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.

A lobster thermidor on a white serving plate

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.

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White hot chocolate

Sit back and relax with a mug of velvety white hot chocolate, garnished with white chocolate fingers, mini marshmallows and whipped cream.

Two mugs of white hot chocolate topped with white chocolate fingers, mini marshmallows and whipped cream

Christmas cheeseboard

This no-cook spread is perfect for Christmas Eve or any festive parties you have planned. It's full of complementary flavours and textures and looks really impressive – plus, it's super easy to prep.

A festive cheese board filled with figs, cheese, meats, bread and pickles

The smörgåsbord

If you're feeding a crowd on Christmas Eve, this Swedish-inspired sharing feast featuring cheese, fish, potato and egg makes for an impressive spread.

A smörgåsbord with cheese, pickles and fish on a white table

Christmas spritz

Start celebrations early with our festive spin on a classic spritz – simply mix Aperol, sparkling wine and bitters with ginger beer and garnish with orange, star anise and pomegranate seeds.

Two wine glasses filled with orange festive-flavoured spritz garnished with orange, star anise and pomegranate seeds

Baked feta board

Present this fun sharing cheeseboard this Christmas Eve – a block of salty feta is baked with sweet, sticky honey and served with figs, crackers and mini cucumbers.

A baked block of feta on a board with figs, crackers, almonds and sliced cucumbers

Gingerbread pie

Sit by the fire as you tuck into a slice of this gingerbread pie, a festive bake flavoured with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

A meringue-topped Gingerbread pie on a black plate and green tablecloth

Christmas lamingtons

Toast to festivities with a mulled wine and these Lapland lamingtons – with white chocolate icing, a cherry yuzu jam centre and a buttercream crown.

Lamingtons coated in desiccated coconut on a dark board with a green background

Turkey au vin

Cook your turkey legs and breast in a heady red wine sauce for a Christmassy take on coq au vin. Once it's in the oven, this effortless dish takes care of itself.

A turkey dish in a large pot with a Christmas dinner on the side

Sage and honey butter roasted chestnuts

Nothing says Christmas like roasted chestnuts – perfect for snacking on with a warming winter drink.

A brown bowl of roasted chestnuts with a small pot of sage leaves

Sloe gin fizz

Celebrate the start to Christmas festivities with a glass (or two) of sloe gin fizz, a seasonal spin on a classic gin fizz.

Two tall glasses of sloe gin fizz, garrnished with a lemon slice and maraschino cherry

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!

Two coupe glasses of orange liquid with cherries on the side

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.

Profiterole tower with dark chocolate and hazelnut topping

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.

Prawn Vol Au Vents Recipe with Champagne

Eggnog latte

Warm up on Christmas Eve with a mug of creamy eggnog latte, made with eggnog or Advocaat, milk, espresso and a pinch of nutmeg for dusting.

Two mugs filled with creamy eggnog latte, served on a metal tray

Baileys cocktail

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

Two Baileys cocktails topped with chocolate shavings

Christmas spiced negroni

Toast to festivities on Christmas Eve with our Christmas spiced negroni, featuring homemade spiced gin and garnishes of cinnamon sticks and star anise.

Two tumbler glasses filled with spiced negroni, garnished with star anise, cinnamon stick and orange twist

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.

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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.

Quick and Easy Cacio E Pepe Recipe with Crab

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.

Festive Yule Log Recipe

Christmas hot chocolate

Curl up indoors on Christmas Eve and treat yourself to the ultimate Christmas hot chocolate, infused with festive flavours such as cinnamon and nutmeg and finished with squirty cream or your favourite toppings.

Three mugs of Christmas hot chocolate topped with squirty cream, flakes and marshmallows


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.

Glühwein in glasses served on a tray

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.

Whisky marmalade ham

Hot buttered rum

Get cosy on Christmas Eve with our hot buttered rum, made with golden rum, soft light brown sugar, unsalted butter and festive spices.

Two mugs filled with hot buttered rum, topped with a cinnamon stick

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.

Baked Sausage and Kale Pasta Recipe

Baileys tiramisu 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.

Multi-layered chocolate and Baileys cream trifle in a glass bowl


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.

Eggnog in a glass on a snow-covered table

Christmas mojito

Make this festive version of everyone's favourite minty cocktail for family on Christmas Eve.

Two glasses of pink-hued mojito with mint and metal straws

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.

A risotto in its cooking pan with herbs on top

Chilli-and-marmalade-glazed pork belly squares

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

Pork Belly Canapés Recipe with Marmalade

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.

Fish Lasagne Recipe with Salmon and Prawn

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.

Devilled Easter eggs

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.

Chocolate and hazelnut millefeuille cake

Vegan 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.

A large silver pot full of vegan bolognese with mushrooms

Roast duck with crispy potatoes and mulled-wine cherry sauce

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.

Duck Leg Recipes with Potatoes

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.

Speculoos cheesecake cut into slices

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.

Sidecar cocktail in a coupe glass with a bottle of red liquid behind

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.

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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.

Roast beef with marsala wild mushrooms

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.

Eggnog Custard Tart Recipe With Stars On Top

Potted shrimp

The spiced salted butter sauce makes this elegant starter extra-special – the shrimps need to be swimming in puddles of it.

Two plates topped with crumpets, topped with small shrimps

Lobster thermidor en croûte

Make this spin on classic salmon en croûte with a luxurious lobster thermidor filling. Serve this as a centrepiece on Christmas Eve with buttered cabbage.

A puff pastry slice filled with lobster with cabbage on the side

Mushroom pithiviers

This easy veggie centrepiece makes the most of ready-made puff pastry and an umami mushroom filling. Best served with golden roasties.

A plate topped with a circular puff pastry tart with a side of vegetables

Lobster mac 'n' cheese

Everyone loves mac ’n’ cheese, but the addition of sweet, rich lobster turns this into a luxurious treat. This would make a brilliant Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve celebration dinner.

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Chocolate, chestnut and cherry roulade

This beautiful dessert uses the classic combination of chocolate and cherry but with a festive twist of a light chestnut cream. Perfect for a Christmas Eve dessert.

A teal board topped with a chocolate roulade. The roulade is filled with cream and whole cherries

Christmas biscuits

Our spiced festive biscuits make the perfect Christmas Eve activity. You can leave these iced biscuits out for Santa or wrap them up as a gift, the possibilities are endless!

Iced Christmas biscuits tied onto a tree with ribbon

We've added a splash of booze and morello cherries to this classic Christmas treat and topped with buttery crumble for extra indulgence.

Crumble Topped Mince Pies Recipe with Whisky

Christmas cookies

These impressive cookies from Edd Kimber make the perfect Christmas Eve treat. Use cranberries, pistachios and other festive ingredients - you can even turn them into cookie sandwiches with a decadent pistachio buttercream!

Festive cranberry cookies sandwiched with pistachio filling

Christmas brownies

Serve these festive brownies on Christmas Eve – in squares or cut into Christmas tree shapes.

A wooden board topped with triangular slices of hazelnut brownie dusted with white icing sugar

Make-ahead Christmas cake

Get ahead with your festive baking and rustle up our gently spiced, orange and ginger wine-spiked fruit cake, covered in smooth layers of marzipan and fondant icing. This classic Christmas cake serves 12.

A fruit cake covered in white icing with a slice taken out of it

Christmas cake martini

What better way to toast to Christmas than with a martini featuring all the flavours of a traditional Christmas cake in liquid form?

Christmas Cocktail Martini

Vegan black russian

Rich and creamy with a date syrup tang, this vegan black russian is the ultimate Christmas Eve cocktail that everyone will enjoy.

Vegan black russian

Non-alcoholic eggnog

This booze-free take on a classic Christmas tipple is deliciously indulgent and creamy, perfect for sipping on Christmas Eve.

A green background with four cocktails in glasses


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