Bismarck homes to be featured on national television

You might recognize a couple of famous Bismarck houses on national television next week. And it'll really get you in the Christmas spirit.

It's called the lights on Chesnut in southeast Bismarck. There are nearly 500,000 lights on display. It features two houses actually, both owned by a brother and sister. 

"It started as a competition 10 years ago, kind of a real fun thing to see who can put up the most Christmas lights. Then actually, we started to put them to music, and it got out of control," says Davina French. 

It's not just for the competition though. Thursday evening they hosted the Team Red White and Blue holiday social. Anyone was welcome to come eat some food, decorate cookies, and write letters to Santa. 

"It's really been important for us to give back to the community because the community throughout our military career has given us so much. They have supported us when we've been on deployment," said Greg Wilz.

But now the spotlight's on them. They'll be competing for $50,000 on ABC's Great Christmas Light Fight - which airs Monday. 

French added, "Everybody says you should have your 10 minutes of fame, so you're like, 'oh,okay.' But as soon as they got here to start filming, you're like, 'oh my goodness! They're here to film us?"

And if it wasn't obvious already, Greg also plays another role during the holiday season. 

He said, "Have you ever seen Santa Claus?" Ho, ho, ho!"

The lights turn on at 5:30pm every night, but if it's too cold out, the Lights on Chesnut will be on ABC Monday evening at 7. The address to the festive houses is 7455 Chesnut Dr.

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