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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!
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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
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!!!!
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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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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.
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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.
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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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jkgabranson17
Branson, Missouri
"excellent show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2017 NEW
The meal was very good .The meat was very tender and flavorful. The potions were generous. They put on a show that is pure in that it does not rely on special lights and acoustics and lasted a full 2 hours. Totally family friendly. A do not miss presentation!
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kkee1006
Holden, Maine
"We love the Shepherd of the Hills ply"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2017 NEW
My husband and I were at the play last weekend and it did not disappoint. We came to the play 34 years ago on our honeymoon and have been several times as our children grew up and look forward to bringing our grandchildren here. We loved talking to the cast and hearing how many years many of them have performed at Shepherd of the Hills and what a family affair it truly is. We are so happy that your doors are back open again. God bless and thanks for a wonderful evening!!
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TeamTex
Houston, Texas
"Fun to See and Experience, but needs to be Updated"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 07, 2017 NEW
My parents went to "Shepherd of the Hills" more than 50 years ago, so they wanted us to experience the play also. I had read the "Shepherd of the Hills" book recently, so I was looking forward to seeing the play in person. My parents and my wife and I spent the afternoon at "Moses" at the Sight and Sound Theater, so we saw what an exciting, modern play can look like. I had high hopes for the evening at "Shepherd of the Hills." The employees were very nice and give customers a ride down the hill to where the theater is located. The setting is interesting in the woods. The play is exciting with horses riding through and gunshots. The challenge is that in order for the cast to move out of the way of the horses that ride through regularly, the actors stand about 50 feet or farther from the audience, so even though we were on the first row it felt like we were near the back of a typical theater. We had sat in the balcony of the "Moses" play and it felt like we were closer to the action than at the "Sheperd of the Hills" play. It would be an easy fix for the "Shepherd of the Hills" to move much of the action forward closer to the audience and let the horses ride behind them. This would especially work when there is just dialogue between characters and no animals around. After the play, one of the highlights is to get to interact with the cast. When I mentioned the idea to move closer to the audience to the head actor, he said "that is the way that we have always done it and we don't want to change." Considering that the theater was less than half full on a Saturday night, it was surprising that they didn't want to improve since they are competing with the sold out "Moses" performance that is as up-to-date as any theater experience. On a positive note, it is very fun to square dance with the cast at Intermission. Because of my family history of going to the play 50 years ago and because I would like for my grandkids to see the "Shepherd of the Hills" play someday, I hope that the "Shepherd of the Hills' management and actors will be willing to improve and will update the play as they can still be true to its history and make it interesting for current audiences who are used to seeing the expressions on actors' faces in movies and on screens.
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Brenda K
Monticello, Arkansas, United States
"A Step Back in Time"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2017 NEW
The Shepherd of the Hills performance provided a enjoyable way to spend an evening. It had an old-fashioned feel to it. It brought back memories for me as I had attended before about 35 years ago.
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ball996
"Still the Best Way to start your Branson vacation!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2017 NEW
We came to Branson with friends who had never been here before so we wanted them to have the best experience ever by people who know what's good. We started with Shepherd of the Hills because this is really where it all started. The show was still good, sound system much improved since we last came and actors and staff extremely courteous and friendly. Smaller crowd due to show being on a Monday night, but American patriotism, value of morals and great show was more than we could have asked for. Excellent value and satisfying for all! A must see for young or old, best if new to the area to see first. Great!!!!
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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.