Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights Branson, MO

Shepherd of the Hills Homestead Adventure Park6021 W Hwy 76Branson, MO 65616
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A Branson tradition for over 30 years! Experience Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights featuring millions of multi-colored lights and themed animated displays. Wind your way through the Branson Trail of Lights at the 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and see it transformed into a winter wonderland. Enjoy free hot cocoa afterwards.

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Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • Be sure to roll your windows down and enjoy the holiday music.
  • E-tickets must be redeemed at Trail of Lights Drive-Thru booth.
  • Turn headlights off before entering.
  • Visit the gift shop for complimentary hot cider and hot chocolate.
  • Drive-through light display.
  • Variety of different themed lands.


from Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights
Celebrating over 30 years of Holiday Magic, the Trail of Lights is a drive-thru 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 Travel Channel has rated the Trail of Lights as one of the top five drive-through Christmas displays in the United States.

Cocoa for a Cause: Hot Chocolate is available at the Snack Shack outdoors. Hot chocolate is served up until an hour before closing. No hot cocoa will be served on Dec 24th. Donations are accepted at the snack shack.

The drive-thru is completely separate from the North Pole Adventure.

Trail of Lights runs November 2 - December 31st.

The Trail opens at dark and is open until 10:00 pm, Sunday thru Thursday, and 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Trail of Lights is open, weather permitting. Dually Trucks are not allowed on the trail. Please enter at the Inspiration Tower entrance at 6020 W. Hwy 76 Country Blvd. Inspiration Tower admission is NOT included with Trail of Lights.

Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights Reviews

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LaQuita Payton Tripster User Profile Image
LaQuita Payton
st louis, MO
2 Reviews
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"christmas 2022"
December 2022
very beautiful lights and the check in was quick and easy
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LaDonna Walker
Paragould, AR
1 Review
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"Beautiful Lights"
December 2022
We loved the Trail of Lights ! My little boy was so excited to see them all..he was really impressed ! They were so Beautiful !
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Tip: Get ready to be in awe of these beautiful lights !

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Denece Mitchell
1 Review
"No Nativity"
November 2022
A carload of us went thru the trail. It was beautiful, but no true Christmas songs were playing on the radio---but most disappointing was no Natvity. Nothing about the birth of Jesus. We will tell all our friends about this and will never return.
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springfield, MO
1 Review
"Very disappointed"
November 2022
Look like a bunch of Christmas lights bought at Costco and nailed to trees. Several of the animated displays were not working. You could see white extension cords hanging all over the trees. It really was a waste of $25. Took less than 15 minutes to drive through and we never went more than 5 mph. Save your money for other Branson attractions. This one's just old and tired and worn out. Kind of made us sad.
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Tip: Old tired and worn out.

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David H.
1 Review
"Tourist trap"
December 2019
There are plenty of tourist traps in Branson and this one takes the prize. Christmas light show is not worth $5, much less $25. Total rip off.
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Tip: Do not go

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Sandy Lange
1 Review
"Christmas Light Tour and Gift Shop"
December 2019
Our group was greeted upon arrival and there were wagons ready with plenty of blankets for keeping warm for us to ride through the light. The display was awesome and meaningful. Some antique displays which brought back childhood memories. Love the animation of the deer running through the forest. The Gift shop was amazing and the free hot chocolate that was offered there was so refreshing. The gift shop manager, Christina was so gracious and helped me out in a difficult situation. She went way above and beyond to help me! I would definitely go again to the lights and especially to the gift shop!!!
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Tip: Dress warm if you're going in an open air ride through the lights. It is quite long and beautiful!

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Glenda Haven
1 Review
"Very bad waste money"
December 2019
I went to trails of lights every year it was always good, this year it was terrible I always enjoyed the long ride threw them . We pass by the church , that wasn’t included this year neither was the tower the music was gone. It wasn’t the same won’t go to it again.
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Tip: Don’t was your money are time

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Haley Gifford
1 Review
November 2019
Waste of money. Paid $15 a piece to walk through terrible lights with creepy dolls and then $25 to drive through a 10 min light show with lights that didn’t pertain to Christmas, no music and more creepy boxes with dolls. Do not waste your time or money. Terrible ending to our weekend in Branson.
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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, it can take 20-30 minutes. Will be longer depending on traffic.

When is the Trail of Lights open?

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. This does not include Passenger Vans. The maximum number of people in one carload is 8 people.

Where do I redeem my e-Ticket?

E-tickets must be redeemed at the Trail of Lights Drive-Thru booth.