Welcome to the Open Christmas Thanet website!

Registration for 2018 volunteering is now open.

Thank you!

A Little About Open Christmas

Open Christmas is a celebration of Christmas
organised by the Church in Thanet each year.

The aim is to provide a delicious lunchtime meal and some Christmas cheer for all in the local community who would like to attend. So there is food and company available for any who would otherwise find it difficult to have such a celebration over Christmas.

Thanet churches work on the organising committee for the event. During the week of Open Christmas they are supported by a team of volunteers from local churches and from the wider community.

The event has been running since 1997. Last year around 130 meals were served daily, with perhaps 20 volunteers involved at each meal.

This Year's Dates

There will be a volunteers meeting to inform
anyone volunteering about what will be happening.

Volunteers Meeting

Thursday 13th December 2018

Starting at 7.30pm

(At St Paul's Church, Northdown Rd, Cliftonville, CT9 2RD)

There are three days of Christmas Celebrations.
Volunteers will need to arrive 20 minutes before the times below. We expect volunteers to be able to leave approximately 40 minutes after the centre closes for guests.

Christmas Day Celebration

Tuesday 25th December 2018

11.00am - 1.30pm & 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Boxing Day Celebration

Wednesday 26th December 2018

11.00am - 1.30pm & 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Christmas Celebration

Thursday 27th December 2018

12.00 noon - 2.00pm

Volunteers Needed For Clean up

Thursday 27th December 2018

Could you spare 2 hours to help tidy up?

How To Find Us

All of this year’s events will be taking place at Cliftonville Community Centre in Cliftonville. The venue is on St Paul’s Road, parallel to Northdown Road.
To find directions click on the map below.

Cliftonville Community Centre

26 St Paul’s Road, Cliftonville, CT9 2DB.


What Does it Involve?

Without our volunteers, Open Christmas would not happen. So if you are one, you are very important to us! And if you haven’t volunteered previously and would like to, we would love to meet you.

So what does volunteering involve?

It could be any of the following:

Manning the door and registering guests

Decorating tables and preparing food

Serving drinks
and food

Helping with

Washing up and helping to clear up

...and most important of all

Befriending of Guests

which combines with many of the other duties

Become a volunteer

Important Notice

Thank you to all who have volunteered for Open Christmas already. We have now filled virtually all our requirements for volunteers for this year, so we have disabled the application form.


We rely entirely on donations to finance the event. If you would like to support us, you can donate online using our bank details below. If you would prefer to give a cheque then please make it payable to ‘Open Christmas’ and send it to our office or pass it through one of our reps (Named at the bottom of the page). 100% of your donation goes to those who need it!

Open Christmas Account Details:
Account No: 00161993
Sort Code: 52-10-19
Bank Name NatWest (Broadstairs)

Thank you for your generosity

Contact Us

Get in contact

If you would like to support or be involved with Open Christmas in any way, or have any comments, then please contact us at 

Cliftonville Community Centre, 26 St. Paul's Road, Cliftonville CT9 2DB

T: 01843 221913

E: info@openchristmasthanet.co.uk

Our Representatives

If you have any specific questions about Open Christmas then you can contact the following people. Our reps are from the churches around the Thanet area. If you would like to serve Open Christmas and help your church to become involved by becoming a rep please contact us using the details above.

Elaine M – Cliftonville Community Centre

Chris Y - Hardres St United Church

Jill R & Susanne L - Kairos Church

Josh T - New Life Family Church

Nick & Heather R - St Pauls Church Cliftonville

Lucy B - YWAM in Thanet