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 years 2006 through 2008 over 16,500 vehicles have driven through the Tour of Lights for each year. Using a benchmark of 4 individuals per automobile, Concho Christmas estimates that over 65,000 individuals witness the magical light display. Of the 15,100 surveys completed by patrons in December 2008, over 45% 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 (CVB) has become a community partner helping to promote the event.
The CVB 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 Walmart, Meadows-Fisher-Cleere, Sunset Mall, 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.
2012 Community Committee
2012 Community Hosts