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.
The Festival will run for two weeks in Advent, from Saturday 10 December until Christmas Eve, Saturday 24 December. We aim to be open from 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday. (keep an eye on the diary for any last minute changes)
There will be live music from local choirs and musicians every day, 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.
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. Thanks to all you generous visitors to SHINE and to our 2015 Advent and Christmas events programme, SHINE raised over £3,000. We were able to hand over cheques for £1135.14 to Amnesty International UK, Circle and Firsthand Lothian to support their work.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us since 2010!