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

52 Reviews
Glenda Haven
1 Review
"Very bad waste money"
December 2019 NEW
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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Haley Gifford
1 Review
"Terrible"
November 2019 NEW
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 NEW
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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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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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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David W
Bastrop, Louisiana
"Carriage Ride thru the Lights"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2019 NEW
Really enjoyed the carriage ride. Very professionally conducted. The driver and his helper were very friendly and helpful. The equipment was top notch and the horses very well trained.
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alliecausey
Abilene, Texas
"Beyond Disappointed"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 28, 2019 NEW
This has been a family tradition for over 20 years and we pulled up this year to discover a different entrance - a bit confused we paid and began our route. They have taken out over half of the lights and exhibits and tried to market it as a North Pole attraction, an entire separate ticket and walking trail. The Trail of Lights is not worth it at all anymore. I can see more elaborate lights driving in neighborhoods for free. I’m so disappointed this tradition is ruined. Don’t waste your time or money.
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Gateway_Yoda
St. Louis
"Carriage Ride Nice, But Pricey"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 25, 2019 NEW
Nice 15-20 minute ride, but not for $112.10. Save your money and take the Christmas lights drive. That’s worth the $25 per carload.
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miller317
LaSalle Peru, IL
"Not prepared"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2019 NEW
We went to the restaurant for breakfast and pulled in to a parking lot with two cars. That should of been our first indication maybe not a good idea. The actual restaurant is beautiful on the inside with the antiques and just old times feel. There was only one server on duty and seemed to be new. I ordered hot tea to be told they were out which seems very strange. The food didn't take too long to come to the table and portion sizes were good but the eggs were just soaking with butter. It was an average breakfast and the server seemed like they were still in training and should not have been alone. We were hoping for better as we have been coming for 30 years and wanted to try something new. It was a let down and the prices were high compared to other places. It almost seems the restaurant was an after thought and that shows as it isn't even a choice listed above. They really to step it up as we will not be back after only one visit.
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Kevin M
"The Shepherd of the Hills Restaurant"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2019 NEW
This was a great place for the family. Food and service was awesome. Our waiter, Joe, was terrific and very friendly. Will definitely return next time 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, 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.