Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights Branson, MO

6021 W Hwy 76Branson, MO 65616
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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

  • 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.
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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.