EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’d like to include your yard decorations in our guide, email a photo along with the address and homeowners’ names to Lucinda Breeding-Gonzales at cbreeding@dentonrc.com. We will add images and addresses to our digital guide through Dec. 17.

The countdown to Christmas is on!

If you’re a parent of littles, the anticipation is building. If you’re an empty-nester — or otherwise child-free — you might need an escape from the holiday bustle that means shopping, planning and more work in general to prepare for the days off.

So why not treat the kids to a tour of Christmas lights, or decompress with a drive around the county to find some spots where lights glow, inflatable characters bob and wave, and projections dance and spin on brick walls and wood siding?

This year, the Denton Record-Chronicle staff took to the streets to find some spots you should check out. So grab a thermos of hot chocolate, gas up the vehicle, tune your radio to the all-Christmas station Star 102.1 (KDGE-FM), and check out our selections for some of the best blocks and yards to visit. (If you’re a holiday decorator yourself, be sure to bring your phone to snap pictures for inspiration.)

We found spots in Sanger, Krum, Argyle and Denton.