Branson Christmas Light Displays 2017

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Venturing around town to see all the homes and businesses decked out in thousands of colorful twinkling lights is a favorite Christmastime activity in Branson.

This year, there are three immersive drive-through light displays that welcome guests from dusk until late-night — perfect for the after-show crowd!

Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village

After debuting in 2015, this new drive-through Christmas light display and attraction will return for the 2016 holiday season.

In addition to a “magical mile” drive-through display, the Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village will also feature rides on the North Pole Express train, selfies with Santa, laughs with the Crackling Christmas Chickens, gourmet hot chocolate, photos with the Clydesdale horses, and a life-size nativity experience.

LOCATION: 555 Buena Vista Road, Branson, MO 65616
DATES OF OPERATION: Nov. 1 – Dec. 31
HOURS: Drive through open 5:30 to 11 pm.; Village open 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thurs. through Sun.
PRICE: Family vehicles: $20, Family season pass: $30

The Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills

Home to the famous outdoor theatre, the 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills Homestead transforms into a holiday paradise, complete with a 230-foot-tall Christmas tree (otherwise known as the Inspiration Tower). Rated by the Travel Channel as one of the top five drive through Christmas displays in the U.S., the Trail of Lights features a series of story-telling animated characters surrounded with millions of Christmas lights.

LOCATION: 5586 W Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
DATES OF OPERATION: Nov. 1 – Dec. 31
HOURS: Drive through open 5:30 to 11 pm. (or later as traffic dictates)
PRICE: Starts at $11.31 per person if purchased online in advance or $32.99 per car. Admission includes a trip to the top of the Inspiration Tower and a cup of hot chocolate/cider.

Branson’s Gift of Lights

Branson’s Gift of Lights drive-through display was new for 2015 but the location off Shepherd of the Hills Expressway is the same as the former Festival of Lights, which was held there for almost 25 years before ending its run last season.

Branson’s Gift of Lights, operated by Attraction Management Group, will contain more than 300 displays with over one million twinkling LED lights throughout the 1.2 mile drive. Indianapolis-based Winterland, Inc. designed and assembled the lighted creations.

LOCATION: 700 Expressway Lane, Branson, MO 65616
DATES OF OPERATION: Nov. 1 – Dec. 31
HOURS: Drive through open 5:30 to 11 pm.
PRICE: $20 per car ($18 if purchased online in advance)

Visit bransonlights.com for further details.

Silver Dollar City

While not a drive-through display, Silver Dollar City is decked out in over FIVE MILLION lights during the annual An Old Time Christmas festival. The theme park — styled as an 1880s mining city — continually receives recognition for its incredible illuminated displays, 1,000 decorated trees, two Broadway-style Christmas shows, a five-story LED special effect Christmas tree, Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas light parade, thrilling amusement rides, festival foods, and more.

Visit our Ultimate Guide to Christmas at Silver Dollar City for a full rundown of all the park has to offer.

LOCATION: 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway, Branson, MO 65616
DATES OF OPERATION: Select days from Nov. 7 – Dec. 30
HOURS: Varies
PRICE: $61 per adult, $49 per child. Purchase online here.

Visit silverdollarcity.com for further details.