Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival

Follow the Star

Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival 10-24 December 2016

Follow the Star  was 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 lit up the oval Georgian sanctuary, each sponsored and decorated by local businesses, charities and groups. Everyone enjoyed fabulous live music from local choirs and musicians and a rainy night didn’t spoil the late night meditative opening.

This year the Festival was 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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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 20

Shades of Dave Pell

August 20 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sun 20

Sound of Seventeen

August 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon 21

Rachmaninov and Schumann Cello

August 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Mon 21

Monday 1pm prayers

August 21 @ 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Mon 21

Scotland’s Harps – A Celebration 1

August 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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