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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 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.

Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

18 Reviews
Karsyn Batt
Tecumseh, OK
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Trail of Lights"
February, 2016
My family traveled up to Branson from Tecumseh, Ok. We had a long day of traveling and decided to hit up the trail of lights first thing before we even went to our hotel. We got there around 9:30 at night. The trail was so AWESOME! My girls (ages 6 and 4) were beyond amazed at everything. The tiniest details just made this display a one-of-a-kind attraction. The tower at the end was nothing short of spectacular. We were in awe by seeing all the lights of Branson from up top. The only drawback I had to this whole experience is: there wasn't hot cocoa like we were told when we made it to the tower. Like stated above, we got there a little later at night. But the people at the main entrance told us to be sure to get our hot cocoa before we left. When we made it to the tower we didn't see anyone serving it anywhere. We asked the person at the gift shop counter and they didn't even respond. We left, and we were still amazed by everything. But if they stop serving the cocoa, just let us know at the gate so we aren't expecting it. That's the only issue we had. Otherwise awesome!!!!
Tip: Go earlier in the evening to get the refreshments (if desired). Also was very busy when we went at 9:30pm.

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Maddi Grover
1 Review
"Waste of money"
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"
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."
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"
January, 2015
good price, easy process.

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MURIEL DANIELS
Kearney, MO
5 Reviews
"It is a marvelous light display......"
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"
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"
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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deniseB6419BH
Houma, Louisiana
"Family oriented"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2016 NEW
We spent most of the day here. Started with the tram tour of the property, getting a lesson on the Shepherd of the Hills book. Then did the observation tower, ate a sandwich, then we did the 4:00 dinner and show. The dinner was a chuck wagon themed meal. Brisket, beans etc. which was good, the show is Ozark mountain music based on cowboy bunkhouse music. Then we did the big night show. This is a production, large cast, animals etc. which reenacts the book.
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jhatcher2016
Saint Louis, Missouri
"Great fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2016 NEW
My son who is 5 years old was interested and engaged to this outdoor theater show through the whole thing. We had a great experience and this was the 2nd time we have been as a family and will go again in the future.
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kentbevo
The Woodlands, Texas
"Fun Evening Under Stars"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2016 NEW
Saw the Shepherd of the Hills outdoor play with my wife and enjoyed it as it told the story of the Ozarks settlers. A fun evening.
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Bob U
Dallas, Texas
"Interesting Tour and beautiful views from the tower"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 11, 2016 NEW
My wife and I stopped by here on our 2nd visit to Branson. I went up in the tower, beautiful views for miles and miles. We both went on the tour, and the guide was fantastic. For the tour, you sit on a covered trailer that is driven by the guide. 1st stop is the original log cabin. The guide does a great job showing the inside of the cabin, and explaining the story behind the book. The cabin is loaded with lots of stuff original to the house. The tour then drives around the property, down to the set for the show (we did not see the live show). The history behind the place is very interesting, the scenery is beautiful and it was a very enjoyable afternoon. Definitely recommend going to this if you have the time.
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LWill2
"Gorgeous evening under the stars!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2016 NEW
First I would suggest you read the book to get the most out of this play. The book is fictional but is based on real geographical locations. The actors are locals but do a good job telling the story. We all enjoyed it and will try to do it again next year.

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.