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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TripAdvisor user rating 4.00 out of 5 Based on 2336 reviews

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Experience the magic of the holidays with Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights! Celebrating over 30 years, this brilliant Branson Christmas lights drive through features millions of multi-colored lights, themed and animated displays, and your favorite holiday music. Enjoy free hot cocoa afterwards outside the Snack Shack and donate to local charities.

up to 0.8 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • Branson's longest running and favorite Christmas lights display.
  • The 2.5-mile long Trail of Lights winds through Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and typically takes about 45 minutes to drive through.
  • 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.
  • After your tour, visit the gift shop for complimentary hot chocolate and donate to local charities.


from Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights
Celebrating over 30 years of holiday magic, the Trail of Lights is a sparkling Shepherd of the Hills Christmas lights drive-thru trail showcasing millions of multi-colored Christmas lights, themed and animated displays. The trail winds 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'll be 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 one of the top five drive-through Christmas displays in the United States.

After enjoying the glow of the Christmas lights in Branson, MO, enjoy Cocoa for a Cause. Complimentary hot chocolate will be available outdoors located in Aunt Mollie’s Mercantile and served up until an hour before closing. All donations accepted at Aunt Mollie's Mercantile will benefit local charities. Please note that no hot cocoa will be served on Dec 24th.

Trail of Lights runs November 2 - December 31st. Operating hours are from dark to 10:00 pm Sunday thru Thursday, and dark to 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Hours are weather permitting.

Please enter the Inspiration Tower entrance located at 6020 W. Hwy 76 Country Blvd. Inspiration Tower admission is NOT included with Trail of Lights. Also, the drive-thru is completely separate from the North Pole Adventure.

Please note that the trail is open to single axle vehicles only. Dually trucks will not be permitted.

Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights Reviews

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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

How long does it take to drive through the Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills?

It typically takes between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on how fast you drive. The trail is over a mile long.

Is the Trail of Lights the same thing as North Pole Adventure?

No, these are two separate events with completely different lights to view. The North Pole Adventure also offers activities including a visit from Santa and his reindeer.

Do we drive our own car?

Yes, you will drive your own vehicle through the trail.

When is the Trail of Lights open?

Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights is open November and December for the Christmas season.

What does the "Carload" ticket mean?

The tickets are priced by the carload, with a maximum of up to 8 people per vehicle. Please note that passenger vans with 8–15 passengers are not included in this ticket.

Where do I redeem my e-Ticket?

You will enter at the Inspiration Tower entrance, and bring your e-ticket(s) to the Trail of Lights Drive-Thru ticket booth.