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Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights in Branson, MO

5586 W Hwy 76Branson, MO 65616  
With a 20-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 it's 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 5:30pm and is open until 11:00pm or later as traffic dictates.
$8.25
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Monday, Feb 8, 2016

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Sunday, Feb 14, 2016

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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.

Highlights

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • Drive-through light display.
  • Variety of different themed lands.
  • Ticket includes entrance to Inspiration Tower.
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Good To Know

from Amy, our Branson Market Manager
  • 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.
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Description

from Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights
With a 20-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 it's 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 5:30pm and is open until 11:00pm or later as traffic dictates.
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Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

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Maddi Grover
1 Review
"Waste of money"
Reviewed December, 2015
Its very expensive at 12 dollars per adult and 6 dollars per child. Our kids were very disappointed, and we were as well. Alot of lights were burned out, not much to be excited about. The displays were old and outdated. Some of the lights were even falling off the trees and not hung up well. The best thing was the free cider at the end. Will not be returning.
Tip: Have cash, their card runner was down. Plan on wating in lime at least 30 minutes to get in. They were very slow getting folks in.

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Dakota Darby Branson, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Branson Christmas lights"
Reviewed February, 2015
The trail of lights at Shepherd of the Hills can be a very enjoyable experience. If you are not in a hurry and are in the mood for a leisurely ride through the trail, then it is a good time. If you have antsy little ones or are on a schedule, be cautious. This takes anywhere from 1:30-2 hours. The scenes are wonderful and the true message of CHRISTmas is presented. However, the scenes are becoming a bit outdated. This may not be an issue if you have never seen them before but I would hope a revamp would be in the works. It is pricey but can be worth it. It gives a great opportunity to enjoy the Christmas season with loved ones in the comfort of your own vehicle with beautiful scenery all around. If you have never done this I recommend it.
Tip: pricey, turn off your headlights, go to the bathroom before you enter

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David Jones Maplewood, MN
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Overall, a wonderful experience."
Reviewed January, 2015
Let me begin with the positives. You get free hot cocoa which we've never taken advantage of, but is a nice touch. You also get to go up into the tower to look down upon the surroundings, which is amazing at night! These AREN'T just a few strung up lights, but rather very detailed light displays including intricate scenes with figures. Go at your own pace.
There are three minor (and I repeat, minor) negatives. First, while fairly well laid out, there can be a few moments where you're like "which way do I go?", but usually you can easily find the way. Also, if someone is impatient behind you it could make going at your own pace more difficult. Lastly, the music, while very nice, can be loud if you roll down your windows for a better photo opportunity.
Tip: Remember to turn your headlights off when entering. Be sure to go up in the tower, and remember your hot cocoa if you want.

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derek mullarkey springfield, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"price"
Reviewed January, 2015
good price, easy process.

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MURIEL DANIELS Kearney, MO
5 Reviews
"It is a marvelous light display......"
Reviewed January, 2015
We went to see this 10 years ago....and it was good.......10 years later, they have expanded it 10 times and it is 10 times greater, lots of good things to see, fun, colorful, inspirational, and patriotic. Don't miss it if you are in Branson. In fact, I would drive to Branson again just to see it, and it is not expensive.
Tip: We went on a very foggy night which was a little scary driving, but there was no line either. The fog did not interfere, keep your windows down to hear the music. Great Price.....

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Reserve Branson Customer Edmond, OK
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Good for kids of all ages"
Reviewed January, 2015
The trail has many lights and music playing to go along with them. Each section has a theme. Very fun for young kids. Also the free hot chocolate or apple cider after was nice to warm up on a cold evening.

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Beverly Luck Collierville, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best drive-thru light display I've ever seen"
Reviewed January, 2015
We took our 3 grand kids ages 7-3, and they loved it. It has many moving displays and several unique light displays. The trip to the top of Inspiration Tower was neat, but you can't really see much of Branson in the dark. The free hot chocolate was a big hit with us all. Reserve Branson has the best ticket prices.
Tip: It took us about an hour to drive through the whole display because we stopped to let the kids watch the animated displays. The people behind us did keep riding up on us, so when we got to a wider spot, we pulled over and let them pass. This would be the only negative part of my review.

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Tanya Ganey Sherwood, AR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Friend Christmas Shows"
Reviewed January, 2015
This was the first time I had been to Trail of the Lights in over 16 years since my mother went to heaven. It was AWESOME and brought back many special memories we shared together in Branson. I go to Branson at least twice a year. I usually stay a few weeks. My record number of shows is 22 in one visit. This was my first time to use Reserve Branson and it was the best price in town. I would love to win the $1000 so I can continue to travel in my retired years. Also, I go to Gatlinburg and other places your site is listed. I will definitely be watching for AWESOME deals on your site in the future.
Tip: Some theaters offer 1/2 off after you purchase the first ticket and other discounts!

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Sheryl Claunch Excelsior Springs, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Christmas wonderland"
Reviewed January, 2015
First time at the Trail of Lights. It was so beautiful, we enjoyed the antique look of a lot of the displays, relaxing drive, festive music. Our ticket included going up in the Inspiration Tower to look out over Branson at all the lights, and free hot chocolate in the gift shop was nice too!
Tip: Get tickets online, travel early in November, we had no lines to wait in

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Teena Gray Conway, AR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Girls weekend"
Reviewed January, 2015
Price of Trail of Lights was lower than other sites, extremely easy to schedule a date and order tickets, easy to print the e-tickets with instructions easy to understand. Will definitely use this site again for future trips and will pass this site onto others. Great experience!
Tip: Have a general plan of what you want to do and when. Having this scheduled before hand made the weekend go smoother and easier to plan the whole weekend.

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Monica Dreiling Hays, KS
14 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Relaxing Fun"
Reviewed January, 2015
We loved the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights. My daughter insisted that I take pictures of all of the displays. She now has a photo book to remember the entire trail. My husband and mother-in-law also enjoyed the Trail of Lights. It was a fantastic evening activity! We would go again and will recommend it to others.

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Kay P. Deville, LA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Trail of Lights"
Reviewed January, 2015
Must see if your in Branson at Christmas. Breathtaking and beautiful of display of lights. My granddaughters were in awe of all the beautiful lights.
Tip: Make sure you go to the gift shop after your drive through and get your hot chocolate and cider.

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Anna Campney Houston, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great activity for the family"
Reviewed January, 2015
Veery pretty city with tons of stuff for you & the family
Tip: Nothing everything you could need can be found there

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Marcus Bryant Olsburg, KS
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best drive-through Christmas light show !!!!"
Reviewed January, 2015
This was by far the best drive-through of Christmas lights and Christmas Displays we have seen in one place. Fun for the whole family.
Tip: Make sure you know how to turn off your headlights before you enter the tour !!!

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Janet Deckman Wright City, MO
3 Reviews
"Last Minute Drive Through"
Reviewed January, 2015
We had not planned for this but drove past it on the way to lodging and decided to visit. What a wonderful drive through experience. Tons of lights and little animated huts. Tons to see and well worth it.
Tip: Don't rush take your time and enjoy!

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Reserve Branson Customer O'Fallon, MO
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Nice but oudated"
Reviewed January, 2015
It took a long time to get through the lights because it was so crowded. Many of the displays were outdated and need to be updated. Overall it was a good display and the kids enjoyed it.

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Vivian Vansant sparta, IL
5 Reviews
"Drive through Christmas lights"
Reviewed January, 2015
This is one of the best drive through light shows Ive driven through. It is animated as well. Kids will really like seeing all the beautiful lights and scenery. Highly recommended.
Tip: Drive slowly and take your time. Go to the top of the tower when done. It has a spectacular view of the area

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Chel G

North Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

"Trail of Lights"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2016

Its cute for what it is. A bunch of lights over 2.5 miles. It's slow based of how many cars are going through as well. We had fun laughing at all the different scenes that were displayed. Would I do this again.. probably not but at least I can say that I've experienced the lights in Branson. It could be nice for smaller children who enjoy christmas lights as well. A little pricey but we purchased discount tickets on reservebranson.com.

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jasonsF6157MS


"OK but little pricey for what you see"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 03, 2016

$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.

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samanthandtravismom

Kenora, Canada

"Read the book before you come"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 01, 2016

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!

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MKTBE

Topeka, Kansas

"Trail of Lights - Nice, Expensive, Dated"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 01, 2016

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!

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DallasRdWarrior

Dallas, Texas

"Trail of Lights - disappointed"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 31, 2015

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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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.

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