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Holiday Light Displays Bring Christmas Spirit to Branson

Soon, the Tri-Lakes Area will be awash in brightly colored Christmas light displays.

One of the centerpieces of the area’s holiday lights celebration is the Branson Area Festival of Lights Drive-Through.

“We are very excited about this year’s display,” said Kathleen Bullock, director of tourism development for the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

The drive-through display, which is open from Nov. 1-Dec. 31, is located at Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Expressway Lane in Branson.

Bullock said the mile-long drive-through boasts more than 230 separate displays with more than 1 million lights.

“This is definitely something different, this year,” she said. “About 95 percent of the displays are new. It is really something to see.”

The display is open from dusk until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from dusk until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

There are also three other major holiday lights displays.

Trail of Lights — The Trail of Lights, which runs from Nov. 1-Dec. 31, is a drive-through animation display that will carry you into the very heart of Christmas.

The trail winds its way through the historic 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, and will take you down the famous “Trail That Nobody Knows How Old” into a holiday wonderland.

The trail also includes millions of multi-colored Christmas lights.

Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City — This annual event, which runs from Nov. -Dec. 30, has been named one of the top 10 places in the country to have a bright Christmas by USA Today and the A&E Network.

Along with the millions of lights all over the park, this celebration features the five-story special effects Christmas Tree, adorned with more than 250,000 lights coordinated to blaze to the musical movements of Christmas songs. Families will also love the Holiday Light Parade.

The Enchanted Forest — Located at the U.S Army Corps of Engineers Campground on Indian Point Road in Stone County, the Enchanted Forest drive-through holiday light display is made up of more than 500,000 lights.

It is scheduled to be open from Nov. 10-Dec. 31.

There is no admission fee for this display, which will be open from dusk to midnight each day.

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News