Photos: ‘A Christmas Story’ Style Leg Lamp Towers 40-Feet Above Small Oklahoma Town

by Kayla Zadel
(Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

The leg lamp is one of the most iconic symbols from “A Christmas Story” and Oklahoma is doing it’s best to pay its respects to the light.

In Chickasha, Oklahoma a 40-foot leg lamp towers over the small town. The inflatable statue is part of the annual Festival of Light in Chickasha, which is located about 40 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.

The idea was started by a local economic council official, Tim Elliot, according to KOCO. Elliot says that the idea came to him during a road trip.

“My wife had just introduced me to this ‘A Christmas Story’ movie a couple years before, and so I just put the leg lamp and said it would be different,” Elliot explains. Additionally, he hopes it gives travelers a good reason to stop in the small town.

Furthermore, the leg lamp is tracing back to a Chickasha resident, Noland James. James passed away earlier this year, but his obituary states that he invented the iconic inflatable while he was teaching at Oklahoma University.

The lamp is also accompanied by a 70-foot Christmas tree.

The Leg Lamp is Making a Stand on Twitter

People that are in awe of the “A Christmas Story” movie prop are sharing photos on Twitter.

This user writes, “Went out for breakfast and saw a giant leg lamp getting inflated.”

Additionally, one Oklahoman reporter states that he “needs everyone to know” about the lamp.

The Story Behind the Famous Light

“A Christmas Story” offers up so many memorable moments. If Ralphie’s not talking about the Red Ryder BB gun, his friend is getting his tongue stuck to the flag pole, or his mom is taking on her housewife role and dealing with Ralphie’s grumpy father.

However, Ralphie’s dad receives the light in the mail after winning a contest. According to A Christmas Story House and Museum, “A Christmas Story” author, Jean Shepherd was inspired to create the leg lamp after seeing an illuminated Nehi Soda advertisement.  

Watch the memorable scene play out below.