Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival
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.
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 everyone who has supported us since 2010!