The Great Christmas Light Fight has been making holiday TV brighter since December of 2013.
It’s back by popular demand for its second season beginning on Monday night.
On the December 8, there will be two hour-long episodes featuring eight families from across the nation.
This year, viewers can expect such dazzling spectacles as talking lights on one house and a nativity scene with live animals in another.
Here’s all you need to know about the show, which airs until December 22.
1. Four Families Compete in Each Episode
Twenty families in total are featured on the show. Parents and children come together in holiday unity, and do everything from putting reindeer on their roofs and synchronize the lights to music.
They were chosen, according to ABC’s press release, “through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs.”
On the first episode, the contestants are as follows: The Lashbrook family from Owensboro, KY, the BetGeorge family from Newark, CA, the Johnson family from San Antonio, TX and the Alexander family in Fresno, CA.
The Johnson family put a preview video of their display on YouTube, shown above.
The second episode has the Ludy family in Columbus, GA, Liz Simmons from Dallas, TX, the Huffty family of Jacksonville, FL, Vallejo, CA’s Taylor family
2. The Winning Family Gets $50,000
Watch the video about to see last year’s winners, the Tittigers from Stockbridge, GA, whose house featured 76,000 lights.
Twins Amy Jones and Jenny McDonald decorated their parents’ home starting in late October of 2013 in preparation.
According to Access Atlanta, ABC producers found them on a website called tackylights.com.
3. The Hosts Are From ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’
Michael Moloney are Sabrina Soto travel around the country in search of the perfect lights. They are overwhelmed by the hard work their contestants put into their decorations, and are even moved to tears at some homes.
Maloney is a regular on Clean House on the Style Network. Before specializing in interior design, Michael spent 10 years working in fashion. “I like a clean, classic display that’s traditional, more than modern,” he told My FOX LA.
Soto, is a host and designer on HGTV shows like The High Low Project, Real Estate Intervention and Get It Sold.
4. Homes Are Judged Based on 3 Categories
Use of lights, overall design, and Christmas spirit are the basis on which the displays are critiqued.
5. The Contestants Come From All Over the U.S.
This year, there is everything from hand-crafted Disney characters, to a couple dancing as Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Even their neighbors participate, from helping put up the decorations, to cheering when the lights are turned on, to dancing to the musical accompaniments.