15 Festive Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas
Ho-ho-hold on a second—there’s no need to keep searching for the perfect Christmas Eve dinner menu when the recipes you need are right here.
Whether you’re gathering with friends or family before the big day, we’ve whipped up a list of memorable Christmas Eve dinners so good that you’ll want to pull up a chair for Santa.
Let’s dig into fifteen recipes that will sleigh your Christmas Eve.
Think of your appetizers as stocking stuffers. They’re fun, surprising, and lead up to the main event—or course, in this case. Impress your guests with finger food that the whole table will love.
No, we’re not talking about your favorite cocktail—but this appetizer will go down the hatch just as fast. Our Old Fashioned Brie Bites are packed with creamy brie and bourbon-flavored cherries for a punch of classic flavor.
Fried, baked, or mashed—potatoes come in all different shapes and sizes. We’re adding potato balls to that list. Enjoy our fun take on traditional mashed potatoes and savor the taste of black garlic, bacon, and Swiss in every bite.
Want a taste of heaven? Try our Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs. This appetizer can easily be elevated with a touch of salmon and fresh dill. But we must warn you—our deviled eggs go fast, so whip up enough for the whole gang to enjoy.
Traditional Christmas Eve Dinners
Let’s get into the meat of the occasion and unwrap our best traditional Christmas Eve dinners. Make room for Santa—he’ll want a taste of these dishes.
Who says turkey is only for Thanksgiving? Grab your knife and fork, because this Christmas bird is bathed in beer and topped with our Tipsy Tom Turkey Kit. Brine and shine up the dinner table with the juiciest turkey your tastebuds have ever tasted.
There’s no need to whine about what’s cooking this Christmas Eve when you can make our Red Wine Tenderloin. Juicy, tender, and full of flavor; this beef tenderloin dish will satisfy the whole table. Just grab your favorite red vino—and don’t forget to add it to the food.
There’s nothing more iconic than the holiday ham. Dress this pig up for your Christmas Eve celebration by curing and smoking it yourself. Finish by rubbing the rump with apple cinnamon rub and glazing in Cherry BBQ Sauce.
Non-Traditional Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas
We love breaking the mold at PS Seasoning. Make Christmas Eve memorable by shaking things up at the dinner table with these three non-traditional recipes.
A Christmas fish? You better believe it. Fire up that smoker, because smoke and salmon go together like cookies and Santa Claus. Pop your salmon in the smoker this Christmas Eve for a tasty main course that’s not only delicious but healthy, too.
Impress your holiday guests this year with melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin filets. This easy Christmas dinner idea will ravish all at the table. Top with a generous dollop of blue cheese butter for the main course they won’t soon forget.
This is one dish that will validate looking for ideas for Christmas dinner other than turkey.
Shake a leg in the kitchen this Christmas Eve with this non traditional Christmas dinner and cook up a well-seasoned Leg of Lamb. Just add our Good Fella Italian Herb and Prime Time Beef Rub for top-tier flavor. Don’t forget the mint jelly.
Small Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas
Having a quiet gathering this year? How about Christmas Eve for two? No problem. These dishes may be small—but they pack a big punch.
Looking for small Christmas dinner ideas? This is a dish you’ll want to give a quack about. Our Dry Aged Duck Breast is an excellent dish to serve this Christmas Eve. Just pan-sear your duck breasts and serve with berry and wine sauce. Garnish with fresh sprigs of thyme.
Perfect for a small Christmas dinner for two!
This quick and easy dish will bring some summer comfort to the Christmas Eve dinner table. Switch things up this year with a non traditional Christmas recipe and savor crispy, smoky-flavored blackened shrimp atop deliciously creamy polenta.
Yes, polenta is making an appearance again as a Christmas dinner side. And yes, a classic Italian Christmas dinner has a definite place on your table this year. We stuff this steak full of parmesan, romano, and our Good Fella Italian Herb blend before simmering it in a red wine-laden tomato sauce.
Make Room for Dessert
Because there’s always room for dessert.
End your festivities with a bang and give your guests a lasting taste of Caramel Apple Skillet pie. Careful—there won’t be any leftovers once you place this dessert on the table.
Breakfast for dessert is always a good idea. Deck the halls this Christmas Eve with a French Toast Bake that the whole family will go nuts over. Top with butter and flour crumble to perfect this dish.
Careful—these cupcakes are so good Santa might eat them all. Warm up this Christmas Eve with a bite of Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with peppermint buttercream. Whisk at your own risk, because these cupcakes will be gone before you know it.
Craft Your Christmas Eve Tradition With PS Seasoning
A Christmas Eve celebration is the perfect way to spend time with family and friends before Saint Nicholas makes his grand entrance. Whether you choose to cook a traditional or not-so-traditional feast, our recipes have got your special night covered. Make memories this holiday season and start your festivities off right with PS Seasoning.