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Great Christmas Light Fight to Return

The battle for lights and frights is on! ABC has announced one series renewal and one new special from FremantleMedia North America. “The Great Christmas Light Fight” will be returning for a second installment this holiday season, but before stringing up the mistletoe, a one-part special, “The Great Halloween Fright Fight,” will debut this fall featuring families competing for the greatest of the ghoulish haunted Halloween displays!

Commented Thom Beers, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, “’The Great Christmas Light Fight’ really brought the holiday spirit to light in homes across the country. Our team had a terrific time producing this show and seeing so many magnificent displays that were of theme-park gravitas. We are excited to be coming back for more and to also be frightening the format for Halloween.”

“The Great Christmas Light Fight” first debuted on ABC in December 2013 and featured 20 families competing to have the greatest Christmas display. The families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. On its debut, “The Great Christmas Light Fight” delivered ABC’s highest total viewers in the time period in five years and improved 17% over the prior year in total viewers and Adults 18-49 during its three-week run.

“The Great Christmas Light Fight” will be returning with six episodes, while “The Great Halloween Fright Fight” will premiere as a one-episode special. Both shows come from FremantleMedia North America (“American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent,” “The Price is Right”). Executive Producers for both series are Brady Connell, Max Swedlow, Thom Beers and Jennifer Mullin. FremantleMedia is distributing the shows and format internationally.

Aussie Family Shatters World Record for Christmas Lights

The Richards family of Canberra in Australia once held the record for the most lights on a home — a world record of more than 331,000 lights.

That record fell last year to a family located in LaGrangeville, New York, who put up more than 346,000 lights.

The Richard’s knew they could do better. Much better. After all, light hanging season is summer in Australia and they were motivated by charity — SIDS & Kids ACT — supported by their Christmas lighting efforts. This year they shattered the record by putting up more than 502,000 lights.

“The charity is very close to our heart. We lost a child and SIDS looked after us many years ago,” he said.

Setting up the lights takes enormous effort and time but Mr Richards had a lot of help this time from family and friends, and when the power comes on and the tent-like streams of lights under a massive tree are revealed it is spectacular.

“I have always loved Christmas. Having the Christmas lights with the community coming in and sharing it is a time when you get to know people you probably should know better, I guess.”

But SIDS and Kids is the main reason he does the time-consuming task, to raise money for the work they do.

“It was very important for us,” he said.

“Anyone who has been through that sort of loss will probably tell you the worst thing that can happen to you is losing a young child.”

In years past they raised nearly $80,000 for the charity. This year they are hoping to top $100,000.

A wedding under half a million Christmas lights

Christmas Light Reality Show Production Underway

“Lights, Camera, Christmas!” is a new competition series in which 16 families from across America will decorate their homes to the extreme for Christmas – in ways that would certainly make even Clark Griswold envious – for a $50,000 Grand Prize. The series will air this December on ABC.

In the first nationwide Christmas lights competition of its kind for television, four families will compete each week to transform their homes for the holidays in just 21 days. These 16 families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. The four finalists will be flown to a surprise finale city to compete for the $50,000 Grand Prize.

“LIGHTS, CAMERA, CHRISTMAS!” comes from FremantleMedia North America (“American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent”). Brady Connell and Max Swedlow (both “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) are Executive Producers for the series. Executive Producers for FremantleMedia North America are Thom Beers and Jennifer Mullin.

Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments Premiere 2013

In 1973, Hallmark introduced six glass ball ornaments and 12 yarn figures as the first collection of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments. A new tradition of Christmas decorating was started and a new collectible industry was born. Now, 40 years and more than 8,000 designs later, Keepsake Ornaments prepares to unveil the 2013 line and has planned activities and offers to help celebrate this milestone.

“Keepsake Ornaments help preserve memories, commemorate milestones, start new traditions and nurture relationships, all of which have attributed to the success and longevity of the past 40 years,” said Jamie Lockard, retail merchandise director for Keepsake Ornaments. “We’re excited to spend 2013 reflecting on the history of Keepsake Ornaments and looking ahead to the exciting things we have in store.”

More than 180 new Keepsake Ornaments will be unveiled during the annual Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere beginning Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, at Hallmark Gold Crown® stores nationwide. The annual event gives consumers a first chance to purchase Keepsake Ornaments from the all-new 2013 line. Consumers can preserve a special memory when they buy the latest addition to their favorite series, snag that first ornament in one of six brand-new series debuting, or find a special ornament that helps commemorate a loved one or milestone.

“For months fans have been eyeing the 2013 collection in their Dream Books and online at and have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to see the new Keepsake Ornaments in person and purchase their favorites,” said Lockard. “We’re thrilled to unveil this special line to our fans and to those who are looking for meaningful gifts this holiday season.”

At Ornament Premiere, consumers will be able to find limited-quantity ornaments and special offers, register to win a special-edition ornament, and other surprises including a 40th Anniversary “Seek & Find” game in store. Plus, at Ornament Premiere, local Hallmark Gold Crown stores will have exciting news to share about how to enter THE WIZARD OF OZ™ 75th Anniversary Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to L.A. for four to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ™.

Hallmark Channel will also help commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Keepsake Ornaments during its “Christmas Keepsake Week.” Hallmark Channel is soliciting photos and stories from consumers about their favorite Keepsake Ornament. The winners will be randomly selected and announced during the popular summer-time holiday movie extravaganza on the Hallmark Channel starting July 12.

Christmas Night Inc. Debuts New Enormous Nutcracker Display

gI_59152_12 foot Nutcracker KingChristmas Night Inc., global retailer of nativity scenes and Christmas displays, announced the debut of their 12-foot Christmas Nutcracker King display. As their largest product to date, this decoration is sure to make a huge impression this holiday season.

Made of the most durable, chip resistant fiberglass construction typically used for manufacturing boats, this breathtaking 12-foot Nutcracker is ideal for large spaces including estate houses, bank halls and hotel lobbies. Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, these Nutcrackers are painted in sunlight resistant paint and built to last for years to come.

“Our Nutcrackers are exclusively designed, fully detailed, colorful, expressive, and very beautiful,” said Claire Henderson, co-owner of Christmas Night Inc. “Manufactured in the Philippines, the 12-foot Nutcrackers are then shipped by ocean container to our warehouse in New York.”

Christmas Night Inc. anticipates that large retailers, shopping malls and cities will use the 12-foot Nutcracker for their Christmas displays. However, these Nutcrackers are suitable for both commercial and residential use.

This massive 12-foot Nutcracker King is now available for purchase online at, or by calling 1-888-900-2070.

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