Plan a Memorable Christmas Eve Dinner With These Festive Recipes (2024)

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Planning a big Christmas Eve dinner is just the beginning of your holiday festivities, but that doesn't mean you should feel stressed about cooking. After all, this night should be magical, memorable, and full of excitement! It might even include opening a few Christmas gifts before the morning! So, to help make your night a success, we've rounded up the best Christmas Eve dinner ideas for you and your family. Whether you're hosting a big Christmas party or a more casual family meal, this list has everything from Christmas party appetizers to Christmas desserts.

Not sure where to begin? Try a Drummond-inspired menu with Ree's gorgeous prime rib as the main course, or opt for a slow cooker brisket or a big Christmas ham. Then, you can pair it up with one of the many delicious Christmas side dishes, like Brussels sprouts casserole, candied sweet potatoes, skillet dinner rolls, and so much more. For those hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes, we've also made sure to include plenty of seafood ideas (like foil-packet shrimp pasta) and Italian Christmas recipes (like family-friendly lasagna). No matter which Christmas eve recipe you choose, we’ve made sure to keep things easy since we know you’ll be busy cooking up a big Christmas Day brunch, too!

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Beef Burgundy

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Tender chuck roast, mushrooms, veggies, and an entire bottle of red wine make this a dish that's hard to forget. Serve it up with mashed potatoes and crispy bacon over the top.

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Champagne Punch

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Special occasions call for opening up a bottle of bubbly! But this recipe takes things to the next level by turning your sparkling wine into a crowd-pleasing punch.

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Lobster Bisque

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You don't need to be hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes to make this seafood soup (although it would work for that type of dinner, too). The rich and creamy bisque is an elegant way to start any meal.

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Eggnog Cut-Out Cookies

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Make a big batch of these pretty swirly cookies so you have enough for the whole family (and Santa!). They're made with real eggnog and a hint of warm spices.

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Stuffed Artichokes

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This impressive side dish will wow all your guests! The artichokes are filled to the brim with a cheesy, crunchy breadcrumb stuffing made with garlic, anchovies, and red pepper flakes for a touch of heat.

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Stuffed Turkey Breast

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This beautiful rolled turkey breast will be a show-stopping centerpiece for your holiday table. The filling is made with cornbread, bacon, and apples for a touch of sweetness.

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Sugar Cookie Martini

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This sweet holiday co*cktail that tastes just like sugar cookies doubles as a fun dessert. You'll want to sip it in front of your sparkling Christmas tree.

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Manicotti

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Nothing says big family meal like a baked pasta recipe! This one is made with cheese-stuffed manicotti and a hearty meat sauce.

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Herb Focaccia

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Don't forget to fill the bread basket on Christmas Eve! This flavorful herby focaccia is a great place to start. Be sure to add a sprinkle of flaky salt over the top!

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Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken for dinner is always a winner—even on Christmas Eve! Just be sure to serve it over noodles to catch all that flavorful white wine and mushroom sauce.

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Garlic Shrimp

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You only need 15 minutes to make this quick and easy shrimp dish! But don't worry, it's still packed with flavor from the Creole seasoning, paprika, white wine, and five cloves of garlic!

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Cranberry Martini

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The key to making this cranberry co*cktail shine is using a homemade ginger-infused simple syrup. You can make it up to one week in advance and store it in the fridge.

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

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Make a beautiful, crowd-pleasing pot roast without all the fuss by letting your slow cooker do all the work! It's hands-free so you can get back to baking cookies!

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Rum Balls

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This no-bake treat is one of the easiest desserts you'll make this holiday! The chocolatey rum balls can be decorated with various garnishes, like shredded coconut or sprinkles, and given out as take-home gifts for your guests!

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Crock-Pot Scalloped Potatoes

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These luxuriously creamy potatoes are perfect for special occasions. Serve them up as a side dish for prime rib, ham, turkey, or even fish on Christmas Eve.

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Bacon-Wrapped Dates

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These sweet and salty bites will hold your guests over while you putting the finishing touches on dinner. For a pop of green color and a hint of spice, top each date with a slice of jalapeño.

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Air Fryer Turkey Breast

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Easier than a whole turkey, but just as impressive, this platter of juicy turkey breast is made entirely in the air fryer. Serve it up with turkey gravy and some fresh sprigs of rosemary to garnish.

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Moussaka

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It would be hard not to appreciate the effort that goes into making this traditional Greek casserole dish. Each layer is filled with love, including the ground beef sauce, roasted eggplant and potatoes, and creamy bechamel topping.

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Pull-Apart Cheese Bread

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You'll never believe how easy it is to make this impressive loaf of bread. It only takes 3 ingredients, including store-bought jarred pesto!

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Italian Wedding Soup

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Kick things off with a cozy bowl of soup that's loaded with hearty meatballs, veggies, and pasta. Any small pasta will do, but you can also use pearl couscous.

Get the Italian Wedding Soup recipe.

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