A (Christmasy) Reason to Stop in Hammond, Indiana

Fans of A Christmas Story, listen up. A few months ago, guest writer Julie Podulka shared her awesome visit to Ralphie’s home, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Now midwest fans of the holiday classic can add another tourist stop to their lists.

A new statue in Hammond, Indiana, immortalizes “poor Flick,” with his tongue stuck to the frozen flag pole in front of the welcome center.

Click here to check out photos of the statue’s unveiling.

The statue was erected in Hammond because it’s the hometown of the film’s writer and narrator, Jean Shepard, and is basis for the fictional setting of the movie, “Homan, Indiana.”

Hammond isn’t a destination, really. It’s your average suburb. But anyone from Chicago driving east will pass through the city, perhaps on his or her way to Cleveland to visit Ralphie’s house. If you pass through this winter, on your way to your family Christmas dinner, for instance, you can “triple dog dare” yourself to join Flick at the pole.