A Pass Christian family is competing for its share of $250,000 in ‘The Great Christmas Light Fight.”
The Plauche family is one of 20 families nation-wide selected to decorate their homes to the extreme for Christmas in the nationally-televised contest on ABC.
Hank Plauche said his family began decorating their East Second Street home after Hurricane Katrina to bring some light to the community.
“We wanted to keep the hope and family spirit alive in the Pass,” he said.
Over the years, the decorations kept growing and were eventually synchronized to music.
“The house and property are like my canvas,” he said. “It takes us a month and a half or two months to put up.”
The Plauche display is a 45-minute loop synchronized to music with lights that are constantly moving and chasing one another, Plauche said.
The display is turned on nightly starting at 5:30 until about 10 p.m.
Viewers are invited to back across the street, tune their radio to 100.5 FM and enjoy the show.
The house is located on East Second Street behind Wal-Mart.
Plauche said there is a box out front for donations to the Southern Mississippi Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Pass Christian Food Pantry.
‘The Great Christmas Light Fight’ episode featuring the Plauches will air Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.
The show is promoted as the first Christmas lights competition of its kind for television. Four families will compete each week to transform their homes for the holidays. The families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs.
The show is produced by FreemantleMedia, the company that created ‘American Idol’ and ‘America’s Got Talent.’
Michael Moloney & Sabrina Soto (both from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) serve as judges for the series.