Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights in Branson, MO

5586 W Hwy 76Branson, MO 65616
View on Map

Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights is not currently available.

Check out our other great Branson Things to Do.

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.
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: Don't expect a "trail of lights"

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: It has really went downhill with a price increase

Was this review helpful? Yes

julie m.
gerald, MO
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: Awesome and worth it.

Was this review helpful? Yes

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...
Read More
Tip: Vehicle size,

Was this review helpful? Yes

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
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
angoct14
Ozark, Missouri
"Great Historical Play and Home Stead"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2019 NEW
If you like history this is a must see. You take a tour of the homestead then that evening make sure and catch the Shepherd of the Hills Play. You will be engaged during the whole day and will learn all about the beginning of Branson. They also now offer other activities such as a rope course, ATV rides and you can take a ride to the top of the Inspiration Tower for great views of the area. Just this last week they had a grand opening of their new restaurant that serves some of the most delicious food in the area. I would definitely recommend taking the time to take in The Shepherd of the Hills
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Sandy R
NEWINGTON
"Best Tour Guide Ever!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2019 NEW
We had a wonderful and extremely informative tour by Rad. It was a wealth of information which he happily shared. It was a pleasure to hear him tell the story of the The Sheperd of the Hills. It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Mejohnnyb
Branson, Missouri
"Stopped by at Sammy Lanes Sweets N Treats - absolutely outstanding!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 05, 2019 NEW
We had patiently waited for Sammy Lanes Sweets N Treats to open. And it was well worth the wait! Excellent Homemade ice cream (made on site) Outstanding homemade fudge (made on site). The service and people that work there were totally outstanding, very friendly, very helpful. We have since invited our church home group to meet there for treats.......everybody absolutely enjoyed. All fresh made with quality ingredients, you can not go wrong stopping there and trying some delicious treats
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
987donna
Fredericktown, Missouri
"Good Play"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 21, 2019 NEW
the play was good as always. Hopefully they will start rebuilding the atmosphere, we were there years ago and so much to do there. It's too good of show to let it go down hill...
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Ed P
Sahuarita, Arizona
"Shepherd of the Hills Play"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 21, 2019 NEW
Great perform by the entire cast. This group brings the book to life. Interesting story line with several surprises. Based on local history and legends. Keeps you engaged and on the edge of your seats. Must see.
Read More

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.