Ever jump in the car with the kids and then drive around aimlessly looking for Christmas lights? Yeah, we have all been there. Most of the time your efforts are unfruitful.

Our friends at LafayetteLights.com want to help you out this year and make your jaunt around the city a much better experience.

This amazing, location-based website pinpoints decorated homes and businesses throughout Lafayette. Now families can plan their routes in advance and track it on their smartphones.

The website also hosts a competition for the best, brightest and wackiest decorations, giving home and business owners a chance to up their game. The public votes for their favorites. Last year some 32,786 votes were cast.

This year, for the first time, a portion of sponsorship proceeds will go to Healing House, a Lafayette based organization that works with grieving children.