When it comes to holiday lights and decorations, few spots are as bright as San Antonio – especially on the campus of the University of the Incarnate Word. Each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the campus flips the switch for Light the Way, which has kicked off the holiday season in San Antonio for more than 30 years. More than 10,000 guests gather to see nearly a million lights illuminate the sky, along with an exciting fireworks display.

New this time around: a Food Truck Yard, a Kids’ Corner featuring selfies with Santa, free cookies and cocoa, Christmas shopping from various local vendors and a complimentary reception hosted by H-E-B and Sodexo. The event also 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. 

University of the Incarnate Word is the largest Catholic university in Texas – and it welcomes students of all faiths. Among the school’s specialties and career opportunities:

  • Criminal Justice majors stand out as probation officers and victim advocates because they understand family systems, cycles of poverty and the nature of human resilience.
  • 3D Animation and Design majors win promotions because they explore story, symbolism, culture in religion and psychology classes.
  • Fashion Merchandising majors become industry leaders because they understand how global politics, climate and labor impact how global politics, climate, and labor impact a manufacturer’s supply chain and sourcing.
  • Biology majors pursue graduate degrees and life-saving research because they learn to thrive in teams and connect basic science discoveries with larger human needs.  

Nicely done, Incarnate Word! In honor of San Antonio’s 300th anniversary, I’m ranking the University of the Incarnate Word No. 50 in my 300 Reasons to Love San Antonio list. Another great reason to live, work, buy a home and enjoy the holidays here in San Antonio.