San Angelo's Tour of Lights changing route for its 30th anniversary

San Angelo's Annual Tour of Lights is changing the route for its 30th anniversary due to road closures.

Vehicles move along the Tour of Lights near the riverfront in San Angelo on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.
Vehicles move along the Tour of Lights near the riverfront in San Angelo on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

Due to the closure of the Oakes Street Bridge, the tour will look a bit different this year, according to Concho Christmas Celebration. When the river portion of the tour ends, make a right at S. Irving St.

The route will not go down Concho Street this year. Please see the map below for details.

Tour of Lights route for 2023.
Tour of Lights route for 2023.

Here is everything you need to know to attend the brightest event in town this holiday season:

What is the Tour of Lights?

It is part of the annual Concho Christmas Celebration. The tour features over 3 million lights attuned to music, spanning 2.5 miles along the Concho River.

This is its 30th year, and it grows "bigger and brighter every year," according to conchochristmascelebration.com.

The tour also includes animated scenes such as the 12 days of Christmas, a gingerbread house, 78 sponsor oversized Christmas Greeting Cards, an elaborate Nativity scene and Santa Claus. There is also a poinsettia light display along the river near the Convention & Visitors Bureau building, 418 W. Ave. B.

When and where is the Tour of Lights?

The self-guided Tour of Lights begins with a soft opening on Friday, December 1, 2023 and continues every evening through Sunday, December 31.

The tour starts at 598 W. 1st St. and ends at El Paseo de Santa Angela. People are invited to bike, drive, walk or run the tour route.

What times are the tours?

The tour runs 6-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday.

Is there a fee to take the tour?

There is no charge to enter, but a $8 donation is suggested per vehicle at the start of the tour. The donations go back into the program and help fund next year's tour.

This article originally appeared on San Angelo Standard-Times: San Angelo's Tour of Lights changing route for its 30th anniversary