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Whitestone family brings the Christmas lights back after winning reality show


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The Lynch family keeps on shining.

After winning a reality competition series on spectacular Christmas lights last year, the Lynch family has put up their sparkling holiday decorations once again with a bunch of improvements and a whole new fan base. ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” brought the family a winning prize of $50,000 and a level of fame that stretches past the borders of their Whitestone neighborhood.

“Just the other day I had a tour bus out front that came all the way from New Jersey,” Kevin Lynch said. “And before that we had some people from Norway here asking me for advice about how to do this stuff.”

Along with Lynch’s new fame, he has also upgraded his decorations.

“I did something different this year. I put LED lights in them and it made my display even brighter,” said Lynch, a retired firefighter. “You can see this house from pretty far away now. My goal is to see it from space. We’re not there yet, but we’re getting there. I’m waiting for that Christmas card from the man on the moon and when we do [get it], I know I’ve reached my goal.”


The house is ready for Christmas, with about half a million lights, according to Lynch, who puts up all the decorations up with the help of his wife, Tina. Thousands of plastic statues are carefully placed on the lawn, roof, balcony, windows and anywhere else he can fit them.

For 18 years, Lynch and his family have been decorating their house for Halloween and Christmas, with work starting in September. Halloween is a much smaller display that goes up even as he’s working on his Christmas lights.

But rather than completely disassembling the Halloween display, Lynch is able to adapt some of the ornaments so that they can be used for Christmas. In one case, a Halloween figure with a severed head is converted into a snowman. After Halloween, he brings down the ghouls and continues the frenzied race to assemble his legions of angels and nutcrackers.

The work is done now. And so Lynch prepared for the other part of the winter spectacle — the arrival of thousands of kids and their families who travel to Whitestone to gaze at his handiwork.

“There’s over half a million lights in the house. We like it big and bright. All the cords are buried in the ground so you can come up to the lawn and porch and take pictures,” Kevin said. “Get as close as you want and make sure to bring a letter for Santa.”

The display at Lynch’s home, 166-04, 23rd Ave., Whitestone, will stay up through Jan. 7, when he begins the laborious process of taking down all the decorations and putting them in storage for next year.


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Whitestone family wins ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’ on ABC


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Photo courtesy of Tina Lynch

The brightest house in Queens outshone three others in the country Monday night.

The Lynch family from Whitestone won ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and $50,000 on Dec. 9, beating stiff competition from homes in California, Virginia and Georgia.

“I was jumping, screaming. I went crazy,” said Kevin Lynch. “After the show was over, every single one of my neighbors was on the block. People are coming by, honking their horns.”

The new reality-competition series pits four families against each other nationwide. They each have 20 days to come up with the most elaborate Christmas decoration designs.

“For me to do this in three weeks was tough,” said Lynch, 55, a retired New York City firefighter. “It’s like running a marathon.”

The father of three covered his home at 166-04 23rd Avenue with a blanket of at least 300,000 lights — all with underground wires, no cords — and more than 100 animatronics. There is even a projected Santa Claus, waving from the second-story window.

“I lived on coffee and espresso. I didn’t even eat until 1 o’clock in the morning,” Lynch said. “By 1 o’clock, I was dead. I couldn’t move. I’d pass out, take the kids to school, come back and do lights.”

That became the routine from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. for three straight weeks.

The over-the-top end result blew away Michael Moloney of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” who judged the competition on use of lights, overall design and Christmas spirit.

The display, with its vintage items and “childlike” décor, was “classy” and “magical,” Moloney said.

“This whole family clearly has Christmas spirit,” he said.

“We’re ecstatic. We’re thrilled, shocked,” said wife Tina Lynch.

The Lynch family has devoted 17 years to lavishly decorating their home, which was chosen by ABC through an extensive nationwide search, according to the network.

Even before filming the show, the Whitestone light site was a tourist destination and backdrop for wedding pictures, the family said.

“People come here from all over and send us Christmas cards with our house in them. It gets crazy here, but it’s all in good faith, all in good fun,” Lynch said.

The series continues December 16 and 23 with 16 more competing homes.

As for how much it costs to dazzle the nation for a month, Lynch said he would gladly show his electric bill — to anyone willing to pay it.

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Watch Whitestone family compete for best Christmas lights on ABC


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Photo courtesy of Tina Lynch

A Whitestone family competing for the best Christmas lights display in the nation will find out Monday night if there is another reason to glow.

The Lynch family will be featured on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” Dec. 9 at 9 p.m.

They will see if their 166-04 23rd Avenue home, with its 300,000 lights, had enough sparkle and spirit to snuff out the competition.

The new reality-competition series gives four families, vying for a $50,000 prize, 20 days to come up with the most elaborate Christmas decoration designs.

“For me to do this in three weeks was tough,” said Kevin Lynch, 55. “It’s like running a marathon.”

A blanket of at least 300,000 lights — all with underground wires, no cords — covers Lynch’s over-the-top decorated home. There is even a projected Santa Claus, waving out of the second-story window.

The father of three said he made putting up lights his life every day from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. for three straight weeks.

“I lived on coffee and espresso. I didn’t even eat until 1 o’clock in the morning,” he said. “By 1 o’clock, I was dead. I couldn’t move. I’d pass out, take the kids to school, come back and do lights. And I got it done, which amazed me.”

But Lynch, a retired firefighter, will not know whether his lights shimmered or smoldered against the rest until a few hours before the show airs.

“It was a great experience,” he said. “It’s an honor in itself to be one of the 20 best houses in the country.”

Lynch has been lavishly decorating his home for 17 years. Even before filming the show, the Whitestone light site was a tourist destination and backdrop for wedding pictures, he said. It was even spotted in the skies by airplane pilots.

“People come here from all over and send us Christmas cards with our house in them. It gets crazy here, but it’s all in good faith, all in good fun,” Lynch said. “It’s part of the spirit.”

The houses will be judged on use of lights, overall design and Christmas spirit by Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

The series continues Dec. 16 and 23 with 16 more competing homes.

“It was very stressful, the whole time we were doing it,” said wife, Tina Lynch. “But it is exciting to see what will happen. It was worth it.”

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