39 Easy (But Impressive!) Christmas Dinner Ideas

You’ve kicked off your holiday parties with festive Christmas cocktails, and you’ve picked out the best Holiday Desserts. For the main meal of the season, here are 39 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas, from succulent Christmas roasts to vegetarian mains, and loads of tasty holiday sides! 

Meaty Mains

These easy Christmas roasts and splendid meaty mains will steal the show at your holiday dinner table.

A Glazed Christmas Ham with Four Slices Cut Off

Christmas Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

A classic Christmas ham bursting with tradition and flavor! Glazed with brown sugar, honey and dijon and studded with cloves, this is an easy recipe for a show-stopping roasted ham.

overhead shot of a roasted turkey covered with bacon

Bacon Wrapped Spatchcock Turkey with Veggies and Gravy

Just take a look at this gorgeous Christmas turkey recipe! Prepared in a single pan, this bold and buttery, bacon wrapped turkey dinner even includes the roasted veggies and gravy.

Slice of rare roast beef with juices

Garlic Herb Roast Beef

This easy and savory roast beef with garlic and herbs is the perfect low-maintenance main dish, while still packing plenty of wow factor.

easy pomegranate maple glazed ham recipe

Pomegranate Maple Glazed Baked Ham Recipe

A succulent holiday ham glazed with a tangy combination of tart pomegranate juice, sweet maple syrup, and spices. The ultimate centerpiece for your Christmas table!

side shot photo of cooked and sliced beef tenderloin wrapped in puff pastry.

Perfect Beef Wellington

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This classic Beef Wellington was made for special occasions! Learn how to cook the perfect beef tenderloin wrapped in layers of mushrooms, prosciutto, and flaky pastry.

Slice of turkey lasagna on a white plate

Pumpkin Lasagna

Break from traditional Christmas meat dishes with this savory holiday lasagna made with turkey in a rich and creamy pumpkin alfredo sauce. The perfect main for feeding a crowd!

classic roast turkey with herb butter on a platter

Herb Roast Turkey

A full turkey roasted with herb butter makes for a timeless and classic Christmas dinner! A rich and flavorful recipe that includes all the tips and tricks for the best ever holiday bird.

Crockpot ham on a plate with fresh fruit.

Crockpot Ham

The best part about this Christmas ham? It practically cooks itself! This delightful and tasty ham recipe is prepared in a crock pot, leaving your hands free for other delicious dishes.

boneless prime rib recipe

Fail-Proof Boneless Prime Rib Recipe

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An easy and unfailing recipe for delicious and tender prime rib that will have bellies full and spirits bright this Christmas!

sheet pan with slices of beef tenderloin and roasted red potatoes and mushrooms

Sheet Pan Christmas Dinner with Beef Tenderloin

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Have your Christmas dinner ready in no time and all on a single sheet pan! Trust that this is the easiest and most delicious tenderloin roast you’ll ever make, cooked together with savory mushrooms and tender red potatoes.

Spiral sliced ham with brown sugar bourbon glaze

Apple Bourbon Glazed Ham

Take this new spin on a classic roasted ham that sees a delicious bourbon infused glaze brought to the mix. Incredible flavors of apples and whisky mingle together in this easy and Christmas-worthy recipe.

A plate of stuffed pork chops with mashed potatoes and green beans

Pork Chops with Andouille & Pecan Stuffing

Tasty and juicy stuffed pork chops filled with stuffing made from pecans and spicy andouille sausage. An impressive and easy pork recipe that’s perfect to dress up for the holidays.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

You need to try this easy recipe for Instant Pot turkey breast! A juicy and savory Christmas turkey, ready in no time and bursting with flavor.

Vegetarian & Vegan Mains

Vegetarian and vegan-friendly Christmas mains loaded with filling ingredients and a healthy dose of holiday cheer!

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Oatmeal Pecan Streusel - a healthy alternative to that Sweet Potato Casserole! A perfect gluten free Thanksgiving side dish that's sure to please a crowd!

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Oatmeal Pecan Streusel

A filling and decadent recipe for sweet potatoes that are twice baked and topped with a crisp pecan streusel. A perfect Christmastime recipe full of warm spices and rich flavors.

Serving of Vegan Shepherd's Pie on white plate with fork

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

This hearty and savory shepherd’s pie is the best vegan alternative to traditional holiday mains! A meatless and gluten free casserole loaded with lentils and mushrooms and a deliciously garlicky mash.

baked ziti recipe on a red and white checkered table cloth

Baked Ziti Recipe

When it comes to vegetarian crowd pleasers, this recipe for easy baked ziti will have your guests returning for seconds and thirds!

Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Casserole

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Guests will love this easy vegetarian casserole packed with cheesy, comforting and wholesome cauliflower florets. Enjoy this as a main for vegetarians and as a flavoful, creamy side for everyone else!

Bowl of baked vegan mac and cheese

Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese

The best recipe for macaroni and cheese is not only perfect for Christmas, this one is vegan! A classic comfort food revamped with creamy cashew cheese sauce for a new take on Christmas dinner.

overhead photo of roasted cauliflower steaks with a cranberry apple chutney

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Cranberry Apple Chutney

The festive flavors of apple and cranberry combine in a delicious chutney, topping these simple and nutritious cauliflower steaks. An easy vegan holiday main!

Baked eggplant scooped out of a baking dish with a spatula.

Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant parmesan is a classic dish that doubles as an unconventional yet delicious vegetarian Christmas main! Full of flavor and hearty ingredients.

Nourishing Pumpkin Wild Rice Soup (Vegan)

A hearty and nourishing soup is just what your holiday table needs this Christmas! Wild rice and seasonal pumpkin are packed into this easy and festive vegan soup.

A serving of cheesy vegan lasagna.

The Best Vegan Lasagna

An easy recipe for vegan lasagna that’s sure to satisfy the holiday masses this season. You need to try this easy and high protein pasta dinner made with eggplant and vegan ricotta cheese.

Festive Side Dishes

The best dishes to accompany your meaty or veggie mains, from classic holiday side dishes to tasty updates on old favorites.

a white bowl full of mashed potatoes with butter and chives

Easy Creamy Mashed Potatoes

No holiday spread is complete without perfectly creamy and flavorful mashed potatoes. This is an easy recipe for a favorite Christmas side dish.

Best Ever Sausage Cornbread Stuffing

Stuffing gets a Southern twist with this easy turkey dressing made with moist and tender cornbread.

Overhead view of Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with fresh citrus and apple slices on top.

Holiday Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

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This holiday salad encompasses everything we love about Christmas side dishes, in one easy, no-fuss and flavor-packed recipe. A festive medley made with shaved Brussels sprouts, pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, citrus and crunchy pecans.

A cheesy cauliflower casserole with portions scooped out, and a wooden spoon resting in the dish.

Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

All the flavors of a loaded baked potato in one hearty and low carb, cheesy cauliflower casserole? It’s a Christmas miracle!

spoon scooping cheesy scalloped potatoes

Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Scallop potatoes are another Christmas classic, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint. These layers of cheesy and creamy potato slices are just plain delicious!

hand holding a bowl filled with farro salad

Warm Fall Farro Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing

Wholly cozy and also healthy, this is a perfect winter salad made with farro grains, served warm with a tangy maple dijon dressing.

Bacon Wrapped Maple Glazed Carrots are going to be the side dish star for the Holidays!

Bacon Wrapped Maple Glazed Carrots

Sweet glazed carrots dressed in their Christmas best: crispy smoked bacon! Maple and bacon are a combination like no other, especially when it comes to this easy carrot side dish.

maple bacon brussels sprouts in white bowl

Roasted Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

These crisp roasted Brussels sprouts are tossed in a mix of sweet maple syrup and salty bacon for a holiday flavor explosion!

A serving of cooked stuffed acorn squash, with a platter of stuffed acorn squash in the background. Fresh herbs decorate the plates and a fork lies nearby.

Rustic Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

A delicious side dish made with whole harvest squash halves brimming with a rustic sausage filling peppered with apple and kale and creamy crumbly feta cheese.

Green Bean Casserole topped with french fried onions in a white baking pan with a wooden spoon removing a serving

The Best Green Bean Casserole

You can’t knock this classic Christmas side dish. This is the best recipe for green bean casserole to ever grace your holiday table!

Roasted acorn squash with arugula pesto and pomegranate is a great side dish addition to any meal! You'll love how vibrant and colorful this side dish looks on your table!

Roasted Acorn Squash with Arugula Pesto and Pomegranate

Vibrant green arugula pesto and bright red pomegranate seeds bring all the Christmas flair (and colors!) to this easy veggie side featuring tender roasted acorn squash.

homemade cranberry sauce in in a white pot

Apple-Orange Cranberry Sauce

The perfect holiday cranberry sauce prepared with a warm combination of apples and oranges, ready to be added as a condiment to just about any Christmas dish your heart desires.

A glass dish containing jello salad topped with sugared cranberries and chopped nuts.

Cranberry Jello Salad With Cream Cheese Topping

A sweet and fruity “salad” made from tangy cranberry jello packed with fruit chunks and topped with fluffy cream cheese. This is one sweet side dish you need to try this Christmas!

Close up square shot of oven roasted root vegetables (beets, sweet potatoes, & parsnips) in a glass pan next to a sprig of sage.

Oven Roasted Root Vegetables

Colorful roasted root vegetables beautifully presented for the holidays! An easy vegetable side dish with brown butter sage sauce and the slightest hint of honey.

Overhead shot of Pumpkin Apple Apricot Bread cut into wedges

Pumpkin Apple Apricot Bread

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Pumpkin brioche bread is filled with apples, apricot jam and spices in this seasonal loaf that is sure to stand out on the holiday table!

overhead image of sweet potato rolls after baking in a baking dish

Sweet Potato Rolls

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Fluffy and moist homemade dinner rolls are all you’ll want for Christmas this year. This recipe for easy sweet potato bread rolls definitely delivers!

A cut open popover with melting butter and jam

Easy Mile High Popovers

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This easy popovers recipe makes tall and fluffy popovers that are as festive as they are fun to eat! The batter only takes minutes to prepare in your blender.

Warm wishes to you and yours this season! Still looking for more Christmas dinner ideas and inspiration? Find everything you need for your favorite holiday meals with our handy recipe finder.

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