Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival

Joy to the World

9-23 December 2017

Joy to the World is the 8th Christmas Tree Festival at St Andrew’s and St George’s West in the heart of Edinburgh. 40 sparkling Christmas trees light up St Andrew’s and St George’s West Georgian sanctuary, each decorated by a local charity, business or voluntary group.

All of our trees come from social enterprise Caring Christmas Trees, supporting homeless  people in Edinburgh throughout the winter. Please drop in for as little or as long as you like – every tree tells a different story.

We’re generally open

Monday -Saturday 10-6pm
Late opening until 9pm on Thursdays

However, Christmas is a busy time at St Andrew’s and St George’s West, and occasionally we have to close a little early ahead of carol services for rehearsals and set up.

For this reason we will close early on 
Tue 12 December at 5.30pm
Fri 15 Dec at 2pm (to prepare for our popular annual Carols at Six – don’t miss that!)

There’s free live music every day from local musicians and choirs. Download the current programme here.

Entry is free, but please make a donation if you can. Donations this year are shared between three charities Medecins sans Frontieres, Pasda and VOCAL

Medecins sans FrontieresDoctors without Borders – works in more than 60 countries delivering essential medical care to people who need it most.

PASDA  offers support to parents, partners, siblings and carers of adults (over 16) on the autism spectrum who live in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Find out more on their website

VOCAL  (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) supports and empowers unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian through individual support, information, training and access to services. Find our more about VOCAL on their website

Keep in touch – follow us on Facebook at EdinburghChristmasTreeFestival or on twitter @EdTreeFest (less active but working on it)

Thanks for visiting us online – come and visit in the real world!

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.

At Follow the Star  in 2016 donations supported the work of local charities Edinburgh Direct Aid, Richmond’s Hope and Health in Mind.

In 2015 donations were shared between Amnesty International, Circle Scotland and FirstHand Lothian. , SHINE raised over £3,000 and 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

Tue 16

Kirk Session

October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed 17

1pm Wednesday Prayers

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Thu 18

1pm Thursday Prayers

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Fri 19

1pm Friday Prayers

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Sat 20

Messy Church!

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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