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 first 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 celebrate their Christingle in their own way, the spirit of Christingle remains the same: children have fun using oranges, candles, red tape and sweets to make their Christingles while also learning what each element represents and 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 The Children’s Society 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 do make a difference to children’s lives.  

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

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

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

The message of love and hope that Christingle represents permeates through all of the work of The Children’s Society. We believe that every child should have the childhood they deserve. By joining in the Christingle celebrations and donating through your local event, you will be helping to transform the lives of children in desperate need of our support. Read Maya’s story and 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.