Looking for the perfect Christmas breakfast to kick off Christmas Day celebrations? We've created the best recipes for breakfast and brunch over the festive season. Whether you want to start the day with fluffy pancakes, French toast or Full English croissants, we've got you covered.


Fill your plate with even more stunning dishes from our best ever brunch recipes and indulge in one of our easy brunch cocktail recipes for the festive season. For fuss-free entertaining, check out our effortless Christmas entertaining ideas and our no-cook Christmas entertaining ideas.

Christmas breakfast ideas

Ham and cheese croissant traybake

Start Christmas Day with this cheese-packed, no-fuss, show-off brunch idea – super indulgent!

Ham and Cheese Croissant Bake Recipe

Pandoro french toast with blueberry and sage compote

Try this quick and easy buttery Italian-style French toast for a Christmas breakfast idea. Our alternative French toast uses pandoro (similar to panettone) for a more decadent breakfast recipe.

French Toast Recipe with Blueberry Compote

Smoked salmon breakfast flatbread

Start the day over the festive season with this no-fuss sophisticated brunch recipe.

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Christmas breakfast tacos

Try our super easy breakfast tacos for a hearty way to start your Christmas Day. Use eggs with deep yellow yolks, like Burford Browns, so you get a nice colour contrast with the beans and chorizo.

A tray of breakfast tacos holding scrambled egg, chorizo and beans

PB&J french toast with peanut brittle

Our recipe for peanut butter and jelly French toast with peanut brittle takes inspiration from America for a truly indulgent Christmas breakfast idea. Keep any leftover jam covered in the fridge for up to four days, and use throughout the festive season.

Peanut Butter French Toast Recipe

American breakfast pancakes

Oranges and mandarins give these thick, American-style breakfast pancakes a sweet and zesty festive finish. Throw in some traditional spices to the batter mix, such as cinnamon, cloves and allspice, just to remind you it's Christmas morning. Serve with crème fraîche or yogurt and you've got another easy Christmas breakfast idea.

American Style Breakfast Pancake Recipe

Tex-mex baked avocados

Start Christmas Day off with a bang with this no-fuss show-off brunch, packed with juicy tomatoes, eggs and avocados.

Easy Baked Avocado Brunch Recipe with Eggs

Full English croissants

Make our epic Christmas Day breakfast croissant recipe packed with super crispy bacon, baked beans and runny fried eggs for an indulgent way to start your morning.

Croissant Sandwich Recipe with Bacon and Eggs

Posh Christmas breakfast muffins

Make festive brunch easy with our quick and simple breakfast muffins packed with avocado, smoked salmon and frittata – ready in 30 minutes.

Breakfast Muffins with Smoked Salmon

Boozy bagel french toast with maple butter

Want a boozy way to start your Christmas Day? Make our cinnamon raisin bagels with boozy bourbon and sweet maple butter – perfect for an indulgent Christmas morning brunch.

French Toast Bagel Recipe

Cranberry and almond muffins

Packed full of seasonal produce, these wintry muffins are guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. The perfect mix of sweet and sour, they're great to make ahead and grab-and-go on the big day or over the festive season.

Try our other breakfast muffin recipes

Cranberry And Almond Muffin Recipe

French toast with sticky toffee walnuts

Whether you call it French toast or eggy bread, the main thing is that it's drenched in sugar. Add some allspice and cloves to the cinnamon if you want make your French toast extra festive.

Here's how to make the best French toast and some more easy recipes

French Toast Recipe with Sticky Toffee Walnuts

Ricotta pancakes with whipped honey butter

Serve a stack of fluffy ricotta pancakes for a festive feast. The whipped honey butter has a subtle sweetness and is great with these airy pancakes.

Plenty more pancake recipes to try here

Christmas morning cranberry butter

Our cranberry butter is a festive topping for Christmas morning waffles or pancakes. It's fuss-free, and once you've whipped some up you'll want to use it all year round.

Waffle Recipe with Cranberry Butter

Bacon and egg crumpet melts

Our quick and easy brunch recipe is also a perfect lazy Christmas breakfast idea. Spoil yourself with bacon, eggs AND crumpets, it's Christmas after all!

Bacon and Egg Easy Crumpet Recipe

Cheese crumpets

How do you make fresh crumpets taste a bit more special for Christmas morning breakfast? Add three types of cheese, a teaspoon of mustard powder and slather on a good helping of butter, of course!

Crumpet Recipe with Cheese

Avocado on toast with smoked salmon

Avocado on toast with smoked salmon and a tomato dressing – a recipe that's bound to get you out of bed on Christmas morning. Creamy avocado and silky smoked salmon feels like an indulgent way to start your Christmas Day.

Check out our quick and easy avocado on toast recipes

Avocado Toast Recipe With Smoked Salmon

Gruyère, fig and prosciutto croissants

Straight from the oven, these hot and toasty butter croissants with melting cheese make a really quick and easy Christmas breakfast idea.

Ham and Cheese Croissant Recipe

Cinnamon swirls

We are BIG fans of cinnamon buns, so we got the recipe for this chocolate-drizzled Scandi classic from East London’s Danish bakery, The Bread Station. Enjoy Christmas morning breakfast the Danish way with these delicious cinnamon buns. Alternatively, take a moment of calm from the chaos and enjoy a bun with a coffee for brunch. Take a look at more cinnamon bun recipes

Two cinnamon swirls on plate, drizzled in chocolate

Mix and match Christmas brunch waffles

Our mix and match brunch waffles are a little more work but are the perfect recipe for an indulgent Christmas morning. Serve the toppings in bowls and the waffles in a pile and let everyone build their own.

Try our other crowd pleasing recipes

Easy Waffles Recipe

Eggs and ham baked in croissant cups

Use croissant dough to make these cute breakfast cups filled with ham and eggs – perfect for Christmas morning breakfast in bed.

Breakfast Croissant Recipe with Ham and Eggs

Espresso pancakes

Coffee and chocolate is a quick and easy way to make pancakes feel more grown-up, and the hazelnuts provide a great bit of texture. A great Christmas breakfast idea if you want a sweet Christmas brunch.

Easy Pancake Recipe with Espresso

Smashed avocado on toast

Take Christmas morning breakfast or brunch up a few notches with this fresh recipe. Ripe tomatoes, avocado and salad leaves on toast are a great vegetarian breakfast combination.

Avocado Toast Recipe with Roasted Tomatoes

Bloody mary

If you've over indulged on Christmas Eve, make this ultimate hangover cure. Our recipe for this classic cocktail combines vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, port and sherry with a few dashes of Tabasco to turn up the heat. Garnish with a celery stick and some tomatoes and olives to serve.

Here's our guide to the perfect bloody mary

Bloody Mary Recipe

Green tortilla with smoked salmon

This chunky spinach, potato and chive tortilla with a side of smoked salmon is a thing of beauty, and what better time to enjoy it than Christmas?

A blue plate topped with a green tortilla and slices of smoked salmon

Hollandaise sauce

Hollandaise sauce is a staple ingredient in many brunch dishes – make your own at home with our recipe (the key is thorough whisking to emulsify all the ingredients).

A small bowl of hollandaise with more sauce running off a silver spoon

Peanut butter pancakes

Covered in a vibrant array of fruits and a lip-smacking peanut butter sauce, these light and fluffy pancakes would make a fabulous Christmas Day brunch.

Peanut Butter Pancakes Recipe

Kelewele cinnamon buns

Soft buns filled with buttery spiced sugar, these show-stopping buns makes for an epic tear 'n' share brunch to enjoy over the festive season.

Sticky iced buns

Bacon hash browns

If you want something easy and filling to enjoy over Christmas, make these crispy potato hash browns with streaky bacon, spring onions and grated cheese.

Hash Brown Recipe with Bacon

Eggs royale with smoked trout and yuzu hollandaise

This twist on classic eggs royale is a real treat, and makes a great breakfast option if you're looking for something a little different on Christmas Day.

Eggs royale with trout and yuzu hollandaise

Croissant cinnamon rolls

Our easy-to-make and moreish cinnamon bun recipe uses Jus-Rol croissant dough to keep things speedier and fuss-free, perfect for Christmas Day.

12 croissant cinnamon rolls served on a cooling rack on a dark blue board

Chocolate Nutella pancakes

These chocolatey pancakes come drizzled in a smooth and creamy hot chocolate sauce, with a splash of booze for an extra treat – sounds like the perfect Christmas breakfast to us.

Nutella Pancakes With Hot Chocolate Sauce (Plus How To Video)

Lemon drizzle crumpets

Crumpets are topped with a zingy lemon syrup, perfect if you want a simple breakfast with a nod to luxury.

Lemon drizzle crumpets

Baked avocado with smoked salmon and egg

Avocados are really versatile, try them baked with eggs for a quick Christmas breakfast which feels a little indulgent thanks to smoked salmon.

Baked avocado with smoked salmon and egg

Baked smoked haddock and egg pots

These baked smoked haddock and egg pots are quick and easy to make but feel appropriate for Christmas, too.

Baked Egg Pots Recipe with Smoked Haddock


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