This year marks 50 years since The Children’s Society brought Christingle to this country. You’re invited to join the celebrations as, together, we make this 50th anniversary year the biggest for Christingle yet.

Christingle 50 logoFor 50 years, Christingle services have helped The Children’s Society to support more than a million children and young people, but a million more are living with a range of serious issues in their lives today, including violence, abuse, neglect and poverty. Many feel alone and have no one to turn to this Christmas. The money raised from your Christingle collections will help us support these vulnerable young people and work to ensure that they have their first Christmas full of hope and free from fear.

We provide a wide range of free resources for churches, schools and communities to use, helping you to make sure that your Christingle celebration is the best it possibly can be. Our planning and promotional resources will help you to prepare and get the word out. You can also order the essential items you will need for your service (including wax candles, red tape and collection envelopes), and find guidance around your collection for The Children’s Society.

We provide a number of digital downloads in order to help you put together a Christingle service, whilst helping your congregation reflect on the work of The Children’s Society. The resources include seasonal worship materials, which are suitable for leading a Christingle service at various points during the Christingle season, including Advent Sunday, Christmas Eve, Epiphany and Candlemas. We also provide children’s activities, including a Messy Church Christingle resource.

To find out more about Christingle, or to order these resources and more, visit or give us a call on 0300 300 7000.

Christingle Song

This year you can also celebrate Christingle with a brand new song. 

Light a Candle has been composed exclusively for The Children's Society by Louise Drewett, a young composer currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music. The words have been specially written for our anniversary year by up-and-coming poet Clare Shaw.

Whether you are a school choir, amateur singing group, professional, cathedral or church choir, Light a Candle is the perfect way to raise your voice in celebration of Christingle’s anniversary.

Download the score and piano accompaniment from our website and be part of The Children's Society's special 50th Christingle celebration.