It may surprise you to learn that one of the most famous and recognizable movie props of all time was created right here in the Sooner State. Not just any old prop, the legendary leg lamp from "A Christmas Story" was invented by an Oklahoma man. That's right the major award was first imagined and built by an Okie.


So who is this mystery man who created one of the single greatest props and lamps in the history of Hollywood, or better yet mankind? He was born in Chickasha, OK. If you've never heard of him before his name is Nolan James. He was a professor at the Oklahoma University School of Visual Arts.

Hit play on the video below to witness the legendary leg lamp in all its magnificent glory

Nolan created a funny and unusual lamp using mannequin legs and a shade that was in his office. It was a big hit and everyone always commented on it. One man was particularly interested in the lamp and would regularly visit James' office to see and study the lamp. Later that same man ended up on the production team for "A Christmas Story." Sadly Mr. James passed away in 2020 but his legacy and memory will certainly live on thanks to his hometown of Chickasha, OK. They're keeping his memory alive in a very big way.


If you haven't heard the news there's a 50-plus-foot tall leg lamp in Chickasha, OK. It's located on 1st Street near the old train depot and remains up and on display all year long. And to answer your question, yes, it lights up just like the one in the movie. People from all over are making the trip to Chickasha to check out the enormous leg lamp. Most say it's "Indescribably beautiful and reminds them of the 4th of July."

The world's largest leg lamp from "A Christmas Story" is in Chickasha, OK.

Not only can you check out the world's largest leg lamp from "A Christmas Story" but you can also visit the Festival of Lights. It's one of the Sooner State's biggest and best Christmas light displays. If you've never been, you're missing out. For more information visit the official website or Facebook page.


For as long as I can remember we have had a tradition in my family with "A Christmas Story." Every year it's the very first Christmas movie we watch and it's always on Thanksgiving. That night after the big meal we gather in the living room to officially kick off the holiday season by watching "A Christmas Story" together.

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