Season 5 of The Great Christmas Light Fight premieres tonight on the ABC network after Wheel of Fortune and it runs from 8 – 10 p.m. ET/PT. Each season, the show features festive displays, which include wireless light shows, interactive decorations, impressive properties and even live music. The season consists of four episodes, with back-to-back airings. Tonight will feature episodes 1 and 2. On December 11, 2017, the remaining two episodes will air. The official ABC synopsis of the show this year reads, “Season Five of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” 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!” And, the judges for the competition this season are lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and interior designer Taniya Nayak. Some may recognize Nayak from Restaurant Impossible with Chef Robert Irvine. Oosterhouse is known for being a part of the show Trading Spaces, which is still on the air.
For episode 1 of the show, ABC reports that the episode includes “the Waters family’s high-tech, entirely wireless light show in DeSoto, Texas; the Tomasello family’s life-sized, interactive gingerbread house complete with their driveway ice-skating rink in Ronkonkoma, New York; the Heindel family’s magical home featuring fun figurines to giant lollipops in Raleigh, North Carolina; and the Amarante family’s acre and a half property covered in lights, including 78 wrapped trees and a special memory garden for their father in Dayville, Connecticut.” Episode 2 features, “the Gaddy family and their drive-through, seven-acre display with a Ferris wheel made from old trampolines, DIY carousel and Cars characters made from old farm equipment in Fayetteville, Georgia; the Bachelor family and their completely blue-lighted display covering both their front and backyards in Cedar Hill, Texas; the Stewart family and their larger-than-life display featuring a 40-foot wall of lights, suspended inflatables and a super-sized toy train ride in Fayetteville, Arkansas; and the Richins family with their concert of lights, including a five-piece band and 30,000 programmed channels in Gilbert, Arizona.” To check out how to watch each episode online via live stream, read on below.
If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch ABC online, on your phone or on another streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services. They cost a monthly fee but all come with a free trial, so you can watch tonight’s show for free if you’re in a select market:
DirecTV Now: ABC (live in 39 markets) is included in all four channel packages, ranging from $35 to $70 per month. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app
Sling TV: ABC (live in 8 markets) is included in the “Sling Orange” plus “Broadcast Extra” channel package for $25 per month. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app
PlayStation Vue: ABC (live in 19 markets) is included in all four channel packages, ranging from $40 to $75 per month. It comes with a free 5-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the PlayStation Vue app
Episode 3 of the show features a first-time competition, which is a neighbors vs. neighbors contest. ABC reports that this final episode showcases “next-door neighbors, the Richards/Silver families, and their synchronized light show in Riverview, Florida; the Harhut family’s combined properties of over 1,300 blow molds in Peckville, Pennsylvania; the Phifer family’s display including an 80-foot tall real-life mega tree and Santa tracker in memory of their mother in Henrico, Virginia, and the Wilz family’s patriotic display designed by military siblings in Bismarck, North Dakota.” And, episode 4 has “the Albrecht family and their massive display that runs up a mountainside, inspired by the love of their son with Down Syndrome, in Glenwood, Utah; the Sussin family and their father-son duo who balance brains and brawn into their quarter-acre property in Saugerties, New York; the Robinson family and their decked-out sloping yard and brand-new 46-foot mega tree in Red Cross, North Carolina; and the Wright family with their holiday display that endured even in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Dayton, Texas.”
The Great Christmas Light Fight is just one of the many holiday specials set for December 2017. Another one to keep your eyes open for is The Great American Baking Show, which also airs on the ABC network and will premiere December 7th. If you would like to apply to be a contestant on The Great Christmas Light Fight, click here. All casting details are available on the official site, which you can click here to check out.