Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights in Branson, MO

5586 W Hwy 76Branson, MO 65616
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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.


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.

Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

23 Reviews
Brian Newman
1 Review
"Worst trail ever"
November, 2017 NEW
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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Janine Micke
1 Review
"Great light tour with old Christmas charm"
November, 2017 NEW
After our Christmas on the trail show, we got to go through the light display as part of our ticket. Got our free cocoa and enjoyed the lights. My favorite thing was the little animated displays. Very cute and nostalgic. The church in white lights was stunning. Had fun watching the lights from up in the tower.
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Tip: Get your free drink first and use the restroom so u can go slowly thru the park. Bathrooms at end in Inspiration tower.

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Melissa Miller
1 Review
"Too pricey for quality"
November, 2017 NEW
Went last year and it was pretty good, seems to have gotten really worse this year. Was told no veterans discount this year, new owners. A lot of lights were out, and most of what was working were old and faded. Won't be going back.
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Tip: Try the other one on shepherd of hills parkway, much better

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Kevin Tompkins
1 Review
"Not worth your money"
November, 2017 NEW
We went tonight, 11/4/17, to Trial of Lights. They have not even been open a week and already lights not working. The lights might have been something back 20 years ago. I have seen neighborhoods have a much better light show. I LOVE LOVE Christmas. I start listening to Christmas music sometimes in September. I am a big kid and not hard to please when it comes to Christmas lights, but I was far from impressed. Trail of Lights has SOOOO much potential, but falls flat.
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Tip: Not worth $12. Set low expectations.

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Abby O'Hara
1 Review
"Trail of lights"
November, 2016
Trail of light at Shepard of the hills is the best! Its fun for all ages! Would definetly recommend it to everyone. There was about a 12 minute wait for tickets, but after that the trail was about 1.5 hours of Christmas magic! They had tons of different themes. Although the Christmas music wasn't played over the whole trail, it was still a great time!
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Tip: Don't go too late as it will be at least an 1.5 hours between the ticket wait and the trail. Be sure and go to the bathroom before you enter the ticket line!

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Karsyn Batt
Tecumseh, OK
2 Reviews
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"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!!!!
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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.
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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.
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Tip: pricey, turn off your headlights, go to the bathroom before you enter

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West Monroe, Louisiana
"Trail of Lights"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 21, 2017 NEW
Really wonderful experience. The Trail of Lights really took us back to "old time" Christmas memories! We enjoyed the kettle popcorn along the way too!
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
"Loved the Christmas Lights!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
Our church group took this scenic Christmas Light tour riding on the tram. The air was crisp so dress warm as this is at night. Our tram drivers were so nice and handed out blankets to those of us who needed them to wrap up in. We even stopped for hot chocolate and a little Shopping!
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"Christmas on the Trail"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
We enjoyed the mix of food, music, comedy, and patriotism. We were there on Veterans Day. They honored all the vets. It was great. The food was interesting and good. If you are a picky eater, be prepared. Everyone gets the same meal. They feed a lot of people in a short time. Our cowgirl Cassie was very quick keeping drinks filled. The music was like what I imagine old Cowboys would have sang around a campfire.
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Kevin M
Lincoln, Nebraska
"Holiday Lights Drive Thru is an Expensive JOKE!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2017 NEW
Don't fall victim to this terrible tourist trap. More than $8 per person for a ridiculous drive past old garage sale props they have thrown on the lawn. The Branson Visitors Bureau should get this shut down as it reflects very poorly preying on visitors to the area.
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Gwendolyn S
Elwood, Nebraska
"WOW get ready for Christmas"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2017 NEW
This was an exciting and enjoyable show. The food was great, the service excellent and the entertainment fantastic. Really a down to earth program and family oriented also. The trail of Christmas lights was well put together and it was quite a site to see. We had a very good time.
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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.