Editor’s note: This article was originally published December 9, 2013
A local family will be featured on this season of ABC’s "The Great Christmas Light Fight," which premieres tonight.
The Rhodes family – Frank, Angie, Jacqueline and Maggie – of Cedar Park was one of 20 families from across the nation selected for the show, which will award a total of $250,000 in cash prizes to the contestants who create the most elaborate Christmas light displays.
They’ll be featured in an episode airing Dec. 16.
The show runs for three weeks, featuring families who were selected based upon their past Christmas light creations.
"The display was Angie’s idea," ABC said in a news release. "She wanted some lights and Frank said ‘yes,’ even though he hadn’t celebrated Christmas as a child. Little did Angie know how carried away Frank would get!
"Frank does not tell his wife how much he’s spent so far on the lights. His wife’s philosophy is, "Don’t ask, don’t tell" when it comes to the display’s price tag.
"It takes Frank two weeks’ vacation from work to put up the lights; about 200 hours. During November and December, Angie calls herself a "Christmas widow," since she rarely sees her husband during this time. With over 100,000 lights, the Rhodes display is lighting up Cedar Park, Texas."
"The Great Christmas Light Fight" debuts tonight at 8 on KVUE.