Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights in Branson, MO

5586 W Hwy 76Branson, MO 65616
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Overview

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, and festive music.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • E-tickets must be redeemed at Trail of Lights Drive-Thru booth.
  • Turn headlights off before entering.
  • Roll your windows down so you can hear the holiday music.
  • Visit the gift shop for complimentary hot cider and hot chocolate.
  • Drive-through light display.
  • Variety of different themed lands.

Description

from Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights
With a 28-year Heritage of Holiday Magic, the Trail of Lights is a drive-through trail of millions of multi-colored Christmas lights, and themed, animated displays, winding its way through the 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, and straight into the very Heart of Christmas! As you wind your way through the homestead, you are reminded of your childhood as it seems you are driving through one snow globe after another. The Trail of Lights has been rated by the Travel Channel as one of the top five drive-through Christmas displays in the United States.

Hot cocoa will be included in the Trail of Lights.

November 1 - December 31
The Trail opens at dark and is open until 10:30 pm Sunday thru Thursday and 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturdays, or later as traffic dictates. Dually Trucks are not allowed on the trail.

Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

32 Reviews
Pamela Porter
1 Review
"Awful! It has changed!"
November, 2018 NEW
The trail is 1.5 miles shorter and displays look old and terrible. They now want you to do a walking trail which I did not bc it was 30 degrees. The road takes you a different direction and it was narrow and scarey driving. I felt very u safe. You can’t see the displays very well going the new direction. Nothing makes sense. I am so disappointed!!!! I will not return!
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Tip: Don’t go it is awful! I would not go if it was free it is that bad!

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Richard J.
1 Review
"Disappointed"
November, 2018 NEW
Drove through this event two years ago and it was great. Drove through this year in November and it was a huge disappointment. Much shorter, less to see, a walk through tour at the end that was an additional charge which we did not do. We couldn't even go into the tower that night. Won't do again.
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Tip: pricey with less to see than other years.

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Naved Baig
Palatine, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights"
February, 2018
We were on our way from Chicago to Dallas last December and decided to take a detour via Branson MO. After checking in the hotel, we checked some of the attractions nearby and stumbled upon the Christmas lighting on Shepard Hills and decided to check it out; and glad we did. It was an excellent experience; the theme was perfect and the decorations were very well planned and lit. We also got a free pass to the tower from which we can view the city. Free Hot chocolate at the end was definitely icing on the cake. We will definitely recommend it.
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Tip: It might be a little difficult driving around the curves so drive slow and follow the speed limits.

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Reserve Branson Customer
Lees Summit, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Best Trail of Lights"
February, 2018
This was not your typical "drive-through neighborhood lights display." This is a well-crafted, thoughtful Christmas display that lasts much longer than you'd expect (that's a good thing). We look forward to going here every year!
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Tip: There is Christmas music playing from various speakers throughout the trial. The trail ends with free admission to Inspiration Tower.

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david maynord
hot springs, AR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"one of the best things in BRANSON"
February, 2018
My wife and I ENJOY BRANSON and especially at christmas. this was our 57th anniversary. we have spent several of our anniversaries here and look forward to next time.The Shepard of the Hills Trail of LIGHTS is a very enjoyable drive. Even our little
dog enjoyed it as he stood up to the window and talked to every exhibit.We even went
back the next night.
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Tip: a great value. enjoy everything including the tower. best it you can have a warm night

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Elizabeth Duran
Kansas City , MO
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Pathway of lights"
February, 2018
Very nice, had a lot of beautiful lights. I did notice however some of the areas looked old and not kept up....still a good time...In the Christmas Spirit
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Tip: It is a lengthy ride

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T Marshall
1 Review
"Waste of money"
December, 2017
DEFINITELY NOT WORTH THE PRICE AND TIME! Like other reviewers “we have seen better in people’s yards”. Rip off!!!!!
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Megan A.
18 Reviews
"Perfect on a cold night!"
December, 2017
My family visits the Trail of Lights every year and enjoys the vintage booth displays and Shepherd charm. It takes about an hour, depending on the number of cars in front of you. It's a great opportunity to see the Shepherd of the Hills property you wouldn't normally see and the trail offers vintage Christmas themed scenes. The Trail of Lights admission includes a free tower visit and hot cocoa at the end, which makes the cost actually worth it.
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Tip: Includes tower admission and hot cocoa!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Jessica F
"Not what we expected"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
Our family was extremely excited about seeing the lights on a carriage ride. However, we felt very mislead. It advertisement said it would take around 30 minutes.. It took our family longer to load the carriage and get covered up, than the ride took its self. It was simply the walk-thru section, very few lights and displays. We were not satisfied at all, huge waste of money.
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Jim R
Branson, Missouri
"Where Branson began"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2018 NEW
Great historical significance. Take your whole family and enjoy this attraction. Your camera will love the eye candy.
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lisasW2112BL
Sherrard
"Awful light display"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2018 NEW
We were so disappointed. $25 to drive thru a VERY OUTDATED light display. Several display lights were out. Lights that were on were dim.
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Janice V
Fisk, MO
"Trail of Lights Drive Thru Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2018 NEW
Website says this has been around for 29 years. The displays look like it. Almost no animation. Many, many lights out. Display cases dark with scarred plastic fronts. Way overpriced at $25/vehicle.
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Kathy M
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
"Disappointed Because Years Ago it was Magical!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 09, 2018 NEW
It’s always fun to drive through a display of Christmas lights during the holidays and this drive has the potential to be a great one but the money must not be going back into their displays. We went on this drive some 20 years ago and had remembered how cool the window, antimated displays were. It’s like the magic came alive. It’s a shame that they have not kept them up because that part of this drive is novel compared to most. I think it would be better to charge $5 a person instead of $25 a carload. $25 for just two of us seemed quite ridiculous.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights

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.

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. This does not include Passenger Vans. The maximum number of people in one carload is 8 people.

Where do I redeem my e-Ticket?
E-tickets must be redeemed at the Trail of Lights Drive-Thru booth.