Prawn Vol Au Vents Recipe with Champagne

Best Christmas Eve recipes

Celebrate the festive season with our Christmas Eve recipes including everything from dinner ideas, party food, desserts and cocktails

Looking for the best Christmas Eve recipes? No matter how you celebrate, we have plenty of recipe inspiration straight from the experts. Want a show-stopping centrepiece? Our roast beef, spiced duck and glazed ham recipes are sure to hit the spot.


Planning on snacking throughout the evening? See our best Christmas canapés for devilled eggs, vol-au-vents and more. Or maybe you’re looking to keep things simple with a one-pot or traybake

Plus, see the best Christmas desserts for everything from trifles to cheesecakes. Don’t forget a Christmas cocktail to sip on while you finish the prep work for the big day.

Best Christmas Eve recipes

Lobster thermidor

Go all out on Christmas Eve with this luxurious lobster dinner. Serve this indulgent classic with a big green salad and plenty of crusty bread for mopping up that rich, creamy sauce.

Tear and share sausage roll

Picking at snacks and nibbles all night? Perk up your Christmas Eve buffet with our epic sausage roll and camembert wheel.

Christmas gin cocktail

You can’t celebrate Christmas Eve without a celebratory cocktail. Giving this drink a proper shake in your cocktail shaker will ensure a lovely, creamy layer of egg white on top of this festive tipple. More Christmas cocktails to try here!

Croquembouche profiterole tower

Looking for an impressive dessert to serve family and friends? Check out this show-stopping chocolate and hazelnut profiterole stack. With creamy Nutella filling and crunchy hazelnut brittle, this stunning recipe is the perfect end to a Christmas Eve feast.

Giant champagne and lemon prawn vol-au-vents

Vol-au-vents are back! Prep ahead the pastry shells for an easy Christmas Eve starter, then load up with the luxurious, yet seriously speedy, champagne-spiked prawns just before serving.

Baileys cocktail

Turn that bottle of Baileys into an epic evening cocktail complete with coffee liqueur, vodka and double cream.

Five-spice roast duck with clementines and port

This easy five-spice duck is a great roast for when there’s just a few of you for dinner. It feels celebratory to bring out a whole roast bird to the table and the clementines and spices will make the kitchen smell really festive.

Crab cacio e pepe

Incorporating lots of fish and seafood into your Christmas Eve dinner? Take this cult pasta up a notch with a spike of briny crab.

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.


The addition of rum to this Christmas market classic works really well – we’ve added some here to compensate for the evaporation of alcohol during cooking, but it’s not essential, if you prefer your drinks a little less punchy.

Whisky marmalade ham

Fruity, smoky, sweet and salty, this ham is a Christmas flavour explosion. It looks impressive with the bone in and carved at the table.

Stuffed sausage pasta bake

Looking for a stress-free Christmas Eve dinner? Herby sausages, nutritious kale, creamy ricotta and a pinch of chilli make this pasta bake an epic family meal.

Baileys tiramisu chocolate trifle

Check out our stunning trifle recipe with boozy Baileys, chocolate Swiss roll and lightly whipped cream with espresso. Make this indulgent dessert for an impressive centrepiece at your Christmas Eve feast.


Put a rosy glow in your cheeks with this classic winter cocktail, made with egg yolks, sugar, cream, sherry, rum and plenty of fresh nutmeg.

Chicken risotto

Make a super comforting and luxurious Christmas Eve dinner with this rich chicken risotto. This easy recipe comes flavoured with chicken thighs, smoked bacon lardons and plenty of parmesan.

Pork belly canapés

Kick off a festive party with our easy canapés. These sticky-sweet bites can be partly prepared ahead for fuss-free entertaining.

Fish pie lasagne

Layer soft flaky salmon, creamy mozzarella and crunchy broccoli between fresh lasagne sheets and a smooth and creamy roux. This cheesy salmon pasta bake is the definition of comfort food.

Devilled eggs

Devilled eggs are a retro party nibble that have recently become trendy. The base stays the same, but you can add different toppings depending on what you fancy.

Chocolate and hazelnut millefeuille cake

Sandwich crisp puff pastry circles together with homemade hazelnut ganache, then top with sweetened Frangelico whipped cream, crushed hazelnuts and a drizzle of warm Nutella for a decadent dessert.

Vegan mushroom bolognese

Catering vegan guests on Christmas Eve? Make your bolognese meat-free with a rich ragu of dried porcini and chestnut mushrooms, and plenty of vegetables for an easy vegan meal.

Roast duck with crispy potatoes

Check out our indulgent roast duck legs with super crispy potatoes and spiced cherry sauce. You can scale this up or down, with one leg and 200-250g of potatoes per person.

Biscoff cheesecake

Biscoff fans rejoice, this next level cheesecake is for you. Make this indulgent cheesecake recipe with crunchy Biscoff biscuits, creamy biscuit spread, and lightly whipped cream.

Spiced sidecar

A warming, cold-weather cocktail made using homemade spiced brandy. Omit the spices for a classic sidecar cocktail, or try using bourbon if you can’t find cognac.

Mozzarella sticks with spicy dipping sauce

Try our gooey mozzarella sticks with a punchy dipping sauce. Blocks of mozzarella stand up better to deep-frying and will still give you that cheesy, stringy ooze. These are best cooked from frozen, so prep ahead of time to make Christmas Eve fuss-free.

Roast beef with marsala wild mushrooms

This rib of beef is the ultimate showstopper – crisp on the outside and blushing pink on the inside – served with a rich mushroom and marsala sauce for an umami hit.

Eggnog custard tart

If you love egg custard tarts then you’ll love Edd Kimber’s Christmas inspired eggnog custard tart. Why not impress your guests with this dessert recipe, it may take a little time to make, but it’s definitely worth it.