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, and festive music.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • E-tickets must be redeemed at Trail of Lights Drive-Thru booth.
  • 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.

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.

Hot cocoa will be included in 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

48 Reviews
Madalyn Tretenburg
1 Review
"The Trail of Creepy Boxes"
December, 2018 NEW
I have heard that the trail of lights were great but I went and found out otherwise. The trail was more boxes with creepy dolls inside than lights. The trail is very narrow. The lights that were there had problems of their own. Many were not working properly. Would not recommend to anyone.
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Wayne Austin
1 Review
"String of lights, pot holes, and boxes with scenes"
December, 2018 NEW
2018 Holiday Trail of Lights. Or string of lights, pot holes, and boxes with various holiday scenes. Some are animated, others are static. I can see time and detail went into creating some of them. My Wife found a few of them quite interesting. I just wouldn't call it a trail of lights.

The lights themselves were very basic and dated. It's all about the boxes. Which in themselves are rather dated.

The trail itself is a long winding "road" going up the hill. This is a fairly narrow road for which hasn't been maintained in a long time. Granted, I'm driving a vehicle with low profile tires. I found I spent the entire drive crawling and dodging pot holes. Some are seriously deep and could do damage to wheels if you aren't careful.

It's also rather dark. You'd think being a trail of lights that wouldn't be a problem. But I noticed quite a few people getting confused finding the place and trying to negotiate some tighter turns. I personally didn't have a problem, but I can see where it could be an issue for some.

There's also promise of hot chocolate if you want to park, go inside, and wait through more lines. Honestly, for $25 (per car load), I wouldn't go again. Once again, my wife found a bit more interest. It's just not worth the cost.
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Matt W
1 Review
"Really sad"
December, 2018 NEW
This is a really poor trail of lights. Many of the lights don't work and most of the displays look like they haven't been changed for 50 years. Honestly, the fact that they're charging for this should be a crime. You would see better lights and displays by just driving around neighborhoods and that's free.
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Robyn Myers
1 Review
"Disappointed"
December, 2018
I was very disappointed this year not woth the $25 a carload. They have shortened it this year and the one thing I looked forward to was the tower and it is another $25. Probably won't make the trip back to Branson for this.
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Tip: It has really went downhill with a price increase

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julie m.
gerald, MO
4 Reviews
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"Beautiful lights and very long drive well worth the 25 to drive thru"
December, 2018
It was chilli out so was good thing you could drive thru it.. we went on Thursday night wasn't busy you could take your time and enjoy the lights
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Kim Charles
1 Review
"Awesome"
December, 2018
I normally do not write reviews but after reading the bad reviews,I have to. The night I went it was raining and foggy. But the whole carload loved it. Really enjoyed all of it,keep up the great work.
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Tip: Awesome and worth it.

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Hannah G
1 Review
"Discrimination"
December, 2018
Website should include that dually trucks do not fit down Trail ... waste of time and got our hopes up...
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William Houts
Springfield, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Lights"
December, 2018
It was good wished there was more lights and not so many little boxes but overall I would do it again
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bcpr02
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
"Worth Visiting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 05, 2019 NEW
After dinner/show we did the walk to 'North Pole Adventure'. Then we did the car thru to see all the Christmas lights
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Brenda S
"CHRISTMAS SHOW and Lights"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 31, 2018 NEW
The Shepherd of the Hills Christmas Carol was fun. The dinner was good . the drive thru lights were the highlight of it all!
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Karen C
"So much to see and Do at Shepherd of the Hills"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 31, 2018 NEW
They have a great night time drama/play that is AMAZING. The characters in this play is amazing and its a must see. They have the Shepherd of the Hills tower that you will want to check out while you are there. The view from the top of the tower is amazing 360 degrees view of Branson and the Ozark Hills. Fall is my favorite time to go in the tower. Bring your camera for lots of pics. Also at the tower you can zip line . I haven't actually do that but it sure looks fun. Some day I will. Do miss this place. They also have a great dinner show. Very affordable.
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400darrels
Bolivar, Missouri
"Ridiculous light show "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 30, 2018 NEW
The entrance isn’t lit up so very hard to find while traveling in traffic at 45MPH. But once you do find it you’ll be met by a very rude attendant tired of hearing about the no light at the entrance making this attraction a Total waist of time and money. The light displays are very outdated, the radio soundtrack doesn’t make any sense with regards to the extremely outdated displays . Still trying to figure out where space ships and dinosaurs fit into the Christmas celebrations. If you find yourself in Branson Mo for the Christmas season save the $25 dollars and hit your thumb with a hammer it’ll hurt less and save you $25 dollars.
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Morseforse
"The Morse 2018 Excursion"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 30, 2018 NEW
This was absolutely the most incredibly fun thing we have ever done on a vacation!! We did the 90 minute ride and switched drivers so we both had a chance to drive. The course was not easy, it was hilly and had lots of muddy areas and tons of water to splash through. We were covered from head to toe in mud and couldn’t have been any happier. Definitely don’t miss this!!!
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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.

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. This does not include Passenger Vans. The maximum number of people in one carload is 8 people.

Where do I redeem my e-Ticket?
E-tickets must be redeemed at the Trail of Lights Drive-Thru booth.