10 places you can go in Leeds on Christmas Day if you're lonely

Christmas is a time for bringing people together with family and friends, but for some it can be a particularly lonely period.

By Claire Schofield
Wednesday, 25th December 2019, 7:00 am
Are you feeling lonely this Christmas Day?
Are you feeling lonely this Christmas Day?

If you are spending the festive season alone, there are places across Leeds that you can visit to enjoy a warm meal and soak up some companionship.

1. St Vincent's Support Centre

The support centre will be open on Christmas Day for dinner, with members of the community invited along to enjoy a free meal and some company between 12pm and 3.30pm.

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2. Life Cafe

Located on Shannon Street, Life Cafe is welcoming visitors on Saturday 22 December to pop in from 11am to enjoy a free English breakfast, soup and a variety of drinks - and it’s all completely free.

3. St George's Crypt

St George’s Crypt is open to all, not just residents, from morning to afternoon, offering those who need it a friendly and warm welcome.

4. Rainbow Junktion

All are welcome to join the festivities at Rainbow Junktion at All Hallows’ Church for Christmas dinner on 25 December, as well as the Christmas Day service at 10.30am.

5. Alternatively Vegan Cafe

This vegan cafe in Pudsey is welcoming anyone who is feeling a bit lonely to pop in at Christmas, with a free lunch on offer on 25 December from 1pm to 4pm.

6. ARK Community Cafe

The community cafe on Hovingham Avenue is offering free meals, tasty treats and refreshments on Christmas Day from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

7. Homeless Street Angels

The homeless charity will be going around Headingley and Leeds city centre on Christmas Eve with a Christmas dinner, essential supplies and a sack full of gift wrapped presents to deliver to the city’s rough sleepers.

8. Sunnyview House Care Home

This care home has partnered with charity Re-engage and will be opening its doors to elderly people in the community to help ensure that they don’t have to face Christmas Day alone.

9. Swinnow Community Centre

From 11.30am to 5pm, the community centre in Bramley will be welcoming people for a Christmas Day meal on 25 December.

10. Mill Hill Chapel

The chapel is running various free events during the Christmas period for people to come along to, including a Sunday morning service (22 Dec) where there will be tea and coffee on offer afterwards.