Tour of Lights

By Rebekah Wortham
On November 30, 2017

The December air tickles your neck as you walk down the roadside path. A giant tunnel with rotating lights by the river is the gate to begin your journey. Your way is lit by the twinkling lights on one side of you and the low beam headlights on the other. Giant wooden signs wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. A faint sound of Christmas music remains in the air from the passing cars or the church groups on hay bales. This is how it feels during December at the river walk in San Angelo.

For 22 years the Christmas light tour along the Concho has attracted people almost every night during December- whether it is by vehicle or on foot. It is only a two mile journey with a five dollar donation per car if you chose to drive. The on foot experience gives you an up close and personal experience with the lights. If you’re the rebellious type, you can cross the river and be right in front of the Eleven Pipers Piping. The colors get more vivid the closer you get, and if you go with a friend or loved one, a beautiful memory can be made.

"Christmas at the Concho is something my friends and I take part in every year. Sometimes more than once, and it fills me with Christmas spirit every year." Said Hope Allen, senior. "Depending on the weather, we usually walk it."

Driving the tour has its own charms. The windows can be rolled down and your Christmas music can be playing in the cool night sky. Brightly colored candy canes sit in your lap and hot chocolates can chill in the cup holders just waiting to do their jobs and warm you up. Your family or friends are joining you in this car, so memories can be made. Whichever path you chose for this adventure make it count.

"The Christmas lights that happen in San Angelo is a delight every year. Seeing the twelve days of Christmas up in lights and all your favorite Christmas characters are fun to look at," said Carson Seals, senior.

If you chose to continue the tour past the river, it will bring you across the street from Old Fort Concho. The lights illuminate the whole field. Giant poinsettias and towering holiday candles are some of the first sights that you can see. Sometimes, there is even a drive in spot next to them to watch a holiday movie.

The whole experience of the San Angelo Tour of Lights can help you embrace the holiday spirit and to make memories for years to come. Whether it is going with friends and family or bringing your young to see the lights and enjoy the time with you, make the holidays count by creating new memories every year. So don’t forget to go take cruise to see the holiday cheer before leaving old San Angelo.

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