New Jersey

Cherished Christmas Lights Display Could be Coming to an End

An annual holiday lights display that has dazzled crowds in southern New Jersey for years could be coming to an end.

The display on and around Amber Merefield's Medford home is emblazoned with 70,000 colorful lights every year, but the tradition that started with her parents will likely end with this holiday season since she will be leaving the state soon for her job, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Spectators have come to watch and photograph the display, which has become a cherished tradition in the Burlington County community. It features a giant snowman, a North Pole sign, lit Christmas trees and other festive items.

Merefield, 33, said the lights had taken on a special meaning for some visitors during the holidays. Residents have said the display lifted their spirits.

"People really enjoy it, and it has become a special part of their holiday tradition," she said.

She said a woman wrote her on Facebook last year and said she felt extreme sadness as she was driving home one day. "When I saw your house I literally just stopped and pulled over," the woman said. "It was so beautiful and instantly I just felt better."

Merefield said she used to help decorate her childhood home with her parents. Years later, she began putting up her own modest displays, but started to do more as she saw "the impact that it had on the community."

She estimates that she has invested about $18,000 in lights and decorations. This year's display will remain lit until Jan. 3.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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