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, and festive music.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • E-tickets must be redeemed at Trail of Lights Drive-Thru booth.
  • 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.

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.

Hot cocoa will be included in 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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

54 Reviews
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
"Terrible"
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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1 Review
"So bad I'm Speechless"
November 2019
We have come down to Branson to tour the Trail of Lights for 16 years. This was our last year. Normally it is around a 45 min drive through the lights and is really awesome and enjoyable. This year it took 10 min. 10 min for $25! If you are looking for a nice drive thru christmas light display this should no longer be on your list. The new owners have really botched this one!
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Tip: Dont go

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1 Review
"Not worth the money"
November 2019
They charged 25.00 for car load even though there was only 2 of us in car. Stated sorry because all the rain they did not get all done. Wrong they did not even get half done. You get 5 minutes of lights for $25.00 and a free ticket to come back next year. Hopefully the money we paid will pay for more and better lights. Liked the old Christmas lights they had before. Not worth it now.
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Tip: Not even half done on light display.

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Madalyn Tretenburg
1 Review
"The Trail of Creepy Boxes"
December 2018
I have heard that the trail of lights were great but I went and found out otherwise. The trail was more boxes with creepy dolls inside than lights. The trail is very narrow. The lights that were there had problems of their own. Many were not working properly. Would not recommend to anyone.
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Wayne Austin
1 Review
"String of lights, pot holes, and boxes with scenes"
December 2018
2018 Holiday Trail of Lights. Or string of lights, pot holes, and boxes with various holiday scenes. Some are animated, others are static. I can see time and detail went into creating some of them. My Wife found a few of them quite interesting. I just wouldn't call it a trail of lights.

The lights themselves were very basic and dated. It's all about the boxes. Which in themselves are rather dated.

The trail itself is a long winding "road" going up the hill. This is a fairly narrow road for which hasn't been maintained in a long time. Granted, I'm driving a vehicle with low profile tires. I found I spent the entire drive crawling and dodging pot holes. Some are seriously deep and could do damage to wheels if you aren't careful.

It's also rather dark. You'd think being a trail of lights that wouldn't be a problem. But I noticed quite a few people getting confused finding the place and trying to negotiate some tighter turns. I personally didn't have a problem, but I can see where it could be an issue for some.

There's also promise of hot chocolate if you want to park, go inside, and wait through more lines. Honestly, for $25 (per car load), I wouldn't go again. Once again, my wife found a bit more interest. It's just not worth the cost.
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Tip: Don't expect a "trail of lights"

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lkriles
"HISTORY HISTORY HISTORY"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 23, 2019
If you want sm history of how this city got started, visit the Shepherd of the Hills inspirational tower. Thanks Sarah H. for giving us a quick lecture on the history of this town & SOTH....Way cool Way interesting. If ever you're new or never visited the SOTHI Tower, I recommend you go!!!
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O333JAjoyces
"Shepherd of the Hills Christmas Dinner & Play"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 23, 2019
We attended a dinner and Christmas Play (a take-off on "A Christmas Carol"), which was excellent! The meal was a turkey dinner - very good - and the play was very well done and entertaining.
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bettycoleman1967
"Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 21, 2019
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We brought our grandkids for the north pole adventure and they loved it. I believe the girls name was Mickenzie but she was very kind and answered all of our questions with patience. The grandkids loved the petting zoo and seeing santa.
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sandralR1666DU
Coon Rapids, United States
"Christmas Light Display and gift shop!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 21, 2019
The light display was way more than expected and drivers made the trip enjoyable and comfortable! The Gift Shop Manager Christina was very accomodating and hospitable to say the least. Thanks for the free hot chocolate also at the gift shop. A real highlight for our kick off to Christmas trip!
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TS571
Bastrop, Texas
"Merry Christmas wtih Dino and Cheryl Kartsonakis"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2019
A thoroughly enjoyable, memorable show with endless entertainment! We loved the entire program and all of Dino's guests and his stories! I actually got emotional knowing that my dad, who was supposed to be there but recently passed away, would have absolutely loved this!! My mom was so touched, said it's the best show she's ever seen! I highly recommend this show for a true blessing at Christmas or anytime!!
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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.

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. 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.