Great Christmas Light Fight

February 18, 2023


Seasonal eye-candy continues as ABC and Fremantle bring back the hit holiday series “The Great Christmas Light Fight” for a visually stunning season eleven in December 2023. The upcoming six-episode order will include the recurring “Heavyweights” edition, which is comprised of over-the-top displays that are just too big to be on residential homes.

The hit holiday series features returning celebrity judges, lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse, and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak.


Nov. 20, 2022



The most wonderful time of the year is here as ABC’s hit holiday decorating competition series, “The Great Christmas Light Fight” returns for its tenth season, airing back-to-back episodes on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28th (8pm-10pm EST), on ABC. New episodes will air MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th (8pm-10pm EST) and MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th (8pm-10pm EST) following the season ten premiere. The hit holiday series features the returning celebrity judges, lifestyle expert, Carter Oosterhouse and famed interior designer, Taniya Nayak.

All is merry and bright as the Christmas classic takes viewers across the nation to the most dazzling and “lit” holiday displays, as four families face off in each one-hour episode and compete to win $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy.

ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” is produced by Fremantle in association with Base Camp Films with Brady Connell, Max Swedlow and Felicia Aaron White serving as executive producers.


January 8, 2021


ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” shoots one year in advance, so the series’ eighth season was unaffected through the Covid holidays. We still saw crowds cheering on their neighbors… because it was shot during Christmas of 2019. Fremantle and Base Camp Films recently completed shooting season nine under the new entertainment industry Covid protocols, for airing during the 2021 Christmas season.

Although there will be minimal crowds for the 2021 airing, the show will still feature the heart-pounding reveals that the show is known for. Judges Taniya Nayak and Carter Oosterhouse still traveled the country seeking the most over-the-top Christmas displays in the country, and they awarded another $300,000 in prize money and six coveted Light Fight trophies. Season 9 air dates will be announced by ABC in September.


December 4, 2017

‘The Great Christmas Light Fight’: Taking Holiday Decorating to the Next Level

A. Bottinick

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT - ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” stars Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…and icicle lights…and mega trees…and moving nativity scenes.

Five seasons in on The Great Christmas Light Fight, we really don’t need to explain the finer points of ABC’s supersized Christmas decorating competition hosted by designer Taniya Nayak and lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse. Suffice it to say, the family with the best holiday-themed house wins. But this year, the show had its ante upped—just not intentionally.

“We’ve dealt with plenty of pouring rain, hail and snow before,” executive producer Brady Connell says, “but our biggest obstacle this season was the weather. Hurricane Harvey slammed one of our families outside of Houston just as they were setting up. Yet they came back Houston strong!”

A brother-and-sister team hit a snag when the latter was deployed to Puerto Rico (both siblings are in the military) to help with natural-disaster relief. She did, however, get to watch their display’s big reveal, and the host’s reaction, over the internet. Thank Santa for FaceTime!





The Christmas combat continues! ABC has announced the series renewal from FremantleMedia North America and Base Camp Films. “The Great Christmas Light Fight” will be returning for a third installment next holiday season, where the displays will continue to dazzle, and families from across the country will compete for prize money, a trophy, and bragging rights.

Commented Jennifer Mullin, SVP, Current Programming, FremantleMedia North America and Executive Producer, The Great Christmas Light Fight, “Seeing nearly seven million viewers tune in for our second season opener was truly incredible. We are delighted to embark on this journey of lights again in 2015 and look forward to making The Great Christmas Light Fight a holiday tradition on ABC.”

“The Great Christmas Light Fight” first debuted on ABC in December 2013 and continued in 2014, increasing the field from 20 to 24 participating families. The families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. On its second season premiere (on 12/08/14), “The Great Christmas Light Fight” jumped year to year by 24% in Total Viewers (6.8 million vs. 5.5 million) and by 21% in Adults 18-49 (1.7/5 vs. 1.4/4) for the program’s best numbers ever. In fact, the ABC unscripted program has been up year to year on both telecasts this season.

Casting is already underway for season 3 of “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” please go to for more information on how to apply to be entered in the competition.

“The Great Christmas Light Fight” comes from FremantleMedia North America (“American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent”) and Base Camp Films (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”). Executive Producers for the series are Brady Connell, Max Swedlow, Thom Beers and Jennifer Mullin.

About FremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business.  As one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV  brands in the world, FremantleMedia’s comprehensive global network has operations in 28 countries, creating over 8500 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 400 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. FMNA and its portfolio of companies, including Original Productions and 495 Productions, produce entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and online platforms. Their slate includes a diverse range of both critically-acclaimed and award-winning successes including American Idol (FOX), America’s Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (SYN), Let’s Make A Deal (CBS), The Price Is Right (CBS), The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC), Deadliest Catch (Discovery), Married to Medicine (Bravo), Party Down South (CMT), Ice Road Truckers (HISTORY), Storage Wars (A&E), The Returned (A&E) and Celebrity Name Game (SYN), among others.

About Base Camp Films

Base Camp Films, LLC develops and produces high-quality unscripted content for network, cable, and online buyers. Base Camp’s most familiar credit is ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (Endemol) and now “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and its spin-off, “The Great Halloween Fright Fight” (Fremantle). Base Camp collaborates with studios and sponsors to produce projects with broad worldwide appeal for both television and the web.