The brightest house in El Paso outshone 3 other homes from around the country to win the battle of lights Monday night.

Although the other homes from Louisiana, Rhode Island, and New Jersey featured in the season two episode of ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” were impressive and spectacular in their own right, in the end host/judge Michael Moloney was won over by the Loya’s gratitude to El Paso, the free cookies and hot chocolate spectators are treated to after every show, and the synchronized light display he called a “technological marvel.”

The Loya’s said they plan to donate the 50 grand to several charities. That sentiment was reflected by Barbara Lopez, Mr. Loya’s Executive Administrative Assistant, who wrote in an email to me that the family is looking at “charities [that] are reflective of the El Paso Community and that all the charities [be] local.” Ms. Lopez added the Loya’s want the money to be used in El Paso.

The Loya’s made extensive upgrades to the already over-the-top light show for the television contest, adding new displays and over 200,000 more lights.

The free nine minute light event cranks up three times a night at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 21. Additional shows will take place on Christmas Day. The house is located on the East side at 120001 Paseo de Oro, one block north of Montwood, off Bob Mitchell.

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