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A holiday tradition returns in Nottingham

11/24/2020 12:59PM ● By Steven Hoffman

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Nottingham as Herr Foods unveils its annual drive-through Christmas lights display—a holiday tradition for many local families.

The festive display can be enjoyed—for free—from Nov. 25 to Jan. 2, 2021. Herr Foods has been offering the bright, colorful displays each holiday season for more than 30 years.

Visitors can experience the holiday displays from dusk to dawn—approximately 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day. 

Herr’s creates dozens of Christmas displays at the company’s headquarters at 20 Herr Drive in Nottingham. A team of five people work over six weeks to create the attraction. It takes more than 600,000 lights to create the displays, of which 90 percent are LED lights. The LED lights use between 80 percent and 90 percent less energy than incandescent lights. 

There are approximately 220 sets of lights used for lighting “Big Blue,” the largest tree display, which is 90 feet high and situated along Route 272.

The Christmas lights display typically attracts approximately 9,000 vehicles each year.

Herr Foods, a family-owned snack food company that is one of the largest employers in the area, will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2021.