35 Best Christmas Recipes for Summer Entertaining

In Australia, the typical Christmas Lunch comprises of cold drinks, fresh seafood, yummy salads and a roast or two, served hot or in my family’s case, usually cold.

If you’re looking for fresh, new ideas for the festive season and for the special day, then look no further!

I’ve rounded up the very best festive recipes to make your Aussie Christmas Feast go off with a bang!

Smoked Salmon Salad Wreath by It’s Not Complicated Recipes

Fresh, summery and very festive! This salad wreath is the perfect addition to an Aussie Christmas Feast!

Can you really entertain without a cheese platter? I’m not sure, but I’ll play it safe with this Baked Brie with Fig Jam recipe! Sticky, fruity fig jam and creamy, gooey brie cheese smothered over crackers! Yes Please!

Christmas Oreo Cookie Balls by The Flavor Bender

Aren’t these just adorable?! Both the kids and the adults will be lining up for these Christmas Oreo Cookies all day long! The cutest way to get into the Christmas Spirit.

Butternut Squash & Lentil Salad by The Belly Rules the Mind

Fresh and healthy, this butternut squash and lentil salad will be a real hit on a hot summery Christmas day! It will pair perfectly with the glazed ham or any kind of roasted meat!

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cake by A Cookie Named Desire

Who said that Celiacs had to miss out on a delicious Christmas dessert? This gluten free gingerbread cake it the perfect sweet treat with all the traditional Christmas flavours!

Merry Little Devil Eggs by She Keeps A Lovely Home

I believe that Devil Eggs are a must have Christmas Appetiser and the ones get a festive makeover with ‘Holly’ made from some creative ingredients!

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes by A Cookie Named Desire

Peppermint is definitely a traditional flavour that is always associated with Christmas! And these chocolate peppermint cupcakes are the perfect treat for any festive party!

Christmas Cookies by A Farm Girls Kitchen

I just love iced biscuits! Especially Christmas themed cookies! A cute treat for any age or the perfect homemade present for someone you love.


Brussels Sprouts get a makeover in the festive salad that is perfect for the holiday season! It’s a fresh and colourful salad that is ideal for an Aussie Christmas feast.

Everything But A Bagel Cheese Ball by Cheese Curd in Paradise

I’ve already mentioned how much I love cheese, so the thought of a big ball of it that can be spread onto bagel chips sounds so good to me!

Is Christmas lunch really complete without a mouthwatering piece of meat? I don’t think so. And this prime rib roast with garlic butter is the perfect thing to make this festive season!

Take your shortbread up a notch this year with this delightful recipe! Almost anything can be improved by adding chocolate and the traditional shortbread is no exception!

Easy Holiday Punch by A Farm Girls Kitchen

In my family, punch is saved for special occasions. Birthdays, parties, celebrations and of course, Christmas. My family and I always look forward to Christmas for the simple little things like punch. This recipe is very festive and is sure to get you into the Christmas cheer as well!

Almond Flour Sugar Cookies by Fit As A Mama Bear

These gluten free Christmas cookies are the perfect sweet treat for the silly season! Perfect with a glass of milk!

Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms by Savory with Soul

These spicy chorizo stuffed mushrooms are the perfect appetiser for any Christmas party! They’re the perfect bite-sized nibble that your guests will love!

Pavlova Wreath by Sweet Caramel Sunday

No Australian Christmas is complete without the Pavlova. This recipe is a brilliant new take on the traditional favourite, making it even more festive with the simple wreath shape!

Spiced Shortbread by Sugar Salt Magic

A traditional shortbread that’s been taken up a notch with a simple dusting of festive spices! These biscuits are sure to become a family favourite!

Christmas Mojito by Cooking Carnival

Celebrate this Christmas with a festive cocktail this yeah!! These Mojitos are sure to get you in the mood to party!!

Pomegranate & Wild Rice Salad by Stacey Homemaker

This festive Christmas salad is the perfect side dish to serve with your holiday meal! Made with rocket, pomegranate seeds and wild rice, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!

These mini salmon rissoles make the perfect little canapés for your Christmas celebrations! And with only a handful of ingredients, this appetiser is easy to prepare!

Christmas Pudding by Cooking Journey Blog

My Nan thinks that it’s not Christmas without the traditional pudding. So with that in mind, I had to include a recipe in this post for everyone that agrees!

Christmas Ice Cream Pudding by Marcellina in Cucina

This is the perfect recipe for when you’re short on time! This ice cream pudding is the perfect dessert to impress your guests without hours of effort! Made with only a few store bought ingredients, this recipe is a real crowd pleaser.

Parmesan Nacho Cups by Emma Eats and Explores

This time of year, with so many Christmas parties on, it’s just vital to have a nice appetiser recipe up your sleeve. And these Parmesan nacho cups are just the thing!


Looking for a delicious and different side salad? Well, this roasted sweet potato salad with lentils and goats cheese might just be what you’re after! It’s easy to prepare and looks amazing on the dinner table!

Gingerbread Ice Cream by From the Larder

Love gingerbread? Love ice cream? Then you’re definitely going to have to check out this recipe! Combining traditional Christmas flavours with the delicious summer treat we all know and love!

Braised Red Cabbage by Veggie Desserts

This easy braised cabbage is a great side dish that can be made ahead! It will make a vibrant addition to any meal!

How to Make a Grazing Platter by Sweet Caramel Sunday

No Christmas is complete without a cheese board. Well, this right here is your ultimate guide to making and awesome grazing platter that your guests will love!

Apple Glazed Ham by Spend with Pennies

Pork and apple are a perfect match and this glazed ham highlights that beautifully! Succulent and juicy, it’s great served alongside my Apple, Rocket & Pine Nut Salad.

Gluten-Free Christmas Cake by From the Larder

Now everyone can enjoy a slice of the traditional Christmas cake with this great recipe by From the Larder!

Homemade Caramels by Garnish & Glaze

Looking for a present that was made with love? Then look no further than these Homemade Caramels by Garnish and Glaze! Gift them to loved ones or simply make them for Christmas day snacking!

Gingerbread House by The Flavor Bender

There are very few things more iconic than a gingerbread house at Christmas time! It’s something that impresses both kids and adults alike!

This is a beautiful and festive Christmas appetiser that your guests will love! Baked Brie is always great for sharing!

This impressive roast lamb recipe is full of surprises! Stuffed with white beans, swiss chard and sundried tomatoes, this is sure to be a hit this Christmas!

Add a tasty twist to your classic roast veggies this year with some delicious maple and balsamic flavours! These easy sheetpan roast vegetables will be a game changer at your Christmas feast!

Cheesy Pesto Bread Wreath by Marcellina in Cucina

Feeding a crowd? Then this cheesy, pesto pull apart bread wreath is a great go to this holiday season! Served with this tomato dipping sauce, it’ll really hit the spot.

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