Whether you’ve been organising Christingle celebrations for years or this is your first, it’s important to plan well in advance of your event.
Our guide to hosting a Christingle has been designed to help you organise a celebration which is memorable and has a great impact on our work with abused and exploited children.
You can find all the resources you need to plan your event in our planning and fundraising pack (download as a .zip file). The full pack will be available soon, and include everything you need to organise your Christingle, including promoting your event, down to the basics of how to make a Christingle.
In the meantime, why not take a look at some of the planning resources which are already available:
- Planning and fundraising pack - download as a .zip file
- Christingle guide
- How to make a Christingle - download our guide, watch our video, or download our video
- How to build a Christingle collection candle - watch our video or download our video
- Safety poster
- Invitation poster
- Gift Aid guidelines
- Press release template
- Template for seeking local sponsorship
Although there will be a number of things for you to think about when planning your event, the main things to think about are:
Spread the word
The more people who come to your Christingle the more money you can raise to help us continue supporting some of the country’s most disadvantaged children. We have posters, leaflets and invitations available to help you reach out to your local community and involve as many people as possible – you can find these on our online shop.
We also have talks and presentations to help you speak to people about our work and the difference that your celebration is making. Don’t forget you can also register your event with us to make it easier for people in your local area to find.
Decide how you’re going to fundraise
All funds raised through Christingle really do help to make a huge difference to the stories of the children and young people we work with. To make sure that your event has as much impact as possible, it’s important that you take the time to consider exactly how you’re going to fundraise from your event.
You can hold a collection during your celebration using our collection envelopes, give out collection candles, or even do a Christingle cake sale. Remember, you can make your fundraising go even further by encouraging your guests to Gift Aid their donations.
Gathering your resources
If you haven’t already done so, visit our resource centre for a full list of all our downloadable resources. Event resources such as red tape, wax candles and collection envelopes can be ordered from our online shop, or by calling 0300 3030 555 (8am–9pm Mon-Fri and 9am-6pm Sat–Sun).
Be sure to order your resources as soon as possible to make sure you get them in time for your event.
Try asking local shops, including big supermarkets, to donate items such as oranges, sweets and cocktail sticks in return for some free publicity. You can use our template letter for writing to shop managers to help you.
Creating the right event for you
It really is up to you what your Christingle involves. You can organise anything from a traditional celebration service with prayers and hymns, to fancy dress and giant Christingle oranges.
For ideas on the type of event you would like to hold, take a look at our worship resources.