Concho Christmas Celebration was founded in 1994 to enhance the enjoyment of the Christmas Season by providing an annual light display. The event also contributes to the economic vitality of the Concho Valley area by providing and promoting a destination event which brings people into the City of San Angelo. The first Concho Christmas was established as a walking tour in the El Paseo de Santa Angela area featuring several lighted scenes and 21 sponsor Christmas cards.

Today, the light display, or 'Tour of Lights' as it is known, has grown into a 2.5 mile drive along the banks of the Concho River and features over 3 million lights. Concho Christmas has evolved its programming from a small static light display, to consist of a live Nativity scene, tree lighting ceremony, Lights of Christmas parade, a bicycle fun ride, a fun walk/run event, radio broadcast and an extraordinary light show.