Celebrating Christingle 50

Christingle in a cathedral

2018 was an incredibly special year for Christingle, as it marked 50 years of The Children’s Society’s Christingle.

It’s been a wonderful Christingle season with churches and schools across the country celebrating in so many creative ways. From building giant Christingles to selling Christingle marmalade with leftover oranges, thousands have hosted incredible celebrations, bringing communities together and raising money for children who feel alone at Christmas.

  • Total Christingle 50 income : £1.3 million
  • Total number of Christingle 50 events: 6089

We’ve seen knitted Christingles, Christingle-nativity services, treasure hunts and incredible Christingle-themed baked goods. We are grateful that so many have taken part in this effort to raise more money than ever and we’re glad you’ve had a lot of fun along the way!

How Christingle helps

Thanks to Christingle celebrations across the country, we’re able to provide a network of services all over the country for vulnerable children who feel they have no one they can turn to for help. Last year we worked with 13,000 children and young people between the ages of 10 and 18 and in 2019 we hope to work with more than ever.

‘It’s a lovely event which gets Christmas off to the right start!’

For over 50 years, money raised at services has helped more than one million children get the one-to-one care they really need. 

More Cathedral services than ever

This year over 32 Cathedrals joined the anniversary celebrations. 7th December marked exactly 50 years since our first Christingle was held in Lincoln Cathedral. We were delighted that Lincoln Cathedral hosted a Christingle on 7th marking exactly 50 years since we introduced Christingle to the Church of England. From fun with Christingle beach balls to using sparklers, these Christingles were full of joy and celebration.

Christingle highlights

A highlight was the release of a new song for Christingle’s 50th anniversary, Light a Candle, which has been performed in churches and schools across the country. It was a privilege to see this performed in several Cathedral services and we were delighted that Light a Candle featured on a special Christingle episode of Songs of Praise.

The episode itself was a wonderful way to celebrate; it featured an interview with the Archbishop about the meaning of a Christingle, the story of a young person we helped and a Christingle cake! 

Thank you

If you have been involved with Christingle in any way, whether that’s organising a service, promoting it, attending or donating at a Christingle, we want to say a huge thank you. We are so grateful for all the time and effort that has gone into celebrating Christingle’s 50th anniversary. We know that we can do so much more to help young people because of it.