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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 3-8. 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.

Season 8 of THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT premiered on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 8-10pm ET/PT on ABC, with returning celebrity judges: lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak. All isn't always calm, but all is definitely bright as Season 8 of the Christmas classic takes viewers across the country to the most elaborate and awe-inspiring holiday displays in the nation. This holiday season, we will once again see four fantastic families face off in each one-hour episode and compete to win $50,000 should they "sleigh" the competition. Taking Christmas decorating to another level, the Heavyweights special will return for its third year featuring a first-ever parade of one-of-a-kind sparkling floats and a mile-long drive-through with over a million synchronized lights, to name a few, that viewers will never forget. The two-hour debut featured back-to-back new episodes, featuring these families: Reynolds family(La Verkin, UT), Fiore family (Wilmington, MA), Trevisano family (St. Louis, MO), and Barbieri family (Deer Park, NY) at 8pm; and Sumner family (Jenks, OK), DeBolt family (Boise, ID), Stott Family Fontana, CA), and Markowski family Brownsville, TN) at 9pm.

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT returned for its ninth season on Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 9-11pm ET/PT on ABC, with back-to-back episodes. With the help of celebrity judges and Christmas decor aficionados -- lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak -- the new season showcases America's brightest houses. Each merry and bright episode takes viewers across the country to the most elaborate and awe-inspiring holiday displays in the nation as viewers once again see four fantastic families face off in each one-hour episode and compete to win $50,000. Additional two-hour presentations debuted on Monday, November 29 and Thursday, December 2.
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On Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 9-11pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the Season 9 finale of THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT, debuting back-to-back episodes as a two-hour event:

9pm: The festivities kick off in Texas with four cheerful families, featuring the Burkman family who bring the magic of Christmas to life with a vanilla-scented, life-size gingerbread house and an interactive selfie section in Frisco, Texas; the Price family perfectly combines the Christmas spirit with the occasional prank as their fun-loving display incorporates a dazzling archway, a 15-foot Mickey blow up, Fred the saxophone playing pine tree and more in Conroe, Texas; the Hinojosa family puts on a dazzling holiday display featuring elegant wire reindeers and a beautiful blue river of lights that brings a sense of love and community to the onlookers in Boerne, Texas; and the Cantu family shows off their display jam-packed with Mega trees, blow molds and thousands of lights illuminating the neighborhood for their 28th year in Palmview, Texas. Don't miss judge Taniya Nayak decide who will win $50,000.

10pm: It's the final Season 9 episode and the displays in Arizona are bigger and brighter than ever as the Sepanek family puts on a nostalgic holiday display incorporating flying reindeer soaring 75 feet above multiple window displays and over 250,000 lights sprawled across their property in Phoenix, Arizona; the Tasker family shows off their sparkling light display with over 400 handmade cartoon cutouts and a Zooland of animals repurposed from old appliances in Laveen, Arizona; the Morales family starts the party with over 300,000 pixels that move to music, which has the onlookers dancing and jumping for joy, plus they bring snow all the way from the mountains in Tucson, Arizona; and finally, the Moussette family brings the Christmas feeling to the desert for their 32nd year, incorporating over 150 handmade cutouts and a 20-foot Santa Claus cactus in Tucson, Arizona. Stay tuned as we find out who takes home the coveted Light Fight trophy in Arizona when judge Carter Oosterhouse picks the final winner of the season.

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT has been renewed for a tenth season.

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Other Titles

  • Previously known as: Lights, Camera, Christmas!

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by FremantleMedia North America