Christmas day and other festive events in Leeds

Christmas Day can be a lonely time for many people. But it doesn't have to be like that.

Local charities organise Christmas lunches, but you might have to contact them ahead of time and get signed up. We'll be adding any festive meals or events that we find out about in Leeds to this page, so keep checking back for updates and follow us on Twitter @MindWellLeeds for more!

  • Festive meal for people over 50 at Ebor Gardens - Tuesday 17 December from 12noon to 2pm, Ebor Gardens Community Centre, LS9 7PS. Organised by DAMASQ - contact them by emailing infinitytitan@yahoo.com if you want to attend.
  • Christmas Day meal with St Vincent's - for any members of the community who are alone. It's on Wednesday 25 December at St Vincent's Support Centre, 4 Berking Avenue, LS9 9LF . Contact them by calling 0113 248 4126 for more details and to book a place.
  • Christmas Day meal in Swinnow - Wednesday 25 December from 11.30am to 5pm at Swinnow Community Centre, LS13 4RF. There will be lifts from a central point in Leeds. Numbers are limited, so contact them by email at ryan011377@icloud.com.
  • The Christmas Dinner for care leavers - Wednesday 25 December. Care leavers can self-refer to go to the event, or be referred by their Personal Advisor, Social Worker or Housing Support worker. Contact the organisers first then complete this form - email TCDLR2016@gmail.com.
  • Rainbow Christmas Dinner - Rainbow Junktion is hosting a free Christmas Dinner for anyone who is lonely and/or doesn't have enough food on Christmas Day. The dinner is on 25 December from 12 noon-3pm and at All Hallows' Church, 24 Regent Terrace, LS6 1NP.
  • Alternatively Vegan Cafe - free lunch on Wednesday 25 December from 1-4pm at Alternatively Vegan Cafe, 118 Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey, LS28 6BN. Anyone who is lonely at Christmas is welcome.

You can also search online or social media or explore the Reengage website - they have a page for events around the country. Some local ones are at care homes and are for older people who are alone at Christmas, but you can also find details of some community Christmas Day meals open to everyone.

Remember that the events are organised to bring the community together, especially people who are on their own. You won't be the only person who might be nervous about attending.

There are other free or low cost festive celebrations happening around the city. Your local library or supermarket might be a good place to look for posters for carol concerts, coffee mornings and more. The Great Get Together promotes #MincePieMoments on Twitter, where local communities are encouraged to get people together for tea, a mince pie and a chat. Search online for details.

For more support, self-help and links to services over Christmas, see our Stay healthy this Christmas resource and our Christmas Toolkit.

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