For the fourth year running Western Europe's highest light show transformed the London skyline.

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  • Shard Lights will illuminate the top 20 storeys of the building to create a piece of public art that is visible across London
  • ‘Shining a light’ on the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital, The Shard is hosting fundraising activities that include a digital advent calendar with unique prizes
  • The Shard’s office occupiers have collected 520 presents for the London Bridge Community Christmas Gift Collection benefitting local charities


London, 12 December 2016 – Western Europe’s highest light show will transform the London skyline when the top of The Shard is illuminated for the fourth year since opening. ‘Shard Lights’ will be switched on at 6.30pm on Monday 12 December, lighting up the top 20 storeys with a series of beams, stripes and sparkles that will be visible across the capital for every Londoner to enjoy.


There will be four different light sequences during the installation, with special displays marking Monday’s switch-on, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. On the days inbetween, a signature light show will mark every hour on the hour from dusk until dawn creating a unique public art installation in the sky.


Shard Lights forms part of the buildings ‘Illuminate’ campaign for the festive season, which aims to showcase the glittering sights, sounds and tastes of The Shard and London Bridge. The Shard has launched its first Christmas video on Twitter to encourage people to discover everything the neighbourhood has to offer – from The View from The Shard and the building’s world class restaurants Aqua Shard, Hutong and Oblix to Borough Market and Bermondsey Street’s independent boutiques.


This year’s campaign will also ‘shine a light’ on cancer care by supporting the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital, which is next to The Shard. A series of activities for occupiers and the public will raise funds to support the continued development of Guy’s Cancer Centre and its services. Since it opened in September 2016, the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s has provided state-of-the-art technology and a welcoming environment for patients with a focus on improving the overall experience of treatment to enhance healing.


To boost fundraising, The Shard has launched a digital advent calendar offering participants the opportunity to win unique experiences at The Shard or in the lively London Bridge area until Christmas Eve. Prizes include an overnight stay in a deluxe city room at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel; a tasting menu for two with wine pairing at Oblix and a private champagne tour for four at The View from The Shard. Participants can enter the daily draw for one of these unique prizes by donating £2.50 to the Cancer Centre at Guy’s via The Shard’s website.


Michael Baker, CEO of REM, asset manager for The Shard, said: “Shard Lights is becoming a fixture in London over the Christmas period. The installation designed by Woodroffe Bassett creates the Capital’s highest piece of public art for every Londoner to enjoy. This year, we also want to use The Shard’s iconic status to shine a light on the London Bridge neighbourhood and the Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital next door. The state-of-the-art Cancer Centre will treat around 6,500 people a year and become a vital hub for the development of new therapies.”


Dr Majid Kazmi, Clinical Director of Guy’s Cancer, said: “Guy’s and St Thomas’ is nearly a thousand years old and has a heritage of providing world-class treatment. Moreover, with its location near London Bridge station, Guy’s is the best-connected hospital in the UK. The recent opening of the state-of-the-art Cancer Centre will enable us to offer pioneering treatments and undertake cutting-edge research to find new solutions for cancer patients across the UK. However, to finance the latest technologies and equipment, invest in trials and employ world-leading clinicians, we still need to raise funds. By partnering with The Shard this Christmas, we are raising the funding we need to set a new standard for cancer treatment and honour our heritage as a provider of world-class medical care.”


In addition to The Shard’s fundraising efforts for the Cancer Centre at Guy’s, the building’s office occupiers supported the London Bridge Community Christmas Gift Collection. The Shard’s occupiers collected a total of 520 presents – the equivalent height of half of The Shard at 155 metres when laid end to end – for the initiative run by Team London Bridge. Working in shifts, the occupiers wrapped each present in the building’s reception area before loading them into vans on 6 December 2016 to be distributed to charities including Bede House, Beormund Community Centre, Ronald McDonald House, South London Mission and South London Cares.


The Shard’s occupiers have also been getting into the festive spirit with a series of gift sales and Christmas workshops. Local florist, Igloo Flowers, which supplies the flower arrangements for The Shard’s reception, is hosting a wreath making class while the Shangri-La will teach occupiers how to make perfect gingerbread. The Shard’s lifestyle occupiers MATCHESFASHION.COM and Wunderbrow are displaying gifts alongside brands including luxury British perfume house Penhaligons; children’s boutique Molly & The Wolf and Bermondsey Street Bees, which specialises in artisan urban honey production.


The iconic vertical city also has a lot to offer the public over the festive season with a range of events at The Shard’s leisure attractions including:


  • Christmas at The View from The Shard featuring a winter garden with a ‘design your own’ hot chocolate bar by Montezuma. Visitors can purchase Champagne Lanson 23 gold flake to toast the view and London’s highest Christmas tree, and on Sundays there will be Christmas carols every afternoon at 3pm. Kids go free from 17-24 December 2016
  • A special screening of Miracle on 34th Street on 14 December 2016 when The View from the Shard hosts the UK’s highest pop-up cinema with The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show
  • aqua shard’s intricate triple height Christmas installation marks Sir David Attenborough’s 90th birthday year. Designed by Timothy Hatton Architects, the artwork highlights the importance of protecting our natural environment and features the leaves of five different British woodland species produced from 100% recycled waste plastic
  • The beautiful Christmas tree designed by Paul Smith at Shangri-La London


To donate to the Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital Appeal text LIGHT to 70755 to donate £5.00*.


More information about the Cancer Centre at Guy’s is available at


To enter The Shard’s digital advent calendar or for more information on Illuminate, please visit our website.