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Great Christmas Light Fight 2022: for its milestone season 10, go behind the scenes

Great Christmas Light Fight 2022: for its milestone season 10, go behind the scenes
The Great Christmas Light Fight judge Taniya Nayak on the season 10 premiere of the ABC reality competition (Photo by Bonnie Osborne/ABC)

The Great Christmas Light Fight 2022 is here, and represents a significant milestone for the annual ABC holiday light competition: its 10th season.

Yes, there have been 10 years of Light Fight, with families running up their electrical bills to light up their neighborhoods and our living rooms since 2013.

It’s a show I look forward to at the end of every year: easy viewing that’s just a lot of fun, with some impressive creativity literally on display in people’s yards.

Great Christmas Light Fight’s schedule—and secrets

The Great Christmas Light Fight's trophy, as seen in the trailer for season eight. The bulb is actually an upside-down champagne glass.
The Great Christmas Light Fight’s trophy, as seen in the trailer for season eight. The bulb is actually an upside-down champagne glass.

As has been the case for the past several years, ABC is airing The Great Christmas Light Fight season 10 with back-to-back episodes every Monday for the next three weeks, through Dec. 12.

The previous seasons of The Great Christmas Light Fight can be watched or streamed in multiple places—though like far too many shows, all seasons are not available in any one place:

Season 10 is, of course, airing this month and next month, and was filmed in 2021. The Great Christmas Light Fight films one year in advance, so we’re seeing last year’s displays.

Season 12 is now casting, for broadcast in 2024, while season 11 just wrapped and will become The Great Christmas Light Fight 2023. (Before Thanksgiving, judge Taniya Nayak wrote on Instagram they “just finished 5 shoots in 5 different states in 9 short days.”)

Both Taniya and Carter Oosterhouse return to judge this year—they’ve been judging since season three—and each takes on a different episode, judging all the houses in it.

They’ll survey different episode’s light displays, and eventually return to award one family $50,000—and the trophy, which was first constructed out of a massive champagne glass.

How the trophies are made is one of the many things you can learn about in my coverage of the show below, including: When is it filmed? What are the rules? What happens behind the scenes?

Read on to find out—and enjoy the lights this season!

Great Christmas Light Fight

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