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.

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. (please 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.

Keep in touch – follow us on Facebook at EdinburghChristmasTreeFestival or on twitter @EdTreeFest

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 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

Wed 28

Wider Horizons Collection

September 7 - October 3
Thu 29

Private Event

September 29 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thu 29

Thursday 1pm Prayers

September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Fri 30

Friday 1pm Prayers

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Sun 02

Sunday 9am Communion

October 2 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am

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