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Best Christmas Dinner Ideas

All the Best Christmas Dinner Ideas you need to inspire and create your Christmas Dinner Menu! Main dishes, side dishes, desserts and drinks. FREE printable menu included.

Over the years I’ve shared so many recipes over here that are perfect for Christmas dinner. So I thought it would be a good idea to put all of them into one place for you! One spot, one easy place to access so that you can create the best holiday menu ever. Everything from different ways to make a turkey, to various easy and delicious side dishes, delectable desserts, delicious drinks and more. I hope you find some tasty Christmas dinner ideas that your whole family will love!

Resources to help with your Christmas Dinner Menu:

  • Dinner Menu: Before we get to the recipes I want to share this printable and clickable dinner menu with you.  If you download this file, you can use it as a guide or when it’s on your desktop you can click the titles of the recipes and it will take you to the recipe on my site!  Simple and so useful.  DOWNLOAD the Printable and CLICKABLE Christmas Dinner Menu HERE
  • Christmas Planner Pages for the Kitchen: FREE, printable sheets for all of your holiday kitchen planning. Includes Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner menu planning sheets, to-do lists, a grocery list, recipe cards, baking lists, a holiday activity list and more. DOWNLOAD them HERE.
  • Christmas Dinner Grocery List:  And if you need a Christmas dinner grocery checklist you will find this other printable really helpful. DOWNLOAD the Grocery List HERE.

Christmas Turkey, Ham and Beef Recipes

Here are some delicious recipes for the star of your Christmas Dinner Menu!

Traditional Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy

This Traditional Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy is the easiest way to make a turkey! This is a simple and classic roasted turkey, with a delicious pan gravy. A perfect main dish for your traditional Christmas dinner.

Traditional Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy

Traditional Herb Turkey Roast

If you don’t want to roast a full turkey for the main course, try this Traditional Herb Turkey RoastThis tender and juicy turkey can be ready to enjoy in less than 3 hours, giving you more time to spend with family.

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey 

This Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey is a delicious, tender turkey with fresh lemon and fresh herbs that add so much flavour! It’s a nice change and a little different from classic roasted turkey.

Bacon Wrapped Turkey

This Bacon Wrapped Turkey is SO easy to make, and is definitely one of our favourite ways to cook a turkey. Believe me when I say that a turkey that has been wrapped in, and roasted in bacon, comes out so moist and delicious. And the gravy is amazing too. This is an absolutely delicious turkey for your holiday table.

One Dish Turkey and Stuffing

If you’re having a small gathering for the holidays, this One Dish Turkey and Stuffing is a perfect Christmas dinner option. This will serve 4 adults (or a family of 6 with kids) comfortably.

a top down image of a pan with a roasted and sliced turkey breast sitting on a bed of stuffing. fresh herbs sit on the turkey

Turkey Brine

Turkey Brine is another way to guarantee a delicious and moist turkey. This method takes a little more effort but the results are so worth it.

Turkey Brine

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast 

This Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast is perfect for a smaller Christmas dinner. Depending on the size of the turkey breast you buy, you can serve up to 4 to 6 people.

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

Stuffed Turkey Breast Roll

Make this Stuffed Turkey Breast Roll recipe for the holiday season!  Savoury stuffing rolled inside a tender turkey breast.  Easy and ready in 2 hours!

Stuffed Turkey Breast Roll

The BEST Christmas Ham

This truly is the Best Christmas Ham Recipe! Baked in a honey-brown sugar-butter-and-orange juice glaze, this holiday ham is so flavourful and delicious. Perfect for your Christmas menu.

Prime Rib

If you’re looking for a decadent and special main dish for your Christmas dinner table, this Prime Rib is perfect! It has a Horseradish, Salt + Black Pepper Crust, and the meat is tender, flavourful and so delicious!

Christmas Stuffing Recipes

I like to bake my stuffing in a separate dish outside of the turkey. I just find it much easier, and there is no worry about proper cooking. Here are 3 stuffing recipe options for your Christmas Dinner!

Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing

This Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing is a delicious side dish with all the traditional herb flavours of Christmas dinner.  I’ve added hazelnuts, raisins and apples to this recipe for extra crunch and deliciousness.

Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing

Traditional Bread Stuffing 

I’ve been making this Traditional Bread Stuffing recipe for years now and it’s my go-to recipe.  Classic, traditional and delicious.

Traditional Bread Stuffing

Wild Rice Stuffing

Wild Rice Stuffing with raisins and apples is a perfect side dish to holiday turkey.  It has all the traditional flavours of bread stuffing, but instead of bread, this dish is made with wild rice and chick peas.  It’s SO good.

Christmas Side Dishes, Gravy & Cranberry Sauce

You can’t have a turkey without delicious side dishes, gravy and cranberry sauce!

Turkey Pan Gravy

This Turkey Pan Gravy is made with all the pan drippings from your turkey. It’s so easy to make, and is SO delicious!

Easy Homemade Gravy (from scratch, no drippings)

This Easy Gravy Recipe is made from scratch and requires no pan drippings!  Using simple pantry ingredients, this delicious and rich gravy is ready in minutes.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Once you try Homemade Cranberry Sauce, you’ll never reach for canned again.  This recipe makes a delicious, sweet & tart sauce that is perfect served with your turkey!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

This recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta is mouthwatering delicious!  Roasting the sprouts with pancetta makes them so flavourful.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic holiday dish! No one can resist that marshmallow topping!

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes

These Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a simple and flavourful side dish! Just 5 ingredients: sweet potatoes tossed in maple syrup, butter, paprika and cinnamon, make a delicious combination.

a top down image of a white enamel pan filled with maple roasted sweet potatoes

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Cut your prep time for big holiday dinners with these Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes. A simple and delicious recipe that makes the most creamy mashed potatoes.

Simple Scalloped Potatoes

These Simple Scalloped Potatoes are creamy, rich and perfectly cheesy. A classic and delicious recipe perfect for any dinner occasion.

Simple Scalloped Potatoes

Whipped Mashed Potatoes with Black Truffle Cheese

For an extra special potato dish, make these Whipped Mashed Potatoes with Black Truffle Cheese. The truffle cheese makes these mashed potatoes so rich and creamy.

Turnip Puff

Turnip Puff is always on our Christmas table! This dish is creamy, fluffy and so delicious! Even the non-rutabaga/turnip lovers (my hubby & kids) like this one.

Turnip Puff

Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake

This Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake is a creamy and delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with roasted turkey. You can even make this dish a day ahead to save time.

Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake

Creamy Shallot and Chive Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole

This Creamy Shallot and Chive Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole is a simple and delicious side dish perfect for any meal. You can have this ready and on the table in less than 1 hour.

a close up of a dish filled with Creamy Shallot and Chive Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole

Honey Roasted Carrots + Parsnips

These Honey Roasted Carrots and Parsnips are sweet and deliciously caramelized! This easy side dish is ready in less than 1 hour. Perfect for holidays.

a top down close up image of a white enamel pan filled with honey roasted carrots and parsnips

Buns + Bread

Homemade Bread Machine Dinner Rolls

Let your bread machine do all the mixing and kneading for these Homemade Dinner Buns! Then shape the dough into buns and bake them in your oven.

Pumpkin Rolls

The dough for these delicious Pumpkin Rolls are also made in the bread machine. Shape then bake for dinner. So good.

Festive Cocktails + Mocktails

Winter Sangria

Winter Sangria is a perfect holiday cocktail. It is so delicious…red wine with Grand Marnier, brandy, pomegranate juice and fresh fruit all mixed together into one very festive and flavourful drink! I’ve also shared a non-alcohol version.

Winter Sangria

White Cranberry Punch

This White Cranberry Punch (No Alcohol) is the most simple drink recipe ever. And it’s a punch both kids and adults can enjoy for Christmas dinner!

Christmas Desserts, Pies and Cakes

Easy Christmas Pavlova Wreath

This Easy Christmas Pavlova Wreath with Fresh Berries and Orange Whipped Cream is THE PERFECT holiday dessert. It’s what dessert dreams are made of! Layers of crunchy marshmallowy meringue, orange whipped cream and fresh berries. So festive. So beautiful.

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie for Christmas dinner dessert is a favourite. Every time I make one I’m reminded at how easy they actually are to make. And they’re always a hit. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

a top down image of a pecan pie

Chocolate Pecan Tarts

Chocolate Pecan Tarts are a delicious variation on classic pecan pie. I like making them into tarts because they’re so rich, and one tart per person is definitely enough.

Chocolate Pecan Tarts

Mincemeat Pie

This Mincemeat Pie is the perfect Christmas dessert! Serve it up warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream…delicious!

Mincemeat Pie

Eggnog Bundt Cake with Eggnog Sugar Glaze

Eggnog Bundt Cake with Eggnog Sugar Glaze is another amazing Christmas dinner dessert idea. It’s easy to make and looks like you spent hours in the kitchen creating it…but you didn’t. Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone.

Sticky Date Pudding Bundt Cake with Toffee Sauce

This Sticky Date Pudding Bundt Cake with homemade Toffee Sauce is a perfect holiday dessert! The cake is tender, rich and so flavourful, and tastes amazing with the homemade toffee sauce and a dollop of whipping cream.

Sticky Date Pudding Bundt Cake with homemade Toffee Sauce

Black Bottom Cupcakes

But these Black Bottom Cupcakes, they’re the best. It’s not Christmas at our house unless these show up on the table after dinner. We like them cold right out of the fridge…try it. I’m betting you’ll LOVE them.

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake

This is the Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake! A rich, chocolatey chocolate cake smothered in a gooey coconut, pecan caramel frosting. Definitely a showstopper dessert.

Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

This Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy is an easy no-bake treat that’s perfect for the holiday season. Great on holiday dessert plates!

Chocolate Caramel Nut Clusters

These Chocolate Caramel Nut Clusters are made up of 3 parts: a toasted nut layer, a creamy caramel layer, and a rich and smooth chocolate layer which basically makes them a flavour explosion in your mouth. Great for after dinner treat plates.

Chocolate Caramel Nut Clusters

Christmas Cookies

And just in case there isn’t enough dessert around, here are 15+ Christmas Cookie Recipes that I’ve shared over here over the years!

15+ Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas Appetizers

If you’re looking for appetizers to serve this holiday season, here are 15+ delicious recipes to try!

I hope you have come away with some delicious food ideas for your own holiday feast! Making this menu has me super excited for Christmas dinner. And don’t forget your stretchy pants on the big day! 😉 Have a very merry and delicious Christmas!

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