BY JOE MARVILLI
When it comes to the holidays, a Queens family is aiming to prove that their decorations are among the best in the country.
The Lynch family, from Whitestone, is one of 20 families appearing in “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” a decoration competition show premiering on ABC on Dec. 9.
In this new program, the first Christmas light show of its kind on television, the families each had 21 days to put together the most spectacular, over-the-top designs in an attempt to impress judges Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto, both from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” There will be a grand total of $250,000 in prizes, with $50,000 being won in each episode.
Kevin Lynch, a retired New York firefighter, has been putting up his Christmas display for 16 years. It normally takes him about seven weeks and more than 300 hours to put it all together. His efforts drew the attention of ABC, who thought the house would be a good fit for the competition. The Lynch family agreed to appear and Kevin put in a marathon effort to get his house fully decorated in less than a month, working until 1 or 2 a.m. every night.
“The night of the judging, we had 100 kids outside. The guys from the firehouse came outside and cheered me on,” Kevin said. “If I win, you’ll hear me screaming, no matter where you live in New York City.”
Having put up elaborate decorations for nearly two decades, Kevin said it started as a hobby and grew from there, as his children and neighbors kept encouraging him.
With more than 300,000 lights and 350 figures surrounding his house, Kevin said the display has been visited by people from all over the City. One year, he was approached by two individuals who said they were looking for his house. While he thought it was because of the display appearing in a newspaper or online, the two said they actually saw it from their plane, as they were pilots flying out of LaGuardia Airport and saw it on the Whitestone climb.
“People in the neighborhood look forward to it,” Kevin said.
“The Great Christmas Light Fight” will air on Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 23. The Lynch family will be featured in the Dec. 9 episode, going up against the Blount family from Laguna Hills, Ca., the Holt family from Chesapeake, Va. and the Goff family from Canon, Ga.
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