NORTHFIELD – Mayor Erland Chau is looking to put his hometown in the best light possible for the holidays.

Chau announced that there will be a citywide Mayor’s Holiday Lighting Contest. There is no cost to enter.

People have until 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 to nominate a home, whether their own or someone else's.

There are three categories: the Clark Griswold Award for the home that has the most electrifying light display; the Charlie Brown Award for the home that has a simple display that demonstrates plenty of holiday spirit; and the Norman Rockwell Award for the home with an elegant, traditional display.

Chau said he will choose a committee, and members will drive to all of the homes registered and judge them Sunday, Dec. 11 between 6 and 9 p.m.

Winners will be announced Monday, Dec. 12, and those with the best displays will be recognized at the City Council meeting 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at City Hall.

“Northfield is a great town to live in and what better way at this time of year to showcase our residents’ creativity and pride,” said Chau.

He said local businesses have donated prizes to support the effort to add some sparkle to city streets.

All of the homes entered must lie within the city limits.

To register see Deputy City Clerk Shannon Campbell at City Hall, 1600 Shore Road, or email