San Antonio’s holiday spirit reaches a fever pitch each year with the arrival of a beloved tradition the UIW Light the Way 2023. This year marks the 37th edition of this enchanting spectacle, transforming the Incarnate Word University campus into a luminous wonderland. After checking out the millions of twinkling lights nested amidst the trees and buildings of UIW, here’s what I got to see and do!

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UIW Light The Way 2023 – The 37th Holiday Festival

UIW Light The Way 2023

UIW Light The Way 2023

UIW Light the Way 2023 is more than just a dazzling display of lights, it’s a vibrant celebration of the holiday season. As I made my way through the illuminated pathways, I just let the joyful melodies of live music fill my ears. I also got to indulge in delectable treats from festive food trucks and browse for unique holiday gifts at charming artisan booths.

Where Did the UIW Light The Way 2023 Happen?

This year’s University of the Incarnate Word Light the Way lights happened at the H-E-B Main Stage on campus where the ceremony kicked off at 6:30 pm and ended at around 9:30 pm with fireworks! If you’re planning to visit next year, save the address below and the Festival Map from this year!

Where: 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209

When to See the Incarnate Word University Christmas Lights

Every year, the Light the Way Holiday Festival happens at the University of the Incarnate Word, and this year the event lit up on Saturday, November 18 from 3:00 pm – 9:30 pm. At the Main Stage, this was the UIW Light the Way 2023 line-up that I got to see:

  • 3:00 pm: Brainpower Connection Schools
  • 3:30 pm: Ryena Acosta Voice Studio
  • 4:30 pm: Incarnate Word High School Choir
  • 4:45 pm: Incarnate Word High School Emeraldettes
  • 5:00 pm: St. Anthony Catholic High School Mariachi Band
  • 5:45 pm: Mariachi Cardenal
  • 6:30 pm: Lighting Ceremony
  • 6:45 pm: UIW Cheer & Dance
  • 7:00 pm: UIW Choral & Cardinal Singers
  • 7:15 pm: Abel E. Pedraza
  • 7:30 pm: Mi Mexico Ballet Folklorica
  • 8:00 pm: Indoor Desert
  • 9:30 pm: Fireworks Finale

What Else to Do at the UIW Light the Way Holiday Festival

UIW Light The Way 2023

UIW Light The Way 2023 | Image Credit: San Antonio Things To Do

Aside from letting the soundtrack of the season fill your ears, indulge in holiday favorites and hearty food from some of my favorite food truck vendors like Dona Kika’s and Kettle Corn by Cakes by Jennifer! I also did some holiday shopping from local businesses that were at the Shoppers’ Lane Marketplace like A&H Apothecary. 

Aside from the many selfie spots, there was an entire Kids Corner with a Facepaint spot, Meet Santa, and colorful Cotton Candy! Don’t miss your chance to witness this dazzling spectacle and celebrate the holidays with the Incarnate Word community next year.


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