Make a Special Christmas Eve Dinner for Your Family This Year
There's no denying that Christmas Day gets a ton of attention—there are the gifts to open, the Christmas brunch spread, and the elaborate Christmas dinner. So, what do you make the night before that can live up to the hype of all the festivities to come? A delicious Christmas Eve dinner, of course! There's no better way to start your holiday off than with a creative meal filled with festive dishes and cozy winter recipes that your family will love. Not sure where to begin? Don't worry—we've rounded up the best Christmas Eve dinner ideas including appetizers, main courses, Christmas side dishes, and even some Christmas desserts.
Unlike Thanksgiving, where your menu is pretty set, Christmas Eve dinner is open to more inspired ideas. You can choose to serve pasta, turkey, prime rib (like the Drummonds do!), seafood—whatever your heart desires! If you want to keep it simple while you're busy preparing Christmas cookies, make a big lasagna or a batch of stuffed shells that's large enough for your entire crew. Anyone looking to cook up a feast, however, will want to check out the decadent Beef Wellington or one of the many Christmas roasts. There are also tons of casserole recipes to keep things interesting. While you're at it, don't forget a few Christmas cocktail recipes and bite-sized appetizers, like shrimp cocktail and fresh crudités that you can snack on while you finish decorating the tree!
Enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve dinner in celebration with your family. These menu ideas include side dishes, roasts, desserts, and more!