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Christmas Foods - Dishes associated with the festive season from around the world/what foods are eaten on Christmas Day

Updated on May 12, 2012

Christmas foods around the globe ...

Christmas dinner is the primary meal traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. In some countries, it is more common for families to partake in their Christmas feast on Christmas Eve.


Different countries have a unique array of cuisine that is traditionally a part of eating over the festive season.


Below is a list of some of the different types of dishes enjoyed by people in various countries both for Christmas dinner/lunch and generally over the holiday season.


  • Roast turkey, chicken, ham, pork.
  • Stuffing
  • Seafood platters, prawns are particularly popular
  • Cold ham or cold turkey
  • custard
  • strawberries
  • Pavlova
  • Christmas pudding
  • Fruitcake
  • White Christmas
  • gingerbread
  • Summer fruits or fruit salads
  • Potato salad
  • Pasta salad
  • Trifle
  • Mince pies
  • Nuts and dried fruits
  • Candy canes, rocky road and rum balls
  • Roast vegetables


  • cougnou (sweet bread in the form of baby Jesus)


  • Turkey
  • Pork loins
  • French toast
  • Codfish
  • Brazil nut
  • Panettone


  • turkey
  • satsumas
  • Christmas pudding
  • butter tarts
  • apple cider
  • stuffing
  • mince pies
  • pumpkin pie
  • cranberry sauce
  • eggnog
  • shortbread
  • mixed nuts and spiced nuts
  • tourtière


  • ponche crema (an eggnog type drink)
  • turkey
  • cola de mono (Christmas drink)
  • pan de Pascua (Christmas sponge cake with cloves, walnuts, almonds and raisins)


  • Cuban eggnog
  • majarate (corn pudding)
  • Platillo Moros y Cristianos (Cuban rice and beans)

Czech Republic

  • vánoční rybí polévka (Christmas fish soup)
  • potato salad with hard boiled eggs
  • carp
  • fruitcake
  • gingerbread
  • Christmas cookies/biscuits

Dominican Republic

  • roast chicken
  • ginger tea
  • pig roast
  • macaroni salad
  • Russian potato salad
  • Mexican bread
  • corn pudding
  • cheese and guava platter
  • fruit platters


  • boiled potatoes
  • caramelised potatoes
  • roasted chestnuts
  • æbleskiver (Danish pancakes with jam)
  • brun sovs (brown sauce/dark gravy)
  • gløgg - mulled red wine combined with spices and sugar
  • rice pudding served with almonds, cherry sauce and cream
  • Christmas cookies
  • duck
  • red cabbage
  • roast pork with crackling
  • prune stuffing


  • ham with mustard
  • turkey
  • salmon
  • whitefish and pikeperch
  • liver casserole
  • potato casserole
  • sweet bread
  • prune jam pastries
  • rice pudding
  • cheeses
  • rice pasties with egg butter
  • carrot casserole
  • fruit soup or prune soup
  • gingerbread men
  • rosolli
  • mulled wine


  • foie gras
  • oysters
  • roast chicken
  • crepes
  • dried fruit cake
  • smoked salmon
  • turkey stuffed with chestnuts


  • fruitcake
  • gingerbread house
  • sausages with veal and bacon
  • carp
  • roasted goose
  • Kartoffelsalat (potato salad)
  • corned smoked gam
  • Springerle (German pressed biscuit)


  • ponche (Christmas fruit punch)
  • turkey
  • spiced fish
  • salads
  • rice
  • stuffed chicken
  • side dishes made from rice and coconut
  • buñuelos (corn and maple syrup dessert)


  • stuffed cabbage
  • different varieties of fish soup
  • roast duck
  • turkey
  • roast goose
  • walnut or poppy seed pastry roll
  • bread pudding


  • smoked cured pork roast
  • ham
  • caramelised potatoes
  • mini cookies
  • rice almond pudding
  • turkey
  • red cabbage


  • poppy seed pastries
  • carrots
  • dumplings
  • herring
  • mushrooms
  • spanguolių kisielius - cranberry and milk sauce dessert


  • cod or clipfish
  • ponche
  • turkey

New Zealand

  • ham 
  • turkey
  • sausages
  • Pavlova
  • Christmas pudding
  • strawberries
  • stuffing
  • mince pies
  • brandy snaps
  • trifle
  • potato salad


  • rice pudding
  • mulled wine
  • lamb ribs
  • fish
  • pork sausage
  • pork meatballs
  • spice cookies
  • red cabbage


  • ham
  • edam cheese
  • selection of salads
  • puto bumbong (dessert)
  • bibingka (coconut milk dessert)


  • beet soup
  • grain pudding
  • cabbage and meat stew
  • potato salads
  • sausages
  • prune compote
  • cabbage and peas
  • poppy seed cake
  • fish soup
  • various dishes with mushrooms
  • meat or mushroom dumplings
  • carp


  • roast turkey, lamb or goat
  • octopus
  • codfish
  • cakes
  • fruitcake
  • almond pie
  • creamy chocolate balls
  • Swiss roll chocolate log
  • Christmas pudding / Christmas cake
  • eggnog
  • hot chocolate
  • formigos (bread, almond, wine and cinnamon dessert)


  • stuffed pickled cabbage
  • toba
  • piftie (pork and beef based aspic, with pork, vegetables and garlic)


  • fish souo
  • boiled wheat
  • soda bread


  • turkey
  • lamb
  • seafood
  • crab
  • prawns
  • lobsters
  • almond cakes
  • yema (egg based dessert)


  • ham
  • meatballs
  • bread slices dipped in ham broth
  • spare ribs
  • smoked pork sausage
  • beetroot
  • syrup flavoured cabbage
  • toffee
  • cheeses
  • mulled wine
  • whitefish with gravy
  • almond rice pudding
  • gingerbread cookies

United Kingdom and Ireland

  • roast turkey, beef, duck, goose, pheasant
  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • roast potatoes
  • yule log
  • brandy butter
  • mince pies
  • bread sauce
  • Christmas cake
  • stuffing
  • trifle

United States

  • roast turkey
  • prime rib
  • apple cider
  • plum pudding
  • fruitcake
  • apple pies
  • mince pies
  • pumpkin pie
  • sweet potato pie
  • gingerbread houses and gingerbread men
  • oyster stew
  • dumplings
  • Christmas cookies
  • chicken
  • cranberry sauce
  • custard
  • candy canes
  • pecan pie
  • tamales
  • stuffing or dressing


  • roast pork
  • salads
  • ham filled bread containing olives and raisins
  • potato, carrot, apple and chicken salad
  • papaya and sugar syrup dessert
  • meal made of maize, filled with beef, pork, olives, raisins and caper, and wrapped in plantain leaves

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    • chspublish profile image


      9 years ago from Ireland

      Nice hub, showing all the different foods eaten during this festive season. Doesn't it make your mouth water, though? Thanks.


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