Enhanced Concho Christmas celebration set to begin Dec. 1

With new holiday scenes, a different way of presenting the lights to the public and a special Santa’s Cocoa Shoppe, the sixth annual Concho Christmas Celebration gets underway Dec. 1. “This year we are hanging more than 2.5 million twinkling Christmas lights in a different fashion than we’ve ever done. We believe this will enhance the enjoyment of the Concho Christmas Celebration for all of our visitors, whether they are first-time visitors or loyal attendees of this special holiday event,” said Lee Pfluger, general chairman. Preparations for the annual event have been underway since September, thanks to the work of a 30-person volunteer committee. During the past few weeks, inmates with the Texas Department of Corrections, Wallace Unit, have been draping hundreds of strands of Christmas lights in trees along River Drive. This year, wrapping some of the lights around trunks of trees will enhance the overall look of the 2-1/2-mile long drive along the Concho River,” Pfluger said. “While everything is going as scheduled, volunteers are needed to help the Concho Christmas Committee make sure everything is in place for the holiday extravaganza,” Pfluger said. “We especially need clubs or neighborhood/family groups who will be willing to serve as ‘community hosts’ to welcome tour visitors on scheduled days in December,” he added. For more information about volunteer openings, contact Marilyn Flage at 655-5000. The Concho Christmas Celebration route begins behind the main Post Office at First Street and Bryant Boulevard South and winds its way along the Concho River, through Historic Block One (Concho Street) and ends at El Paseo de Santa Angela. El Paseo will be filled with numerous lighted Christmas scenes and animated displays, highlighted by a 411 foot poinsettia candle wreath sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. Three new scenes will be along the river. At the end of the lights tour, at 703 S. Chadbourne, is the historic Santa Fe Depot, featuring model train layouts of all gauges highlighted with a holiday motif. “Santa’s Santa Fe Christmas transforms the depot into a Christmas wonderland with operating model trains and Christmas trees that will delight the young and young at heart,” Pfluger said. Also new this year will be Santa’s Cocoa Shoppe. Owners Mark and Timothy Matthews of San Angelo will have Santa’s Cocoa Shoppe set up at the beginning of the lights tour for any visitors who wish to purchase hot chocolate and other Christmas beverages. Drive-by service will be offered; event organizers will work to make certain lights tour traffic is not affected.

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