While Concho Christmas Celebration draws thousands of San Angeloans to the downtown area each year; it has proven to attract individuals from other places as well. A count of cars shows that in over 14,500 vehicles drove through the Tour of Lights in 2013. Using a benchmark of 4 individuals per automobile, Concho Christmas estimates that over 58,000 individuals witnessed the magical light display. Of the 5823 surveys completed by patrons in December 2013, over 40% of the respondents indicated that they lived in a city other than San Angelo. While a smaller number of this same group hailed from outside Texas, the majority listed one of the following places as being "home": Abilene, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, Dallas-Fort Worth area, Austin, San Antonio, or Houston. Because it is an event that is proven to put "heads in beds," the Convention & Visitors' Bureau (C&VB) has become a community partner helping to promote the event.
The C&VB is one of many local partners on which Concho Christmas Celebration depends. With millions of lights to hang and electrify, and thousands of cars to guide through the Tour of Lights, employees from over 17 companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Meadows-Fisher-Cleere, Sunset Mall, J. C. Penney, the San Angelo Standard Times, and First Community Federal Credit Union volunteer their time. The Texas Department of Corrections provides a work force of out-based inmates to install the large scenes and lights. In addition, collaboration is required with various City departments such as Fort Concho, Operations, Parks and Permits. Churches and over 10 non-profit groups like First Christian Church, RSVP, San Angelo REACT, and the San Angelo Road Lizards chip in to help. Arts and entertainment groups are incorporated as well with assistance coming from KCSA Radio, the San Angelo Community Band, Harmony Belles Chorus, and the Twin Mountain Tonesmen.
For a complete list of those involved in the planning and production of the various facets of Concho Christmas Celebration, please click on the links below.
2014 Community Committee
2014 Community Hosts