Exclusive: ABC Flips Switch on Lights, Camera, Christmas! Home Decorating Competition

ABC Lights Camera Christmas Competition‘Tis the season to be jolly — possibly all the way to the bank.

TVLine has learned exclusively that ABC this December will untangle and put on display Lights, Camera, Christmas!, a new competition series in which 16 families from across America trick out their homes in ways that would make even Clark Griswold envious — all with their eyes on a grand prize.

The 16 families — chosen through a nationwide search, based on their previous Christmas light displays, choreography and over-the-top designs — will compete four-at-a-time in weekly playoffs, after being given 21 days to make their homes as merry as can be.

The four finalists will then be flown to a surprise location (the North Pole? Whoville?) to compete for the best Christmas gift ever, $50,000. The series is produced by FremantleMedia North America’s Thom Beers and Jennifer Mullin and exec producers Brady Connell and Max Swedlow (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition).

(Not sanctioned by ABC is TVLine’s own plan to fine any of the finalists $50K, should they leave their lights up past Jan. 15.)

Will you be tuning in for this twinkly Christmas display? Have any neighbors who this competition was made for?



Comments (18)

  • Tune in when?

    Comment by Derek – October 1, 2013 02:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love the insert picture. I watch that movie every year at Christmas.

    Comment by Nessie – October 1, 2013 03:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That is one of those movies that people should be legally mandated to watch every Christmas.
      That and The Ref.
      And Die Hard.
      I’d say A Christmas Story, but everyone does anyway.

      Comment by Ryan – October 1, 2013 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Add A Muppets Christmas Carol and the list is complete!

        Comment by Nessie – October 1, 2013 06:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I HATE A Christmas Story…..

        Comment by emaegf – October 1, 2013 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I already hate myself for knowing I’m totally going to watch this. Lol!

    Comment by liz – October 1, 2013 05:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 1) The neighbors of these people should consider a class action of some sort. It can’t be fun living next to the contestants. 2) I totally wanna watch it in a ‘it’s not in my backyard so it’s awesome’ kind of way. It’ll be pretty to look at when you can count on it going away after the episode is over.

    Comment by scooby – October 1, 2013 06:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually its a lot of fun. Our neighbors and community thank us for making Christmas special. Anyway, I was wondering what happened to Ebenezer Scrooge. Now I know.

      Comment by Bob Young – October 20, 2013 07:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want to apply!

    Comment by Diz – October 1, 2013 10:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My 8 year old will love this. I hope there are contestants from Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. I just don’t get the part about flying the contestants in. For what, a Christmas lights trivia contest?

    Comment by sheri – October 2, 2013 07:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • oh yes, I will be watching :)

    Comment by JB – October 2, 2013 07:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Me gusta la Navidad

    Comment by Belenes laravid – October 7, 2013 12:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We were contacted by the producer, but declined to participate. Our Christmas display is special to us. This year even more so. Our daughter Marie passed away this year, and we are dedicating this year’s display and future years to her memory. We also established a foundation in her memory to help other children to hopefully prevent other families from experiencing the tragedy and loss we’ve suffered.

    Comment by Bob Young – October 20, 2013 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One of our neighbors are one of the finalist in the composition. We were extras in the taping. Good luck to our friends. Hope you win the 50k. Go Georgetown Texas!

    Comment by Wally Wallace – October 27, 2013 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My neighbor is in this contest too. We were also extras……. GO SAN RAFAEL CALIFORNIA!

      Comment by Mickey M – November 4, 2013 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • We passed on this. 50k isn’t that big a deal, and preferred to keep our privacy. Although our oldest daughter passed away this year, and would have given ABC a really good story line.

        Comment by Bob Young – November 4, 2013 05:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How do you get involved in this contest for 2014,and is choreographing a requirement? we have way over 400,000. lights,thru away over 80,000.

    Comment by guy maxwell – January 2, 2014 01:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The four finalists will then be flown to a surprise location (the North Pole? Whoville?) to compete for the best Christmas gift ever, $50,000. The series is produced by FremantleMedia North America’s Thom Beers and Jennifer Mullin and exec producers Brady Connell and Max Swedlow (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition).

    Comment by siska – February 24, 2014 11:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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