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Your Christmas Eve Meal Plan

No matter what you're doing Christmas Eve, find a meal plan to match.

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Christmas Eve means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For some, it’s a night of parties. For others, it’s a chill night at home. However you choose to celebrate, you’ll need a holiday menu—and we’re here to help. We’ve compiled delicious holiday recipes for several different occasions.

If you need some help getting in the holiday spirit, check out our most festive recipes ever. 

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If You’re Hosting a Party…

A festive holiday party requires good food and even better company. Keep party-planning simple with a delicious spread of hearty appetizers, seasonal beverages and to-die-for desserts. These recipes make it easy to host the best party on the block.

Get Christmas Eve party recipes here. 

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If You’re Having a Family Movie Night…

I can’t picture a more perfect Christmas Eve than one spent cozied up with family watching classic holiday movies. Make the most of this magical evening with delicious main dishes, snacks and desserts. We collected a bunch of casual, festive recipes that are sure to be a hit with kids and kids-at-heart.

Find Christmas Eve recipes perfect for a movie night here.

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If You’re Attending a Church Service…

Spending Christmas Eve at church? These quick recipes can be whipped up in no time. Our collection includes a mix of main dishes, sides and desserts that come together in 30 minutes (or less!). Plus, we included some late-night breakfast ideas for anyone headed to a midnight mass.

Check out our Christmas Eve recipes to enjoy before (or after) church.

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If You’re Baking Cookies for Santa…

Spending Christmas Eve in the kitchen can be so much fun…especially if you’re baking cookies. In addition to sweet treats, we have dinner recipes, snacks, drink ideas and more. Since each recipe is so delicious, Santa might stop by the house twice!

Get our Christmas Eve recipes to enjoy if you’re baking cookies for Santa. 

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If You’re Making a Feast of the Seven Fishes…

Many Italian-American families celebrate Christmas Eve with a Feast of the Seven Fishes. This grand meal consists of many different seafood dishes, pastas, bread and lots of wine.

Find our best Feast of the Seven Fishes recipes here.

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If You’re Going Caroling…

Going caroling on Christmas Eve may seem like an antiquated tradition, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less loved. If you’re going door-to-door singing holiday tunes, warm up afterwards with one of these soups, hot beverages, hearty casseroles or warm desserts. These recipes beat Figgy Pudding, trust us.

Get our best Christmas Eve caroling recipes here.

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If You’re Doing Some Last-Minute Shopping…

We understand the stress of last-minute Christmas shopping, which is why these slow cooker recipes are perfect for anyone spending the day at the mall. Each of these dinners, apps, desserts and drinks can cook while you shop. It’s a win-win!

Check out our slow cooker Christmas Eve recipes here. 

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If You’re Opening Gifts…

Some families (including mine!) always open up presents on Christmas Eve. Make the most of the tradition with one of these cozy, comforting recipes. They can be enjoyed at the dinner table or while gathered around the tree.

See the best Christmas Eve recipes to enjoy while opening gifts. 

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If You’re Having a Family Game Night…

Gather up the crew for a family game night and try your hand at one of these casual recipes. We’ll show you how to make party-ready pizza, big batches of beverages, cute cookies and more.

Get our best Christmas Eve game night recipes here. 

Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.