Calling All Ugly Lamps for ‘A Christmas Story’ Comes Home Exhibit

By: South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority Last Updated: November 9, 2017

Leg-Lamp-A-Christmas-StoryDo you own a lamp that your family and friends find hideous or think you have what it takes to create the ugliest lamp? Enter it into the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority’s Ugly Lamp Contest now until Nov. 17 and have the chance to win an iconic leg lamp just like Mr. Parker’s “Major Award” from the holiday movie classic, A Christmas Story. Lamps can be dropped off at the Indiana Welcome Center during normal business hours Monday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In the 1983 holiday film, Mr. Parker wins a leg lamp as a “major award” from a contest in the newspaper and proudly displays it in the front window of the family’s living room until Mrs. Parker “accidentally” breaks it. The leg lamp has become an iconic feature of the movie ever since.

Visitors may vote on the ugliest lamp from two categories: "Born Ugly" and "Made Ugly." Voting will run from Nov. 20 until Dec. 15. All entries will be displayed through Jan. 7, 2018.

The Ugly Lamp Contest is part of the A Christmas Story Comes Home exhibit, which is presented in agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. A Christmas Story Comes Home features six animatronic window displays depicting scenes from the holiday film.

The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 7, 2018, in the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall at the Indiana Welcome Center. The Indiana Welcome Center is located at the intersection of I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South in Hammond; only 30 minutes from downtown Chicago and two hours north of Indianapolis.

For more information on the Ugly Lamp Contest, or other special events throughout the A Christmas Story Comes Home exhibit, visit or call 219-989-7770.

About the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority
The South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority, as the official destination marketing organization, leads and supports the visitor industry through the marketing and development of the county from convention, sports, gaming and special interest travel segments, thereby increasing economic impact, creating employment and enhancing the communities' quality of life.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi (opening 2018). With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.