Christmas Dinner Ideas

You guys! Christmas is in less than a week?! I am equal parts excited and panicked. Have you squared away your holiday plans yet? Christmas dinner is a big deal – it puts the cap on a (hopefully) great day. Many families have strong menu traditions for their Christmas dinner. If that’s NOT you, and you haven’t squared away your Christmas dinner menu, then consider some of these ideas! And I wish you a merry Christmas 🙂

christmas dinner ideas


A large ham dinner might be the most traditional Christmas dinner centerpiece I can think of. Ham is SUPER easy to prepare – it’s already cooked! Here are a few delicious recipe ideas.

Christmas Ham from Paula Deen


Cranberry Glazed Ham from Taste of Home


Holiday Ham with Riesling and Mustard from Epicurious


Red Meat

Mmm, beef. Growing up, our Christmas dinner was always prime rib. I have great memories of this dinner!

Prime Rib from The Pioneer Woman

prime rib

Beef Tenderloin with port sauce from Epicurious


Crown Roast of Lamb from Serious Eats

crown rib


A beautiful roasted bird is also a showstopper for Christmas dinner. Have a little fun with it!

Roast turkey with lemon, garlic, and parsley from Gordon Ramsey


Roast duck from Jamie Oliver


Roasted goose with crispy skin from Food and Wine



No, really! For many families, nothing screams “Christmas Dinner!” more than a heaping plate of pasta.

Christmas Pasta from Rachael Ray


Lasagna from The NYT