Where to eat Christmas lunch this year for those seeking companionship

Where to eat lunch on Christmas day?
ECH understands the importance of companionship at Christmas and so they've compiled a list of places hosting free or low-cost Christmas lunches for those seeking community and connection this festive season.

ECH acknowledge that the “festive season”, and Christmas time, isn’t always the joyous occasion shared by the media. Therefore, they extend their understanding and support to those who may be finding this time of year challenging.

Whether you are on your own, or part of a large family with lots of social events, this time of year can be a stressful time for many reasons. It’s important to remember to treat yourself well, with special meals or some nice gifts, and plan activities you love, like going for a walk or starting an activity you’ve always wanted to do.

ECH also understands the importance of companionship during this time.

If you’re feeling lonely during the holiday season and are seeking a warm, festive atmosphere on Christmas Day, they’ve compiled a list of places hosting free or low-cost Christmas lunches. Sharing a meal with others can be a wonderful way to find connection and celebrate the spirit of togetherness during the holidays.

The list has been compiled by their Community Engagement Team, with these services and events spanning the Adelaide Metropolitan area, as well as the South Australian regional areas across the festive season.

Where to eat lunch this Christmas day?

Adelaide City:

Baptist Care SA (WESTCARE)

Meals for people experiencing homelessness or low income earners. Drop in, no cost

Monday 25 December 2023, 11am – 1pm

11-13 Millers Court, Adelaide SA 5000


Pilgrim Uniting Church

Free Christmas dinner for people who are vulnerable, isolated or want to share Christmas with others. No cost

Monday 25 December 2023, 4.30pm

Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders St Adelaide


Adelaide suburbs and surrounds:

Glen Osmond Baptist Church

Christmas Eve Carols on the Oval with FREE sausage sizzle, all welcome!

Sunday 24 December 2023, 5pm – 7:30pm

Glen Osmond Primary School Oval,


The Salvation Army, Unley

Christmas Eve dinner for residents of Unley and Mitcham councils. No cost

Sunday 24 December 2023, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

70 Marion St, Unley

(08) 8271 2839

Elizabeth Church of Christ

Christmas day lunch. No cost

Monday 25 December 2023 at 12pm

38 Ashfield Rd, Elizabeth

(08) 8255 2467

Centacare, Aldinga

Christmas Day Lunch for the community. No cost, RSVP/bookings required for catering

Monday 25 December 2023, 11am – 2pm

Aldinga – address details given on booking

(08) 8215 6310


$5 Christmas Day Lunch for the community. Come along for a main meal, dessert, tea/coffee, music and fun! Families with children are most welcome.

Monday 25 December 2023, 12noon

887 Marion Rd, Mitchell Park

(08) 8277 0304 or info@marionlife.org.au

Wakefield House Positive Ageing Centre, Morphett Vale

$5 Christmas Day Lunch for the community

Monday 25 December 2023, 12:30pm

65 Acre Ave, Morphett Vale


North East Salvos, Campbelltown

Christmas Day Dinner for the community. No cost. Provided by the North East Salvos and supported by Council

Monday 25 December 2023, 6pm – 9pm

Campbelltown Function Centre, 172 Montacute Rd, Rostrevor

8366 9222


The Salvation Army, Victor Harbour

Christmas dinner. No cost

Monday 25 December 2023

22 Bartel Boulevard, Encounter Bay


Kadina Church of Christ

Free BBQ and Traditional Carol singing at 7pm

Saturday 23 December 2023

7 Taylor St, Kadina


Combined Christian Churches of Murray Bridge

A community Christmas lunch for people in the Murray Bridge area who are in need, experiencing homelessness or who are lonely or isolated this year. No cost

Monday 25 December 2023, 12pm

Catholic Church Hall, Cnr Ind and Mannum Rd, Murray Bridge

Catholic Church 8531 1699, Uniting Church 8532 5150 or 0466 411 784

Image credit: The Salvation Army


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