20 Must-Make Dishes for Your Christmas Dinner

Are you hosting Christmas this year? Whether you have a full house or are limiting it to just your family members and close friends, this Christmas Dinner Menu and Recipe Guide is here to make planning and cooking on the merriest day of the year a whole lot easier. This is a collection of some of my favorite Holiday Recipes to help you celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year!

Try some of our family’s favorites like my Creamy Mashed Potato Recipe and my Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts that go perfectly with Baked Ham or Roasted Turkey. And don’t forget about dessert and drinks like my festive Peppermint Brownies and Holiday Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito!

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Whatever your plans may be, I hope this Christmas Dinner Menu and Recipe Guide helps eliminate some stress that comes with hosting a big meal and allows you to enjoy the jolliest day of the year! We could all use some extra Christmas cheer this year.

Why Should You Plan Your Thanksgiving Menu Ahead of Time?

Like any holiday, Christmas is a joyous time of family, good food, and cheer. But it can also be stressful — especially if you’re hosting.

Taking the time to plan ahead will not only simplify your job as host, but it will also (and most importantly) allow you to enjoy the days leading up to the big day, as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day themselves.

Below are my go to dishes to serve during the holidays! They’re all a cinch to make and include step-by-step pictures as well as variations to make it all your own!

Key Components of a Successful Christmas Dinner

  • Cocktail Hour: Make everyone’s spirits light with  for the big meal with festive drinks like my Holiday Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito and Pomegranate Cranberry Champagne Punch! You could also leave out the alcohol and make mocktails for anyone who wants one. (I see you, Mama-To-Be, who doesn’t want to be left out!)
  • Appetizers: Light bites provide a tasty way for people to graze while they mingle and wait for the main course.
  • Salad: You know how heavy (and delicious) holiday food can be, so prep everyone’s palettes with a refreshing salad.
  • Entree: Thanksgiving is know for its turkey, but let’s be real … that was a whole month ago! This roasted turkey recipe is finger-licking-good and easy to make any time of the year.
  • Sides: When it comes to any big holiday meal, the side dishes are the real stars of the plate. And you can’t go wrong with our favorites, like creamy mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole.
  • Breads: You need some sort of bread on your holiday table to soak up all the goodness on your Christmas dinner plate!
  • Dessert: These sweet treats are sure to leave your family feeling merry and bright after such a delicious holiday meal!

Cranberry Margaritas

These Cranberry Margaritas are a sweet and tart twist on my classic margarita recipe made with cranberry juice, freshly squeezed lime juice, Triple Sec, tequila, and, of course, ice cubes. They’re festively garnished with fresh cranberries, lime wedges, and a sugared rim on the glass. It doesn’t get more merry than this!
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Cranberry Margaritas
Colorful Cranberry Margaritas. Tart and perfectly sweet. A festive cocktail to serve during the holidays!
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Pomegranate Cranberry Champagne Punch

This Pomegranate Cranberry Champagne Punch is concocted with a fresh cranberry reduction, pomegranate juice, and — the piece de resistance — champagne! It’s sure to get everyone in the mood for a cheery Christmas dinner!

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Pomegranate Cranberry Champagne Punch
Pomegranate Cranberry Champagne Punch made with a fresh cranberry reduction, pomegranate juice and of course champagne! The perfect holiday drink!
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Red Wine Sangria

My simple and fruity Red Wine Sangria is made with fresh fruit, red wine, brandy, and pomegranate juice. It’s a smooth drink that will warm you up during the cold winter months!

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Red Wine Sangria
Simply and Fruity Red Wine Sangria. Made with fresh fruit, red wine, brandy and pomegranate juice. Perfect Fall or Winter cocktail.
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Holiday Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito

These Holiday Cranberry Pomegranate Mojitos made with fresh mint, a luscious cranberry reduction, pomegranate juice, and fresh lime. It’s a festive cocktail that’s perfect for the holiday season!

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Holiday Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito
Holiday Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito made with fresh mint, cranberry reduction, pomegranate juice and fresh lime. Perfect cocktail for the holidays!
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Soft Pretzel Bites with Cheddar Cheese Dipping Sauce

My Homemade Pretzel Bites with Creamy Cheddar Cheese Sauce are totally pop-able, super addicting, and perfect for holiday get-togethers!

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Homemade Pretzel Bites
Homemade Pretzel Bites with a creamy cheddar cheese dipping sauce! Popable and super addicting these homemade pretzel bites will go fast!
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Baked BLT Dip

This Easy Baked BLT Dip is a sort of deconstructed take on the classic bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich made with sour cream, mayo, and cream cheese — and of course topped with bacon pieces, chopped tomatoes, and shredded lettuce. All of this goodness is scooped up with toasted french bread. YUM!

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Baked BLT Dip
Super Easy Baked BLT Dip. A creamy dip made with sour cream, mayonnaise and cream cheese. Topped with lettuce, tomato and bacon!
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Homemade Dinner Rolls

Sorry Sister Schubert, but these may take the cake for the BEST, butteriest, softest, and fluffiest dinner rolls recipe. They’re perfect for sopping up all the Christmas dinner remnants left on your plate!

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Dinner Rolls
Soft and Fluffy Homemade Dinner Rolls. They are buttery, flakey and perfectly golden brown on the outside. They are the perfect roll to serve alongside your holiday meals, soups or favorite dinners!
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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

This fresh and colorful Strawberry Spinach Salad is topped with a homemade creamy poppyseed dressing and loaded with fresh feta cheese, red onions, and pine nuts!

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Spinach Strawberry Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
Fresh & Colorful Strawberry Spinach Salad topped with a Creamy Poppyseed Dressing. Loaded with fresh feta cheese, red onions and pinenuts.
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Roasted Turkey with Herb Butter

This no-brine Homemade Roasted Turkey is juicy, tender, flavorful, crispy-skinned, and topped with a scrumptious gluten-free gravy. It’s too good to only serve at Thanksgiving!

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Roast Turkey Recipe
This homemade roasted turkey is juicy, tender, flavorful, and crispy-skinned — what everyone wants in a Thanksgiving bird!
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Sausage Stuffing

My Easy Sausage Stuffing loaded with fresh herbs, carrots, celery, onions, and garlic, making it the perfect side dish or even entree for your Christmas dinner! It takes just 20 minutes to prep and can be made ahead of time and even frozen for later.

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Sausage Stuffing
Easy Sausage Stuffing loaded with fresh herbs, carrots, celery, onions and garlic. The perfect side dish to go with your Thanksgiving meal!
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Ham and Bean Soup

You know what’s underrated? Soup! When it comes to holiday meals, people often skip over them entirely or serve them as an appetizer, but they can be an entree all on their own. My Easy Ham and Bean Soup is a great contender for the main course of your Christmas dinner! Try my Italian version for a flavorful twist on this classic dish.

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Ham and Bean Soup
The colder it gets, the more we crave dishes like this ham and bean soup recipe. Serve with homemade bread for dipping and enjoy!
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ham and bean soup recipe

Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Regular mashed potatoes are all well in good — OK, they’re one of my FAVES — but you know what else is delicious? Mashed Sweet Potatoes. And this recipe could not be easier to make. All you need is 3 ingredients and a few minutes of prep time to make this mashed sweet potato recipe. They make the perfect side dish to any meal and would go perfectly on your Christmas table!

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Learn how to make the BEST soft and fluffy Mashed Sweet Potatoes! These sweet potatoes are made with butter and cream to make them super rich! I've included two fun variations below to serve these potatoes: A sweet option and a savory option!
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Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli is the perfect side dish to serve alongside any meal! This broccoli is roasted over high heat until golden brown and tender then tossed with lemon juice and parmesan cheese. Add a pop of green to your Christmas meal with this dish!

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Roasted Broccoli
Roasted Broccoli is the perfect side dish to serve alongside any meal! This broccoli is roasted over high heat until golden brown and tender then tossed with lemon juice and parmesan cheese! This recipe will convert any broccoli haters!
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Scalloped Potatoes

These are the BEST Scalloped Potatoes! Made with thinly sliced russet potatoes layered in a creamy cheese sauce and baked until golden brown, this is the perfect starchy side dish for any occasion!

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Scalloped Potatoes
The BEST Scalloped Potatoes made with thinly sliced russet potatoes layered in a creamy cheese sauce then baked until golden brown. The perfect side dish!
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Honey Roasted Carrots

My recipe for Honey Roasted Carrots only calls for three — yes THREE — ingredients. They’re made with brown butter and honey then roasted until golden brown. Simple and delicious!

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Honey Butter Roasted Carrots
Easy 3 Ingredient Honey Roasted Carrots. Made with brown butter and honey then roasted until golden brown. The perfect side dish!
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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

My Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese is made with tender elbow macaroni in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce and baked until golden brown. It’s a crowd-pleaser, for sure!

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese. Tender elbow macaroni in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce baked until golden brown. The perfect side dish to go with any meal!
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Peppermint Brownies

These Peppermint Brownies are soft, chewy, and ultra chocolately brownies layered with a chocolate ganache and topped with candy canes! These one-bowl brownies couldn’t be easier to make, and are perfect for the holiday season. Make them with the kids this Christmas!

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Peppermint Brownies
Peppermint Brownies. Soft and chewy brownies layered with a chocolate ganache and topped with candy canes!
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5-Ingredient Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark
This peppermint bark recipe only recquires five ingredients and a few minutes of prep work, making it the perfect holiday treat!
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Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies

These super soft Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies are a guaranteed hit! Made with M&M’s and white and semi-sweet chocolate chips, this really is the perfect Christmas cookie recipe. Also makes a wonderful gift!

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Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies
Super Soft Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies made with M & M's, white and semi sweet chocolate chips! The perfect Christmas Cookie!
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4 Ingredient Peppermint Ganache Pie

This easy Peppermint Ganache Pie only requires four ingredients to make a smooth, rich chocolate filling inside of an Oreo crust and topped with crushed peppermint. It’s the perfect Christmastime dessert you can make in less than 10 minutes!

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4 Ingredient Peppermint Ganache Pie
This easy four-ingredient Peppermint Ganache Pie features a smooth, rich chocolate filling inside of an Oreo crust and topped with crushed peppermint. It's the perfect Christmastime dessert you can make in less than 10 minutes!
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Looking for more holiday recipes? Check out my Christmas Cookie Guide and my Thanksgiving Meal Planning Guide!

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