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Join us for a Christmas meal

Every year, the Salvos host Christmas lunches and other meals across the country, at no cost to you. If you are feeling lonely and have no one to share Christmas with, or are unable to prepare your own Christmas meal, you are invited.

Together we will celebrate Christmas with decorations, music, a delicious meal and great conversation.

To join us, please search for your closest event below and contact us ASAP to register your interest. These events can book out quickly. Not all Salvation Army locations offer Christmas meals, but many do host Christmas church services or carols events. Use the form below to find your nearest suburb.

If you are struggling and could do with some help to celebrate Christmas with your loved ones, please contact your local Salvos who may be able to support you with food hampers and gift assistance.

Find more information and contact your local Salvos.

Frequently asked questions

Anyone is welcome to celebrate Christmas with us. This includes – but is not exclusive to – local community members who have a connection with the Salvos, people who don’t have family around and want someone to share a meal with, and people who have been helped by the Salvos in the past and currently. You may come on your own or with your children.

Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus, we can experience unconditional love, hope and meaning for our lives. This gives us a reason to celebrate and that’s why the Salvos have so much joy at Christmastime – and always!

The Bible says that those who have God in their lives are joyful and hopeful (Psalm chapter 146, verse 5, NIV). We host Christmas meals because we want to extend this gift of hope and joy to other people by sharing a delicious meal and meaningful connection. We don’t want people to be lonely, especially at Christmas.

You will find our Christmas meals are full of fun, laughter and friendship.

Please use the search tool above to locate your nearest Salvos that is hosting a Christmas meal. Not all Salvation Army centres offer a Christmas meal but many host Christmas church services and carols events.

These events are usually free of charge, though some may have a nominal fee if it is part of a larger community fun day. Please speak to the organiser of your local Salvos event if payment is of concern.

Please contact your local Salvation Army to find out if you can volunteer at a Christmas meal or in other ways this Christmas. There are also other volunteer opportunities available on our website.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity. You can donate, organise your own food and gift drive, or fundraise to make Christmas Wishes come true. Find more information here.

If you are a small business and want to support your local community, please contact your nearest Salvos (use link above). If you are a corporate business keen to get involved, please contact our corporate partnerships team.

We do our best to cater to people with a wide variety of food allergies, intolerances and other dietary requirements, as we want to ensure our Christmas celebrations are accessible to all. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your local Salvos at the time of booking so they can do their best to accommodate your food requirements.

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