The ATV Adventure is just one of many new experiences at The Shepherd of the Hills in Branson. Visitors can also enjoy outdoor activities like the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider, Zipline Canopy Tours, Ropes Course … and weekends this October there’s Shepherd’s Spooktacular, Haunted Hollow, horse-drawn wagon rides, s’mores and more! The Christmas season, which starts early in Branson, brings the popular Trail of Lights, the North Pole Adventure, live shows — so much to enjoy!

The Baker family enjoys a fun ATV outing

AY Magazine publisher Heather Baker, her son Hunter, daughter Savvy and Savvy’s friend took advantage of the ATV Adventure when they visited Branson last Christmas. The Bakers are truly outdoor enthusiasts and loved their off-road adventure through the woods and along the trails of the historic Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. There are two options for your ATV excursion; both are guided adventures. It was a winter day, but not so cold they didn’t get a little mud spatter! By the big grin on Savvy’s face, you can tell she’ll be happy when she’s old enough to drive. The ATV Adventure is fun for the entire family, “ages nine to ninety,” as they say. It’s a good way to enjoy time together just about any time of year. (Autumn is especially lovely in Branson!)

Fun mudding!

If you’re hungry after your ATV Adventure, the new Shepherd’s Mill Restaurant satisfies you with home-style comfort food like meatloaf, country style fried fish … how about fried green tomatoes or pulled pork nachos for an appetizer? And keep in mind you’ll want dessert!


Christmas in Branson starts the first week of November and is a beautiful season in so many ways. At The Shepherd of the Hills there are a myriad of ways to enjoy the holidays. The Trail of Lights there is one of the most popular Christmas destinations in Branson. Take an elevator ride up 230 feet to the top of The North Pole Tower — the rest of the year known as Inspiration Tower. You’ll enjoy a spectacular 360° view of Ozark Mountain Country from southwest Missouri’s tallest point. It’s an extraordinary view all year long. Reindeer Run and Sleigh Landing, Christmas Tree Lot Maze, 50 life sized snowflakes dancing to music, Lantern World … oh, and Jingle Junction! It’s a winter wonderland that features miniature golf, hay maze, Little Elves Obstacle Course, tree house village, petting zoo, and much more! (Maybe now is the time for that dessert at Shepherd’s Mill!)

Trail of Lights: the elves are baking!

Shepherd’s Christmas Carol is one of three live shows at Shepherd this Christmas. Merry Christmas with Dino features the extraordinary piano stylings of Dino Kartsonakis on his million-dollar Austrian crystal piano. Todd Oliver and his canine friend Irving, well known to many Branson visitors, are bringing their hilarious antics to the Playhouse at Shepherd. It’s all straight from the dog’s mouth… via ventriloquist Todd Oliver! The three shows are in the Shepherd’s Playhouse and are lunch or dinner shows.


The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead has been a popular destination for visitors to Branson since the 1907 publication of Harold Bell Wright’s The Shepherd of the Hills. It was that novel that started bringing thousands of people to Branson, to see the beautiful country Wright described in the book. The outdoor drama, The Shepherd of the Hills will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2020.


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