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42+ Family Favorite Christmas Dinner Ideas

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Your Christmas dinner menu is done! Fill your holiday table with our five-star Christmas dinner ideas. We have recipes for everything from traditional turkey to vegan dinners.

In my house, our Thanksgiving dinner menu is down pat—we have the same traditional fare each year. But Christmas? My family likes to experiment on Christmas! Some years we have a traditional turkey dinner. Some years we have nothing but appetizers. Some years, we just head to the movies and have popcorn for dinner!

If you’re looking for new Christmas dinner ideas, we’ve got you covered! We have pulled together all of our family-favorite, five-star Christmas dinner recipes in one spot. Want to have a traditional holiday dinner? You’ll find all the kitchen-tested recipes you need to make a turkey or ham feast. Want to try something different? We’ve got appetizers, vegetarian, and even vegan options to serve for Christmas Day. Enjoy!

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What can I serve for Christmas instead of turkey?

If you’re a turkey-on-Christmas family, we’ve gotcha! We highly, highly recommend you dry brine your turkey—it really does give the juiciest, most flavorful bird! Or, if you have a smaller party, try our Instant Pot turkey breast (with easy turkey gravy)! But if you aren’t a turkey fan, try one of these:

Looking for vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas?

Got you covered there, too! Non-meaty options, ahoy:

What about vegan Christmas dinner ideas?

Just because you are plant-based doesn’t mean you can’t have a hearty, festive vegan Christmas dinner. Here are a few of our favorites:

Talk to me about holiday appetizers!

If you’re spending the whole day together, people are going to want things to nibble on! Try some of these meatballs made right in your slow cooker, so you aren’t spending the afternoon in the kitchen:

And here are some of our non-Crockpot favorites!

And side dishes?

From traditional to more unique, we have a ton of sides to choose from!

And to round it all out, dessert

While you can certainly opt for the classic Christmas cookie spread, you could also consider:

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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