The Best Christmas Dinner Menus to Share This Holiday Season

Petite Beef Wellingtons
Photo: Carson Downing

Prepare a delicious yet easy Christmas dinner menu with inspiration from our timeless holiday food pairings. Each traditional Christmas dinner menu features a main course—including ham, turkey, beef, and vegetarian options—paired with two or three side dishes, desserts, or drinks to jump-start your Christmas or Christmas Eve dinner menu planning. No matter which you choose, guests are sure to love one of these delectable Christmas dinner menu ideas.

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Stuffed Spiral Ham

Stuffed Spiral Ham on serving plate oranges greenery
Jacob Fox

This Christmas ham dinner menu tastes as amazing as it looks. The elegant yet easy entree is stuffed with orange slices, rosemary, and garlic, then can be dressed up in your choice of five signature glazes. Orange-bourbon or cherry-rosemary, anyone? All those flavors pair perfectly with cheesy potatoes (you have our permission to use these to soak up every last drop of glaze) and a fresh Brussels sprouts salad.

Serve it with: Cheesy Twice-Baked Potatoes

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Stuffed Pork Loin

Stuffed Pork Loin
Jason Donnelly

Would you rather: spinach and apricots or cherry and wild rice? We have options that feature both so you can customize this pretty pork loin recipe as you like. To save time on Christmas day, prepare the focaccia side and the pork stuffing a day in advance. (Refrigerate the latter one until you're ready to finish cooking the easy Christmas dinner menu.)

Serve it with: Pomegranate-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Blaine Moats

Please vegetarians with this cheesy, easy Christmas dinner menu. Rich pumpkin mac casserole alongside buttery roasted sprouts—it's such a decadent spread that no one will even notice the meat is MIA. Layer the red, white, and green Christmas Trifle in a clear dish ($7, Bed Bath & Beyond) and prepare for rave reviews each and every course.

Serve it with: Christmas Trifle

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Chicken-and-Biscuit Pot Pie

Chicken-and-Biscuit Pot Pie
Carson Downing

If comfort food is one of the items on your holiday wishlist, consider your wish granted by this Southern Christmas dinner menu idea. The cozy single-skillet stovetop casserole takes just about an hour yet tastes like you simmered the pot pie filling all day long. Bake the drop biscuits right on top in a cast iron skillet ($23-$40, Williams Sonoma), then enjoy alongside a seasonal vegetable salad. Put a bow on the meal with a round of mini cakes that are dressed up to look just like presents under the tree.

Serve it with: Kale, Fennel, and Roasted Delicata Salad

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Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Andy Lyons

Please gluten-free diners with this traditional Christmas dinner menu that includes zero wheat. It certainly won't taste like you're missing a thing, though! The rub on this gorgeous beef tenderloin is packed with flavor: ground coffee, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. It, alongside the stuffed squash, smell wonderful coming out of the oven on Christmas Day.

Serve it with: Wild Rice-Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Marmalade-Glazed Roast Turkey

Marmalade-Glazed Roast Turkey
Con Poulos

Give holiday guests a Christmas dinner menu to remember with this top-rated turkey. Stuffed with cherry-cranberry stuffing and resting on a bed of roasted root vegetables, the impressive entree gets a flavor boost from its citrus marmalade glaze. Just add rolls and quick-cooking garlicky green beans for the ultimate Christmas Eve dinner menu.

Serve it with: Blistered Green Beans with Bacon and Buttermilk-Sage Dinner Rolls

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Petite Beef Wellingtons

Petite Beef Wellingtons
Carson Downing

Beef tenderloin wrapped in a flaky pastry with mushrooms, shallots, and garlic makes a savory and delicious main course for your traditional Christmas dinner menu. Your guests will rave about this take on the classic French recipe—and won't be able to get enough of the squash and citrus sides, either. (Add a sparkling cocktail to up the ante!)

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Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan-Herb Stuffing

Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan-Herb Stuffing
Andy Lyons

For a traditional Christmas Eve dinner menu that will please a crowd, opt for this 12-serving-strong beef tenderloin stuffed with popular seasonal ingredients: mushrooms, parsley, rosemary, and minced garlic. The eye-catching rolled technique and the festive color scheme, not to mention a bevvy of traditional Christmas side dishes, make this line-up perfect for enjoying before exchanging presents.

Tip: No wine handy for the tenderloin sauce? Simply substitute an equal amount of beef broth.

Serve it with: Braised Broccoli, and Cranberry Tarts

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Barbecue Spice-Rubbed Turkey Breast

BBQ Spice-Rubbed Turkey Breast
Andy Lyons

In a hurry to finish shopping before the big day? Turn to this sped-up Christmas Eve dinner menu. Bone-in turkey breast halves cut down on the cook time required, yet offer all the classic roast bird flavors you remember from childhood pre-Santa holiday feasts. Pair the just-spicy-enough turkey with sweet-salty corn bread muffins, Thanksgiving-inspired wild rice, and a crisp lettuce salad to round out the easy spread.

Serve it with: Wild Rice Dressing

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Peppercorn Roast Beef with Herbed Yorkshire Puddings

Peppercorn Roast Beef Herbed Yorkshire Puddings
Kritsada Panichgul

Cut down on hosting stress when making this spiced roast beef and Yorkshire pudding by preparing your Christmas food well before guests arrive. You can chill both traditional Christmas dinner menu recipes for up to 24 hours. Roasted vegetables, dinner rolls, and a spinach salad are a cinch to add to the holiday line-up, and almost the entire meal can be a make-ahead affair, if desired.

Serve it with: Classic Dinner Rolls, Medley of Roasted Root Vegetables

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Apple Cider-Ginger Brined Turkey

Apple Cider- and Ginger-Brined Turkey
Andy Lyons

Sweet and tangy mingle in a gorgeous turkey that's brined for incredible flavor. Brining isn't hard (we'll walk you through exactly how-to!)—in fact, this main dish requires just 20 minutes of hands-on time. Talk about the perfect addition to your traditional Christmas dinner menu! And since no holiday meal should be enjoyed without green beans and potatoes, add those to your table, too.

Serve it with: Classic Potato Salad and Lemony Green Beans

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Apple Butter Glazed Ham

Apple Butter Glazed Ham
Hannah Bigot

In a hurry? Both the grilled ham entree and the spiral potato side can be on your table in less than an hour. As those cook, shake up a holiday cocktail or mocktail, then prep the semi-homemade cookie pizza and pop it in the oven. Allow it to cool as you enjoy the easy Christmas dinner menu, and enlist the kids to help decorate dessert with melted peanut butter, melted chocolate, and candy-coated chocolates.

Serve it with: Potato Tornadoes and Holiday Cookie Pizza

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Sunday Beef Rib Roast

Sunday Beef Rib Roast
Andy Lyons

Here's a holiday roast your friends and family are sure to devour to the final ounce. Warm veggies are tossed in a savory herb-bacon topper and cooked until tender to make your holiday dining experience even more scrumptious. Plate slices of roast with a scoop of hearty winter bulgur salad and a cheddar roll. Wrap up the Christmas Eve dinner menu with your favorite classic seasonal dessert of choice (Christmas cookies, anyone?).

Serve it with: Winter Bulgur Salad with Olive Dressing and Cheese Rolls

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Herbed Prime Rib with Two Sauces

Herbed Prime Rib with Two Sauces
Kritsada Panichgul

This holiday prime rib is high on flavor. The secret lies in the buzzy blend of spices in the rub: dry mustard, espresso powder, garlic, and onion powder. Merlot Au Jus and Horseradish Cream sauces complement the red meat, while a crunchy green salad and creamy vegetable gratin make this rib-sticking prime rib Christmas dinner menu even better.

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