An older woman gives a young girl a mince pie - they're both smiling and wrapped up warm. You can see a table full of delicious festive food.

The Big Lunch at Christmas

The Big Lunch brings millions of people together to share friendship, food and fun as the UK’s annual celebration for neighbours and communities.

This festive season, we’re encouraging everyone to gather neighbours, friends, colleagues or volunteers to celebrate our connections and keep our communities cosy. We’ve got all the resources you need to host a Big Lunch at Christmas, from invites to cracker templates and food flags.

Host a Big Lunch at Christmas

The Big Lunch in numbers

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people joined in this year – that’s 1 in 5 of the population!

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of Big Lunch organisers say that it has had a positive impact on their community

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raised at Big Lunch events since 2018, with around 3/4 going to local causes

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Two children post with their arms up next to the dancing Eric Morecambe statue. They're holding red, white and blue balloons and holding Union Jack flags, as part of the Coronation Big Lunch celebrations.

A royally good weekend!

We invited everyone to be part of history with the Coronation Big Lunch, which took place from 6-8 May to celebrate His Majesty The King and Her Majesty the Queen’s Coronation. Thousands of events were held to share friendship, food and fun across the world. Communities across the UK celebrated incredible spirit and connection.

The impact of the Coronation Big Lunch reaches far beyond the weekend, with new friendships being made, money raised for local causes and neighbours feeling more connected to where they live.

See our highlights

If you’d like to download the Coronation Big Lunch pack as a commemorative item, it’s still available.

“Right away, I knew it was a great idea. We live in a close where people didn’t really know each other… it’s all about just talking to your neighbours. After, you can see the brilliant things that come from that.”

Lynda, Essex