Concho Christmas Celebration proudly hosts the 18th Annual Tour of Lights. What began as a short walking tour of lights in the El Paseo de Santa Angela area has grown into a 2.5 miles drive through 3 million lights along the banks of the Concho River. The lights depict The Twelve Days of Christmas, an elaborate nativity scene, Santa Claus and more!
The Tour of Lights opens Friday, December 7th and continues every evening through December 31st. Cars enter at 1st Street and Abe (street north of the Post Office), and may drive through from 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. A donation of $5 per vehicle is suggested.
In 2009 Concho Christmas Celebration added a tableau of 20 red and green poinsettia plants to the Tour of Lights. Located on the hill adjacent to the Convention & Visitors' Bureau building, the poinsettias were fabricated in San Angelo by welder Colt Murr.
Each poinsettia plant consists of a three-foot tall "vase" or basket made from a collection of hoops that the 3 green leaves and 5 red leaves will rest in, giving the poinsettia a three-dimensional appearance. Each green leaf measures 3 feet long & 18 inches wide. Each red leaf comes to 5 feet in length and 2 feet in width. When assembled, each plant will be over 4 feet tall and 13 feet wide. The hillside position would allow for each poinsettia to be installed at an angle, enhancing their three-dimensionality and giving them a life-like appearance.
Each green leaf will have 135 C7 LED lights and each red leaf will have 175 C7 LED lights for a total of over 25,600 lights in the tableau of poinsettias. It cost approximately $22,500 to build and light the 20 poinsettias (breaks down to approximately $0.88 per light bulb).