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Today I am sharing our 2020 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner Menu. This year’s holiday menu focuses on the traditional recipes my family loves most, but includes a few new ones too. Our dinners are complete with cocktails, appetizers, sides, mains, and, of course, sweet desserts too. Bonus? I decided to share what we’ll be having for breakfast too…there’s certainly never too much food at Christmastime!

An Easy Christmas Tablescape | halfbakedharvest.com #christmas #tablescape #holiday #dinner

I’m very late to the game with this year’s menu. However, I figured I should still share what I’m planning to make this year…just in case there are any last-minute people out there like me! As always, I’m keeping things on the simple side since it’s just my immediate family for Christmas. But everyone in my family loves simple and traditional.

Cooking Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners are always my two favorite dinners of the year to cook. Unlike Thanksgiving, there is zero pressure to make multiple dishes and desserts. Instead, I just serve what my family really loves most…along with plenty of cocktails…and desserts too. I just have fun in the kitchen, and this year Asher is planning to help me!

I’m so excited!

So with that, here is this year’s menu. Hope this helps to inspire some of your holiday menus! Excited to see what you all put together!

Christmas Eve dinner menu

Cocktails

I usually make one or two drinks on Christmas Eve…sometimes more if requested.

Frosted Mistletoe Margarita | halfbakedharvest.com

Frosted Mistletoe Margarita

The Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail | halfbakedharvest.com #thegrinch #christmasdrinksaturday #vodka

The Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail

The North Pole Cocktail | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Nightcap: The North Pole Cocktail…for a sweet Christmas Eve.

Vanilla Espresso Martini | halfbakedharvets.com

Or…my Vanilla Espresso Martini. Take your pick!

Appetizers

I make Chex Mix early in the day for everyone to snack on. Then I serve one to two appetizers before dinner.

Cranberry Brie Pull Apart Bread | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Cranberry Brie Pull-Apart Bread

Mom’s Christmas Eve Chex Mix

Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Twist | halfbakedharvest.com

Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Twists

Dinner 

I always do beef tenderloin as our main, but I also include a nice vegetarian option as well!

Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms and White Wine Cream Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms and White Wine Cream Sauce

Healthier Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup | halfbakedharvest.com

Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup

Roasted Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Salted Honey | halfbakedharvest.com #brusselssprouts #healthy

Roasted Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Salted Honey

Crispy Cheesy Potato Stacks | halfbakedharvest.com

Crispy Cheesy Potato Stacks

Winter Pomegranate Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts | halfbakedharvest.com #wontersalad #healthy

Winter Pomegranate Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts

Salted Garlic Butter Candy Cane Bagels | halfbakedharvest.com

Candy Cane Bagels

Dessert

All the cookies! Tis’ the season! Serve the leftovers on Christmas Day!

The Santa Clause Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com

The Santa Clause Cookies

Easy Hot Chocolate Lace Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com

Easy Hot Chocolate Lace Cookies

Holly Jolly Santa Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com #santacookies #sugarcookies

Holly Jolly Santa Cookies

Salted Caramel Pretzel Snickerdoodles | halfbakedharvest.com #cookies #snickerdoodles #christmas

Salted Caramel Pretzel Snickerdoodles

Christmas Day dinner menu

Cocktails 

Again, I make one to two cocktails, more as requested by the fam.

Pomegranate Champagne Mule | halfbakedharvest.com

Pomegranate Champagne Mule

White Christmas Mojito | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

White Christmas Mojito

Creamy Coconut White Russian | halfbakedharvest.com

Nightcap: Creamy Coconut White Russian

Appetizers

I always do a cheese board, but I’ll be adding some bacon-wrapped dates and seasoned crackers this year!

How to Make an Easy Holiday Cheese Board | halfbakedharvest.com #cheeseboard #appetizers #christmas #thanksgiving

My Easy Holiday Cheese Board

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates with Rosemary Honey | halfbakedharvest.com #dates #goatcheese #thanksgiving #appetizer

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates with Honey

Seasoned Crackers (new and coming soon)

Dinner

Excited to make my chicken marsala this year, but I’m including some vegetarian options too!

Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Chicken Marsala | halfbakedharvest.com

Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Chicken Marsala

Spicy Pesto Pasta Alla Vodka | halfbakedharvest.com

Spicy Pesto Pasta Alla Vodka (vegetarian option)

Our 2020 Thanksgiving Menu and Guide | halfbakedharvest.com

OR something more traditional…Herb Butter Roasted Turkey with White Wine Pan Gravy

Slow Cooker Cheesy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes | halfbakedharvest.com

Slow Cooker Cheesy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Shredded Brussels Sprout Bacon Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette | halfbakedharvest.com #brusselssprouts #salad #thanksgiving #fall #winter #healthy

Shredded Brussels Sprout Bacon Salad (or Tomato Herb Salad)

Pull-Apart Garlic Butter Bread Wreath | halfbakedharvest.com #garlicbread #Christmas

Pull-Apart Garlic Butter Bread Wreath

OR I LOVE to make lasagnas on Christmas. Below are my favorites!

4 Cheese Sage Pesto Florentine Lasagna

Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

White Pesto Spinach Lasagna

Pesto Bolognese Lasagna

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash 4 Cheese Pesto Lasagna

Dessert

All the chocolate for dessert!

Molten Chocolate Crackle Pie | halfbakedharvest.com

Molten Chocolate Crackle Pie

Creamy Coconut Hot Chocolate | halfbakedharvest.com #hotchocolate #easyrecipe #christmas #dessert

Creamy Coconut Hot Chocolate

Breakfast

For Breakfast, I like to make dishes that I can have baking in the oven while we open gifts. No need to spend the morning in the kitchen. Relax and enjoy the time with family! 

Breakfast

Salted Caramel Brulee Latte | halfbakedharvest.com

Salted Caramel Brûlée Latte

Baked Cinnamon Creme Brulee French Toast with Raspberry Preserves | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Christmas Eve Morning: Baked Cinnamon Crème Brûlée French Toast with Raspberry Preserves

Easy Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls | halfbakedharvest.com

Christmas Morning: Easy Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls

Ham and Cheese Croissant Bake | halfbakedharvest.com #brunch #breakfast #holiday #Christmas

Ham and Cheese Croissant Bake

Lastly, if you make any of these dishes from our 2020 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner Menu be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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  1. So happy I found you while searching for a Christmas Eve dinner menu that my entire family would enjoy this year! With Christmas music playing all day, we made the roasted beef tenderloin, crispy cheesy potato stacks, winter pomegranate salad, spicy pesto alla vodka and molten chocolate cracker pie. It was a delicious and beautiful dinner and I so enjoyed following your recipes to bring it all to our table. Thank you for making our evening yummy!

    1. Hey Jaimee,
      Thank you so much for following along! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipes, thanks for giving them a try! Merry Christmas! xTieghan

    1. Hey Julius,
      So sorry you are having issues with the photos, they are working correctly on our end:) Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  2. Hey! I love your recipes and menu! Just wondering, do you have any recommendations for a Southern Hemisphere/ warm Christmas? I’m still adjusting to having Christmas in summer and am looking for some inspiration! Happy holidays!

  3. Thank you for sharing! I would love to know how you prepare and plan to make all the food. I would love to make multiple dishes but I get overwhelmed and run behind schedule and end up making like two dishes lol.

    1. Hey Hareem,
      I really try to make anything ahead of time that will last and then using a slow cooker for things like mashed potatoes is great to help free up oven space! Merry Christmas! xTieghan

  4. Thanks for sharing! Random question: could you share where you picked up the white plates in the feature photo at the top of your post? I’m in the market for a new set and just love these.

  5. OMG everything looks yummy. What is the brand of the beautiful white scalloped plates in the December 21st post? Thanks.

  6. Great menus and thank you for sharing. Funnily enough I have ear marked the cinnamon rolls and the baked French toast recipes for breakfasts over the festive break also, mainly because I wanted to do something different. In the past we’ve had a full English breakfast, so a change is as good as a rest, plus I adore cinnamon rolls. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

  7. Tonight was Frosted Mistletoe Margaritas and carne asada tacos followed up by Molten Chocolate Pie…oh my! Happy 30th birthday to our son. Earlier this week we made the chicken and mushroom Marsala…possibly my favorite dish so far! Merry Christmas 🎄♥️♥️

  8. Everything looks spectacular! Does anyone help you out with this? It looks like an enormous task for anyone to handle alone, even with make ahead, Just the ingredient shopping alone would do me in.

    1. Hey Emily,
      Most of the cocktails you can just omit the alcohol and add some sparkling water or ginger beer. I hope you love the recipes! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  9. I was introduced to you by a close friend during the early quarantine days when we were all scrambling to elevate our game in the kitchen. I cannot tell you how much my entire family, who all have very different taste preferences, have loved your recipes. My 18 year old daughter recently said to me, “Mom, does this woman know that she has changed our lives?!”. Keep em coming, you are amazing.

    1. Hey Kristine,
      Thank you so much for your super kind message and following along! I am so glad you have been enjoying the recipes:) Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  10. Your recipes are delicious sounding and gorgeous! I have to be gluten free, but there are so many I can make or easily convert. Thank you and merry Christmas!

  11. I look forward to your menus every year. Happy holidays to your family from mine and we can’t wait to eat all these! We’ve been making all the cookies for our cookie gift boxes so the savory stuff looks AMAZING!

  12. WOW! All of these menu items look spectacular! Your posts always encourage me to up my cocktail-making game… most of the time I do alcohol + another beverage = cocktail. Simple but not always complex enough to be truly delicious. All your appetizers also look just as tempting as the main courses! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Hey Kelly,
      Thanks so much for your kind message and checking out the menu! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! xTieghan