THE BEST WAY TO CLEVELAND

From LAX, nonstop service to Cleveland is offered on Continental. Connecting service (change of planes) is offered on United, Southewest, Delta and American. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $458.

WHAT TO DO

"A Christmas Story" House, 3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland; (216) 298-4919, achristmasstoryhouse.com. Open Thursday through Sunday year-round. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 7 to 12. The ticket price includes a visit to the museum. The adjacent gift shop sells copies of props associated with the movie, including Ralphie's Red Ryder air rifle and leg lamps in various shapes and sizes. The leg lamp nightlight is a bestseller.

TO LEARN MORE

Higbee's, the department store where Ralphie and kid brother Randy visited Santa, was for many decades a landmark in downtown Cleveland. Now used for offices, the building at 100 Public Square houses the Cleveland Visitor Center, (800) 321-1004, http://www.positivelycleveland.com.