Top 21 A Christmas Story Movie Facts

Following is our collection of A Christmas Story facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of A Christmas Story film message.

The Old Man originally thought he was getting a bowling alley for his grand prize. Ralphie and his family end up at a Chinese restaurant "Bo Ling". The restaurant's sign is from a bowling alley with the "w" removed.

The mother is the one who actually knows the answer to the trivia question that wins the leg lamp. (The Lone Ranger's nephew's horse is named Victor)
The mother is the one who actually knows the answer to the trivia question that wins the leg lamp. (The Lone Ranger's nephew's horse is named Victor)

A Christmas Story Trivia

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  1. When filming the "frah-gee-lay" delivery scene in A Christmas Story (1983), the actors couldn't fit the large wooden crate through the home's front doorframe, so the crew had to shave several inches from each side of the crate. This is why it reads "HIS END UP"

  2. The leg lamp crate is missing the some letters because the original prop was too big to fit through the door.

A Christmas Story Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - Used to be a bowling alley. They just turned off the "W" and call themselves "Bo Ling Chop Suey Palace co."
    Used to be a bowling alley. They just turned off the "W" and call themselves "Bo Ling Chop Suey Palace co."
  • 1 - Fame cameos as a worker elf in the 2003 Christmas comedy Elf. It would have been funnier if Billingsley played a bitter store elf instead but this is a fun nod nonetheless.
    Fame cameos as a worker elf in the 2003 Christmas comedy Elf. It would have been funnier if Billingsley played a bitter store elf instead but this is a fun nod nonetheless.
  • " (1983) after Ralphie says "Oh, f---", his father tells him to get in the car, and then smiles to himself when he isn't looking.

  • 1 - Narration is given by Jean Shepherd, the author whose semi-autobiographical writings inspired the film. He also makes a physical cameo as a father waiting in the line to meet Santa Clause at the department store.
    Narration is given by Jean Shepherd, the author whose semi-autobiographical writings inspired the film. He also makes a physical cameo as a father waiting in the line to meet Santa Clause at the department store.
  • 1 - We see that Ralphie misspelled the word "Christmas" when he gets his theme back from his teacher, possibly explaining why he got a C+ as his grade for it
    We see that Ralphie misspelled the word "Christmas" when he gets his theme back from his teacher, possibly explaining why he got a C+ as his grade for it
  • 1 - An Amazing subtle joke in A Christmas Story (1983): the name of the Chinese Restaurant is Bo Ling's, and they just used an old Bowling sign with the W burnt out.
    An Amazing subtle joke in A Christmas Story (1983): the name of the Chinese Restaurant is Bo Ling's, and they just used an old Bowling sign with the W burnt out.

A Christmas Story Hidden Details

Ralph is seen writing a lowercase 'e' then the next scene shows a capital 'E'.

1 - Ralphie's story take place in the early 1940s. In the classroom scene there are integrated students. Integration did not happen until 1954.
Ralphie's story take place in the early 1940s. In the classroom scene there are integrated students. Integration did not happen until 1954.

Randy spills his milk all over his toast. It isn't an event in the movie, and he is only panned to three times in a couple of minutes to notice it happen at all.

1 - Ralph's father hopes his "major award" is a bowling alley and instead gets the leg lamp. Later in the film, the Chinese restaurant the family goes to on Christmas is called "Bowling". He also receives a bowling ball from his wife for Christmas.
Ralph's father hopes his "major award" is a bowling alley and instead gets the leg lamp. Later in the film, the Chinese restaurant the family goes to on Christmas is called "Bowling". He also receives a bowling ball from his wife for Christmas.

The bully's name Farkus sounds like the Hungarian word Farkas, which means "Wolf". This is why whenever that character appears "The Wolf's Theme" from "Peter and The Wolf" plays.

1 - When the students are giving Miss Shields her gifts, one of the student's gifted apple has a bite taken out of it.
When the students are giving Miss Shields her gifts, one of the student's gifted apple has a bite taken out of it.

The Old Man Parker hopes his prize to be a bowling alley. On Christmas day, his wife makes it up to him after the lamp is somehow destroyed.

There is dirt and grime going up the stairs from where the kids continually slam into the wall with their dirty fingers

It's revealed that Ralphie's dad played by Darren McGavin is color blind when he fixes a bulb on a strand of blue lights and comments on how he knew it was the green strand that was out.

Upon delivery of his major award, Ralphie's father reads the crate and exclaims "Ragil?! Must be Italian." As there is no "F" printed on the crate. Not "Fragil?! Must be Italian." As most people think.

A Christmas Story poster
A Christmas Story poster

A Christmas Story Plot

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of A Christmas Story. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Comedy, Family
Director Bob Clark
Stars Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz, Jean Shepherd
IMDB score 8.0