With over 30 years of experience in hosting Christmas themed events, the historic homestead of Shepherd of the Hills takes the community by storm as they offer a plethora of treats including holiday themed shows, attractions, and dining open for the public to enjoy November 1, 2020 through January 2, 2021.
Jenelle Hostetter, who has worked as the Marketing & Advertising Manager for Shepherd of the Hills for almost 2 years now, said Shepherd of the Hills is offering several new Christmas attractions and shows this 2020 season.
“We have our 4 Christmas dinner shows going on in the Playhouse Theater,” Jenelle explained during an interview. “These include Shepherd’s Christmas Carol, WhoDunnit Hoedown Murder Mystery, The Christmas Chuckwagon Dinner Show, and Todd Oliver Dinner Show. Our new walk-through, The North Pole Adventure, is where you can visit Santa at his workshop, enjoy thousands of Christmas lights, take a hayride, enjoy the top of the North Pole Inspiration Tower, and more!””
Jenelle went on to say that for over three decades, Shepherd of the Hills has offered the most prominent attraction called the Trail of Lights which is a drive-thru filled with millions of Christmas lights, traditional displays and specialty holiday tunes set on the local 106.7 FM radio station. Guests are allowed to carry up to 8 people per carload and are asked to turn off their headlights upon entry to enjoy the full effect of the drive-thru.
“Nicely done! There was tons of different displays. Really enjoyed the Nativity light scene and the light arches.”
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According to Jenelle, planning for the Christmas season at Shepherd of the Hills takes a fair share of hard work and preparation by the staff of nearly 40 individuals. As a matter of fact, planning can take place as early as February every year. “Once the planning is complete, we start working on our Trail of Lights around August” Jenelle stated. ” It takes a good month or two to put the trail together. We work on casting roles and rehearsing for our Christmas plays in August as well.”
When the Pumpkinfest is over in October, the staff at Shepherd of the Hills turns the farm into a winter wonderland. This season, Jenelle said the North Pole Adventure walkthrough will have a few new features for guests including a livery stable housing real live reindeer journeyed far from the “North Pole”, Rudolph’s Hayride that takes guests through the Christmas Lights, and an all new craft area at Santa’s Workshop where visitors can make their own crafts and bring them home for the holidays.
In terms of shows, Jenelle said new productions this year include the Murder Mystery Dinner Show and The Chuckwagon Dinner Show which both provide entertainment and a meal. In regard to COVID-19, Shepherd of the Hills will be spacing out parties for the dinner shows and have hand sanitizer locations around the park. Masks and social distancing will also be encouraged.
Visitors and locals of the Branson area have come to love the deep rooted history and holiday celebrations tied to Shepherd of the Hills who, to this day, still use the original Christmas booths from when Shepherd first started!
As Jenelle laid out, “ I think people come to Shepherd to get a feel of what Christmas was like in the older days. Our shows and decorations bring you back to the 1800’s. In the Shepherd’s Christmas Carol, the story is about Ollie and other characters in our outdoor drama. People love the history we bring to our Christmas events and have been coming to Shepherd for Christmas for so long, they are now bringing back second and third generations.”
Shows, Features, Attractions & Dining Available at Shepherd of the Hills:
Shepherd’s Christmas Carol
WhoDunnit Hoedown Murder Mystery
The Christmas Chuckwagon Dinner Show
Todd Oliver Dinner Show
Trail of Lights
North Pole Inspiration Tower
Shepherd’s Mill Restaurant
Sammy Sweets and Treats
Aunt Mollie’s Gift Shop
Little Elves Playground
Old Matt’s Cabin
Morgan Chapel Church
Overall, Jenelle shared that there is something truly magical about Christmas in Branson as families get to spend time together during the holidays:
“It’s such a joyful time of the year and when you get to see families enjoying their time and making memories, it makes me happy! I also love all of the Christmas lights and how decorated Branson gets for Christmas. And here, Shepherd’s Christmas is all about discovering the magic of the season with your family. We hope every family leaves in the Christmas spirit after visiting us.”
When you purchase a ticket for any of the Shepherd of the Hills Dinner Shows, Jenelle said guests can enjoy same-day entry for the Trail of Lights or North Pole Adventure. Maps will be provided for the walkthrough upon entry so guests know where to go and what is available. All the dinner shows are located inside the Playhouse Theater which is in the main area of the property next to Shepherd’s Mill Restaurant. The Trail of Lights entrance in located left of the Inspiration Tower. The North Pole Adventure is located at the Farm entrance of the main area.
Make plans, reserve tickets and come enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with Shepherd of the Hills in Branson, MO. Don’t forget to grab some hot cocoa available for all visitors of the Trail of Lights and the North Pole Adventure at the Snack Shack. As Jenelle said, the cocoa is: “A big hit!”
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