An evening of beloved traditions took place on the hilltop on Dec. 6. Under the beauty of a starry, moonlit sky, the 39th annual Festival of Lights marked the beginning of the Advent Season at St. Edward’s. Thousands of lights illuminated campus as Hilltoppers and neighbors gathered at the steps of Main Building for music, reflection, candle lighting and fellowship.

The festival was followed by a Holiday Concert sponsored by the Music Department, and the Hilltopper Holiday Mingle hosted by the St. Edward’s Alumni Association. Scroll through our photo gallery below, and view our video at the bottom of this page to enjoy the magic of that night. 

Photo Gallery

Family lights candles at Festival of Lights

Mariachi band plays during the concert

Family with santa at holiday mingle

Alumni at Holiday Mingle

Partners embrace at Festival of Lights

Candle lit up at Festival of Lights


Photography and Video by Chelsea Purgahn