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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

19 Reviews
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!
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
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Amy M
"Family Vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2017 NEW
I'm so happy this show opened back up! It truly is the heart of Branson! I love the outdoor theatre. The cast is wonderful and there's such a great message in the shows dialogue.
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bill z
Kansas City, Missouri
"Watching American History-Ozark Style"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2017 NEW
This is one of the most iconic locations in America and am sure glad that it has been reopened. The site includes authentic buildings of the 1880-1910 era. Very well preserved and in their original locations. The play is like watching American History with a focus on the Ozarks. I first saw this play in the 1960's and have enjoyed it many times since. Each time it seems to be a little better. Tourist to the Branson area should visit this site and attend the play to enjoy history.
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CountryMomx2
Adrian, Missouri
"Back open and excellent"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 09, 2017 NEW
We love going to the Shepherd of the Hills play. You can tell they just changed owners and they are in the process of updating and changing buildings. They are also adding some new attractions. I can't wait until they get their restaurant open so we can eat before the play. The play is excellent in it's own right and we really enjoyed it (again). I seem to catch something different each time I see the play. We'll be back next year!
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Ciera G
"Very Cute"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 07, 2017 NEW
This show is a very cute and quaint production worth seeing. Very family friendly and is interactive for the whole family! The shop was a little disappointing, but I hope the new owners will take care of that.
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Sheryl H
Neosho, Missouri
"Treated unfairly and disrespectable "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 31, 2017 NEW
The employees were very very helpful, the show was fun, but I have a complaint. I have a disability and cannot climb stairs. We were dropped off at the bottom of the theater which was so helpful so that I only had to climb a few stairs. I had my children and grandchildren with me so after the show was over we waited in line for the tram to pick us up. While we were waiting we were just getting ready to get on the tram when an employee stopped us and said we need to let these people on first. We had been waiting in line, and I was in a lot of pain and an employee basically shoved us back for someone behind us. I did not feel that we were treated fairly and respectfully by one employee. It was a bad ending to an enjoyable show and I will pass the word around how I was treated.

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.