You can still see Clifton Mill’s 4 million light display that left judge’s jaw on the floor in person and on TV 

“Everywhere I looked, it was completely magical,” TV host said. “It really was one of the best displays I have ever seen.”


It is not too late to see Clifton Mill shine on a national stage with a whopping 4 million lights. 

“The Great Christmas Light Fight”  episode — the third  of the show’s sixth season —  has been broadcast, but there is still chance to watch it. 

The episode from the mill is streaming now on the subscriber service Hulu. 

Episodes can also be found for a fee on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes and Google Play.

It will re-broadcast Saturday Dec. 15 on ABC. 

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Clifton Mill won the $50,000 grand prize on the ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” Monday night and earned bragging rights as the heavyweight champ.

>> RELATED: Anthony Satariano, the man behind the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill 

Clifton Mill blew the competition out of the water. 

It was not even close. 

The episode features Anthony Satariano and Clifton Mill’s General Manager Jessica Noes.

Reached Wednesday, Noes said the experience has been surreal and sentimental. 

“We’ve had so many people call and say congratulation and thank you,” she said. “We’ve had calls from Florida, from Iowa.” 

Clifton Mill has been featured in the national press in the past, Noes said. It was on a short segment on CNN about 15 years ago and made a USA Today Christmas display list in 2014. 

The ABC show has brought even more exposure, Noes said. 

“To know a small Miami Valley tradition is now a nationally known business,” she said.

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Noes said part of the prize money will likely be donated towards the American Cancer Society Relay For Life night   starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at the  mill. 

A portion of the $10 per person admission cost of the night  will benefit Relay For Life. Cancer survivors receive free admission that evening. 

As for the rest, “Anthony has said ‘knowing me, I will probably buy ,more lights,” Noes said. “It will go back into making things bigger and better.” 

Satariano said his father Anthony purchased the grist mill in 1987, but its roots go back to 1802. 

The first year they decorated the property with 100,000 lights for family and friends to enjoy.

“People started coming around and loving it. He (Anthony Sr.)  said we have to do more,” Satariano said on she show. 

>> The best Christmas light displays across the region

This year, 4 million lights were used. 

As Noes explained, that’s 26,000 lights for each one of Clifton 150 residents. 

Carter Oosterhouse, the show’s host, just was wowed and exclaimed, “there are sooo many lights here.” 

He praised the mill’s layers and layers of lights and creativity. 

“My jaw was on the floor,” Oosterhouse said.  “These guys have used 4 million lights in an amazing, attractive way.”

He declared Clifton Mill’s display magical and a “complete knockout of the competition.” 

“Everywhere I looked, it was completely magical,” Oosterhouse said. “It really was one of the best displays I have ever seen.” 

Choked up, Satariano said his late father is up there doing a little jig in his red coat. 

“He’d be patting us on the back,” he said. 

WANT TO GO?

What: Legendary Lights at Clifton Mill

Where: 75 Water St., Clifton

When: 5-9:30 p.m. through Dec. 31. Lights go on at 6 p.m. Display closes at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Cost: $10, children 6 and younger are admitted free

More Info: 937-767-5501 | www.cliftonmill.com


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