Christmas at Samaritans


Christmas is a wonderfully busy time at Samaritans. 

If you are a local business or community member and want to support Samaritans this Christmas, please click here to complete the enquiry form at the bottom of this page.

Some of our activities include:

– Christmas lunches

This Christmas Samaritans will host THREE Christmas lunches on Christmas Day, at various locations:

  • Newcastle Foreshore Railsheds
  • Singleton Senior Citizens Centre
  • Wyong Race Club

Over 900 guests attended Newcastle’s Christmas Lunch in the Park last year.  The annual event hosted by Samaritans began 16 years ago as a simple lunch and has since grown into Newcastle’s largest Christmas celebration.  Guests enjoy a free Christmas Lunch, entertainment and a visit from Santa!

– Giving Trees

At Christmas time we run Samaritans Christmas Assistance. Local businesses put up Christmas Trees in the lead up to Christmas where people can leave donated Christmas presents. These gifts then go to Samaritans Christmas Assistance where families, who cannot afford to purchase Christmas presents for their children, are invited to visit and select free toys.  Last year over 75 organisations and community groups set up a Giving Tree for toy donations! If you would like to participate by setting up a Giving Tree at your business please call Samaritans on 1300 656 336.

– Selling Christmas Cards


Each year Samaritans sells Christmas cards with proceeds going towards our Christmas Appeal, helping people in need in our local community. Click here for more information on how to order your 2016 Charity Christmas Cards!

– Gift wrapping at shopping centres

This year Samaritans will again be running Wrapped with Love at Stockland Glendale.  Shoppers will be able to have their gifts wrapped for a gold coin donation in support of Samaritans Christmas Appeal.  If you would like to volunteer to become a gift wrapper please contact out Volunteer Coordinator:

The gift wrapping station will operate:
10th – 24th December.
10am – 5pm daily.

Any general enquiries about our Christmas activities can be directed to our Central Office 1300 656 336.

Support Samaritans this Christmas