General Event Information


  • Bring your family and friends to Light the Way
  • Wash hands and mask up to your comfort level
  • Enjoy UIW grounds and public spaces
  • Bring funds for food trucks and shopping. Vendors and food trucks accept major credit cards.
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Wear outwear according to the weather forecast
  • Bring a canned good or nonperishable item to donate to the Cardinal Cupboard
  • Bring a camera and take pictures
  • Tag us on your social media #LTW2022 #LightthewaySA

Do not

  • Bring large bags or purses
  • Bring your pets (service animals are permitted)
  • Ignore any symptoms of illness. Please stay home if you feel sick and we will see you on our Livestream.
  • Walk past barricades
  • Enter unauthorized UIW buildings
  • Climb the trees, landscaping or architecture
  • Smoke or vape on campus
  • Act in a manner contrary to the spirit and mission of the University of the Incarnate Word

Yes, this event is free and open to the public! All are welcome to join us in kicking off the Christmas season.

Parking is available for free on the UIW Broadway campus in the Ancira Parking Garage. This parking garage is accessible only from the Highway 281 access road entrance. Parking is available in the Ancira Parking Garage on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional free parking is available at Founders Hall (4119 Broadway). The Founders Hall campus will be accessible via its Broadway St. entrance. Parking at Founders Hall is also on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Map and Directions

Yes, portable restrooms will be available at two locations on the grounds.

Yes, food trucks with delicious food options will be on site.

Pets are not allowed on the grounds during Light the Way. However, service animals are permitted.

No. All campus buildings will be closed. Portable restrooms will be available at designated locations. If in need of medical assistance, a first-aid station will be set up outside the Wellness Center.

Yes! Our UIW alumni are invited to the Friendship Garden (between the SEC and Agnese/Sosa Parking Garage) beginning at 3 p.m. to enjoy s’mores packages and a warm fire. S'mores gift packages will be given to alumni with an official UIW Alumni ID card ready at check-in or with an Alumni ID Card request form confirmation. While supplies last!

Request your alumni ID here

While this is an outdoor event, masks are encouraged when social distancing cannot be maintained. 

Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the event at various locations.

All campus buildings will be closed and inaccessible.

For the safety of others, stay home if you feel ill or if you have been exposed or tested positive to COVID-19.

Student and Employee Information

Only students with a valid student ID will be granted access inside the Student Engagement Center for dining. A staff member will be present to ensure only those with a student ID enter. The only entrance to the SEC for students will be the entrance closest to Riverside parking and Agnese Sosa.

UIW expects thousands of guests at this event and heavy foot traffic. Residents may park in their designated parking garages with a valid parking permit, however, through traffic will be closed on lower campus from Friday, Nov. 18 at 10 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 19 at 10 p.m. For this reason, all student residents are encouraged to park in upper campus garages (Ancira and McCombs). Vehicles in the Agnese Sosa Parking Garage will not be able to leave from Friday, Nov. 18 at 10 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 19 at 10 p.m. Residents parked on upper campus can leave via the Hildebrand and 281 exit during the event. We strongly encourage residents to make arrangements to minimize the need to travel to and from campus during this event. Please be aware there will be longer than usual wait times to enter and exit campus

Open vehicle access to campus will remain available until Friday, Nov. 18 at 10 p.m. At promptly 10 p.m. that night, all entrances and exits to campus will be closed. The only entrance/exit available will be the 281 access road entrance and the Hildebrand/281 exit. Through traffic will be closed on the lower campus from Friday, Nov. 18 at 10 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 19 at 10 p.m.

Self-guided campus tours

The lights turn on at dusk from Nov. 19, 2022, through Jan. 6, 2022.

Yes, you can do a self-guided tour starting Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 through Jan. 6, 2022.