Christmas at Samaritans

Christmas is a wonderfully busy time at Samaritans. Some of our activities include:

– Christmas lunches

Each year Samaritans hosts three Christmas lunches on Christmas Day, at various locations:

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

Over 1000 guests attended Newcastle’s Christmas Lunch in the Park in 2016.  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!

We couldn’t do it without the support of our very generous sponsors! Thank you to our major sponsor Port Waratah Coal Services and the other local businesses and cash sponsors who support the Newcastle Lunch:

Also thanks to HMA and Club Toukley for support of the Lunch on the Coast, along with other local businesses and cash sponsors:

Over 430 volunteers assisted with the Lunches.  Stay tuned for updates on 2016 Christmas Lunches have now been filled.  Thank you for your interest and stay tuned for next year if you would like to volunteer.

– 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. Thank you to those who participated in 2016 –  Click here to view a list of organisations and businesses who set up a Giving Tree. If you would like to participate by setting up a Giving Tree at your business this year 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.  Stay tuned for the 2017 Christmas cards!

– Gift wrapping at shopping centres

Each year Samaritans runs Wrapped with Love at Stockland Glendale.  Shoppers are able to have their gifts wrapped for a gold coin donation in support of Samaritans Christmas Appeal. Over $7000 was raised in 2016 through gift wrapping!

We are grateful for the support of volunteers who support gift wrapping each year.  If you would like to express you interest to volunteer as a gift wrapper in 2017 please contact out Volunteer Coordinator:

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