Christingle is a celebratory event which takes place in thousands of churches and schools across the country

Children holding Christingle candles

Although each church and school celebrates Christingle in its own way, the spirit of Christingle remains the same: coming together as a community to celebrate, whilst helping children who are in desperate need of support.

By taking part in Christingle this year, you too can enjoy the warmth and vibrancy of this wonderful celebration and play a key part in transforming the lives of thousands of children. 

Join in with Christingle

Christingle celebrations have been taking place all over the country for the past 47 years. In that time, Christingle has grown to become an incredibly popular event, embraced by people from all areas of society. Find out how it all began

Most Christingle celebrations include songs, prayers and performances, as well as a collection to help support our work here at The Children’s Society, so that we can keep working with some of the country’s most disadvantaged children. Find out more about how Christingle changes children’s lives.

The highlight of most Christingle celebrations usually involves the lighting of the Christingle candles under dimmed lights - a moment filled with awe and wonder for children and adults alike. 

The meaning of Christingle

Christingles are also a great way to teach children the story of the gospel and its significance to Christians.

To learn how to make your own Christingle, see our step by step guide to making a Christingle.

an orange an orange with a red ribbon
The orange represents the world. The red ribbon indicates the love and blood of Christ.
an orange with candies on toothpicks an orange with candies and a lighted candle
The dried fruits and sweets are symbols of God’s creations. For many people, they also represent the four seasons. The lit candle symbolises Jesus, the light of the world, who brings hope to people living in darkness.