What is Christingle?


'It is one of the only services where four generations of the same family come to worship together. Amazing!'
- Margaret, Christingle organiser

The Children's Society introduced Christingle to the Church of England in 1968, and it has since become one of the most popular events for families and communities in the church calendar.

Although each church and school will celebrate Christingle in its own way, the meaning of Christingle remains the same: children have fun making the Christingles using oranges, candles, red tape and sweets while also learning what each part means to Christians.

After the Christingles have been made, services and celebrations involving the local community take place that usually include songs, prayers and performances. The highlight of all the events is the lighting of the Christingle candles, which is loved by children and adults alike.

Christingle celebrations include songs, prayers, performances and a collection in aid of our work, which helps us continue our work with disadvantaged children. Universal to all celebrations is the lighting of the Christingle candles, loved by children and adults alike.

Christingle helps children in poverty

The impact made by Christingle services is incredibly valuable as the money raised during the collections really does make a difference to children’s lives.  

If you raise £100, it could help to educate poorer families about good health and nutrition, leading to significant improvements in the well-being of disadvantaged children.

By raising £250, that money could help The Children’s Society provide affordable childcare that would allow more parents to work, increasing household income.

Raising £500 could help families move out of poverty and prevent children from going hungry.

By joining in Christingle celebrations and donating through your local event, you will be helping to transform the lives of children in desperate need of our support.

Find out more about our work.

Christingle Symbolism Photography © The Children's Society

  • The orange – represents the world 
  • The red ribbon – indicates the love and blood of Christ 
  • The dried fruits and sweets – symbols of God’s creations 
  • The lit candle – symbolises Jesus, the light of the world 

See our tutorial video on how to make a Christingle in four easy steps.

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