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

26 Reviews
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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Janine Micke
1 Review
"Great light tour with old Christmas charm"
November, 2017
After our Christmas on the trail show, we got to go through the light display as part of our ticket. Got our free cocoa and enjoyed the lights. My favorite thing was the little animated displays. Very cute and nostalgic. The church in white lights was stunning. Had fun watching the lights from up in the tower.
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Tip: Get your free drink first and use the restroom so u can go slowly thru the park. Bathrooms at end in Inspiration tower.

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Melissa Miller
1 Review
"Too pricey for quality"
November, 2017
Went last year and it was pretty good, seems to have gotten really worse this year. Was told no veterans discount this year, new owners. A lot of lights were out, and most of what was working were old and faded. Won't be going back.
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Tip: Try the other one on shepherd of hills parkway, much better

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Kevin Tompkins
1 Review
"Not worth your money"
November, 2017
We went tonight, 11/4/17, to Trial of Lights. They have not even been open a week and already lights not working. The lights might have been something back 20 years ago. I have seen neighborhoods have a much better light show. I LOVE LOVE Christmas. I start listening to Christmas music sometimes in September. I am a big kid and not hard to please when it comes to Christmas lights, but I was far from impressed. Trail of Lights has SOOOO much potential, but falls flat.
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Tip: Not worth $12. Set low expectations.

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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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bcpr02
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
"Drive Thru Xmas Light"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2018 NEW
It has the most fantastic Xmas lights display. Just take your own pace in order to enjoy the displays.
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zzzbill
Emporia, Kansas
"Needs Updated"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2018 NEW
I have been here several times for the Trail of Lights, and overall, it is the same. It needs updating desperately. Several exhibits were without power (dark) and the older booths are looking dated and worn. The show and dinner were okay, but lackluster. The food was average (didn't help that Dixie Stampede was so awesome the night before...so there was some comparison going on), and musicians were okay, but uninspired. I love the summer play and will always support Shepherd of the Hills in the summer, but doubt I will return for Trail of Lights without some updating.
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van3300
Medford, Oregon
"Christmas on the Trail, Trail of Lights, Inspiration Tower"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 01, 2018 NEW
The show was OK if you want to hear the "cowboy" spoken by the entertainers every other word, The Trail of Lights was fun to cruise through for a Christmas Eve activity. It is hard to see anything from the tower after dark.
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peggyg739
Lonoke, United States
"Christmas lights are fantastic"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 31, 2017 NEW
We took the Trail of Lights tour and it was great. Each turn revealed a new experience. There is something for everyone.
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Z_britt
"Perfect Proposal"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 30, 2017 NEW
This place is amazing! Tracy & Sean helped my brother propose to his girlfriend in the tower and it was such a beautiful moment for them, that they will forever remember! The lights are gorgeous and it was perfect for our whole family.
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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.