This tradition was suggested in 2006 by Lise Saugeres, a French migrant who had moved to Melbourne.
Sue Ellson, the Founder and Director of Newcomers Network who is originally from Adelaide has hosted all of the Melbourne events starting on 25 December 2006.
John Aggus from the UK will be hosting the third annual Perth lunch and Karine Pham from France will be hosting the third annual Sydney lunch.
These events are open to everyone, but are specifically designed for people who have moved to the city, international students, tourists and anyone who is a Christmas Orphan and is away from their family or friends on Christmas Day.
In the past, we have also welcomed local people including single parents and their children, older singles, couples looking for something different to do, carers of people with a disability and people who have not received an invitation to join a celebration with people they know.
All Newcomers Network events are free to attend and anyone who would like to join us is welcome.
For this event, people need to bring their own refreshments that they can either eat on their own or share with the other guests.
Guests are also encouraged to be sun smart and bring a football, frisbee, cricket bat and ball or any other outdoor activities as well.
Everyone mixes and mingles and in 2009, two single people met and in 2010 they spent Christmas together holidaying in the Grampians.
Melbourne – Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road, Melbourne – Sue Ellson 0402 243 271
Sydney - Botanical Gardens, near the Opera House, go through the Queen Elizabeth II Gate, head towards the Rockery, Sydney – Karine Pham 0428 475 203
Perth - Kings Park, next to the War Memorial, Lot 47 Mounts Bay Road, Kings Park, Perth - John Aggus 0410 195 009
Brisbane - Botanical Gardens, near the corner of Albert Street and Alice Street, Brisbane
Guests are encouraged to write down the mobile phone number so that if it rains, they can find out where the group has moved to – but even if it does rain, the event will still be on.
Current details online at
Sue Ellson, Founder and Director of Newcomers Network, Melbourne Representative 03 9888 6480 or 0402 243 271
Karine Pham, Sydney Representative 0428 475 203
John Aggus, Perth Representative 0410 195 009