Christmas day timeline
Make Christmas Day lunch easy with our step-by-step guide, written by our experts. Plus, we share our favourite Christmas recipes, including our best-ever roast potatoes, a giant wellington and a show-stopping festive yule log
This Christmas timeline is based on a 5kg turkey (serving 8-10) with Christmas lunch being served at 3pm. Just shift everything back or forward, if that's not the case.
For more tips, we have our Christmas dinner calculator, plus our guide to hosting Christmas for the first time. Check out all of our Christmas recipes here.
On Christmas Eve:
Make the stock for the gravy or defrost if made ahead and frozen. Weigh the turkey, spread the butter underneath the breast skin and season all over with salt and black pepper. Par-boil potatoes and sprouts. Peel and chop any veg.
On Christmas Day:
Remove the turkey from the fridge to come to room temperature. Check out our turkey tips on our podcast here.
Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Cover the turkey with foil and put it into the oven.
Turn the oven down to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
Remove the foil from the turkey to help crisp up the skin.
Put the tray with fat for the roast potatoes into the oven to get hot.
Remove the turkey from the oven, put on a carving platter, cover loosely with foil and make the gravy. Add the roasties to the hot tray and put the carrots and parsnips into the oven.
Put pigs and blankets into the oven and fry the sprouts.
Carve the turkey and get the gravy piping hot.
Serve up, relax and enjoy!
Our favourite Christmas Day recipes
Find more of our best Christmas recipes here, including starters, canapés, desserts and cocktails.
Perfect roast turkey
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Giant vegan wellington
Looking for a showstopping vegan recipe? Check out our impressive giant vegan wellington packed with roasted red peppers, cooked beetroot and kale. Plus, we've made a vegan stuffing and glazed the pastry in marmite to take this wellington to the next level.
Best-ever roast potatoes
Want to know how to cook the perfect roast potatoes? With a few simple tricks you can achieve super crunchy and super fluffy roasties, every time.
Garam masala roast brussels sprouts
Liven up your Christmas dinner or winter meal with this amazing spicy Indian take on our humble brussels sprouts! The home-made garam masala is delicious and can be used as a final sprinkle in any curry recipe.
Gingerbread Christmas pud with eggnog sauce
Try this as an alternative after your Christmas meal – it’s far lighter than a Christmas pudding but with a seasonal flavour. If you’d like things a bit richer use Billington’s dark muscovado sugar instead of the lighter sugar.
Ultimate Christmas yule log
Need a show-stopping dessert recipe to impress guests over the Christmas period? Check out our indulgent festive yule log with dark chocolate, a boozy Baileys cream and crunchy hazelnut brittle.
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