A drive-thru animation display of lights that occurs during the holidays each year at The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, the Trail of Lights offers a stunning Christmas show for the whole family. Guests can explore the 160-acre homestead to find it transformed into a winter wonderland, with illuminated life-size characters, festive music and a ride on the glass elevators of Inspiration Tower.
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$35 for a car load of 5 people. It was a neat attraction but by the end it seemed like it was never going to end. Definitely older and didn't seem to have any updates in the last 10 years. At that point you see an alien Christmas display. The observation tower had a great view.
The tour is great if you have read the book. You see Old Matt's cabin and Inspiration Point, the guide knows all about the history associated with the book. We also did the zip line - so much fun, an easy glide from the top of Inspiration tower. The shooting gallery was lots of fun and not expensive. The play is also more meaningful if you have read the book. For those who have not it will be boring and amateurish. We loved it but you need to read the book before you come!
We enjoyed the Shepherd of the Hills 'Trail of Lights' Christmas light display. It is very expensive though. There is a per person charge as opposed to a car charge. $12 per adult and $6 per child. That adds up for a car full of people! It is a nice drive-through display, but some of the displays look old and worn. We really enjoyed the Christmas music that was playing along the 2 plus mile drive. Nice, but expensive!
We wouldn't do it again that's for sure. We went on Christmas Eve with a big group and they gave us the tour in a tram they drove. It was painfully slow and took almost 1.5 hours to go 2+ miles. The music is choppy around the tour at some displays but would be much nicer if IMHO if they played in on their own FM Broadcast throughout the park so you could hear music the entire time instead of with big breaks in between. Lots of the displays had many lights out or sections that weren't working. Most of our kids and adults couldn't wait for it to be over.
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Do we drive our own car?
Yes, you will drive yourself through the trail.
How long does it take to drive through the trail?
It depends, generally it takes over an hour. It really depends if you have cars in front of you.
Do we visit the tower before or after the Trail of Lights?
You will visit the tower after you drive through the trail. The tower will be located at the exit of the trail.
When is the Trail of Lights open?
Around November and December for the Christmas season.
What does the "Carload" ticket mean?
It's one price for however many people can fit in one car.