The Great Christmas Light Fight

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The Great Christmas Light Fight
Great Christmas Light Fight Logo.jpg
Genre Competition, Reality television
Judges Michael Moloney
Sabrina Soto
Carter Oosterhouse
Taniya Nayak
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 30 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Brady Connell, Max Swedlow, Thom Beers (2013–14), Jennifer Mullin
Producer(s) Michelle Colbert (Executive in charge of production)
Production location(s) various locations
Running time 42-44 minutes
Distributor FremantleMedia
Release
Original network ABC
Original release December 9, 2013 (2013-12-09) – present (present)
External links
Website

The Great Christmas Light Fight (originally titled Lights, Camera, Christmas![1]in development) is an American reality television competition show that premiered on December 9, 2013 on ABC and began its fifth season on December 4, 2017. New episodes air every Monday at 8 pm EST with another new episode airing immediately following for the first three weeks of December.[2]. At the end of the fifth season it was announced that the show will be renewed for a sixth season in 2018.[3]

Series overview[edit]

Each episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight features a series of families or groups that create elaborate Christmas light displays. The contestants are chosen in advance by producers. The displays are judged on three categories: use of lights, overall design, and Christmas spirit. Each display is first individually featured, then the judge or judges review the display and its specific details. Once all contestants have been reviewed, a winner is chosen, and the judges return to the winner to congratulate them. The winner of each week's episode wins $50,000 and a holiday-themed trophy.

The second season of the series had a Halloween-themed special episode entitled The Great Halloween Fright Fight which aired October 28, 2014.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
15December 9, 2013 (2013-12-09)December 23, 2013 (2013-12-23)
SpecialOctober 28, 2014 (2014-10-28)
26December 8, 2014 (2014-12-08)December 22, 2014 (2014-12-22)
36December 7, 2015 (2015-12-07)December 21, 2015 (2015-12-21)
46December 5, 2016 (2016-12-05)December 19, 2016 (2016-12-19)
56December 4, 2017 (2017-12-04)December 18, 2017 (2017-12-18)

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Episode One"December 9, 2013 (2013-12-09)5.50[4]
Judge: Michael Moloney
"Lynch Family" (Whitestone, NY) a home becomes a gingerbread house with 300 blow molds, 100 figurines, and 500,000 lights; "Goff Family" (Canon, GA) 3 acres of land has a vintage theme, with 160 blow molds, 60 inflatables, and thousands of old-fashioned lights; "Blount Family" (Laguna Hills, CA) 120,000 lights are set to originally-composed music; "Holt Family" (Chesapeake, VA) a display of lights with music, inflatables, and a snow machine. WINNER: Lynch Family
22"Episode Two"December 16, 2013 (2013-12-16)4.04[5]
Judge: Sabrina Soto
"Small Family" (Orange, CT) 25,000 lights and 100 blow molds synchronized to music and Santa arrives in a horse-drawn carriage; "Simmons Family" (Cathedral City, CA) 200,000 lights synchronized to music and a snow machine; "Tittiger Family" (Stockbridge, GA) 80,000 lights and hundreds of lawn ornaments divided into themes that can be walked through; "Rhodes Family" (Cedar Park, TX) 100,000 lights create a classic display. WINNER: Tittiger Family
33"Episode Three"December 16, 2013 (2013-12-16)4.04[5]
Judge: Michael Moloney
"Larsen Family" (Elburn, IL) one million lights, 4 mega-trees, dancing poles, strobe lights, lasers, and cosmic ribbons all set to music; "Plauche Family" (Pass Christian, MS) survivors of Hurricane Katrina have lights set to music and a talking Santa in lights; "Baughman Family" (Prosper, TX) a Christian-themed display has 100,000 lights set to music and a lit arch over the home; "Yangello Family" (Pennsville, NJ) a family sings and dances on their roof while using a traditional, homestyle light display. WINNER: Larsen Family
44"Episode Four"December 23, 2013 (2013-12-23)4.95[6]
Judge: Sabrina Soto
"Hyatt Family" (Fort Lauderdale, FL) 160 blow molds, 200,000 lights, and tropical-themed ornaments, a number of which were recycled, make a classic display; "Paradowski Family" (Decatur, GA) 115,000 lights, 3 mega-trees, and a ribbon tree all set to music; "Downs Family" (Norman, OK) a 550-foot wide area of land with oversized light poles and 280,000 lights set to music, with donations going to a local food bank; "Satterwhite Family" (Mechanicsville, VA) 120,000 lights, blow molds, and a "no inflatables" rule creates a classic display with hidden Mickeys. WINNER: Paradowski Family
55"Episode Five"December 23, 2013 (2013-12-23)4.95[6]
Judges: Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto
"Macrina Family" (Wyomissing, PA) 12,000 lights just on the house help make a lights-only display set to music; "Mize Family" (Marinwood, CA) a Disney-themed display with emphasis on Mickey Mouse figures; "Kowalczyk Family" (Tinley Park, IL) a construction worker builds his own design elements with lights set to music and inflatables; "Gay Family" (Union Vale, NY) 1.7 acres of land with lights surrounding a pond instead of a house and a fundraiser for children's hospitals. WINNER: Macrina Family

Special (2014)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
6"SPECIAL: The Great Halloween Fright Fight"October 28, 2014 (2014-10-28)3.75[7]

Judges: Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto
"Hollywood Haunter" (Glendale, CA) a two-story facade of a haunted house with motion-sensor devices and animatronics; "Haunted Overlord" (Lee, NH) a farm using organic elements and over-sized props with horror actors; "Terror at Tee Lake" (Lewison, MI) a cabin resort converted into a kid-friendly drive-through haunted attraction with different themes; "The Pirate Ship" (Celebration, FL) a pirate-themed attraction built of recycled materials with a facade of a pirate ship and actors; "Mitchell's Spider Invasion" (Pensacola, FL) giant spiders and webs are featured invading various animatronics; "Haunt for the Hungry" (Wharton, NJ) a gory, blood-and-guts haunted attraction with proceeds going towards charity. WINNER: Haunted Overlord

The judging criteria for this episode was similar to the regular Christmas episodes, with three factors: overall design, Halloween spirit, and creativity.

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
71"Episode 1"December 8, 2014 (2014-12-08)6.83[8]
Judge: Sabrina Soto
"Bagwell Family" (Springfield, MO) over 110,000 lights are set to music, including a light pond with multiple characters; "Weaver Family" (Rohnert Park, CA) a home is transformed into a 58-foot tall castle with multiple hand-made Disney characters; "Belcher Family" (Rowlett, TX) projection mapping makes a house talk and become an animated display, combined with 70,000 lights set to music and a dance routine with Santa and Mrs. Claus; "Barnard Family" (Lebanon, TN) eight acres of land with over 2 million lights is a drive-through holiday display with a nativity scene manger with live animals and a drive-through home for Santa. WINNER: Weaver Family
82"Episode 2"December 8, 2014 (2014-12-08)6.83[8]

Judge: Michael Moloney
"Daigle Family" (Paincourtville, LA) a 2.5 acre display has lighted trains, ferris wheels, and searchlights that require FAA approval; "Apruzzi Family" (Old Bridge, NJ) separate displays in the front and back yards with over 130,000 lights on over 200 wire frames; "Horrocks/Conway Families" (Coventry, RI) two families combine an old-fashioned display of blow molds with new technology and a castle from Frozen; "Loya Family" (El Paso, TX) an immigrant family creates a display with over 400,000 lights set to music and a Santa's Village area. WINNER: Loya Family

The Loya family stated they would donate their prize to local charities.
93"Episode 3"December 15, 2014 (2014-12-15)5.30[9]
Judge: Sabrina Soto
"Alexander Family" (Fresno, CA) a 100-foot long castle with 300,000 lights and multiple animated displays; "BetGeorge Family" (Newark, CA) oversized musical instruments seem to play the music along with a light display featuring light beams on the roof and a live choir; "Lashbrook Family" (Owensboro, KY) a large manger and multiple wire-frame characters creates a homestyle traditional display; "Johnson Family" (San Antonio, TX) a high-tech display uses digital RGB pixels instead of regular lights and makes a dubstep Christmas music dance party. WINNER: Alexander Family
104"Episode 4"December 15, 2014 (2014-12-15)5.30[9]
Judge: Michael Moloney
"Liz Simmons" (Dallas, TX) one woman makes a quirky, whimsical display of dioramas and 110,000 lights but suffers a power issue on judging night; "Huffty Family" (Jacksonville, FL) a digital RGB pixel tree and a robotic snowman are the stars of a display set to music; "Ludy Family" (Columbus, GA) custom-made wire frames and a 30-foot mega-tree in a display of animated lights that extends into the house next door; "Taylor Family" (Vallejo, CA) aluminum foil makes the display seem brighter with a walk-through display of lights and figures. WINNER: Huffty Family
115"Episode 5"December 22, 2014 (2014-12-22)5.88[10]
Judge: Sabrina Soto
"Canizales Family" (Sanger, CA) 80,000 lights just on the roof are built into wire fencing around the home with lights set to music; "Setti Family" (Norwalk, CT) 150,000 lights and 400 hand-made figurines are displayed by a couple retiring their display after 26 years due to their age; "Roberts Family" (Andrews, TX) a 70-foot tall mega-tree with 64,000 lights on it is the heart of this light display set to music; "Wetherington Family" (Dover, FL) 50 acres of property are converted into Christmas Lane with lights, animatronics, and figurines throughout the property. WINNER: Setti Family
126"Episode 6: The Season Finale"December 22, 2014 (2014-12-22)5.88[10]
Judge: Michael Moloney
"Thames Family" (Midland, TX) an oversized sleigh for Santa and hand-made poinsettias built out of lights are the focal points of this display; "Mortensen Family" (Windsor, CA) a home is wrapped in brown tarp to resemble a gingerbread house with gingerbread men characters representing the family and a large cuckoo clock, all covered in lights; "Fuller Family" (Clayton, NC) a large property uses only 100,000 lights set to music but still makes it look sharp; "Hammel Family" (Davie, FL) a tropical-themed display has lights completely covering the ground along with lasers, blow molds, and a movie screen. WINNER: Fuller Family

Season 3 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
131"Season Premiere: Episode 1"December 7, 2015 (2015-12-07)5.14[11]
Judge: Carter Oosterhouse
"Pelletier Family" (Greenville, SC) a synchronized display includes fireworks along with roof spotlights and smart LED boards; "Kuhn Family" (St. George, UT) a house is completely transformed into a castle with over 500,000 lights and cutouts from Phineas and Ferb; "Cadger Family" (Meridian, ID) dubstep music and a Christmas rave party are the background for a light show set to music; "Atkins Family" (Ocala, FL) a display centered on love features hearts and tributes to breast cancer survivors. WINNER: Kuhn Family
142"Episode 2"December 7, 2015 (2015-12-07)5.14[11]
Judge: Taniya Nayak
"Phipps Family" (Livermore, CA) special effects including water cannons and fire displays add to a music and light display; "Hunt Family" (Ocala, FL) a 63-year-old grandmother is the sole decorator for a light display featuring a huge Santa; "Bartlett Family" (Ellicott City, MD) a light show with a dance floor turns into a Christmas dance party with displays featuring the Baltimore Orioles; "Drelick Family" (Philadelphia, PA) 35,000 lights with multiple interactive displays has animatronics and a 19-foot tall clock tower. WINNER: Phipps Family
153"Episode 3: Neighborhood Edition"December 14, 2015 (2015-12-14)4.39[12]

Judge: Carter Oosterhouse
"Lights on Jeater Bend" (Celebration, FL) 11 homes have a synchronized light show with water, fire, lights, and projections with Disney influences including Mickey Mouse hats that are synched with the lights; "Christmas on Comstock" (Gilbert, AZ) 13 homes synchronize their light show with artificial snow machines and a children's flash mob; "Weikele Christmas Lights" (Waipahu, HI) 14 homes have over 75,000 lights synchronized that use solar power to power the show with a unique Hawaiian culture and influence. WINNER: Christmas on Comstock

This episode featured a competition between entire neighborhoods as opposed to individual displays. All homes in the winning neighborhood received trophies.
164"Episode 4"December 14, 2015 (2015-12-14)4.39[12]

Judge: Taniya Nayak
"Delaney Family" (Hillsboro, TN) 12 Christmas trees are part of a synchronized display of nearly 80,000 lights designed by an engineer; "Widmer Family" (Pleasanton, CA) a 35-year-old synchronized display with separate front and back yard displays has walk-through and interactive features; "Olsen Family" (St. George, UT) a traditional static light display has a North Pole and a Santa's workshop displays and a tree that appears to extend through the roof; "Hales Family" (Duluth, MN) a grandmother and her grandson create a traditional static walk-through display of handmade elements that uses Lake Superior as a backdrop. WINNER: Olsen Family

The Olsen family said they would donate a portion of their winnings to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
175"Episode 5"December 21, 2015 (2015-12-21)5.64[13]
Judge: Taniya Nayak
"Mish Family" (Kirkland, WA) the Seattle Seahawks are a central theme to a synchronized display with a live singing performance by Kaedyn Kashmir and a club dance that has water and ice features; "Hoag Family" (Strongsville, OH) a static display 25 years in the making is loaded with features including a Ferris wheel and a carousel all with hidden wires; "Finney Family" (Crossett, AR) 2 acres of property are decorated with a walk-through static display containing a 40-foot-long light tunnel, a snow globe display, and multiple handmade scenes; "Nelson Family" (Elk Grove, CA) a former laser-light show designer has a home with lights synchronized to his jacket, lasers, and a megatree. WINNER: Finney Family
186"Episode 6: The Season Finale"December 21, 2015 (2015-12-21)5.64[13]
Judge: Carter Oosterhouse
"Koosman Family" (Willmar, MN) 7 acres of property with over 450,000 lights is a drive-through synchronized display with fireworks and donations going to The Salvation Army; "Ziemkowski Family" (Hollywood, CA) a synchronized display features multiple handmade animatronics and a megatree; "Sokol Family" (Orlando, FL) a static display includes lighted jumping dolphins, a dunking Santa Claus, and trees sculpted for the holidays; "Davis Family" (Longview, TX) 4 acres of a static display with over 1,000,000 lights and 250 wire deer includes a hay ride. WINNER: Ziemkowski Family

Season 4 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
191"Season Premiere: Episode 1"December 5, 2016 (2016-12-05)5.43[14]
Judge: Carter Oosterhouse
"Preston Family" (Kingman, AZ) tunnel arches and a nativity scene are featured in this light display; "Johanessen Family" (Winter Park, FL) a display of over 250,000 lights has arches, a sleigh, and a backyard with even more lights and a bridge over a pool; "Piper Family" (Wake Forest, NC) three acres of property with a pond has over a million lights, a train to ride through it, and an area with a redneck theme; "Pugh Family" (Chesapeake, VA) a Navy and military theme has a flying Santa sleigh, megatrees, and music in their display. WINNER: Piper Family
202"Episode 2"December 5, 2016 (2016-12-05)5.43[14]
Judge: Taniya Nayak
"DiMartino Family" (Staten Island, NY) a light display with animatronic dolls, a carousel, and a nativity scene is dedicated to a victim of the September 11 attacks; "Taylor Family" (Phoenix, AZ) emojis are the center of this light display with a castle inspired by Frozen and multiple cut-outs; "Van Gent Family" (Redding, CA) a family of engineers adds a parade float to a high-tech animated display of synchronized lights; "Kloos Family" (East Brunswick, NJ) the youngest family to date has over 250,000 synchronized lights and two 50-foot megatrees. WINNER: Van Gent Family
213"Episode 3"December 12, 2016 (2016-12-12)4.64[15]
224"Episode 4"December 12, 2016 (2016-12-12)4.64[15]
235"Episode 5"December 19, 2016 (2016-12-19)4.51[16]
246"Episode 6"December 19, 2016 (2016-12-19)4.51[16]

Season 5 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
251"Season 5 Premiere: Episode 1"December 4, 2017 (2017-12-04)5.20[17]
Judge: Taniya Nayak
262"Episode 2"December 4, 2017 (2017-12-04)5.20[17]
Judge: Carter Oosterhouse
273"Episode 3"December 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)4.31[18]
Judge: Taniya Nayak
284"Episode 4"December 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)4.31[18]
Judge: Carter Oosterhouse
295"Episode 5"December 18, 2017 (2017-12-18)4.23[19]
Judge: Carter Oosterhouse
306"Season Finale"December 18, 2017 (2017-12-18)4.23[19]
Judge: Taniya Nayak

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