An evening of beloved traditions took place on the hilltop in December. Against the beauty of the Austin night-skyline, the 41st 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.

Immediately following the Festival of Lights, we celebrated Las Posadas, the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge. Songs, piñatas, food and entertainment were part of the evening.

Click through our photo gallery below, and view our video at the bottom of this page to enjoy the magic of that night. 

2021 Festival of Lights Student holding candles during Posada
Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel
2021 Festival of Lights crowd

Photography and Video by Chelsea Purgahn