Christmas on the Trail

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As the 2014 Christmas Season opens at The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, visitors will be treated to the most unique Christmas experience to be found in Branson, Missouri!  Everyone knows that the Trail of Lights, has been the cornerstone of the Ozark Mountain Christmas celebration in Branson for well over two decades now, but along with this must-see Christmas fantasyland, for the eleventh season, visitors will flock by the thousands to see the family-friendly Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show, in the rustic Pavilion Theatre!

Unlike any other show in Branson, Christmas on the Trail starts off by getting’ your family’s bellies full, with a hearty, Christmas dinner.  The first thing you’ll notice, as you head into the Pavilion Theatre, is an authentic, vintage 1800's chuckwagon, and then you'll "Cowboy Up" to a big, hot, rib-stickin' bowl of 3-bean Trail stew, a big ladle of Cookie's Dutch-Oven Trail Taters, Maple-Smoked Turkey Breast with Maple Red-Eye Gravy, a whole flame-roasted ear of corn, a Texas-size slab of cornbread with honey butter, and a big bowl of fresh-made Dutch-oven cobbler, along with a hot cup of cowboy coffee, iced tea, or lemonade!  When you’re done strappin’ on the feedbag at Christmas on the Trail, you won’t go away hungry, and that’s a promise!  And what follows, you’ve just got to see to believe!

We invite you and yours to join us around our campfire scene, set against live trees and a beautiful Ozarks night scene, as we share a Cowboy Christmas, complete with heart-warming cowboy Christmas music, your favorite Christmas Carols, and one-of-a-kind cowboy poems and recitations sure to bring both a smile and a tear, as we celebrate a traditional Christmas the way it used to be!  Best of all, you’re not joining us around the campfire as a spectator, as we invite you to sing along with your favorite Christmas carols, and join us in a special time of reflection on the true meaning of the Christmas Season!  There is nothing quite as intimate as friends gathering around the campfire, to share the true spirit of Christmas, and this experience that has been shared by Branson visitors and PBS audiences alike, is once again yours to enjoy.  In addition to this being the 11th season for Christmas on the Trail’s live performances, Yeller Dog Productions is excited to announce that The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) will make a one-hour video production of “Christmas On The Trail” available nation wide, for the fourth year in a row, this coming Christmas season.  “Christmas On The Trail” will once again be available to more than 40 million homes.  These familiar carols and unique cowboy reflections will touch your heart and stir your memories, all in the comfort of the climate controlled Pavilion Theatre!

And here’s the kicker!  You don’t have to choose between the legendary Trail of Lights and the unforgettable Christmas on the Trail show!  You get both, as your dinner show ticket also includes the Trail of Lights! As you drive through this 2-1/2 mile display of lights, sound, and motion, you'll see millions of multi-colored Christmas lights and themed, animated displays, winding its way through the 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, and straight into the very Heart of Christmas! Included in the Trail is a trip up the area's largest Christmas tree - the 230-foot Inspiration Tower - for a Santa's-eye view of the Trail of Lights, and a complimentary cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or spiced cider!

Join us around the campfire, November 1st through December 31st.  For information and reservations, call 1-800-OLD MATT, or click HERE to make your reservation, and we’ll see you on the Trail!