CSE Winter Light Show

Free • Open to the public

Join the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) for three dazzling light shows designed by science and engineering students. The high-tech light show features more than 250,000 LED lights set to music written and recorded by University of Minnesota students.

The CSE Winter Light Show dates are 

  • Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021
  • Friday, Dec. 10, 2021
  • Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021

Shows are at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. on the Civil Engineering Building Courtyard, 500 Pillsbury Dr. S.E., Minneapolis. Each show will last about 20 minutes. All events are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.

Now in its 10th year, the show has become a campus winter tradition. Lights will surround the semi-circular Civil Engineering Courtyard and will be synchronized to music for a 360-degree sensory outdoor experience. Features include a giant 22-foot lighted tree, two 8-foot 3D snowman signs, 8-foot lighted arches, a 5-foot-by-12-foot lighted pixelated changeable sign, a 6-foot circular light structure, 10 two-foot lighted snowflakes, and several lighted trees. The students estimate that the show includes more than five miles of lights and extension cords.

The light show is presented by the University of Minnesota Tesla Works student group. The show features the technical and creative skills of University of Minnesota science and engineering students and their ability to have fun on campus—even in the winter.

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Start date
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Civil Engineering Building Courtyard, 500 Pillsbury Dr. S.E., Minneapolis