Light show image in Civil Engineering Courtyard

Student-designed winter light shows begin Dec. 5 at the University of Minnesota

Show features 250,000 LED lights set to music

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (11/18/2019)— Join the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) for four 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.

This year's show features new light installations, including two new signs, 10 two-foot lighted snowflakes, several lighted trees, and new music.

The CSE Winter Light Show dates are 

  • Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019
  • Friday, Dec. 6, 2019
  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
  • Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019

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 required.

Join us for a Premiere Party on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, 5-6:30 p.m., WSB and Rosene Student Lounges, Civil Engineering Building, Second Floor. Free hot chocolate and cookies while supplies last.

Now in its ninth 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, and a 6-foot circular light structure. 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.

The show is sponsored by Polaris with additional funding provided by the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Student Services and the University of Minnesota Parent and Family Program.

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