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 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.

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 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

30 Reviews
Naved Baig
Palatine, IL
1 Review
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"Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights"
February, 2018
We were on our way from Chicago to Dallas last December and decided to take a detour via Branson MO. After checking in the hotel, we checked some of the attractions nearby and stumbled upon the Christmas lighting on Shepard Hills and decided to check it out; and glad we did. It was an excellent experience; the theme was perfect and the decorations were very well planned and lit. We also got a free pass to the tower from which we can view the city. Free Hot chocolate at the end was definitely icing on the cake. We will definitely recommend it.
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Tip: It might be a little difficult driving around the curves so drive slow and follow the speed limits.

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Reserve Branson Customer
Lees Summit, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Best Trail of Lights"
February, 2018
This was not your typical "drive-through neighborhood lights display." This is a well-crafted, thoughtful Christmas display that lasts much longer than you'd expect (that's a good thing). We look forward to going here every year!
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Tip: There is Christmas music playing from various speakers throughout the trial. The trail ends with free admission to Inspiration Tower.

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david maynord
hot springs, AR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"one of the best things in BRANSON"
February, 2018
My wife and I ENJOY BRANSON and especially at christmas. this was our 57th anniversary. we have spent several of our anniversaries here and look forward to next time.The Shepard of the Hills Trail of LIGHTS is a very enjoyable drive. Even our little
dog enjoyed it as he stood up to the window and talked to every exhibit.We even went
back the next night.
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Tip: a great value. enjoy everything including the tower. best it you can have a warm night

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Elizabeth Duran
Kansas City , MO
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Pathway of lights"
February, 2018
Very nice, had a lot of beautiful lights. I did notice however some of the areas looked old and not kept up....still a good time...In the Christmas Spirit
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Tip: It is a lengthy ride

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T Marshall
1 Review
"Waste of money"
December, 2017
DEFINITELY NOT WORTH THE PRICE AND TIME! Like other reviewers “we have seen better in people’s yards”. Rip off!!!!!
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Megan A.
18 Reviews
"Perfect on a cold night!"
December, 2017
My family visits the Trail of Lights every year and enjoys the vintage booth displays and Shepherd charm. It takes about an hour, depending on the number of cars in front of you. It's a great opportunity to see the Shepherd of the Hills property you wouldn't normally see and the trail offers vintage Christmas themed scenes. The Trail of Lights admission includes a free tower visit and hot cocoa at the end, which makes the cost actually worth it.
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Tip: Includes tower admission and hot cocoa!

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Reserve Branson Customer
1 Review
"Way over priced."
December, 2017
I hate to write a negative review, but. A few of the displays were just old, faded and sad looking. I have seen better displays in private yards. My family and I had fun laughing at many of the poor props. If $35 dollars wasn't enough of a gouge, they were trying yo sell bagged popcorn in the middle of the trail for $5. I cannot recommend this attraction to anyone. You stay in line for a while to get to the place where you pay to go in and at that point I didn't see any way to turn around and leave or I would have. Before I ever went in. You have my email address if you will email me I will gladly give you my mailing address so you can refund my $35.
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Tip: Overpriced and not quite up to par of the rest of the things I saw in Branson.

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Brian Newman
1 Review
"Worst trail ever"
November, 2017
Worst Christmas trail I have ever been on for $12 a person you would expect a good light show but all they have is burnt out lights and old out dated shadow boxes that are dusty and falling apart.
I have driven down streets that have better Christmas displays DON'T WAIST YOUR MONEY!!!!!!
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Tip: Old and broken

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Marcene S
"Exquisitely enjoyable experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
I attended this drama over 30 years ago. I had heard that it had closed but was now back open. So I dragged a friend who goes to Silver Dollar City all the time but had never seen the shepherd drama. We thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. Loved the friendly and accommodating staff who helped find a seat that was comfortable for me since I have knee problems. Loved the tram that took us to the seating area. Loved the actors and actresses as well as the animals involved in the drama. Enjoyed the story and the way it was portrayed. I reread the book to familiarize myself with the story. I recommend that to anyone going to the drama because it is easier to understand some of the details of the show. GO, YOU will enjoy it.
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chaplain1
clifton, tn
"Interesting story of the history"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
My wife and family went to visit the Shepherd of the Hills outdoor drama. It was a good time together with family. When you arrive you will be parked and ride on a tram to pick up your tickets. The drama is long it is interesting sometimes a bit boring. There is an intermission or you can go and purchase photos that were taken of you. It is the story of a man who was the shepherd of the area who's was called dad. The seating was fairly comfortable there is refreshments and a bathroom that you can walk to. I've seen it once and will probably not need to see it again but it was an interesting story some parts were very dry. The actors portrayed did good jobs
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Dana V
"ATV Adventure Ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
Had a blast! Highly recommend if you like getting muddy/dirty. Great hills and trails. Johnny our tour guide was awesome. Good time and worth the money!
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Catherine K
Vermont
"Local Cultural Artistic Drama"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
This was an extremely organized evening of entertainment. The actors could be heard clearly but seeing the play was difficult due to rows of tall people in front of us. Unfortunately you can only get "best available" when you purchase your tickets online. The pre-show was funny, and the intermission square dancing was quaint. The concession prices were good, but the line was long and there was only one window open. Perhaps selling things in the stands would be better? Overall, it was an enjoyable evening out in Branson and an opportunity to learn about Ozark history and culture.
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Holly M
Massachusetts
"Go Go Go its fabulous"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2018 NEW
You can go ATV single or with 4 people and its 1.5 hour of fun!! It cost us around $160 for the two of us. I also ziplinon the avengence 170 feet high zipliner. That was so great.....dont be afraid just do it!!!!
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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.