A Christmas Story Christmas, the sequel to the 1983 film A Christmas Story, is released over 40 years after the first film exposed us to so many expressions that have become part of the holiday’s cultural fabric. A Christmas Story has long been a touching story so popular that it has its own 24-hour holiday marathon on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Fans have enjoyed the adventures of Ralphie Parker and his family, which are based on the novel In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd. A Christmas Story was narrated by Shepherd, who provided the voice of an adult Ralphie reflecting on his boyhood.
Now that Ralphie is fully grown, he has his own family. The original film was set in the 1940s, so we can assume that this remake will take place approximately 30 years later, in the 1970s.
Here is all the information we have on A Christmas Story Christmas.
A Christmas Story Christmas release date
The release of A Christmas Story Christmas on HBO Max will occur on November 17, just in time for the holiday season.
As of this writing, there is no release date for viewers in the United Kingdom, but as soon as one is announced, we will provide an update here.
A Christmas Story Christmas Cast and Members
The majority of the original cast returns for this inspired sequel, but a few notable relatives are absent. In 2006, Darren McGavin, who portrayed the grumpy yet charming Old Man in Ralphie, passed away. Melinda Dillon, who portrayed Ralphie’s mother, has retired from acting and is unlikely to appear in the sequel.
Peter Billingsley reprises his role as Ralphie, the spectacled, blue-eyed protagonist of the original film. Though Shepherd narrated the story, Billingsley directed the film and guided us on his mission to acquire the ideal Christmas gift: a Red Ryder BB rifle. After A Christmas Story, Billingsley resumed performing, but he is now more known as a producer and director.
In an amusing footnote, Deadline reports that Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie’s younger brother Randy in the original film, has not acted since.
The cast of A Christmas Story Christmas is as follows:
- Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker
- Ian Petrella as Randy Parker
- Erinn Hayes as Sandy Parker
- Zack Ward as Officer Scut Farkus
- Scott Schwartz as Flick
- R.D. Robb as Schwartz
- Julianna Layne as Julie
- River Drosche as Mark
A Christmas Story Christmas plot and Story
Unsurprisingly, A Christmas Story Christmas has members of the original cast who are now adults with children.
Here is a plot synopsis:
Ralphie, now an adult, returns to the house on Cleveland Street to give his children a perfect Christmas like the one he enjoyed as a boy, reconnecting with his childhood pals and coming to terms with the death of his grandfather.
A Christmas Story Christmas Trailer
With a sneak peek of an adult Ralphie, HBO Max has produced a teaser that evokes the enchantment of the original film. Take a peek!
Clay Kurtis, who in 2018 directed The Christmas Chronicles, helmed A Christmas Story Christmas. Kurtis has some holiday expertise, having already directed The Christmas Chronicles. He also directed The Angry Birds Movie in 2016 and has a vast animation history, having worked on renowned films such as Tangled and Frozen.