Driving through the Branson Area Festival of Lights, one might catch themselves singing “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
Thousands of lights illuminate the way with displays of three french hens, two turtle doves and, of course, a partridge in a pear tree.
Hundreds of other displays are brightly lit on the mile-long drive.
The journey begins off Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Expressway Lane, across from the Sight and Sound Theatre.
North Pole Productions, which works with Christmas light displays mainly in the eastern states of New York and Connecticut, has been hired by the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce to set up and maintain the display during the holiday season.
It took a little bit of time to put it all together.
“It took a month to set it up and another week to make sure everything was working right,” said Carla Heinen, with North Pole Productions. “This is the second year we have been here.”
Visitors from Branson and out of state have enjoyed the Christmas lights for many years.
Ed Werth, of Indianapolis, Ind., said he and his wife look forward to seeing the lights when they visit Branson.
“We’ve seen them before,” he said. “This year, they looked great.”
It’s a job filled with joy, Heinen says.
“We’re really proud of our work,” she said. “You know people are happy when they are singing at the end.”
The Festival of Lights drive-through is open until Dec. 31.
The drive-through cost for family vehicles is $10. A family season pass is $15. Mini-coaches, church vans and limousine are $25. Full-sized motorcoaches are $50.