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The Shard lights up to celebrate London this Christmas

*** FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE *** Children from a local primary school in Bermondsey, London, helped design this year’s iconic festive light display at The Shard – Shard Lights – illuminating the top of the building throughout the month of December. Photo by Olivia, 10, Susan, 11, Sali, 10

The Shard’s annual seasonal exhibit – Shard Lights – will return on Tuesday, December 6th. The event will see the first 20 floors of Western Europe’s tallest building lit up with an exhibition designed to celebrate the capital at Christmas.

The light display will be set to a bespoke audio track that will be available to stream online, in sync with the light show. Londoners will be able to listen to the soundtrack, with sounds ranging from the waves of the Thames to the bells of St Paul’s, wherever they are in London, as they gaze at the light show unfolding to the beat of the music.

Using updated energy-efficient LED lighting, Shard Lights 2022 will kick off at 6:00 p.m. on December 6. The exhibition will run from 5.30pm every night until New Year’s Eve, helping to brighten up winter evenings for all Londoners returning home.

Present since 2013, Shard Lights have become a regular fixture on London’s festive calendar. with each year a unique exhibition designed to celebrate the people and the spirit of the capital. Visible from over 40 miles away, the dazzling display is estimated to be the most-watched seasonal light display in the UK, with many of London’s 8 million people enjoying a glimpse as they travel around the city.

Real Estate Management (UK) Limited (“REM”), asset manager for The Shard, once again collaborated with renowned lighting designer Woodroffe Bassett Design, to create the installation alongside the London-based sound artist London Brigitte Hart.

To learn more about Shard Lights, visit: For live updates throughout November and December, follow @TheShardLondon on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Keep an eye out for posts tagged #ShardLights.