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. The car count total shows that over 15,597 vehicles drove through the Tour of Lights in 2017. Using a benchmark of 4 individuals per automobile, Concho Christmas estimates that over 71,168 individuals visited the magical light display. Of the 5,694 surveys completed by patrons in December 2017, over 16.5% 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": Ballinger, Midland, Abilene, Sonora, Eldorado, Lubbock, Odessa, Sterling City, Coleman, Ozona, Brady and many other cities throughout the State of Texas. 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, family and friends from over 26 companies such as City of San Angelo, West Texas Rehab Center, Wells Fargo, Holiday Cleaners, the Children's Advocacy Center, the San Angelo I.S.D., and First Community Federal Credit Union volunteer their time. The Texas Department of Corrections provides a work force of out-based inmates to construct and install the large scenes and lights. In addition, collaboration is required with various City departments such as Fort Concho, Operations, Parks & Recreation, and Planning and Development Services. Churches and over 10 non-profit groups like San Angelo REACT, First Christian Church, RSVP, Boy Scouts of America, San Angelo Bicycle Association, Texas Exes San Angelo, and the San Angelo Road Lizards chip in to help. Arts and entertainment groups are incorporated as well with assistance coming from KCSA Radio, Townsquare Media, Tradewind Sound, the San Angelo Community Band and the Twin Mountain Tonesmen.
In 2017, a new partnership was forged with the Tom Green Sheriff's Office and the Tom Green County Sheriff's Reserve Officers providing extra security for the Tour of Lights, in addition to those exemplary services provided to us by the San Angelo Police Department.
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.