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
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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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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NickVago95
Branson, Missouri
"Very acomidating and friendly!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2018 NEW
My friends and I had been looking for a zip line that was really high and fast. After looking around on review sites and YouTube we stumbled upon this one. We decided to go for it. The day we showed up it started raining and they temporarily closed it. They were very professional and respectful when they explained why we couldn’t do it in the rain. They allowed us to come back the next day anytime. When we showed up the second time they remembered us and quickly took us too the top and got us ready to go. The ride was very smooth and had great views. I felt safe and secure while riding. Don’t let the height and speed scare you. It is an amazing zip line. It was so smooth we were able to hold our phones and film while going full speed. Overall great experience and awesome views.
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Jodi H
"Wonderful Ozark story "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2018 NEW
An outdoor production that is done using live animals. This tells the story of Matt & Molly. This is an actual book written over a hundred years ago. It’s also been done as a movie starring John Wayne. This play runs the gambit of all emotions. The actors are wonderful & very convincing in their roles. Oh, another thing I liked is the beginning. America, our flag & our veterans are all honored. Then you say The Pledge of Allegiance. They do have chairs for you to sit in & not just cement tiers like in most amphitheaters. There’s concessions & restrooms. Trams take you to & from the parking lots. Also other activities to do there. This is a great way to spend an evening with family & friends!
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Kimberly M
"Zipline and more"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2018 NEW
We combine the zipline, vigilante and the ropes course into a one day adventure. We were very impressed, the morning of our scheduled events rain was in the forecast and the weather outside showed it. We received a phone call from Shepard of the hills concerning the weather and rescheduled for the afternoon. When we arrived, we found the staff very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend this adventure.
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hlcofer
Godfrey, Illinois
"My Favorite!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2018 NEW
I am so lucky that I was able to see this play again! Of course there have been a few changes since I first seen it, but the essence has remained the same! Anybody going to Branson should support this gem!
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Mark D
Denver, Colorado
"ZipRider was pricey but very cool. UTV exerience was superior."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 09, 2018 NEW
There's quite a tower here and I spent $30 to ride the zip line from the top. As I explained to my wife, I wanted to jump off a perfectly good tower for no particularly good reason. The ride from the top takes about 40 seconds once they push the release button and goes approx. a half mile the landing pad. You ride in sling chair with two safety belts on so I'm convinced that it'd be safe even for wiggly kids. Once at the bottom you're brought back to the top in a jeep-drawn tram car. On the whole? Pricey for the experience. As a one-off, I'm not sad I did it but I think $20 for the experience would be more reasonable. However, it's Branson, everything is pricey. It's a tourist city. What we really enjoyed was the UTV experience. We paid for the longer of the trips, 90 minutes of which 60 or so is spent driving a four-seat side-by-side UTV around a small patch of woods. The path is winding enough and varied enough that even though I recognized the same tree going by left to right then later right to left, I didn't feel like we were simply driving in circles. The driver of the UTV, currently Can Am Mavericks, must be a licensed driver. The back seats of the UTV are tight and not well suited for 6-footers. Children and, in my case, short wives are fine. Pricing is on a sliding scale decreasing per passenger for more passengers. I thought the value for the price was excellent. The UTVs are governed to keep you from getting into serious trouble but there's plent of trees to be dodged. That part was fun but they do remind you that you agreed, in all the fine print, that you're personally responsible for repairs if you crash it so do be careful. That said, I had a blast. The ticketing station for this is poorly marked as of this time with a temporary sign. If you're going in summer or fall of 2018, plan extra time to get lost & re-found. The ticket people are in the white house at the top of the hill before the tower. My only complaint is now I want my own UTV.
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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.