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With tips for planning and preparation, as well as ideas for every course, this collection of Christmas dinner ideas has it all to pull off a fabulous Christmas dinner!

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Collage of Christmas dinner recipes.

Dinners We Love!

In my family, we always gather together to enjoy dinner on Christmas Eve (Mexican food is always on the Christmas menu).

Christmas day is a little different – usually fewer people, but always a traditional Christmas dinner that we love and want to help you with.

The perfect classic Christmas dinner menu:

I know everyone does things differently, but today I’ve gathered together some of our traditional Christmas dinner ideas, along with helpful dinner planning tips to help you out this season.

White platter with multiple cranberry brie bites.

Christmas Dinner Tips

I’ve included some of our top tips to help things go as smoothly as possible!

PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY MENU IN ADVANCE. First, ask yourself these questions:

  • How many courses do I want to serve? 
  • How many dishes in each course will I need?
  • Which dishes would I appreciate guests bringing, should they offer?
  • What can be cooked on the stove or crock pot, and how many dishes can I realistically cook in the oven? 
Garlic prime rib sliced and served with fresh herbs.

Calculating How Much You’ll Need

When you start adding extended family it can be a bit harder to estimate.

  • Appetizers. Plan to serve 3-5 appetizer pieces per person.
  • Sides. Plan about 6 ounces of vegetables per person and 4 ounces of veggies per person.
  • Meat dish. Plan on serving each adult 6 to 8 ounces of meat. Children will only need 3-4 ounces.
  • Desserts. For 8 or fewer guests plan for 1 type of dessert.
A crock pot filled with roast beef and potatoes and carrots.

Things to do Ahead of Time

Make the holiday less stressful by using these simple tips and working ahead!

  • Go shopping early. Use your menu as a shopping guide (be sure to print out the recipes in advance to help with this).
  • Plan a cooking schedule. Work backward from your intended serving time.
    • In what order do the items need to be cooked?
    • Can anything go in the oven at the same time?
    • What can be cooked on the stovetop? Crockpot?
    • What can be made ahead of time? Will it need to be reheated?
  • Do as much prep work ahead of time as you can.
Breaded pork chops on a white plate.

Traditional Christmas Dinner Ideas

We love all of these recipes for the main dish for Christmas, and we think you will too! Whether Turkey Breast, beef tenderloin, Pot Roast, or Pork Roast, there is sure to be a delicious centerpiece.

1 Crockpot Ham Recipe

Main Course Crockpot Ham Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

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2 Prime Rib Recipe

Main Course Prime Rib Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

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5 from 22 votes
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3 Best Roast Chicken Recipe

Main Course Best Roast Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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5 from 14 votes
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4 Best Pork Chop Recipe

Main Course Best Pork Chop Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.99 from 591 votes
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5 Crock Pot Pot Roast

Main Course Crock Pot Pot Roast
Total Time: 7 hours 5 minutes

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4.99 from 118 votes
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6 Easy Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Main Course Easy Swedish Meatballs Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 19 votes
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7 Honey Glazed Ham Recipe

Main Course Honey Glazed Ham Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 27 votes
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8 Steak Marinade

Main Course Steak Marinade
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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4.97 from 78 votes
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9 Breaded Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Breaded Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 7 votes
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10 Roast Turkey Recipe

Main Course Roast Turkey Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

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5 from 8 votes
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Appetizers

We love to start any celebration with a few munchies to tie people over before the main event. Whip up any of our simple and tasty appetizers!

11 Christmas Charcuterie Board Recipe

Appetizer Christmas Charcuterie Board Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 6 votes
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12 Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board Recipe

Appetizer Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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13 Christmas Veggie Tray Recipe

Appetizer Christmas Veggie Tray Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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14 Grape Jelly Meatball Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Grape Jelly Meatball Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 132 votes
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15 Cranberry Brie Bites Recipe

Appetizer Cranberry Brie Bites Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 15 votes
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16 Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Appetizer Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 96 votes
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17 Deviled Eggs Recipe

Appetizer Deviled Eggs Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 53 votes
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18 Sausage Balls Recipe

Appetizer, Breakfast Sausage Balls Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 15 votes
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19 Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe

Appetizer Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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5 from 16 votes
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20 Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Appetizer Cranberry Salsa Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Soups and Salads

It’s a good idea to include a few lighter sides in your spreads, and these soups and salads will deliver!

21 Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Soup Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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22 Crockpot Tortellini Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Crockpot Tortellini Soup Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

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4.97 from 215 votes
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23 Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe

Soup Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 71 votes
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24 Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

Soup Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe
Total Time: 32 minutes

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5 from 27 votes
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25 Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe

Soup Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 4 votes
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26 Kale Salad Recipe

Salad Kale Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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27 7 Layer Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish 7 Layer Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 20 votes
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28 Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

Salad Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 21 votes
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29 Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe

Salad Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.95 from 19 votes
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30 Waldorf Salad Recipe

Salad Waldorf Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 21 votes
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Sides

It’s great to have a few side dish recipes on hand to fill in when you are quickly adding more guests, or to complete your dinner spread! These are some of our favorites.

31 Dinner Rolls Recipe

Bread Dinner Rolls Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

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32 Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots Recipe

Side Dish Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 1514 votes
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33 Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 117 votes
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34 Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 203 votes
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35 Funeral Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Funeral Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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5 from 1258 votes
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36 Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

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5 from 11 votes
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37 Mac and Cheese Recipe

Main Course Mac and Cheese Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.99 from 170 votes
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38 Creamed Corn Recipe

Side Dish Creamed Corn Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 128 votes
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39 Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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4.97 from 128 votes
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40 Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 96 votes
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Drinks

A festive drink takes any celebration to the next level! These holiday drinks look beautiful and taste delicious. They are all non-alcoholic and can be enjoyed by all!

41 Easy Eggnog Recipe

Drinks Easy Eggnog Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 23 votes
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42 Holiday Punch Recipe

Drinks Holiday Punch Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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5 from 87 votes
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43 Wassail Recipe

Drinks Wassail Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 12 votes
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44 Shirley Temple Recipe

Drinks Shirley Temple Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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45 Hot Chocolate Recipe

Drinks Hot Chocolate Recipe
Total Time: 8 minutes

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5 from 3 votes
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46 Apple Cider Recipe

Drinks Apple Cider Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 71 votes
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47 Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

Drinks Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 25 votes
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48 Peppermint Punch

Drinks Peppermint Punch
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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49 Non Alcoholic Mint Julep

Drinks Non Alcoholic Mint Julep
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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50 Horchata Recipe

Drinks Horchata Recipe
Total Time: 12 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 31 votes
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Desserts

Christmas desserts are the perfect ending to a special meal. We love to have a few (or several) to choose from! We’ve rounded up our favorites, good luck choosing!

51 Yule Log Recipe

Dessert Yule Log Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

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4.95 from 39 votes
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52 Turtle Cheesecake Recipe

Dessert Turtle Cheesecake Recipe
Total Time: 5 hours 40 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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53 Pistachio Dessert Recipe

Dessert Pistachio Dessert Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 18 minutes

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4.99 from 98 votes
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54 Peppermint Chocolate Delight Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Chocolate Delight Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
4.98 from 35 votes
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55 Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Dessert Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

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5 from 10 votes
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56 Crème Brûlée Recipe

Dessert Crème Brûlée Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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5 from 8 votes
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57 Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Dessert Buttermilk Pie Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 578 votes
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58 Peppermint Brownie Trifle Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Brownie Trifle Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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59 German Chocolate Cake Recipe

Dessert German Chocolate Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 106 votes
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60 Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Our Go-To Christmas Ham

If you’re anything like us then you have a ham on Christmas Day.

It’s great because it’s typically simple, feeds a lot, and is delicious!

We are sharing our go-to Honey Glazed Christmas Ham recipe because it’s a favorite and is the perfect dinner for the 25th. We hope you love it as much as we do.

Here is the recipe:

5 from 11 votes

BEST Christmas Dinner Ideas

By: Lil’ Luna
Simply place a spiral cut ham in the crock pot, cover with a 5-ingredient glaze, and 4 hours later you'll have a tender and juicy Honey Glazed Ham!
Servings: 8
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours 5 minutes
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 TB Dijon mustard
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 4-5 pound Sam’s Choice spiral cut ham (cooked)

Instructions 

  • Place cut ham slices into your crock pot.
  • Add brown sugar, honey, water, Dijon mustard, and cloves to a small pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove cloves from the glaze and pour over ham. Cook on LOW for 4 hours making sure to baste ham with the glaze every hour or so.
  • Serve warm with the glaze poured over the top.

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Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Sodium: 54mg, Potassium: 52mg, Sugar: 44g, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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A Perfect Christmas Feast!

Hopefully, this list helps you plan a delicious meal this holiday season! Just remember, as long as you’re with the ones you love, anything you make will be perfect.

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About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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