The beautiful night sky provided the perfect backdrop for the illumination of the campus and a vibrant fireworks display. Over 10,000 guests attended the event held Saturday, Nov. 17. The new festival atmosphere offered guests the traditional holiday show along with a Food Truck Yard, a Holiday Shoppe featuring over 40 local vendors, a Kids’ Corner where children took selfies with Santa and a special treat – free cocoa and cookies sponsored by Sodexo and H-E-B. A highlight of the evening occurred as UIW President Dr. Thomas M. Evans, his wife Lisa and sons Walter and Leland flipped the switch illuminating the campus in nearly a million vibrant lights. Guests were treated to a complimentary reception hosted by H-E-B and Sodexo.
The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) has been hosting Light the Way annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, kicking off the holiday season in San Antonio for over 30 years. The event features entertainment for all ages, including student performers from members of the UIW Brainpower Connection, Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School. Guests can also enjoy a Food Truck Yard, the Kids’ Corner where guests can take selfies with Santa, have free cookies and cocoa and take part in activities brought to us by our friends at the DoSeum. Guests also will have the opportunity to get a jump start on their Christmas shopping from various local vendors at the Holiday Shoppe.
Light the Way truly is UIW’s gift to the San Antonio community and celebrates history rooted in tradition. We hope that you will enjoy this year’s celebration and come back for years to come!