Christmas time is such a busy time of year. Running back and forth to get last minute gifts, wrapping paper, tape, and heading to various Christmas parties on top of all of your other daily activities can make for quite a hectic time. By the time Christmas Eve rolls around you are likely ready to start pulling your hair out. There is one thing that you can do to make Christmas Eve a little less stressful. Have a simple family meal planned! No need to get extravagant when you are already busy. Here are some great Christmas Eve family dinner ideas that you and the kids will love.
Easy Christmas Eve Family Meal Ideas and Recipes
With a plan in place you can make your Christmas Eve all about the family for us it's the way we kick start the celebrations. We've finished the main jobs in preparation for Christmas Day and the kids are especially excited for what tomorrow will bring. So before our elves deliver the Christmas Eve Surprise Box and we snuggle down with our new Christmas Movie we sit down and enjoy a delicious but easy to prepare dinner as a family.
Given half the chance my husband will pick our easy Pasta with Meat Sauce Recipe it's quick, delicious and easy to throw together.
My son - a homemade burger in a burger bun made in the bread machine with a salad is his perfect idea for Christmas Eve Dinner.
If you are looking for more ideas check out these other simple holiday traditions that you and your family may enjoy for the start of the holiday meal on Christmas Eve.
Slow Cooker Recipes for Christmas Eve
If I haven't got a Ham cooking in the slow cooker then first thing in the morning I will throw together one of these easy slow cooker dinner ideas to share with the family in the evening first thing in the morning.
You can have stuffed peppers without all the fuss! And nothing says easier than slow cooker! Here is a satisfying recipe to have simmering all day long while you tend to other Christmas Eve tasks.
Let your slow cooker do the work for you. Simply toss in your ingredients and let them simmer all day as you tend to your last minute gift wrapping. Serve with atop a steamy bed of rice.
This brown sugar and balsamic glazed pork loin slow cooker recipe will fill your home with a mouthwatering aroma on Christmas Eve!
One Pot Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas
To save on the washing up why not make a one-pot dinner idea. With all of the baking that I get up to on Christmas Eve, it's a relief to not have to load the dishwasher even more in the evening.
There is no need to prepare a side dish with these flavorful paprika chicken thighs! The veggies are already incorporated into the pot, and even better, cleanup will be a breeze with just this one pot!
Save yourself time and dishes by trying out that super simple one pan meal. It has your protein and veggies combined in one single dish!
Our classic but really quick Chicken Pot Pie is ideal for making on Christmas Eve - we save some of the puff pastry that is left over and make our Puff Pastry Mince Pie Stacks and you have a dessert as well!
Chicken Recipes for Christmas Eve
If you are having Ham or Beef for Christmas Dinner instead of Turkey then why not have Chicken on Christmas Eve. These Chicken Meal Ideas are family favourites in our house.
The flavours of Christmas come together in this gorgeous, colourful, juicy chicken dish!
If you are looking for a light meal after loading up on cookies, cakes and other sweets try these tasty cranberry cherry chicken wraps. Serve with carrots and dip, or tortilla chips.
Bubbling, creamy chicken alfredo is the perfect, hearty comfort food everyone needs the day before Christmas!
Tacos for Christmas Eve? Why not? This thirty-minute taco biscuit bake is just the break you need from cranberries, stuffing and rosemary.
Pasta Dishes to Serve for your Christmas Eve Main Meal
Pasta, as you can see from my husband top choice, is a firm favourite with the family. So these easy Pasta Meals go down a treat for everyone during the Holiday Season.
Everyone thinks a tasty lasagna is pretty time consuming, but not this recipe! With only five ingredients, and one of them being uncooked noodles, this is sure to be a hit! Serve with garlic toast to win some extra points.
This colourful meal is prepped and ready to eat in under 25 minutes! Save even more time by purchasing already chopped veggies.
More Ideas for Christmas Eve Meals to Enjoy Together as a Family
You can, of course, pick whatever you want to each family recipes are always a favourite here are some that you may want to try.
Can you really go wrong with a quick, moist and delicious meatloaf? I think not! Be sure to serve this with your favourite vegetables and mashed potatoes.
This super easy to make meal is ready in no time, and tastes great with a variety of sides, from sweet potato french fries to rice or pasta.
These ham and cheese sliders are great because you can prepare them ahead of time, and pop them in the fridge until it’s almost dinner time. Then bake for about 20 minutes or so until the cheese becomes ooey and gooey!
More Ideas for Spending Time as a Family on Christmas Eve
These simple ideas are great for spending time together as a family on Christmas Eve
If you have toddlers why not start some of these Christmas Eve Traditions for Toddlers with them this year! They are ones that you and they will enjoy for many years to come.
With older kids, why not venture out of the house and give back to your communities and organisations with these Christmas Eve Traditions for Families to do together.
One of our favourite Christmas Eve Traditions to is to leave out cookies for Santa. These simple Christmas Eve Cookies are perfect for kids and you to bake on Christmas Eve and then leave with a glass of milk and a carrot for Father Christmas and the Reindeer to enjoy.