The Shard’s Christmas Lights Will Return With A Lovely New Theme This Month

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor

Shard Christmas lights

The Shard Christmas lights will have London looking sharp.

When it comes to London’s Christmas lights, every area has their own speciality. Oxford Street goes big, Regent Street goes heavenly, and the Churchill Arms goes spectacularly over the top. As for the highest, you’ll need to look to London Bridge, because The Shard‘s Christmas lights are coming back with a bang for 2020. On the evening of November 26, Western Europe’s highest festive display will return, complete with a brand new theme.

Shard Christmas
The 2018 display, seen from ground level.

When The Shard’s display turns on, the top 20 storeys of the building will become a festive fiesta, composed of hundreds of light installations. In recognition of the fairly traumatic year we’ve endured, The Shard Christmas lights will be illuminated in shades of blue and white this winter, in order to show gratitude to NHS staff and key workers who’ve been keeping us all safe during the pandemic. The Shard team have also released a hype video to prime Londoners for the arrival of the Christmas lights – honestly, are you not utterly PUMPED?


A whopping 575 LED lights and fixtures will be used to bring the display to life, and you’ll be able to see it every night from November 26 until New Year’s Eve, at which time a brand new display will mark the moment we mercifully cross into 2021. Beginning at the stroke of midnight and lasting into the early hours of New Year’s Day, it’ll hopefully signal the arrival of a far better year!

If previous years (👆) are anything to go by, The Shard Christmas lights will be an unmissable display. They’re sure to get commuters into the festive spirit in the lead-up to Christmas – or at the very least, serve as a stark reminder that they should probably hurry up with the present-buying…

Check out Covent Garden, Bond Street, and Carnaby Street for more brilliant Christmas light displays in London.

Also published on Medium.

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