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, festive music and a ride on the glass elevators of Inspiration Tower.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • 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.
  • Ticket includes entrance to Inspiration Tower.

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.

Included in the Trail is a trip up the area's largest Christmas Tree -the 230-foot Inspiration Tower - for a Santa's-eye view of 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

30 Reviews
Naved Baig
Palatine, IL
1 Review
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"Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights"
February, 2018 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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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Reserve Branson Customer
1 Review
"Way over priced."
December, 2017
I hate to write a negative review, but. A few of the displays were just old, faded and sad looking. I have seen better displays in private yards. My family and I had fun laughing at many of the poor props. If $35 dollars wasn't enough of a gouge, they were trying yo sell bagged popcorn in the middle of the trail for $5. I cannot recommend this attraction to anyone. You stay in line for a while to get to the place where you pay to go in and at that point I didn't see any way to turn around and leave or I would have. Before I ever went in. You have my email address if you will email me I will gladly give you my mailing address so you can refund my $35.
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Tip: Overpriced and not quite up to par of the rest of the things I saw in Branson.

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Brian Newman
1 Review
"Worst trail ever"
November, 2017
Worst Christmas trail I have ever been on for $12 a person you would expect a good light show but all they have is burnt out lights and old out dated shadow boxes that are dusty and falling apart.
I have driven down streets that have better Christmas displays DON'T WAIST YOUR MONEY!!!!!!
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Tip: Old and broken

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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skipreader
Timonium, Maryland
"So Glad This Historic Play Is Still Operating! Please support it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 08, 2018 NEW
"The Shepherd of the Hills" play is based on the best selling book of the same name authored by Harold Bell Wright. At one time this was the second biggest selling open air play in the world, second only to The Passion Play in Arkansas. There are numerous activities and gift shops at the Shepherd of the Hills homestead including several historical buildings, primarily Old Matt's Cabin. The actors in the play are local folks who do an excellent job and many of the roles have been passed down to fellow family members over the years. I go way back to the original location set-up when we sat on actual split log benches and the show was actually stopped one night when a skunk walked through the audience seating area...you never saw people scatter so fast in your life. It startled the actors who actually stopped the play until the skunk has passed and re-started the play from there. Now it's a nice modern arena, with much better lighting, designed specifically for the play. Did I mention they burn down a building on stage every night? Oh, and the front row seats are the best because the animals running by throw up dirt clods into your lap. Talk about realistic special effects! This is not a Broadway play, this is a Southern MIssouri play about what life was really like back in the old days and I think you'll really like it. I know I do and have and over the years I've seen the play six times! Go...enjoy!
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bcpr02
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
"Drive Thru Xmas Light"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2018
It has the most fantastic Xmas lights display. Just take your own pace in order to enjoy the displays.
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zzzbill
Emporia, Kansas
"Needs Updated"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2018
I have been here several times for the Trail of Lights, and overall, it is the same. It needs updating desperately. Several exhibits were without power (dark) and the older booths are looking dated and worn. The show and dinner were okay, but lackluster. The food was average (didn't help that Dixie Stampede was so awesome the night before...so there was some comparison going on), and musicians were okay, but uninspired. I love the summer play and will always support Shepherd of the Hills in the summer, but doubt I will return for Trail of Lights without some updating.
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van3300
Medford, Oregon
"Christmas on the Trail, Trail of Lights, Inspiration Tower"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 01, 2018
The show was OK if you want to hear the "cowboy" spoken by the entertainers every other word, The Trail of Lights was fun to cruise through for a Christmas Eve activity. It is hard to see anything from the tower after dark.
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peggyg739
Lonoke, United States
"Christmas lights are fantastic"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 31, 2017
We took the Trail of Lights tour and it was great. Each turn revealed a new experience. There is something for everyone.
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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.

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.