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Christmas Christmas Day Picnic Lunch in Sydney Tuesday 25th December 2012, 12pm - 3pm

***Everyone welcome - including newcomers, Christmas 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 you can register below to be on our mailing list or just TURN UP on the day - we will be there, rain hail or shine.  Free to attend, bring your own food.***

Media interviews or if you cannot find us, phone Karine Pham 0450 637 414.

Pictures from 25/12/12

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1. Details

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 started hosting Christmas Day Picnic lunches in Melbourne and has done so every year since.  On Saturday 25 December 2010, Karine Pham hosted the very first event in Sydney and did it again in 2011 and is now doing it in 2012 as well.

Christmas Day Picnic Lunch Sydney 2010
Group photo from Christmas Day 25/12/10

The event is open to everyone - singles, couples and families.  If you have the time available, you can attend for part or all of the event.

You can come on your own, with a partner, a friend, your family, children, your neighbour, everyone is welcome.

You do not need to be a newcomer to Sydney to attend.  If you don't have somewhere to go on Christmas Day, you can join us - consider yourself invited!!

We also host free Living, Working and Networking in Sydney events on the second Wednesday of every month.  See all upcoming events on the right hand side of every page of the Newcomers Network website.

2. Hosts

Karine Pham

Karine Pham
Mobile/Cell Phone 0450 637 414

Karine will be personally attending and if the weather turns bad please telephone Karine to find out where the group has moved to.  All children are welcome. 

3. Venue and time

12pm (midday) to 3:00pm (join us for any part of this time). 

Botanical Gardens
near the Opera House
go through the Queen Elizabeth II Gate
head towards the Rockery and see the group
Sydney New South Wales 2000
-33.858744, 151.215770

We will be there, rain, hail or shine. 

If it starts pouring with rain, the group may move, so please phone Karine to find out where.

Botanical Gardens Sydney The Rockery
Map Courtesy of the Botanical Gardens of Sydney (slightly modified)

This is an easy walk from Circular Quay Railway and Ferry Terminal.

Toilets are around the area but will require a short walk.

4. Transport

For more information on parking and transport, visit City of Sydney Parking and Transport and also CHECK the timetables for Christmas Day (which will be different) by visiting Transport Info

Some city car parks may be closed or be very expensive, use public transport if you can.

5. Cost

There is no cost to attend this event - please bring your own refreshments.

6. Refreshments

Bring your own food and drinks - that you may like to share with some other guests. Remember to keep certain foods cold (like chicken, meat, ham, dips etc using ice or icepacks). You may not be able to buy something to eat or drink close by.

You can bring alcohol if you wish (but please do not drink and drive).

The closest public toilet facilities are a short walk away.

7. This event is designed for

This event is particularly suitable for people who have moved to Sydney, from the country, interstate or overseas. This includes new migrants, expatriates, international students, backpackers, Australian repatriates, people on work assignment, people visiting Sydney, tourists, local residents and people without family or friends in Sydney at lunchtime on Christmas Day. 

All ages will be there - remember, EVERYONE is welcome.

You can come on your own or with other people. You can be any age, children can come with you. You can stay for five minutes or three hours!

In the past, this event has attracted both men and women, some single, some in relationships, some who have come on their own, some who have come with other people and several children of various ages.

Whatever your story, you will be welcome at our events.

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!

8. What to bring

You can bring your own picnic blanket and/or chairs, hat, umbrella, sunscreen, food, drinks and outdoor games equipment - like a football to kick, cricket bat and tennis ball etc. 

You can either eat your food on your own or share it with others (but if it is really hot, please avoid bringing foods that need to be kept cooled unless you have icepacks). 

9. On arrival

When you arrive, see Karine for a sticky label name tag and then make yourself comfortable and enjoy your time with our group.

10. Other events and information

At Newcomers Network Events (including the Living, Working and Networking events held on the second Wednesday of every month) and also via Event Listings in Sydney

You may like to connect virtually with people via the Newcomers Network Sydney Australia Facebook Group

11. How to tell us you are coming

Register online at or register directly using the form below

Alternatively, if you prefer, you can send an email directly to

We look forward to meeting you! Several people attend on their own - so don't be shy - you can talk to anyone wearing a name tag or ask your host to introduce you to people.

You are more than welcome to share this information with other people you know.

If you forget to tell us you are coming, just turn up!

Links on this Christmas Day Lunch Sydney 2011 page
City of Sydney Parking and Transport

Event Listings in Sydney

Newcomers Network Events

Newcomers Network Sydney Australia Facebook Group

Transport Info 131500

Last update: 07th January 2013

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