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 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.

Christingle celebrations may include songs, prayers, performances or a collection in aid of The Children’s Society and you can find some fantastic examples of these in our Resource Centre. Universal to all celebrations is the lighting of the Christingle candles, loved by children and adults alike.

This candlelit celebration is an ideal way to share the key messages of the Christian faith, while helping to raise vital funds to help children across the country. With over 5000 Christingle celebrations happening across the country, there’s sure to be one in your area. Visit our interactive map to search for an event near you, or ask your local parish church or school. 

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. 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 

How your money can help

£12 could buy emergency food vouchers to feed a family of four for three days.

£25 could buy a pack of baby essentials including nappies, clothes and blankets that every mother needs for their newborn baby.

£100 could pay for a crèche session so that four mums can attend a course and learn the essential skills of caring and providing for their children.

£200 could provide 17 families with emergency food for 3 days.