25 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas Sure to Impress

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Are you hosting Christmas Dinner this year? Looking for Christmas dinner ideas?

If so you definitely have to checkout these delicious recipes!

These easy Christmas dinner ideas will take your meal to the next level and make your Christmas dinner amazing.

Christmas eve dinners are very special.

I know you want to impress your guests and make it a memorable evening for everyone to remember.

Holiday dinners are to be spend with friends and family and make them feel special.

Expand your Christmas dinner table selections.

These Christmas main dish recipes go from traditional recipes to classic recipes.

Wow the crowd with these dishes. Pair with amazing side dishes while sipping on yummy drinks and end the night with delicious dessert.

I’ve collected and listed only the most popular and tried Christmas dinner ideas, and I am more than happy to share them with you in the spirit of the holiday.

Best Christmas Dinner Appetizers

Cranberry Brie Bites

Image of Garnished Cranberry Brie Bites: Beautifully garnished Cranberry Brie Bites with fresh rosemary leaves, adding a festive touch to these delightful bite-sized appetizers.

These Cranberry Brie Bites are a super easy but beautiful appetizer. Made with crescent roll dough, brie, cranberry sauce and a sprig of rosemary!

Cranberry Brie Bites Recipe here.

Sausage Pinwheels

Sausage Pinwheels

These sausage pinwheels are super simple and so good. Serve at a party, for breakfast or even as a meal. 

Sausage Pinwheels Recipe here.

Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip

A close-up view of a bowl filled with creamy Bacon Spinach Dip, garnished with extra crumbled bacon and parsley.

When it comes to party dips, people want three things… amazing bold flavors, TONS of gooey cheese, and great dippers. 

This Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip has all the bases covered for a fun, EASY dip that everyone will love!

Bacon Spinach Dip recipe here.

Cranberry BBQ Crockpot Meatballs

Image of meatballs on a serving platter: A platter of meatballs, garnished with fresh parsley.

With just 5 minutes of prep, these crockpot meatballs simmer in a mouthwatering cranberry bbq sauce that’s perfect for a party or holiday!

Cranberry BBQ Meatball Recipe here.

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Side view of Wrapped Bacon Brussels Sprouts appetizers in a bowl.

Brussels sprouts are individually wrapped in bacon slices, then roasted until the sprouts are meltingly tender and the bacon is crispy.

It’s served alongside a balsamic mayo dip. Recipe here.

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts Recipe here.

Baked Chicken Wings

easy Thanksgiving appetizer baked chicken wings

These wings come out perfect all the time.

They are the ultimate crispy and sticky wings PACKED with flavor

Easy baked chicken wing recipe

Fresh Guacamole

easy Cinco de mayo recipe guacamole

For this easy Thanksgiving Guacamole recipe here

Crescent Dogs

Closeup of Crescent hot dogs on a wooden plank with red ripe mini tomatoes on the vine.

Crescent rolls envelop all-beef hot dogs in a savory, flaky crust that’s irresistible.

This easy 3 ingredient recipe is a family favorite that is ready in under 30 minutes!

For this easy Crescent Dog Appetizer recipe click here

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Closeup view of Pepperoni Pizza Crescent Rolls on a wooden board.

These pepperoni pizza crescent rolls are the perfect appetizer or main dish.

Ready in 30 minutes and the perfect kid-friendly snack.

For this easy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls recipe click here

Baked Spinach Dip with Bacon

Side view of a cast-iron pan filled with cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip, a piece of bread suspended above it, showing off the dip's stringy, melted cheese.

This Baked Bacon Spinach Dip is the ultimate comfort food, blending creamy cheese, smoky bacon, and hearty spinach into a warm, gooey masterpiece.

Perfect for game nights, potlucks, or when you just need a delicious pick-me-up.

For this easy Baked Spinach Dip with Bacon recipe click here

Loaded Mashed Potato Balls

Plate of Loaded Mashed Potato Balls served in a white plate, highlighting the appetizing golden exterior.

Loaded Mashed Potato Balls are a scrumptious blend of creamy mashed potatoes, sharp cheddar, and aromatic chives, encased in a crispy Panko and Parmesan coating.

This easy, make-ahead recipe transforms leftovers into a family-friendly snack, perfect as a holiday appetizer or a delightful treat at potlucks.

The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer!

Loaded mashed potato recipe here.

Roasted Cranberry and Orange Crostini

Close-up of the vibrant and colorful layers of Cranberry and Orange Crostini.

Cranberry and Orange Crostini is a festive and flavorful appetizer, combining the crispiness of toasted baguette slices with the creamy richness of cream cheese, the sweet and tangy zest of orange marmalade, and the tartness of dried cranberries.

It’s a delightful start to any holiday meal!

Can be made 5 days in advance, making it the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer.

Cranberry and orange crostini recipe here.

Mini Salmon Cakes

Close-up of a Mini Salmon Cake revealing its crispy texture, complemented by a dollop of spicy Sriracha Lemon Aioli sauce.

Ready in 30 minutes, Mini Salmon Cakes are a flavorful, protein-packed appetizer, blending succulent salmon, crunchy breadcrumbs, and aromatic spices.

Served with a zesty Sriracha Lemon Aioli sauce, they make a deliciously balanced and crowd-pleasing dish for any occasion!

Perfect salmon cakes every time – great as an appetizer or entree!

Salmon cake recipe here.

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread

A detailed image focusing on the texture contrast between the creamy cream cheese, the gooey caramel sauce, the crunchy nuts, and the fresh fruit pieces in the Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread.

This Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread is a delicious fall treat that you can make in under five minutes.

It makes the perfect afternoon snack or quick weeknight dessert!

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread Recipe here.

Shrimp Cocktail

Platter of jumbo shrimp elegantly arranged around a bowl of tangy cocktail sauce.

Impress your guests with this homemade Shrimp Cocktail Recipe.

Learn how to make the best oven-baked shrimp and zesty cocktail sauce in just 15 minutes.

This is so much better than a store-bought shrimp ring.

Shrimp Cocktail Recipe here.

Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms

golden-brown Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms garnished with fresh parsley, showcasing the rich, hearty stuffing peeking out of the earthy mushroom caps.

Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms are the ultimate festive appetizer, combining hearty sausage and aromatic herbs stuffed into earthy mushrooms.

This easy, make-ahead recipe is a versatile and Thanksgiving-worthy starter, sure to impress your guests and elevate your holiday menu with its savory goodness.

These stuffing stuffed mushrooms make the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer, or even a tasty side dish!

Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe here.

Cranberry & Prosciutto Crostini

Close-up of a single Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini, showcasing the vibrant red cranberry sauce and delicate prosciutto folds.

The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer, these cranberry and prosciutto crostini are the perfect appetizer to get the holiday festivities started! 

Cranberry and prosciutto crostini Recipe here.

Puff Pastry Brie Bites

Homemade Puff Pastry Bites filled with rich Brie cheese and cranberry sauce, presented on a decorative plate with holiday decor in the background.

These easy and delicious cranberry Brie bites are a super simple appetizer or party snack that always gets polished off in minutes!

Puff Pastry Brie Bites Recipe here.

Best Christmas Dinner Ideas

Braised Lamb Shank

Slow-cooked lamb shank infused with savory herbs and spices, delivering a tender and flavorful dining experience.

Indulge in our succulent Braised Lamb Shank, slow-cooked to perfection in a rich blend of herbs and wine.

Ideal for cozy dinners and festive gatherings.

Slow-Cooked Lamb Shank recipe here.

Baked Chicken in Garlic Butter Sauce

Close-up of a tender chicken breast topped with a velvety garlic sauce, highlighting the dish's mouthwatering appeal.

Baked Chicken Breast in Garlic Butter Sauce: a juicy, perfect for a quick, flavorful dinner that is budget-friendly.

Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Recipe

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Close-up view of a colorful Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry dish garnished with sesame seeds.

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry: Savor a quick, healthy, and delightful dish perfect for any day of the week.

A wonderful balance of flavors.

Stir Fry Beef and Broccoli Recipe

Scallops with Vodka Cream Sauce

Juicy scallops drenched in a homemade vodka sauce, presented on a chic dish, embodying a fusion of classic flavors and modern cuisine.

Indulge in our Scallops with Vodka Cream Sauce, a gourmet recipe perfect for date nights or special occasions.

Enjoy succulent scallops in a rich, velvety sauce for an unforgettable meal.

Vodka Sauce Scallops recipe here.

Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

A side view of a sliced Cheese Steak Stuffed Pepper, revealing the rich layers of beef, mushrooms, and melted cheese,

Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers: Dive into this easy delight perfect for family dinners.

Quick, easy prep in just 30 minutes!

Stuffed Peppers with Cheese Steak Recipe

Paprika Baked Chicken

Juicy Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs freshly out of the oven, garnished with fresh herbs on a white serving plate.

Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs: Oven-baked chicken recipe for Holiday dinners for its simplecity and elegance but also for weeknight meals, family dinners, and easy meal prep. Gluten-free, budget-friendly.

Paprika Chicken Thighs recipe

Honey Fried Chicken

Close-up of crispy Honey Fried Chicken showcasing its textured crust, drizzled with honey, on a ceramic plate.

Honey Fried Chicken recipe is perfect for dinner parties

A 30-minute dinner that’s perfect for quick meals and recipes.

The ultimate comfort food!

Honey fried chicken recipe

Pan Seared Salmon

Overhead view of Pan Seared Salmon with lemon slices on top, alongside cilantro rice and a vibrant side salad on a white plate, set on a white table.

Enjoy a delectable Salmon with Pineapple Salsa, the perfect summer recipe.

This easy-to-make, golden salmon is topped with fresh, tangy salsa for a light, flavorful meal.

Ideal for quick weeknights or family dinners, it’s a go-to dish that’s ready in minutes.

Pan Seared Salmon recipe here.

Mexican Cornbread Casserole

Mexican Cornbread Casserole slice on a plate, gooey cheese visible.

The ultimate comfort of Mexican Cornbread Casserole.

A dinner casserole that’s budget-friendly, easy to make, and bursting with flavors.

Serve as a main dish or a side dish, perfect for the Holidays!

Cornbread Casserole recipe

Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Close-up of large, perfectly cooked shrimp coated in a golden garlic and butter sauce, served on a bed of linguini.

Enjoy a restaurant-quality meal at home, perfect for a quick weekday dinner or a memorable date night dinner.

Garlic Shrimp Pasta recipe.

Marry Me Chicken

Image of a freshly cooked pan of Marry Me Chicken, with creamy sauce and herbs sprinkled on top, served on a rustic wooden table.

Try this delicious easy recipe for “Marry Me Chicken”!

Perfect for weeknight dinners, date night dinner or special occasions.

Here for the best creamy chicken recipe ever!

Beef Zucchini Casserole

Freshly baked zucchini and beef casserole in a white oven dish.

Savory and cheesy perfect for weeknight dinners and family gatherings.

Zucchini Casserole with Ground Beef recipe

Lemon Chicken Recipe

Christmas dinner-lemon chicken

This parmesan-crusted Lemon Chicken Recipe is easy and done in 30 minutes!

This quick lemon butter sauce pairs so well with the chicken.

Chicken in Lemon Butter Sauce recipe here

Creamed Corn au Gratin

A serving spoon lifting a portion of Creamed Corn Au Gratin, showing the rich, velvety texture.

Creamed Corn Au Gratin is a decadent, cheesy side perfect for pairing with your favorite mains.

Ideal for holiday feasts or cozy dinners.

Creamed Corn au Gratin recipe here

Hamburger Casserole

Side view of a Serving of Keto Hamburger Casserole with a cheesy topping.

Hamburger Casserole: A savory dinner with ground beef, cheddar cheese, and Dijon mustard.

Perfect for holiday parties.

Ground Beef Casserole recipe here

Italian Sausage Rigatoni

Close-up view of Italian sausage rigatoni and fresh basil served on a white plate.

A creamy Italian sausage rigatoni recipe – a hearty pasta dinner perfect for a weeknight meal ready in just 30 minutes!

Rigatoni pasta recipe here

Brown Sugar Honey Glazed Pork Loin

Juicy Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin on a serving platter, garnished with fresh herbs, showcasing its caramelized glaze.

This pork loin is juicy on the inside and crusty on the outside.

It is an excellent choice for a Christmas dinner.

Glazed Pork Loin recipe here

Chicken Piccata

Delicious Chicken Piccata meal on a rustic table, highlighting the succulent chicken pieces drenched in a zesty lemon and caper sauce.

Chicken Piccata a classic Italian dish featuring tender chicken in a lemon-butter sauce with capers.

Ideal for a quick, weeknight dinner.

Chicken Piccata recipe here.

3. Easy Oven-Baked Ribs

This is one of the easiest recipes ever. Cooked low and slow, which makes them so flavorful and fall off the bone tender.

Christmas dinner-bbq ribs

Get recipe on Butter your biscuit

4. Beer Braised Lamb Shanks

The absolute best mouthwatering slow cooked lamb recipe! These fall of the bone lamb shanks are slowly simmered with fresh rosemary and garlic.

Such a classic family favorite dinner!

Christmas dinner-short ribs

Get recipe on What’s in the pan

5. Roasted Chicken with Butter & Herbs

This roasted chicken is coated in a garlic and herb butter, then cooked to golden brown perfection.

It is tender and juicy and it comes out perfect every time!

whole herb roasted chicken

Get recipe on Dear Mica

6. Braised Lamb Shanks

Tender, fall off the bone Lamb Shanks braised in a deliciously rich sauce is your new family dinner recipe!

Includes 4 cooking methods: oven, stove, slow cooker or Instant pot.

The meat just slides off the bone!

Christmas dinner-braised short ribs

Get recipe on Cafe Delites

7. Herb Butter Maple Roasted Turkey

Incredible maple roasted turkey made with a savory herb butter and plenty of sweet pure maple syrup flavor.

This whole turkey recipe is perfect for your Holiday table and easy to make thanks to this step-by-step guide on how to cook a turkey!

Christmas dinner-roast turkey

Get recipe on Ambitious kitchen

8. Honey Mustard Prime Rib Roast

This beautiful and succulent dish will set you up for success this holiday season!

Christmas dinner-roast

Get recipe on Vikalinka

9. Cilantro-Lime Chicken Thighs and Potatoes

Baked in the oven in a flavorful sauce made with olive oil, garlic, cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice!

Perfect recipe for bone-in skin-on chicken thighs.

Christmas dinner-lemon lime chicken

Get recipe on Julian’s album

10. Apricot Honey Ham

A roasted bone-in ham topped with a sweet homemade glaze made with apricot preserves that can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Christmas dinner-apricot glazed ham

Get recipe on I am homesteader

11. Meatloaf Recipe

So tender and juicy on the inside with a sweet and tangy glaze that adds so much flavor to the meatloaf.

Christmas dinner-meatloaf

Get recipe on Natasha’s kitchen

12. Pan Seared Steak

The perfect juicy and tender steak.

Christmas dinner-steak

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13. Roasted Whole Chicken & Vegetables

This recipe is the perfect family dinner. The whole chicken is filled with aromatics, roasted in the oven, and will leave you with tender juice meat, and crisp skin.

The juices released from the roasted whole chicken, gives you caramelized roasted vegetables and a beautiful pan sauce.

This roast chicken recipe is easy, full of flavor, and your new dinner go-to.

Christmas dinner-roast chicken with potatoes

Get recipe on Girl with the iron cast

14. Chicken Cordon Bleu

This skillet adaptation cuts out many of the steps and reduces cook time, plus it includes a rich and flavorful dijon sauce that just makes this dish shine!

Christmas dinner-chicken cordon bleu

Get recipe on Cooking Classy

15. Butter Garlic Steak with Potatoes & Asparagus

Meet the equally simple and sexy date night meal that will change the way you tackle romantic dinners forever. The key?

A high heat sear on the steak followed by lots of basting with garlicky herb butter to finish off the cooking process.

Christmas dinner-steak and potatoes

Get recipe on Host the toast

16. Baked Dry Rub Chicken

I promise that your family and friends will ask you to make this Dry Rub Chicken again and again.

Christmas dinner-paprika chicken

Get recipe on The works of life

17. Duck Breast with Cranberry Sauce

Duck Breast with Cranberry sauce will make a perfect main dish for any special night, anniversary celebration, or holidays, especially Christmas or New Year’s Eve.

Christmas dinner-pork loin with cramberries

Get recipe on Julia’s album

18. Garlic Butter Juicy Pork Chops

This pork chops buttered with garlic are so tasty because of incredible butter sauce.

You will amaze your guests and they will enjoy this delicious pork chop with butter garlic flavor

Christmas dinner-pork chops

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19. Roasted Pork Shoulder (Pernil)

Perfectly seasoned and entirely delicious, this crispy roasted pork shoulder is perfect to eat with everything:

Rice, potatoes, tostones, on a sandwich and tortillas for awesome tacos.

Easy to make, this pernil is slow cooked in a crockpot before roasting for the most tender, tasty and effortless shredded pork.

Christmas dinner-pork shoulder

Get recipe on Smart little cookie

20. Baked Salmon with Parmesan Herb Crust

This oven baked salmon with a Parmesan herb crust is out of this world delicious!

Christmas dinner-baked salmon

Get recipe on Add a pinch

21. Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin with Roasted Apples

Delicious dish, juicy and tender. Besides being incredibly tasty, the finished dish is captivatingly beautiful to gaze upon.

Christmas dinner-pork loin roasted with apples

Get recipe on Art de fete

22. Orange Cranberry Roast Pork Tenderloin

Such a flavorful and easy meal. The cranberry orange glaze is perfect on top of the pork and green beans.

Christmas dinner-roast turkey with cramberry pecans

Get recipe on The recipe critic

23. Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze made with brown sugar, orange juice, honey, and spices is the perfect sweet and savory holiday dinner, and bakes in only 90 minutes!

Get recipe on Dinner then dessert

24. Cranberry & Apple Stuffed Turkey Breast

Elegant yet tasty and scrumptious holiday dinner dish.

Christmas dinner-cranberry apple stuffed turkey

Get recipe on Paleo leap

25. Herb Roasted Turkey

The easiest holiday meal! A sheet pan turkey dinner! So easy with less dishes!

Christmas dinner-herb roasted turkey

Get recipe on Damn delicious

26. Pan Seared Steak

This Pan Seared Ribeye Steak with Herb Butter is incredibly juicy, tender, and delicious.

pan seared rib eye steak

Get recipe on Dear Mica

Festive Cocktails to Try!

Naughty but Nice Cocktail

A glass of Naughty but Nice Christmas Cocktail garnished with an orange slice and fresh cranberries.

Cranberry Margaritas

A vibrant red Cranberry Margarita garnished with a lime wheel and fresh cranberries, served in a salt-rimmed glass.

Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail

Close-up of Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail, showcasing its elegant and festive appearance.

Cranberry Mimosa Mocktail

Two elegant glasses filled with Cranberry Mimosas Mocktail, garnished with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs, set on a festive Christmas table adorned with holiday decorations and twinkling lights.

Apple Martini

A visually stunning. Appletini cocktail, served in a martini glass, with a perfectly sliced green apple resting on the rim. The vibrant green color of the cocktail is highlighted, enticing the viewer's taste buds.

Peppermint Mimosa

Two festive Peppermint Mimosas ready to be served, a unique twist on classic champagne cocktails for the holiday season.

Cranberry Martini

A vibrant and festive Cranberry Martini garnished with fresh cranberries, served in an elegant martini glass, exemplifying a perfect blend of sweet and tart flavors, ideal for holiday celebrations.

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