Shepparton English Language Centre students received a special visit from Santa and Mrs Claus on Thursday.
Although many of the students at the centre come from countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, all were keen for a real Aussie Christmas.
Shepparton English Language Centre co-ordinator Laurie Hucker said they celebrated Christmas by holding a lunch each year since 2010 and it was always a big hit with the students.
Mr Hucker said they celebrate a range of different religious celebrations across the year and everyone enjoyed them.
‘‘They love it, the kids just go ‘oh we’re so happy, we know what a Christian Christmas is like’,’’ he said.
About 85 students took part in the celebrations which included a delicious halal lunch complete with roast meat and dessert.
This was Asad and Razia Qasimi’s second Christmas at the centre and they loved every minute of it.
Asad said when he and his sister lived in Afghanistan they had heard Australia celebrated Christmas and were excited to learn more about the celebration.
For students Liaqat Ahmadi and Rahila Abdullahi the Christmas feast will be something they remember for a long time.
‘‘It’s a big year for us because we have never seen such a party,’’ Liaqat said.
For Rahila seeing the way the meat was cooked and enjoying the meal was the best bit.
‘‘It’s a great success,’’ Mr Hucker said.
‘‘Each year we refine the method a bit more.’’