Annual Free Christmas Dinner

Annual Free Christmas Dinner2018-12-10T19:09:01+00:00
Annual Christmas Dinner



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Christmas at the Art Museum

Each year Potluck in the Park, in partnership with the Portland Art Museum, hosts an annual free Christmas Dinner.

This year our meal will be served on Christmas Day –
Tuesday, December 25th

Noon – 3pm

Location: Portland Art Museum

Volunteer Sign Up is Now OPEN

Pies and cakes needed

You MUST REGISTER to volunteer on either Monday or Tuesday. No Walk-Ins Please! So be sure to sign up early given the limited number of volunteer opportunities. Volunteer spots fill up fast so please read the information below and sign up for ONE SHIFT only. We want to give as many people as possible an opportunity to help. Again, there will be no same day registration. You must be registered in advance.

PLEASE NOTE: We are returning to the Hands On Greater Portland website for registration this year. You will need to sign up each member of your family individually. Please have all names available when you sign up

Please do not use the Contact Us form to try to sign up for Christmas Dinner.

Christmas Day jobs include:
Buffet Line Servers, Bussing Tables, Cell Phone Room Monitors, Coffee/ Pastry Servers, Clean Up, Dining Room Runners, Dishwashing & Recycling, Greeters & Line Monitors, Guest Transportation, Pet Food Distribution & Pet Kennel Watch, Pie Cutters, Photos with Santa Helpers and Table Waiters.
Christmas Eve Opportunities:
The fun starts on Monday. If you can’t help Christmas Day, come help us get ready the day before. We’ll be Loading In, Setting Up and Decorating all day. See the Hands on Portland website for shift details.
Christmas Dinner-Volunteer Check in


Potluck in the Park welcomes donations of homemade or commercial non-perishable pies and cakes for our Christmas Day Dinner and cookies and pastries for our Sidewalk Coffee & Pastry Cafe out front. You can bake yourself or purchase, or maybe ask your local coffee shop or bakery for a donation of their Christmas Eve leftovers.
We also need No-Sugar, Low Sugar and Gluten Free desserts and fresh bananas for our diabetic and “dentally challenged” guests.
If you can help, please confirm via email to We aren’t able to do this signup through the Hands On process. If you are bringing pies or cakes, please indicate how many.


In order to reduce confusion on Christmas Day we ask that all baked goods be delivered the day before, on Monday, the 24th between 10am and 5pm when we will be setting up and decorating. Please bring them directly to the Art Museum.


If necessary, arrangements can be made to take delivery at our kitchen earlier in the week. Please email us first.
Pies and cakes needed
Mother and Daughter at Christmas Dinner

We are honored to partner with Potluck in the Park to host a Free Christmas Dinner again this year.  When Potluck in the Park leadership approached the Museum four years ago to host the annual event, due to the closing of the YWCA, we knew it was something we wanted to do.  The Portland Art Museum aspires to be a resource for all and we are honored that our celebrated facilities and collections can be used to serve those most in need.   It is truly a unique opportunity for the Museum and Potluck in the Park to not only nourish bodies, but also souls.”  — Brian Ferriso