Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival

Follow the Star : the 2016 Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival

Follow the Star  is the theme of the seventh Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival at St Andrew’s and St George’s West in the centre of Edinburgh. 40 Christmas Trees light up the oval Georgian sanctuary, each sponsored and decorated by a local business, charity or group. There will be live music from local choirs and musicians most days, and a late night meditative opening. Entry is free. Visitors are welcome to make a donation which is shared between local charities. This year the Festival is delighted to support

Edinburgh Direct Aid  is an all volunteer charity helping people caught up in disasters worldwide, currently the refugees in Lebanon fleeing war in Syria

Health in Mind One in four of us will experience mental health problems.  Health in Mind is Edinburgh’s mental health charity, supporting people with information, counselling and befriending.

Richmond’s Hope provides a city wide service for bereaved children 4-18. Using therapeutic play and activities children can explore the impact of grief on their lives.

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Follow the Star runs from Saturday 10  – Saturday 24 December  2016

Monday-Saturday (closed Sundays) 10am-6pm except

Saturday 10 December (10am-4pm)

Thursday 15 December (10am-4pm)

Friday 16 December at (10am – 2pm)

Thursday 22 December late opening until 9pm

Here are some special moments from the 2015 Festival – thanks to all who contributed.


The story so far…

The Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival is an annual event at St Andrew’s and St George’s West in Edinburgh City centre. 40 Christmas trees light up St Andrew’s and St George’s West sanctuary, each telling a different story. The Festival runs throughout Advent and brings together businesses, charities, church and city, offering space for everyone to reflect, celebrate  and wonder.

Children and nursery schools love to add to a children’s tree and to hear the Christmas Story told with music and puppets and Festival volunteers welcome residents from Edinburgh care homes to enjoy the trees and sing Christmas carols.  Local musicians and primary school choirs provide a free programme of live music which is open to everyone. Shoppers and visitors to the city centre are welcome to step inside and find a moment of peace.

The trees are  a fantastic backdrop for our annual Carols at Six event and for carols services and concerts during Advent.

The Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival supports and raises funds for local charities. Trees are provided by Caring Christmas Trees, a social enterprise which helps homeless people and each year visitors are invited to make a donation which is shared between local charities.

In 2015 donations were shared between Amnesty International, Circle Scotland and FirstHand Lothian. , SHINE raised over £3,000 and wWe were able to hand over cheques for £1135.14 to Amnesty International UKCircle  and Firsthand Lothian to support their work.

In 2014 our nominated charities were Edinburgh Women’s Aid, Hadeel/Palcrafts and Waverley Care.

In 2013 over 3,000 people visited, raising over £4,000 for local charities Edinburgh Clothing Store, Cash for Kids and the Sunflower Garden.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us since 2010!



Upcoming Events

Sun 22

Sunday 9am Communion

January 22 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Sun 22

Sunday 9.45am Learning Together

January 22 @ 9:45 am - 10:15 am
Sun 22

11am TOGETHER Joint Service at St Cuthbert’s

January 22 @ 11:00 am - 11:55 am
Sun 22

2pm Albany Deaf Church

January 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon 23

Monday 1pm prayers

January 23 @ 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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