Just turn up on the day if you would like to join us!
Christmas Day BYO Picnic Lunch 2015
Photo from Christmas Day BYO Picnic Lunch 2014
If you would like to attend, please register so we know how many to expect...
***Everyone welcome - including newcomers to Sydney, Christmas Day orphans, people who are single, married, couples, families, students, tourists, migrants, local residents, Australian citizens, children, adults, young or old, any faith or religion
- if you are looking for an alternative option for Christmas Day please join us -
this event will go ahead - rain hail or shine.
Free to attend, bring your own (BYO) food and wear your own name tag.***
Christmas Day BYO Picnic Lunch in Sydney
Christmas Day can be a lonely occasion if you are a long way away from family and friends.
It is also difficult if the traditional rituals cannot be recreated - as far as I know, there has never been snow in Sydney on Christmas Day!
Even if you do not normally celebrate this religious occasion, it is still nice to have 'something to do' on Christmas Day as plenty of people at work will ask you 'what are you doing for Christmas?'
In 2006, Newcomers Network hosted a bring your own food picnic event in Catani Gardens, St Kilda (Victoria) and in 2007, we moved to the Queen Victoria Gardens next to St Kilda Road and opposite the Victorian Arts Centre. In 2015, Sue Ellson will be hosting the 10th Christmas Day Picnic Lunch in Melbourne.
These annual events started in Sydney in 2010, Perth in 2010, Brisbane in 2011 and Adelaide in 2013 (so if you are not in Sydney on the day, please join one of these groups if you are available!)
We usually have between 20 - 100 people attending - bringing bikes, footballs, cricket bat and balls, frisbees, dogs, friends or coming on their own.
What to Bring
• a name tag with your first name on it (a simple sticker or piece of paper and pin will do)
• hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
• whatever you would like to eat, drink and share (including water)
Finding the Group We can never be 100% certain as to how many people will turn up on the day, but as this is our 6th year hosting the picnic, we are expecting a nice sized group. The event has been promoted in several locations including Eventbrite, Meetup and Facebook. If you can arrive close to midday (12pm) – that will make it easier to find the rest of the group.
Newcomers Network provides information, events and advocacy for people who have moved to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth - migrants, expatriates, repatriates, newcomers, domestic, international, from the country or intrastate.
Email info [at] newcomersnetwork.com or telephone +61 402 243 271 for more information.