The Big Lunch at Christmas

The Big Lunch at Christmas

The Big Lunch at Christmas

Sharing friendship, food and festive fun this winter

 It’s a busy time of year, and for some it can feel quite lonely. Taking the time to say hello to a neighbour with a mince pie in hand, or inviting people share a meal is a great way to keep connected over Christmas. 

We've got everything you need to get started below!

your little guide to the big lunch at christmas

Whether you’re an individual, community organisation, local group or business this little guide is jam-packed with tips and ideas to help you – tuck in!

Use More Human’s free, time-saving tool to promote your event in a few clicks!

You can also attend a workshop or 1:1 session for practical help from More Human’s team of event experts.

Christmas crafts, with crown and stars

Deck out your home or local community venue with these festive crafts. Or make them the centre of the fun at your Big Lunch and bring people together to create decorations for Christmas.

Festive food and drinks

These cost-effective, crowd-pleasing recipes will go down a treat at your Big Lunch at Christmas get-together. Each recipe serves plenty and includes time and energy saving hacks, plus delicious vegan and gluten-free options too. 

Your Big Lunch at Christmas poster in red

Pop this poster up near where you're hosting your Big Lunch at Christmas to spread the word!

There's also a blank version if you'd like to write your own details or message.

Your Big Lunch at Christmas poster in white

Advertise your Big Lunch at Christmas with the printer-friendly version of our red poster.

And we have a blank version of this poster too!

Invite people to your Big Lunch - A6 invitation

Print and pop this handy A6 invitation through letterboxes in your community to invite people to your festive gathering! 

Use the blank version instead

Invite people to your Big Lunch - A6 invitation

Multiple invitations on one page - perfect if you've got lots of people to invite!

If you'd like to write a more personal message, here's our blank version!



Start organising your Big Lunch with More Human

Our friends at More Human are here to help you organise your Big Lunch at Christmas. They’ll be running online sessions to inspire and support you as you create, promote and host a brilliant get-together with minimal faff and maximum fun. You can also use their free easy-to-use tool to build your Big Lunch in just 5 minutes.

Start organising your Big Lunch with More Human




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What is The Big Lunch?

Every June, The Big Lunch brings millions of people together to share friendship, food and fun for the UK’s annual celebration for neighbours and communities. It’s a simple idea that has a lasting positive impact on those who participate, this year we’re encouraging people to join in with The Big Lunch at Christmas too, to celebrate our connections and keep our communities cosy.




Inspiration for your Big Lunch at Christmas

We know that the festive season can be a busy time for many people. Your Big Lunch doesn't need to be a huge meal with all the trimmings - it could be as simple as sharing a cup of tea and some mince pies with your neighbours. Here are some of our favourite ideas.

  • Ask people in your community to bring their favourite festive dish and share them together - a great way to discover new culinary delights

  • Open up local community spaces – bring people in from the cold for a cuppa and a conversation

  • Be a secret Santa and leave tasty treats on doorsteps or on desks at work – perhaps chocolates, candy canes, or homemade cookies

  • Host drop-in drinks – share an invitation and get together over mulled apple juice or hot chocolate and a few festive snacks

  • If you've not got indoor space to host, why not organise a walk to see your local Christmas lights or tree (or living advent calendar), and stop for a coffee or drink afterwards?