5.4
12 votes
The Great Christmas Light Fight

The Great Christmas Light Fight

ABC 2013

In the first Christmas lights competition of its kind for television, 4 families will compete each week to transform their homes for the holidays in just 21 days. These 20 families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of The Great Christmas Light Fight

The Great Christmas Light Fight - S1E3

#1 - Episode 3

7.09

Season 1 - Episode 3

None

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 11 votes.

The Great Christmas Light Fight - S4E4

#2 - Episode 4

7.25

Season 4 - Episode 4

The magic continues with the Shaw family's display featuring more lights on its Christmas tree than the famed tree at Rockefeller Center in Cranbury, NJ; the Kasper-Cook family, who built their home to showcase a light show after being inspired by season one in Minnetrista, MN; the De Sario family, whose passion has helped them raise almost $150,000 for the Hospital for Sick Kids, in Toronto, Canada; and the Thompson family's husband-wife duo with an all-handmade holiday display in Glen Allen, VA. Judge Taniya Nayak awards $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 16 votes.

The Great Christmas Light Fight - S7E3

#3 - Episode 3

7.38

Season 7 - Episode 3

The heavyweights division has the Bentley family with “Bentleyville,” a 22-acre decorated city park with 5 million lights, over 200 wireframes and the tallest man-made mega tree in the country in Duluth, Minnesota; the Winter family with “Cambria Christmas Market,” a Germany-meets-California display, filled with gift shops and food stalls, plus an enchanted forest spread over 25 acres in Cambria, California; the An family with “Magical Winter Lights,” combining the traditional American Christmas with the ancient Chinese light festival, made entirely of delicate, intricately designed Chinese lanterns in Houston, Texas; and Kenny Irwin with “Robolights,” an industrial Christmas land made out of robots built from recycled materials, including a candy cane palace, a tower of gifts, amusement park rides, a 10,000 watt robot sculpture, and a Santa ditching his sleigh for a spicy masala chuck wagon stagecoach in Palm Springs, California. Judge Taniya Nayak make the decision.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 13 votes.

The Great Christmas Light Fight - S6E1

#4 - Episode 1

7.40

Season 6 - Episode 1

See the Richardson family with their extensive collection of 300 inflatables that come to life in Southern style in Madison, Mississippi; the Vaughan family with their whimsical wire frame forest, complete with flying birds, leaping deer, jumping fish and shooting stars in Alexandria, Virginia; the Salveson-Sangalli family with their holiday display, including 72 themed Christmas trees filling the inside of their home from floor to ceiling in Port St. Lucie, Florida; and the Hanley family with their larger-than-life ranch display, including Big Red – a 26-foot tall reindeer in Cleveland, Texas. Judge Taniya Nayak chooses the winner.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 25 votes.

The Great Christmas Light Fight - S1E1

#5 - Episode 1

7.55

Season 1 - Episode 1

Dancing under the snow machine; driving through a display; a synchronized light show to an original song; getting down to the wire.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 33 votes.

The Great Christmas Light Fight - S2E5

#6 - Episode 5

7.67

Season 2 - Episode 5

Everything’s bigger in Texas, especially when it comes to the Thames family’s display in Midland, which showcases their larger than life, homemade display featuring enormous poinsettias and a “flame shooting” sleigh! In Davie, FL, the Hammel family specifically bought their home because the front yard is large enough to accommodate a sea of Christmas decorations and even an outdoor movie theater. Down in Clayton, NC, the Fuller family’s attention to detail is hard to miss – just follow the shooting star to the orchestra of trees! In Windsor, CA, the Mortensen family transforms their home into the world’s largest gingerbread house, complete with a personalized cast of cookie-themed characters and an over-the-top, holiday Cuckoo Clock.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 3 votes.

The Great Christmas Light Fight - S2E6

#7 - Episode 6

7.67

Season 2 - Episode 6

Sanger, CA, “America’s Christmas Tree City,” is home to the Canizales family, who pay homage to their humble beginnings while simultaneously highlighting how far they’ve come with an explosion of light and color. “If you can’t see it from space, it’s not worth it!” is the Roberts family motto who kick up the traditional nativity several notches by adding a laser beam! Dover, FL, is home to “Christmas Lane,” a magical holiday midway outfitted with everything from a skating rink to a “teddy-go-round,” thanks to the hard work of the Wetherington family. Finally, after 26 years of wowing visitors from near and far, the Setti family in Norwalk, CT assembles their fantastical, hand-crafted Christmas village one final time before retiring their display for good, but the community won’t let them go quietly.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 3 votes.

The Great Christmas Light Fight - S3E6

#8 - Episode 6

7.67

Season 3 - Episode 6

The festivities conclude with the final episode of the season. Meet the Ziemkowski family, whose handmade animatronics and "Pix-Z-Tree" - a tree that features pixels and handmade craftsmanship - plus thousands of lights and music with synced video in Sherman Oaks, CA; the Koosman family, whose synchronized fire works show set to music and 450,000 LED strobe lights draw thousands of visitors to their home in Willmar, MN; the Sokol family, whose display includes a "Slammin' Santa" - Santa simulating a power dunk, and a jumping dolphin display with 2 projectors that simulate shimmering water and over 125,000 lights in Orlando, FL; and the Davis family of Longview, TX, whose display features over 1 million lights, a laser show, six dancing mega trees that are 45-feet high, and a handmade pond and river of blue lights.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 3 votes.

The Great Christmas Light Fight - S8E3

#9 - Episode 3

7.71

Season 8 - Episode 3

The Storybook Land team is brimming with nostalgia and a million lights, as this family-owned amusement park continues to go all out for the holiday season in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey; the Luminaria team's 55-acre botanical garden is one of the largest pixel fields in the world in Lehi, Utah; Folepi's Winter Wonderland creates an awe-inspiring parade of a million lights, featuring mammoth-sized floats in East Peoria, Illinois; and the World of Illumination creates an all-inclusive display, featuring over a million lights and boasts the world's largest RGB snowman, standing 36 feet tall in Glendale, Arizona. Judge Carter Oosterhouse picks the winner.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 7 votes.

The Great Christmas Light Fight - S6E4

#10 - Episode 4

7.73

Season 6 - Episode 4

See the Mure family with their massive Christmas block party, raising funds for kids in need in Rockaway Beach, New York; the Baus family with their Disney World Christmas Wonderland, featuring their very own electrical parade and extensive memorabilia collection in Windermere, Florida; the Mack family with their Halloween-haunted labyrinth turned Christmas wonderland filled with over 140 inflatables and a decked-out interior in Fox River Grove, Illinois; and the Taylor-Goldstein family with their display featuring a decorated 60-foot live Douglas Fir and the most massive stockings and gifts yet to be seen on the show in San Francisco, California. Judge Taniya Nayak chooses the winner.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 15 votes.

#11 - Episode 6
7.75
Season 4 - Episode 6

Meet the Micklos family, whose passion for lights goes back three generations in North Ridgeville, OH; the Moore family, who is ready to show off their eclectic array of decorations in Raleigh, NC; the Mazoch family's father/son duo who have created a hand-crafted animatronic "Coastal Christmas" display in Corpus Christi, TX; and the Simpson family, whose home pays tribute to veterans with a 360-degree light show set to patriotic music in Sinking Springs, PA. Judge Carter Oosterhouse awards $50,000 and the coveted Christmas Light trophy.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 12 votes.

#12 - Episode 3
7.75
Season 6 - Episode 3

Kicking off the first-ever “Heavyweights” episode, featuring displays that have grown too large for any home, are Mike Wyant and We Care Park, a neighborhood park he and his friends decorate to give back to the community they grew up in, decked with hot chocolate, a take-away toy, and a giant fire-breathing dragon in Kokomo, Indiana; the Cottom family with their farm featuring giant wireframes of peacocks, camels, and flying reindeer-in-training, and a charming Christmas village under a massive canopy of lights in Weirsdale, Florida; Patti’s 1880’s settlement, a 19th century Christmas throwback experience complete with a lit-up water wheel, live nativity scene and historical cabins wrapped in lights in Grand Rivers, Kentucky; and Clifton Mill, a landmark mill with a record-breaking 4 millions lights, including over 3,000 antique Santas and a covered bridge with a rocking light show in Clifton, Ohio. Judge Carter Oosterhouse chooses the winner.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 16 votes.

#13 - Episode 1
7.76
Season 7 - Episode 1

The Brewster family show their “Christmas in New York City” themed display, featuring a Herald Square stage with dancers inspired by The Rockettes and a massive tree in Brewerton, New York; the Chiles family show their “Miracle of a Million Lights” display covering outside and inside of an 1880s-era mansion with 60-foot-tall candy cane trees and a life-size snow globe in Portland, Oregon; the Sanda twins combine their sophisticated DIY skills to create a freeform lighting technique never before seen on the show, featuring handmade motorized controls that create the illusion of twinkling lights and a nativity scene starring a homemade animatronic Santa bearing gifts in Glendale, Arizona; and the Rose family show their holiday display covering every square inch of their house, featuring handmade gingerbread cutouts, an inflatable hugging bear and a garden area dedicated to the memory of their daughter in Hazlet, New Jersey. Judge Taniya Nayak makes the decision.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 17 votes.

#14 - Episode 2
7.80
Season 3 - Episode 2

See the Phipps family, who incorporate music and original displays, including a 22’ mega tree made out of PVC and aircraft cables in Livermore, CA; the Bartlett family’s unique and entirely homemade displays in Ellicott City, MD; the Drelick family’s Christmas snowflake set 52-feet high in the sky in Harleysville, PA, which can be seen half a mile away from the New Jersey turnpike; and the Hunt family, whose 20-foot Santa, 30,000 ice lights, 80,000 single strand bulbs and 10,000 feet of cable make this Ocala, FL family’s display not to be missed. Judge Taniya Nayak awards $50,000 and the coveted Christmas Light trophy.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 5 votes.

#15 - Episode 3
7.80
Season 3 - Episode 3

The featured neighborhoods include Lights on Jeter Bend in Celebration, FL; Waikele Christmas Lights in Waipahu, HI; and Christmas on Comstock in Gilbert, AZ.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 5 votes.

#16 - Episode 1
7.81
Season 4 - Episode 1

Four families showcase their incredible Christmas displays, including the Johanessen family's 250,000 light home and "Santa's Retreat" in Winter Park, Florida; the Preston family's epic display with America's tallest and brightest Nativity scene in Kingman, Arizona; the Piper family's express-train ride through their multi-acre property in Wake Forest, North Carolina; and the Pugh family, whose former Navy pilot brings spirit and patriotism with their servicemen salute in Chesapeake, Virginia. Judge Carter Oosterhouse awards $50,000 and the coveted Christmas Light trophy.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 53 votes.

#17 - Episode 5
7.86
Season 8 - Episode 5

The Seddio family has one of the oldest displays in New York City, featuring Santa's workshop filled with charming animatronics, a singing Christmas tree, a blimp, and even stars from Disney on Ice in Brooklyn, New York; the Priem family creates a megawatt synchronized light show incorporating larger-than-life presents, Christmas ornaments, and a mega tree in Atlanta, Georgia; the Koors family fills every acre of their property with lights and simulated snow in Independence, Kentucky; and the Bigda family uses hand-drawn cutouts depicting every Disney character imaginable, crafted by everyday items in Winter Haven, Florida. Taniya Nayak decides the winner.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 7 votes.

#18 - Episode 6
7.88
Season 7 - Episode 6

The Cottrell family show their display made by 89-year old Calvin Cottrell and his family featuring a tractor ride around 4 acres, a homemade barn for their Nativity, a Ferris wheel with bear blow molds, and a 47-year old Mega Tree in Rossville, Indiana; the Hudgins family show their character cutouts, elf houses with animated characters, hand-painted blow molds, and Gingerbread men in Mechanicsville, Virginia; the Rombeiro family show their 27-year family tradition, with reindeer that sway in the wind, a motorized Santa blow mold, a massive arch over the driveway, and an interior filled with themed rooms and a handmade train village in Novato, California; and the Jones family show their 47 oak trees with 400,000 lights, creating a massive light show with colored tree trunks, dancing arches, a Nativity, and the word "Joy" in 7-foot letters in Boerne, Texas. Judge Taniya Nayak makes the final decision.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 8 votes.

#19 - Episode 2
7.92
Season 1 - Episode 2

None

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 13 votes.

#20 - Episode 2
7.94
Season 6 - Episode 2

See the Heide family’s Long Island lawn, filled with an unimaginable amount of blow molds and a home interior jam-packed with collectables and nutcrackers in Merrick, New York; the Strycharz family with their rockin’ light show with thousands of synchronized lights, CO2 bursts, and fire cannons in Wethersfield, Connecticut; the Watchorn family with their intricate maze of décor made from used tires, old wire spools, and torn inflatables, including 3,000 figurines inside of their home in Ponca, Nebraska; and the Menashe family with their traditional holiday display featuring 65-foot lit trees and antique figurines in Seattle, Washington. Judge Carter Oosterhouse chooses the winner.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight from 16 votes.

Last updated: dec 21, 2020

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