Wayside Chapel Christmas Day Lunch and Street Party

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People eating food at Wayside Christmas Day street party
Photograph: Ben Davies

Wayside Chapel feeds 800 people on Christmas Day – donate a plate or drop by for free festivities

Every year since the 1960s, the Wayside Chapel in Potts Point hosts a Christmas Day lunch for Sydney’s homeless community. This year they’re delivering a service at 10.30am followed by a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings for more than 800 people.

It’s estimated there are nearly 40,000 people sleeping rough in New South Wales and Christmas can be a lonely time. This event brings the local community together for festive celebrations, including dancing in Hughes Street, meeting Santa and jumping on the bouncy castle. It’s hard to tell who is sleeping rough and who is housed – and that’s kind of the point.

As well as providing a Christmas Day feast, the Wayside opens its doors to serve over 9,000 free community meals throughout the year. Wayside also provides essential health, welfare, social and recreational services to the disadvantaged.

If you want to contribute to the meals served on the day, Wayside encourages people to ‘donate a plate’ – to pay for one of the meals on the table at their Christmas Day lunch. By donating $25 you’ll provide a meal on the day.

Everyone is welcome – and Wayside Chapel is open daily throughout the Christmas period.

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