The Great Christmas Light Fight: Maple Valley, Alexandria, Manchester & Boulder City

Great Christmas Light Fight
Great Christmas Light Fight

The final episode of Season 4 aired on Friday, December 19, 2016 to 4.51 million viewers making it the least viewed episode of season four by about a million less viewers than the most watched episode that season. Four festive families from across the country had showcased their spectacular displays of Christmas magic, including the Pahl family, whose Northwest spirit inspired replicas of the Space Needle, Mt. Rainier and an authentic Pike Place fish toss in Maple Valley, WA; the Monkhouse family, whose display featured classic Christmas toys, a high-tech light show and a parrot that sang “Jingle Bells” in Alexandria, LA; the Winton family, whose 15-year old son – the youngest ever to take on the competition – masterminded their 2-acre display in Manchester, TN; and the Ryan-Musgrave family, whose magical theme park in their front yard featured a ski lift, train, seesaw and floating Ferris wheel in Boulder City, NV. Find out which family judge Taniya Nayak awarded $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy.

The Great Christmas Light Fight Displays

The Pahl Christmas Lights in Maple Valley, Washington

For the past 25 years, Maple Valley, Washington has been home to the beloved Pahl Christmas Lights. It all started with a local family, the Pahls, who transformed their front yard into an elaborate holiday lights display. Today, this destination is known and cherished by many throughout the state. Behold over 100,000 LED lights that twinkle in harmony with music – a sure treat for visitors! Admission is free of charge but donations are welcome and go towards supporting local charities; don’t forget to bring food donations for local food banks too. The Pahl Christmas Lights usually runs from late November through December, so mark your calendars and plan on tuning your car radios to a specific frequency for an immersive experience.

Maple Valley, Washington is a small town located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It’s home to many outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and camping, as well as family-friendly attractions like its own water park. The area also boasts some of the most beautiful views of Mount Rainier just outside your door. This charming community is filled with friendly locals and delicious restaurants, making it a great place to live or visit!

The Monkhouse Magic Christmas in Alexandria, Louisiana

Walter and Jackie Monkhouse take the holiday lights seriously. Several years ago, they started decking out their Alexandria, La home with elaborate Christmas displays and each year has seen them improve upon it. With over 200,000 lights, 300+ strobes of varying size and intensity, 5 miles of wire, a virtual control for choreographed light shows and even a train – this display is a sight to behold!

Jackie and Walter have incorporated bubble machines, snow machines, quilted pieces and even broadcasted music synced to the light show over a low-power FM frequency. The star of the show is the Christmas train that navigates through a forest of trees, bringing joy to people from toddlers to seniors alike.

Starting in September and finishing up shortly after Christmas – this family does all this work for one thing: simply to spread holiday cheer! An estimated 25,000 or so folks visit their home each year to witness this jaw-dropping spectacle. Visit Magic Christmas online at

Alexandria, Louisiana is a vibrant and historic city located in the heart of Central Louisiana. It is home to many attractions such as the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Kent Plantation House and the Alexandria Zoo. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy such as hiking, biking, fishing and golfing. The city also has a thriving nightlife with plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs. Alexandria also hosts annual festivals such as the Red River Revel Arts Festival and Jambalaya Jam Music Festival for visitors to enjoy.

The Winton Christmas Lights in Manchester, Tennessee

Jordan Winton spends the year diligently building Christmas lights in Manchester, Tennessee. He wireframes and programming for his newest light show, aptly themed “Make a Wish” to remind people of the blessings they possess. He even attends Christmas light conferences throughout the year in order to bring this vision to life!

Wanting to inspire not only today’s society but generations to come, he hopes his display will help turn dreams into reality. The Winton light show is free of charge with donations going towards Haven of Hope – an organization which helps local women, children and families in need. At 55 Haskell Winton Road in Manchester the Winton Light Display runs 5pm until 11pm on Fridays and Sundays, and closing at 10:30pm from Monday through Thursday.

Manchester, Tennessee is located in the rolling hills of south-central Tennessee. It is known for its small-town charm and friendly locals. The city boasts a variety of attractions such as the Old Stone Fort State Park, the Old Stone Fort Museum and the historic Manchester Railroad Depot. There are plenty of outdoor activities to explore as well, such as canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and fishing. Visitors can also enjoy events such as Manchester Music Festival and Artoberfest Arts Festival.

The Ryan-Musgrave Christmas Lights in Boulder City, Nevada

1525 Fifth St. is a local hotspot when it comes to Christmas lights in Boulder City. Dale Ryan and Dyanah Musgrave spend months planning the display, adding an animated Ferris wheel, ski lift and roller coaster to the thousands of twinkling decorations. When it’s full setup, even Santa and Mrs. Claus with Jingle Cat turn up for the official switch-on ceremony.

Boulder City, Nevada is a charming small town located just 30 minutes away from the glittering lights of Las Vegas. It’s known for its historical downtown district and family-friendly attractions such as the Historic Railroad Trail and the Lake Mead Recreational Area. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, rock climbing, kayaking and fishing in the surrounding area. For a dose of culture, visitors can explore the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum or attend an event at the historic Boulder Theatre.

The Hosts of The Great Christmas Light Fight Season 4 Episode 6

About Carter Oosterhouse of The Great Christmas Light Fight

Carter Oosterhouse is an American television host, author, and carpenter. He is best known for his work on the shows Trading Spaces, Red Hot & Green, and Carter Can. He has authored two books – Carter’s Big Book of Home Solutions and Byron’s Crow’s Nest- both of which focus on do-it-yourself home improvement projects. His passion for woodworking began as a child while helping out in his father’s carpentry shop. After spending time in the construction industry, he broke into television hosting with Trading Spaces. Since then, he has become a highly sought-after speaker and spokesperson for numerous brands, charities and organizations. His current passion project is the Carter’s Kids program through Habitat for Humanity which helps to build homes for children in need all around the US.

As the executive producer of The Great Christmas Light Fight, Carter Oosterhouse has given families across America the opportunity to create awe-inspiring holiday light displays and compete for a grand prize worth $50,000. But that’s not all — Oosterhouse is also passionate about helping dog rescues throughout California such as Doggy Bonez & Catnip Dreams Animal Rescue in North Hollywood and Senior Paws Pet Adoptions in Sherman Oaks. Thanks to his work, many animals have found their forever homes this festive season!

About Taniya Nayak of The Great Christmas Light Fight

Taniya Nayak is an interior designer, television host, and entrepreneur. She is well-known for her appearances on HGTV’s Restaurant Impossible and A&E’s Flipping Boston. Her expertise in transforming spaces combined with her enthusiasm and knowledge of design has made her a sought-after expert by many celebrities, brands, and publications. Additionally, she launched Taniya Nayak Design in 2009 which provides design services to hospitality establishments across the country. Her debut book ‘The Power of Positivity: Transforming Your Life Using the 10 Principles of Positive Thinking’ was released in 2017 and has been praised for its insight into using positive thinking to create lasting change in your life. Taniya continues to bring creative solutions with a passionate eye for detail to everyday living experiences.

Taniya Nayak has become a shining star in both the holiday décor and special needs communities. Most recently, she was chosen as one of the judges for ABC’s popular holiday competition show The Great Christmas Light Fight, together with host Carter Oosterhouse – helping families design incredible holiday décor for a chance to win $50,000! As well as this, Nayak regularly visits children’s hospitals all over the US to spread cancer awareness, and supports Special Olympics Massachusetts by serving as an honorary celebrity coach/mentor.

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