Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights in Branson, MO

5586 W Hwy 76Branson, MO 65616
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$25.00
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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

48 Reviews
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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Matt W
1 Review
"Really sad"
December 2018
This is a really poor trail of lights. Many of the lights don't work and most of the displays look like they haven't been changed for 50 years. Honestly, the fact that they're charging for this should be a crime. You would see better lights and displays by just driving around neighborhoods and that's free.
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Robyn Myers
1 Review
"Disappointed"
December 2018
I was very disappointed this year not woth the $25 a carload. They have shortened it this year and the one thing I looked forward to was the tower and it is another $25. Probably won't make the trip back to Branson for this.
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julie m.
gerald, MO
5 Reviews
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"Beautiful lights and very long drive well worth the 25 to drive thru"
December 2018
It was chilli out so was good thing you could drive thru it.. we went on Thursday night wasn't busy you could take your time and enjoy the lights
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Kim Charles
1 Review
"Awesome"
December 2018
I normally do not write reviews but after reading the bad reviews,I have to. The night I went it was raining and foggy. But the whole carload loved it. Really enjoyed all of it,keep up the great work.
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Tip: Awesome and worth it.

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Hannah G
1 Review
"Discrimination"
December 2018
Website should include that dually trucks do not fit down Trail ... waste of time and got our hopes up...
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William Houts
Springfield, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Lights"
December 2018
It was good wished there was more lights and not so many little boxes but overall I would do it again
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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comedyseaker
"Very interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 12, 2019 NEW
This was a great evening spent out under the stars. A great show. It was funny, serious and just a good show.
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Janice S
Andrews, Indiana
"So much fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 07, 2019 NEW
This was so much fun! All you have to do is sit down and let them buckle you in! You lift up your feet at the end so your feet don’t drag but that is all!
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Richard J
California
"Great!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 03, 2019 NEW
We and another couple showed up on a day they do not normally give tours. However they put one together for us. Russ was great.
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GlobeTrotting262045
"Was a blast ! The elevator allowed some of our elderly ladies to zipline in spite of their bad knees."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 01, 2019 NEW
We were there for a ladies retreat and I loved ziplining. Will probably do the obstacle course next time.
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Cindi N
Beebe, Arkansas
"New Shepherd of the Hils Restaurant"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 30, 2019 NEW
Guess I need to review the restaurant when it has its own review page. However, I did eat there on the second day it opened. The portions was large, prices were reasonable, staff was nice. Loved the sides that were brought around to the tables. Will review again.
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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.