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. Some organisations already promoting festive meals are Rainbow Junktion and St Vincent's Support Centre. See their websites and contact them for information.
You can also explore the Community Christmas website to find out about lunches for older people near you on Christmas day.
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.
The Brazilian restaurant Estábulo on St Peter's Square is organising a very special Christmas event on Christmas Day and is hoping to serve up to 150 people who are in need this Christmas. The meal is aimed at people who are homeless or in temporary accommodation and have nobody to spend Christmas with. If you have any clients who meet the criteria and would enjoy attending this event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral form. To volunteer your time, please contact Rodrigo and let him know how you can help. If you would like to donate a wrapped gift for one of the guests, these can be dropped off at Emmaus Leeds on St Mary's Street, LS9 7DP by 22nd December. Suggested gifts: toiletries, hats, gloves, thermal socks, underwear, flasks, torches, box of chocolates and other non-perishable food items.
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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.