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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Imagine all the Christmas decorations from the 50's, 60's, and 70's were collected and displayed randomly across 2.5 miles of trail. Now imagine to ensure these national treasures of random awesomeness you put them in boxes, and covered it with cellophane. Add in a piece of Americana, dinosaur displays, and rams that can't decide whether to bring peace on earth with a lion or clash horns with their fellow ram and you have the Trail of Lights in a nutshell. But wait - that's not all! You also have the great pleasure of suffering this misery for far longer than you would like as the cars in front of you inch slowly along, taking pictures of each display due to their fear that the decorations won't make it another year and they need to preserve this memory for all time. And while hot chocolate is included in the price - you must make the ultimate payment - an hour of your time. Because the hot chocolate, of course, is at the end of the display and off the beaten trail. But other than that - it was great. Aliens, dinosaurs, and nativity scenes. It's what Christmas was always meant to be.
Had a great time with all aspects of the evening. Cowboys singing around camp fire. The food was good and beans/cornbread excellent. Trail of lights was a must do this time year if you visit Branson. Trip up the tower is better during day.
2.5 miles of lights.... wow... great experience.... 11 bucks... Maybe the cheapest thing going in Branson right now... go see it!
The Christmas trail of lights at Shepard of the Hills is great for families. This drive through attraction has lots of specially lighted and animated Christmas displays. It ends with a trip to the top of the observation tower. With discounted tickets you can make it a very reasonable thing to do for a couple of hours. Best to go when most people are in the shows as it isn't crowded then.
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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.