Winter Light Show returns to U of MN campus

The CSE Winter Light Show 2019 returned Thursday, December 5 on the University of Minnesota campus.
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The glow of holiday lights returns to the University of Minnesota campus this year thanks to the CSE Winter Light Show.

It's the ninth year of the show presented by the Tesla Works student group and sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering.

"It's really just a holiday celebration," said University of Minnesota sophomore Dylan Brady. "There's really no specific theme, but you'll see snowmen and snowflakes. It's really just showcasing the winter in Minnesota."

The holiday tradition takes place in the Civil Engineering Courtyard where 250,000 lights are synchronized to music. The display provides a 360-degree experience.

"We spend about 600 hours all together to make the show possible," Brady said.

The display changes every year. This year, viewers will see 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 project gives students more than just technical skills," Brady said. "It gives us a lot of personal, leadership, and communication skills which are important regardless of what field you hope to work in."

The group begins setting up the display in September. They estimate that the show includes more than five miles of lights and extension cords.

Shows are held at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 p.m. and last around 20 minutes each.

This year's CSE Winter Light Show dates are:

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019

Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019