Planning your Christmas dinner menu? Find delicious inspiration with these 24 Christmas Dinner Ideas, including appetizers, main courses, sides, desserts, and fun Christmas cocktails!

Mustard Pork Loin Roast


The Best Christmas Dinner Recipes

If you’re like me, you are always looking for something new, yet tried-and-true, to serve for the holidays. Here are 24 Christmas Dinner Ideas to get your menu off on the right track!

So we’re hosting Christmas this year, which is a first for us. We usually travel to family, but this year they’re coming to us…we’ll have 16 people in the house for nearly a week!

I’m sure by now you know that I like to mix things up when it comes to food. While I’m a huge fan of tradition, I also believe in adding fresh twists (like my green bean casserole, made completely from scratch!).

Another example, this year Blake is grilling steaks for Christmas dinner (we’re praying for no extreme winter weather here in MN, ha!)…no ham, turkey, roast beef, or lamb. He’s been working on this (super delicious!!) recipe for a couple months, and tested it out at our Friendsgiving dinner. We plan to share this recipe with you in 2023!

In this post I’m sharing a bunch of recipes fitting for Christmas dinner. From appetizers to an easy & gorgeous pork loin roast to festive Christmas cocktails, this is your starting block!

And if you’re still looking for more dishes, from classic to “creative”, check out a plethora of salads, main entrees, side dishes, desserts,and even more cocktails. I also have you covered for Christmas morning, with cozy breakfast ideas – my mom’s apple bread and ultra tender caramel rolls are reader favorites!

How Long Do Christmas Leftovers Last?

When you find yourself with a fridge full of leftovers on the 26th, know that you’re not alone!

While every dish will have slightly different storage and reheating instructions, in general, you want to make sure all leftovers are enjoyed within 4 days.

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24 Christmas Dinner Ideas

Planning your Christmas dinner menu? Find delicious inspiration with these 24 Christmas Dinner Ideas, including appetizers, main courses, sides, desserts, and fun Christmas cocktails!

candied pecans in a jar
These Candied Pecans are ridiculously crunchy, a sweet and salty treat with just a hint of heat. Eat them as a snack or appetizer, or toss them with salads. They also make a great edible gift! (If you like nuts, also check out my Rosemary & Thyme Spiced Nuts!)
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Overhead view of oyster stew in a white bowl
Oyster Stew is a Christmas Eve tradition from my mom's side of the family, and I'm grateful that this recipe is so easy. I can't wait to enjoy a bowl soon, along with her famous shrimp dip!
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Mustard Pork Loin Roast on top of a layer of couscous
A tender loin roast coated in a mustard sauce with sweet curry, honey, and fresh herbs, this Mustard Pork Loin Roast is incredibly flavorful. It's easy to make and so beautiful it definitely deserves a spot on the holiday table!
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turkey tenderloins that are grilled and sliced, with a brown sugar and whole grain mustard sauce
I love how cooking the main entree on the grill opens up more oven space for side dishes! And you'll love this easy Grilled Turkey Tenderloin! It's moist and perfectly flavored with sweet honey and tangy mustard.
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Swedish meatballs with gravy on a gray plate, with potatoes and lingonberry jam
My mom often makes meatballs & gravy for Christmas Eve. Here's my easy Swedish Meatballs recipe, with perfectly tender meatballs in a rich and creamy gravy. It's a homemade version of IKEA Swedish meatballs that's perfect with potatoes or noodles. And don't forget the traditional lingonberry preserves on the side – or a fresh cranberry sauce would also be delicious!
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A plate of stuffed pork chops with mashed potatoes and green beans
These aren't your average pork chops! Filled with a delicious pecan and andouille stuffing, these Stuffed Pork Chops will definitely impress your guests!
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Overheadview of classic lasagna in a white baking dish
If Christmas is about comfort and relaxing with the family, then you can't go wrong serving up a Classic Lasagna! It may not be your typical Christmas entree but it's cozy, comforting, and loved by all. And if not for Christmas, why not the day after?! Serve it with a fresh Italian Chopped Salad and Cheesy Garlic Bread, SO GOOD! (People also adore my Lasagna Soup recipe – check that out, too!)
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Overhead view of a bowl of cranberry coleslaw
If you're looking for a fresh, light side salad, you can't go wrong with this crunchy Cranberry Coleslaw! It features cranberries and sunflower kernels, plus a lightly creamy dressing that has just the right amount of tang. Super easy to prepare too! (Also check out my classic Creamy Coleslaw and Sweet Onion & Vinegar Coleslaw.)
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salad with wild rice assembled on a pan
Featuring ingredients like wild rice, pomegranate seeds, bacon, apples, grapes, and blue cheese, this Holiday Wild Rice Salad will absolutely POP on your holiday table. With a tangy maple Dijon dressing, this salad will steal the show!
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hashbrown casserole in a white rectangular baking dish
This Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is always a hit, no matter the occasion – Christmas included! It's easy, it's cheesy, and is 100% kid AND adult approved!
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Overhead view of skillet scalloped corn
Forget your basic scalloped corn side this. This Skillet Scalloped Corn is made with a Swiss cheese sauce and buttery crumb topping. Plus, it requires just 10 minutes of prep. (Also check out this Easy Corn Bake!)
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Overhead view of honey garlic carrots on a white plate
Quick and easy, these Honey Garlic Carrots are richly flavored with honey, butter, and garlic. It's a veggie side dish that no one can refuse. My family LOVES these carrots, plus this Cinnamon Honey Carrots recipe!
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a white bowl full of mashed potatoes with butter and chives
It's hardly a holiday dinner without mashed potatoes…right?! Quick and easy, these Creamy Mashed Potatoes are everything mashed potatoes should be. Buttery & creamy-fluffy, they're perfection! (Also check out my easy Baked Potato recipe, with salty, crispy skin and tender, fluffy insides.)
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butter cream sauce being spooned over a piece of cranberry cake
My aunt has made this Cranberry Christmas Cake a tradition in our family – and I'm not mad about it! The combination of tart cranberries and sweet butter cream is absolutely irresistible!
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A tray of Oreo truffles
With 4 ingredients and no baking required, these Oreo Truffle Balls are a Christmastime favorite. They can easily be prepped in advance and frozen, so there's 0 work to do on Christmas day! (More make-ahead, freezable favorites include Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies, my mom's Homemade Peanut Butter Cups and her Buttercrunch Toffee, plus Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies and Peanut Butter Blossoms!)
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Overhead view of pieces of peanut butter fudge
This Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge is the perfect bite-sized dessert. Sweet and creamy, it's easy to make with just 7 ingredients. If you like fudge, also check this Buckeye Fudge with chocolate and peanut butter, plus this Rocky Road Fudge!
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peppermint bark Christmas candy, broken up
Send your dinner guests home with a few pieces of this Peppermint Bark and you'll forever be the favorite hostess. It's made with just 3 ingredients and offers the perfect combination of peppermint and white chocolate flavors.
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Chocolate Caramels
My grandma’s recipe for Chocolate Caramels – it wouldn’t be Christmas without this homemade treat. These are the BEST chocolate caramels!!
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glasses of homemade eggnog
The holidays were made for Homemade Eggnog. Serve without alcohol, for everyone to enjoy, or add your favorite rum and/or brandy for an easy adults-only version!
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Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonics on a blue table
A classic cocktail with a holiday twist, this Cranberry Gin & Tonic is made with seasonal citrus, cranberry, and fresh thyme. It's light and tart – the perfect drink to start off the holiday festivities! (Also check out this gorgeous Pomegranate Gin & Tonic!)
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Cranberry margarita on a white coaster
Your classic margarita got a holiday makeover! This Cranberry Margarita is tart and refreshing, made with cranberry and lime!
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a white Russian cocktail with eggnog and cinnamon syrup, plus Christmas decorations
This Eggnog White Russian is made with your classic white Russian ingredients, plus eggnog and cinnamon syrup. Perfect for the holidays!
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an eggnog drink in a martini glass
More than just spiked eggnog, this Eggnog Cocktail is made with Amaretto, brandy, and vanilla ice cream. It's rich, creamy, and ultra cold and refreshing, the perfect way to finish a holiday meal!
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A hot buttered rum coffee garnished with whipped cream
Take your hot buttered rum to the next level with this Hot Buttered Rum Coffee. Warm and smooth, it's the perfect drink for relaxing after a holiday meal or enjoying with brunch! (Other lovely warm holiday drinks are this Vanilla Almond Steamer and a Hot Toddy – both can be enjoyed with or without alcohol.)
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