The Alden Chamber of Commerce will be judging Christmas lights in the town and village this week, looking for homes and businesses that exhibit the holiday spirit.

Businesses and homes interested in entering the contest can download an application at the chamber’s website,, or call the chamber at 937-6177. Applications are due on Tuesday by 4 p.m.

Judging will begin on Thursday at 6 p.m. Residents and businesses participating in the contest are encouraged to have their lights on at that time.

Winners in the residential category will get $100 for first prize, $75 for second prize and $50 for third prize. The winning business will win a holiday spirit award, which they will hold until next year’s contest.

Also this week:

• The Alden Town Board will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. for a regular meeting at Alden Town Hall, 3311 Wende Road.

• The Alden School District Board of Education will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Alden high School, 13190 Park St.