Show featuring 250,000 LED lights set to music at the UofM

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MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL - Join the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) for a dazzling light show designed by science and engineering students. The high-tech light show features more than 250,000 LED lights set to music, some of which is written and recorded by University of Minnesota students. This year’s show features new light installations and new music.

The CSE Winter Light Show event is on the Civil Engineering Building Plaza, 500 Pillsbury Dr. S.E., Minneapolis. Each show will last about 20 minutes.

The show will run at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. as follows:

  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

All events are free and open to the public.

In addition, a special Winter Light Show Open House for CSE alumni and friends is planned from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 in the Civil Engineering Building. For more information and to register, visit the CSE Alumni Winter Light Show Open House registration form.

Now in its seventh year, the show has become a campus winter tradition. Lights will surround the semi-circular Civil Engineering Plaza and will be synchronized to music for a 360-degree sensory outdoor experience. Features include a giant 22-foot lighted tree, an 8-foot 3D snowman sign, 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 the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Student Services. Additional support for the Premiere Party provided by the University of Minnesota Parent and Family Program.