St. Louisans are pretty good at wrapping a strand of twinkling lights around anything that doesn't (or does) move to celebrate the holiday season. Case in point: The Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows celebrates the 50th anniversary of its display this year.

Bundle up to check out a municipal or commercial display, take a curbside seat for a lighted holiday parade, or go for a drive to see the brightest homes and neighborhoods. (For a guide, visit holidaylighthopping.com, compiled by locals Laura Thake and Mitch Miller.)

By Valerie Schremp Hahn, St. Louis Post-Dispatch