November 12

Trivia Facts about A Christmas Story

Ralphie knows a great deal about our A Christmas Story escape room!
Ralphie could teach you a thing or two.

How well do you know the 1983 classic?

To celebrate our newest escape room, A Christmas Story Escape, we’d like to highlight some of our favorite trivia facts about the essential eighties Christmas movie. Let us know if you have any favorite facts too!

Filming the Flagpole Scene

Ralphie looks so, so interested.
Wow, it really works!

Do you know how the A Christmas Story team filmed the scene where Flick sticks his tongue to the flagpole? Apparently, the A Christmas Story team had a difficult time replicating hard winter weather, so they found an innovative way to stick Flick’s tongue to that pole. A hidden suction tube ran through the flagpole, and sucked the actor’s tongue into the hole! This fact is typically on any special feature-laden edition of A Christmas Story. Be sure to watch the footage if you can!

Professional Profanity

Like any good movie, A Christmas Story includes many sequences of swearin’ and cussin’. As we know, though, the movie used an interesting filter to keep any actual profanities out of the family friendly film. For the scenes with “The Old Man,” actor Darren McGavin ad-libbed every instance of sailor-speak! But did you also know that he found it nearly impossible to string real words with ad-libbed obscenities? That’s why his character speaks in complete gibberish as he strings his profanities along!

Clear-Cut Curses

The cuss words don’t stop there, though! In the scene where Ralphie beats up the bully Scut Farkus, Ralphie takes after his old man and starts spewing out all the colorful words he picked up from him. Actor Peter Billingsley took a very different approach than Darren McGavin, however. All of Ralphie’s lines during the scene were precisely scripted! Can you imagine memorizing a solid forty seconds of gibberish?

The Red Ryder Combiner

Don't tell anyone I told you- But you might just get to hold the ol' Red Ryder if you make it out of our escape room!
An ad for the “Buck Jones Special,” the only Daisy air rifle with a compass and sundial. Shoutout to Plymouth, Michigan.

There is a great deal of debate as to when the film “actually” takes place. Most people will push 1939, and others somewhere in the forties. But don’t forget that the film was made to be a mix of the two! One clear example of this is in the famous Red Ryder BB gun. The Red Ryder BB gun was an actual air gun released in 1940, but the model was very bare-boned. The compass in the stock and “the thing that tells time” (a sundial) were never included in the Red Ryder model, but were on a model from 1934, known as the “Buck Jones Special.” The gun used in the movie was specially built, and they even flipped the compass and sundial to the opposite side of the stock so Peter Billingsley could hold it left-handed. 

Mom – The Real Sitting Duck

I would play this nonstop inside the Christmas Story escape room if I could.
Melinda Dillon – Known trooper.

What connects A Christmas Story to other 80s classics like The Shining, The Exorcist, and Alien? Why, a natural terrified response from one of the actors, of course! For the Chinese restaurant scene towards the end of the film, actress Melinda Dillon had no idea that the duck brought to their table would still have the head. Her copy of the script also neglected to tell her that the waiter would be chopping its head off, too! Cruel or not, her reaction to the duck is definitely one of the best moments of the film.

A Christmas Story is a film with a gigantic following, and there are many more interesting facts and trivia about the movie hidden among special features and commentaries. What are your favorite moments? Let us know in the comments and before you take on our A Christmas Story escape room!

…psst… thanks for scrolling to the bottom. Here’s a fun video if you want to learn how to cook a peking duck, just like in the movie! (I just really like that scene, ok?)


$35 per person


1529 Champa St.
Denver, CO

The Reviews

  • There is paid parking options near this location. Friendly, helpful staff and a fun experience! Felix was a great game master! We were able to make it out in under an hour with 4 people.

    Sarah Kallsen Avatar Sarah Kallsen
    February 27, 2023

    Fabulous staff and had a great time with our teens. We usually do this in every major city we visit. This location was creative and we had a great time. We chose the hardest one with a pandemic, but succeeded!

    Carolyn K Avatar Carolyn K
    December 27, 2022
  • Visited from Michigan to see some couples from the Black Love and Marriage Program and we decided to check this place out! We had some much fun! The staff was very helpful and hospitable. Their facility and restrooms we clean. We enjoyed our time and we ESCAPED!

    Kenitha Rabb Avatar Kenitha Rabb
    December 8, 2022

    First time doing an escape room adventure for all members of our group(4). We did Blackbeards Brig. We had such a great time. Stephanie was a great host and explained everything very well. Because it was our 1st time we were a little unsure on what to expect. The clues were great, and we were able to win our adventure with 33 seconds to spare. The facilities were well decorated and clean. The clues were somewhat hard but yet achievable. Can't wait to go back for a different adventure.

    Brig Church Avatar Brig Church
    September 22, 2022
  • I had a great time at EscapeWorks Denver! We did the Egypt escape room, and it was wonderful! The team bonded wonderfully, and we now work stronger together in more business appropriate parameters. I had a great time dancing around in silly costumes and sifting through sand. However, I'm glad I came with a larger group. You'll definitely need a few sets of hands to escape (which we did!) though I'm sure the experience would be enjoyable regardless. I also did a prohibition themed room a few years back. I don't remember much about it except that I had loads of fun.

    Rebecca H. Avatar Rebecca H.
    August 22, 2022

    Helen was an amazing worker! She helped us with our escape room and she was incredibly kind. Helen really made my experience completely worth it! I would come back just to talk with Helen!

    Olivia Svenson Avatar Olivia Svenson
    August 17, 2022
  • We had a great time with the Speakeasy room. The setup was fun and the room was detailed. There was a variety of puzzles and it was fun to try to fit things together. Helen!!!! Helen was fantastic at setting the scene and helping us through with little hints when we had the right idea but just couldn’t get something to work because we were slightly off. Thanks!!

    Kaitlyn Kelly Avatar Kaitlyn Kelly
    August 12, 2022

    We just did the Speakeasy and it was great! The puzzles were designed well; challenging but not impossible and really fun to solve. The rooms themselves were high quality filled with all sorts of fun props and hidden secrets. Helen, our host, was fantastic! Our unseen benefactor kept the action moving and just made the whole experience way more entertaining. Had a blast!

    Brian Sankowski Avatar Brian Sankowski
    August 12, 2022
  • This was awesome! The escape room we did had everything—Ancient Egypt, Indiana Jones references, hieroglyphs to translate… It was challenging, but able to be solved in an hour. Our game master Tobi was really friendly & cool. And the “hints” sound was an “Easter Egg” of sorts 😉 Definitely check it out!

    Doug “K'laamas” Johnson Avatar Doug “K'laamas” Johnson
    August 12, 2022

    Just did the Egyptian tomb n I had a great time. They put a lot of effort into the design, and story. Helen helped us out and made the experience very fun. We almost went back to do a second escape!

    Liy Taliaferro Avatar Liy Taliaferro
    August 10, 2022
  • We had a great experience with 5 people in the Blackbeard room. Our first time with an escape room challenge and picked the easiest one they offered and thoroughly enjoyed completing the puzzle. Felix was a fantastic host and hints were given appropriately to keep it fun but definitely not excessively. Lots and lots of fun, would highly recommend. We will be back after having such a great time. Thank you!

    Morgan Phillips Avatar Morgan Phillips
    July 30, 2022

    This was an unforgettable experience! We did the virus outbreak scenario for a teambuilding event. Everyone raved about how fun this was, it far exceeded expectations even for a bunch of engineer dorks. The game was brilliantly designed, the puzzles were very challenging but not frustrating. Each stage or unlock brought a great sense of satisfaction and motivation to move onto the next. Many of the puzzles required unconventional thinking and multiple knowledge domains to complete. Teamwork was a must. Staff was super helpful and their hints were perfectly timed to keep us on track. 10/10, would do again. Thank you!

    Jeremy Smolik Avatar Jeremy Smolik
    July 14, 2022
  • Been to Escape Works twice now. Had an excellent experience both times. The puzzles are very clever and the rooms are fun and challenging. Particularly enjoyed the casino heist game. Stephanie was a great hostess and even spent some time with us afterwards to explain how things worked. Good fun!

    Stephen Weitz Avatar Stephen Weitz
    June 26, 2022

    Visiting my friends in Denver and we wanted something fun to do - we made the RIGHT decision here. We booked Blackbeard’s Brig and it was awesome. Well paced and not too difficult. Just the right amount of stress. Patrick was awesome he had our backs and made the experience so fun and enjoyable. He was an awesome host. Highly recommend!!!

    Meredith LoRusso Avatar Meredith LoRusso
    June 26, 2022
  • My friends and I went to Denver for the weekend and decided to do the Casino Heist room at EscapeWorks. We had so much fun trying to figure out the clues; we didn't end up 'winning' but had a great time anyway. Rose walked us through the clues to the end of the game which was a lot of fun. Thank you Rose and Felix for a fun night. If we are ever back in the area we would definitely to this again.

    Deb Gregg Avatar Deb Gregg
    June 4, 2022

    We had the best time at EscapeWorks Denver. My friends and I traveled to Denver for a fun weekend and decided to do the escape room experience. We chose the Casino Heist and had the best time ever!!! A huge shout-out to Rose and Felix who did a fabulous job of making it so fun for us!!! They went above and beyond. Thank you Rose and Felix for making it so memorable!!! We will be back!!! Signed..."The Fun Girls" from South Dakota

    Kim Klundt Avatar Kim Klundt
    June 4, 2022
  • I love this place! I went in March with my daughter and we did Blackbeard's Brig, the easiest one, since I was new at escape rooms. We were paired up with another family of three. We had a blast and escaped! It was such a positive experience, I brought my family back for my daughters birthday. We did the Egyptian Tomb as a private party, since we had a group of five, and escaped! That room was amazing too! My family still tells everyone about how much fun they had in that escape room. The rooms are really well done. The puzzles are fun, unique, not easy but also not so hard you are frustrated the whole time. The themed rooms are spot on with the stories. Everything looks well maintained and clean. The staff is professional and kind. Next Denver trip we will be back for another escape room. Thank you for making our trips fun and memorable.

    Chena Kline Avatar Chena Kline
    May 7, 2022

    The Casino Heist room was a challenge but extremely fun! It’s different than other escape rooms as you’re not allowed to ask for hints; the game master gives them to you at their discretion. Tobi was an awesome game master and only gave us hints when we were completely lost. Highly recommend!

    Amanda Bertelli Avatar Amanda Bertelli
    April 26, 2022
  • EscapeWorks in Denver is AmAzInG! The gamemasters we're great! We went first to play Blackbeard's Bring, ended up loving it soooo much that after we won, we immediately wanted to do another. We did Outbreak next which was a little more challenging but was a blast to play!!! We're going back to do the other games soon, and I recommend this place to everyone! They have weekday deals, and discounts if you do multiple on the same day!

    Jazz Ramey Avatar Jazz Ramey
    April 26, 2022

    We had a great time in the Egyptian Tomb! The puzzles and riddles were challenging and fun. Our game master Steph helped us stay on track with minimal hints. Definitely worth the money, for it was an exciting and bonding experience. It was very realistic and there was a lot of thought behind effects and puzzles. If we return to Denver again I would be happy to try out another room!

    lilly M. Avatar lilly M.
    April 15, 2022

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