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Trail of Lights

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4.5 Stars
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The Trail of Lights has Branson’s most dazzling display of animated Christmas characters!  Complemented by music, lighted trees, delightful village-like settings, free-standing displays, and everything that makes a drive-through the best kind of family entertainment, the Trail of Lights reminds us why twinkling lights and this holiest of holidays go hand-in-hand!  Featuring settings that portray religious, fantasy, Victorian, and patriotic Christmas scenes, this long-running Branson drive-through display continues to attract carloads one right after the other throughout its annual run from November 1 through New Year’s Eve.  As darkness settles over the Ozarks, the millions upon millions of lights along the trail begin to glow, and dozens of animatronics come to “life!”  These amazingly detailed, life-size (some larger-than-life) characters can be found in settings that include houses, shops, chapels, and more.  You can see into each of these brightly lit structures and enjoy the cheerful activity that takes place inside.  The three-dimensional settings reflect the Christmas culture of different countries, different eras, and a variety of people and animals, all set to music.  Both the young and the young-at-heart will be fascinated by displays featuring everything from elves to toy soldiers, and from elephants to alligators.  There’s the expected, like the nativity scene, and there’s the unexpected, like a flying saucer with its little green passengers landing at the North Pole!  Everything in the Trail of Lights comes together in a Winter wonderland of tradition, trees, and timeless displays reflecting everything from the reason for the season to the jolly old elf himself...Santa Claus!

If a fascinating drive along the Trail of Lights, that happens to follow an original Ozarks trail that’s “nobody knows how old,” isn’t enough magical merriment for you, a ticket for the drive through includes a visit to the Christmas bedazzled Inspiration Tower!  Just wait until you see the holiday lights of Branson from atop this 230 foot structure!  The Tower’s gift shop includes souvenirs and other Christmas present ideas, as well as snacks and season-perfect hot chocolate.    

Helpful Hints

  • The Trail of Lights is located on the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead.
  • You'll find the Homestead at 5586 West Highway 76.
  • The Trail of Lights operates from November 1 through December 31. 
  • This drive through is open 7 nights per week starting at dusk.
  • The Trail of Lights is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages.
  • Feel free to bring cameras and video cameras; both are permitted.
  • There is a gift shop and concessions on-site at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead.

For a better expression of all that represents both the faith and frivolity sides of Christmas, you’d have to travel to the North Pole or the holy land...Branson is sooo much closer!  Why not get the extended family, the whole gang, the entire office together and head for Branson during Ozark Mountain Christmas, where you’ll find the most dazzling, delightful, and downright adorable display of everything you love about the season along one fabulous drive through!  It’s right here in Branson at the Shepherd of the Hills’ glorious presentation of holiday happiness...the Trail of Lights!

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"pretty nice"

Rating of 3 stars  Reviewed November 26, 2018
Nice, but not as spectacular as i expected. For such a short show a carload of people could have been about half the price. 5-10 dollars would draw in more vehicles. They did allow a $2.00 coupon i didn't have with me. But the ad package had a $5.00 coupon inside we may have been able to use. 12 days of Christmas was very enjoyable.
Last visited in November 2018

" Great experience!"

Rating of 5 stars  Reviewed December 10, 2017
Can't come to Branson and not go to see the trail of lights! Antimated scenes and very nostalgic about scenes from the past. Kids will surely love it. A family tradition don't forget inspiration tower and after that enjoyed the hospitality and the delicious hot chocolate!!! Will see it again next year.
Last visited in December 2017

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Rating of 5 stars  Reviewed December 29, 2016
Thank You so much for all your help planning our Branson Vacation. First time for the Trail of Lights and going up in the tower. We all loved it. We will definitely go again next year! We live in the area and we visit Branson and stay at least 2 weeks a year.
Last visited in December 2016

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