A Community Christmas Celebration in Kings Cross (Sydney Australia)

It may not be Christmas Day yet in Bethlehem but here we’ve all had our prawns, turkey and ham.  I even ran into Santa on his way north so perhaps he lives in the Antarctic.


This year Wayside Chapel did not disappoint those hundreds of people who make their annual pilgrimage there to keep each other company on Christmas Day.  Food was donated and time was given to provide an excellent repast:  too many dishes to photograph (see menu) but here are some images of the food we enjoyed (free and welcome to all):


I’d started eating before remembering to photograph the dish.  It was 27ºC so cold food was in order.


I took some of this home but missed out on the greens.


There was even a vegetarian option of lentils and roasted pumpkin


I said no to pudding but couldn’t resist the ginger bread

We sang, danced and all had a great time.  The Prime Minister turned up (see him?)and told us to give each other a hug but most of us didn’t hear him.


The PM is the one on stage with the microphone.  Click on the image to enlarge if you want to find him.  We closed off the whole street so the tables can be set in the middle of it.


You can pick the odd person who was just trying to walk down the street.


…and much,much more

Our volunteers (including Santa) worked hard:

The chapel was converted into a food preparation area.

I joined the clean up team but I don’t have a photograph of me mopping the floor and converting it back to a chapel. Thank you to Chantelle and Nicky, two organisers who gave me food to take home.  By the time I walked out of the chapel the street had returned to normal.  All the marquees, tables, chairs, jumping castle, tattoo and hairdressing parlours, photo booth and the band have all been packed up.  It was just 4:00 p.m.


I think ‘2015’ is a typo :)


Wayside is a second home to many so it will be missed during the break.

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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12 Responses to A Community Christmas Celebration in Kings Cross (Sydney Australia)

  1. wfdec says:

    What a great Australian Institution is the Wayside Chapel.


  2. angela1313 says:

    I am truly impressed. What a great outfit they must be. All that happiness and celebration and no skimping on anything. No wonder they will be missed while they take a break, but if they work that hard all year they deserve one. No worries about you having a good Christmas. Hope the New year will be as good.

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  3. gaiainaction says:

    Looking delicious Mary!

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