Ralphie in a bunny suit
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Peter Billingsley as Ralphie in a bunny suit in "A Christmas Story."

Don't shoot your eye out, Ralphie.
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Don't shoot your eye out, Ralphie.

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