Transcript for 'Tony Christmas' Covers House in 60,000 Christmas Lights in Epic Display
You know, it's nice to light up your home with Christmas lights. But when you're lighting up the whole neighborhood, you've gone a little far. Tonight behind the scenes of the great Christmas light fight. Here's ABC's David Wright. Reporter: 'Tis the season when even a divided nation can still get carried away. The hopes and fears of all the year overwhelmed by a flurry of lights. I'm always thinking how to make it bigger, brighter, better. Wow. You go all-out. I go all-out. Front yard, backyard, sideyard. Every square inch of building is covered. 17 days till Christmas. Reporter: Stamford, Connecticut, Santa's little helper is Tony pampina, aka Tony Christmas. How do you like it? It's amazing. Thank you very much. This year we're heading into a holiday with the nation kind of divided. Do you think Christmas lights can bring it back together? I think Christmas lights makes people a lot more happier and more festive. That's my goal. If you leave here and you don't have a smile on your face, you can't be helped. Reporter: In red states and blue states plenty feel the same way. They're perfectly nice and straight. Reporter: Host of ABC's seasonal reality show "The great Christmas light fight" -- It's definitely been a crazy year with the election going on. People decorate and people want to see these lights and they want to share in that magic of Christmas. Reporter: Just ask YouTube. From the house in chaska, Minnesota, that kicks off its big display with a "Star wars" theme, to the prestons family home in kingland, Arizona, where they design their display with drones in mind. There's a bus driver in Pittsburgh who decks out a city bus so that commuters feel like they're riding in Santa's sleigh. Sometimes bigger is better. That's the case with Keith Shaw, whom we met last year. He claims to have the most dazzling Christmas tree in the state of New Jersey. So there's over 47,000 on this tree? 47,000 lightbulbs. More than on rocker fell strer. Reporter: This year some upstart millennials from nearby east Brunswick hope to have him beat. Competing for $50,000 in prize money on the great Christmas light fight, they did up their mom's New Jersey house. The results are jersey-licious. Our friend Tony Christmas has been doing up his house longer than they've been alive. Grew up in this house. Started decorating with my dad. I took over. 31 years later, 60,000 lights. 60,000 lights. Reporter: He's also a contestant on "The great Christmas light fight." Beautiful! Reporter: For him it's not about how many lights you've got. Even that flat roof up there on the second floor has lights on it. So my neighbors who live second floor behind me can see it. I'm pretty sure the space shuttle can see it. Reporter: Tony Christmas is no Clark W. Griswold. Aah! ??? Hallelujah ??? Reporter: If you look at his display it's all about clean lines and careful placement. Notice the lightbulbs. One up, one down. One up, one down. You're familiar with the term OCD, obsessive-compulsive disorder? Obsessive Christmas display. Reporter: Obsessive Christmas display syndrome. Tony admits he's got a serious case. His family tells him so. They think it's nuts but good nuts. The candy cane tree, up, down. Up, down. Up, down. Six inches between each line. Reporter: His OCD extends to what's under his lawn. Some of the hopes we've visited over the years have been rats' nests of cables and extension cords. Not Tony's. Have you seen any extension cords? Not one, I was marveling about that. There's 150 extension cords buried about 3 to 4 inches down. Again, have to take them up at the end season. Reporter: That approach won him points on "The great Christmas light fight." As the viewer, you want to see good design. Lights put up that are interesting. So sometimes you get the Griswold of the neighborhood who just throws lights up everywhere. That's not always the best thing. Reporter: Will he win the contest? Ultimately it's not about prize money or bragging rights. It's about bringing people together. And brightening the season. I'm Dade Wright for "Nightline" in Stamford, Connecticut. The great Christmas light fight airs Monday on ABC.
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