The Abbey Road Taphouse hosts a Christmas Day meal on Monday afternoon.

The Abbey Road Taphouse hosts a Christmas Day meal on Monday afternoon.

Abbey Road Taphouse hosting free holiday meal

Abbotsford establishment opens its doors to the public on Christmas Day

A local restaurant is opening its doors to the public on Christmas Day.

The third annual Free Xmas Luncheon at the Abbey Road Taphouse on Sumas Way invites all of those alone for the holidays a chance to have a nice meal to celebrate the day.

The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 25, and features a full turkey dinner feast.

“It’s a way for us to give back,” said Abbey Road Taphouse daytime manager Deana Witt. “Some people might feel ashamed because they’re alone or in a tough spot but we want to offer them a chance to have a Christmas dinner.”

Witt said the event has grown gradually over the first two years, and expects a strong turnout for the third dinner.

“It’s exciting to see it get bigger and bigger every year,” she said. “The feeling that T.J. [Gill, manager] and I get from hosting an event like this is just phenomenal.”

Abbey Road Taphouse staff all volunteer at the event, and there is no money exchanged. It is also an alcohol-free event. Witt encourages everyone to head to the Taphouse to feel the holiday spirit.