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The Great Christmas Light Fight

The Great Christmas Light Fight

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Photo Credit:  ABC/Eric McCandless
  • Premiered: 
    December 9, 2013
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Game Show & Contest
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Talent
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Plot Synopsis

In each one-hour episode of THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT, four families from across America decorate their homes for Christmas, as they compete against each other for the $50,000 prize awarded by judges: Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto in Seasons 1 & 2 and Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak in Season 3-7. These families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. Now, in this competition, they are given just 21 days to transform their homes for the holidays, trying to outdo the other families and their own previous displays.

On the night of the series premiere, ABC aired a single episode featuring these families: Blounts (Laguna Hills, CA); Holts (Chesapeake, VA); Goffs (Canon, GA); and Lynches (Whitestone, NY). On subsequent Mondays, ABC aired back-to-back episodes, with these families on December 16: Simmons (Cathedral City, CA); Rhodes (Cedar Park, TX); Smalls (Orange, CT); Tittigers (Stockbridge, GA); Baughmans (Prosper, TX); Plauches (Pass Christian, MS); Larsens (Elburn, IL); and Yangellos (Pennsville, NJ). And these families on December 23: Hyatts (Ft. Lauderdale, FL); Downs (Norman, OK); Satterwhites (Mechanicsville, VA); Paradowskis (Decatur, GA); Gays (Lagrangeville, NY); Macrinas (West Reading, PA); Kowalczyks (Tinley Park, IL); and Mizes (San Rafael, CA).

On Monday, December 8, 2014 from 8-10pm ET/PT, ABC premiered back-to-back episodes of the six-episode second season of THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT, with Michael Moloney & Sabrina Soto both returning as judges. The night's first episode featured: the Weaver family's 58' castle in their Winter Wonderland replete with hand-painted Disney cutouts in Rohnert Park, California; the Barnard family's live animal Nativity with 2 million lights sprawling across 8 acres in Lebanon, Tennessee; the Bagwell family's impeccably synchronized musical masterpiece in Springfield, Missouri; a talking house at the home of the Belcher family in Rowlett, Texas, who make a high-tech house party with projected images that make their house seem to come alive. Subsequent episodes of Season 2 highlighted these families: Daigles (Paincourtville, LA); Loyas (El Paso, TX); Tyler Horrocks and Joe Conway (Coventry, RI); Apruzzis (Old Bridge, NJ); Lashbrooks (Owensboro, KY); BetGeorges (Newark, CA); Johnsons (San Antonio, TX); Alexanders (Fresno, CA); Liz Simmons (Dallas, TX); Ludys (Columbus, GA); Hufftys (Jacksonville, FL); Taylors (Vallejo, CA).

Season 3 of THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT premiered on Monday, December 7, 2015 from 8-10pm ET/PT, as ABC showed back-to-back new episodes. The new season features new judges Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak and a special episode where neighborhoods compete. In Season 3, families and neighborhoods from across America decorate their homes to the extreme for Christmas with a total of $300,000 in prizes ($50,000 per episode) up for grabs. Season 3 featured these families: \the Atkins (Ocala, FL); the Pelletiers (Greenville, SC); Kuhns (St. George, UT); Cadgers (Meridian, ID); Phipps (Livermore, CA); Bartletts (Ellicott City, MD); Drelicks (Harleysville, PA); Hunts (Ocala, FL); and families from Pleasanton, CA, Hillsboro, TN, St. George, UT and Duluth, MN. Plus, the season featured these neighborhoods: Jeter Bend in Celebration, FL; Waikele Christmas Lights in Waipahu, HI; and Christmas on Comstock in Gilbert, AZ.

The fourth season of THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT premiered on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 8-10pm ET/PT on ABC, with Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak returning for a new season. The first two episodes feature families from across America decorating their homes to the extreme for Christmas in hopes that they will win $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy ($300,000 total in prizes for the season).

On Monday, December 4, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the fifth season of THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT, showing back-to-back new episodes, with returning celebrity judges Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak. Season 5 showcases the wildest and most spectacular Christmas displays in America. In each episode, four families from all around the country with over-the-top displays compete to win the coveted Light Fight trophy and a $50,000 prize, with a total of $300,000 given away for the season.Along with the incredible displays, this season also features the first-ever neighbors vs. neighbors episode, where side-by-side neighbors team up to compete against other side-by-side neighbors in a doubly epic battle of the bulbs! The network aired back-to-back episodes for three consecutive weeks, starting December 4 through December 18.

On Monday, November 26, 2018 from 8-10pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the sixth season of THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT, with lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and interior designer Taniya Nayak returning as celebrity judges. In each one-hour episode, four families from all around the country decorate their homes to the extreme in the hopes of winning the coveted Light Fight trophy and a $50,000 prize, with a total of $300,000 given away for the season. ABC debuts back-to-back new episodes each week (Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 17).

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT returned for its seventh season on Monday, December 2, 2019 from 8-10pm ET/PT on ABC, with lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak. In each one-hour episode, four families with dazzling household displays will compete to win $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy. ABC debuts back-to-back episodes on three consecutive Mondays, beginning December 2 and ending December 16.
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On Monday, December 16, 2019 from 8-10pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the Season 7 finale of THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT, debuting back-to-back new episodes:

8pm: Four festive families from across America showcase their incredible displays, including the Miranda family with their synchronized pixel light show, homemade 3D-printed parts and two matrix displays with green screen video effects of their children dancing in Edmond, Oklahoma; the DeGennaro family with a North Pole in the desert nodding their 30-year love story and featuring eight DIY reindeer, a candy river with homemade Gingerbread men on the outside and over 1,700 decorations stacked from floor to ceiling on the inside in Las Vegas, Nevada; the Sowell family with their 15-acre farmland display holding over 1 million lights to create a beach scene with actual Florida beach sand, a carnival scene with a homemade Ferris wheel, an automated Santa kissing Mrs. Claus and a nativity scene with live people, a camel and zebras in Milton, Florida; and the Beltran family with their winter wonderland including over 40 mounted rooftop decorations and a vintage Nativity scene, wireframes and blow molds covering their entire yard in Moreno Valley, California. Tune in to see judge Carter Oosterhouse choose the winner of $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy.

9pm: The holiday festivities conclude in the final episode of the season with the Cottrell family and their extravagant display made by 89-year old Calvin Cottrell and his family featuring a tractor ride around four acres of beautifully handcrafted signs, a homemade barn for their Nativity scene, an extraordinary Ferris wheel with bright bear blow molds and a 47-year old Mega Tree with its original lights in Rossville, Indiana; the Hudgins family with their combination of humor and artistry that helped to create perfectly designed character cutouts, elf houses with animated characters, hand-painted blow molds and Gingerbread men that celebrate every person in their family in Mechanicsville, Virginia; the Rombeiro family who have continued their 27-year old family tradition despite their father's stroke, with reindeer that sway in the wind to look like they are flying, a motorized Santa blow mold that moves and a massive arch over the driveway created by combining two trees, plus an interior filled with themed rooms and a handmade train village in Novato, California; and college sweethearts, the Jones family, who put their year-round love for Christmas on display with 47 oak trees and 400,000 lights, creating a massive, magical light show with beautifully colored tree trunks, dancing arches, a hand-built Nativity and the word "Joy" in 7-foot letters right smack in the middle of their yard in Boerne, Texas. Who will walk away with $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy? Tune in to watch judge Taniya Nayak make the final decision.

One-and-a-half months earlier -- on November 1 -- ABC greenlit THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT for an eighth season, set to debut in 2020.

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Other Titles

  • Previously known as: Lights, Camera, Christmas!

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by FremantleMedia North America