The Ultimate Recipes for Christmas Breakfast

Are you looking for easy, delicious, crowd-pleasing ideas for Christmas Breakfast? From make-ahead breakfast casseroles to simple pastries to quick and easy beverages, these family-favorite Christmas brunch recipes will start your holiday off right!

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Christmas morning is one of the most magical times of the year. With the Christmas tree aglow, presents under the tree, and loved ones gathered around, Christmas morning should be savored. And what better way to complete the morning than with a delicious holiday brunch?

These ideas for Christmas breakfast require minimal preparation time or can be completed in advance. This enables you to effortlessly serve a memorable brunch, freeing up your time to cherish the holiday moments with your loved ones instead of being tied up in the kitchen all day.

The Ultimate Recipes for Christmas Breakfast

slice of egg cheese overnight breakfast casserole with sausage

1. Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

This hashbrown, sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast casserole has been a fan favorite for years! It is gluten-free, make-ahead friendly, and just delicious. No Christmas Brunch is complete without it! Or try out the Instant Pot version.

Slice of spinach and cheese breakfast strata being dished out of baking dish.

2. Spinach & Cheese Strata

Made with spinach and roasted red peppers, this Breakfast Strata makes a festive Christmas breakfast casserole. Not only is it delicious, but it also is best prepared in advance, making it perfect for a holiday brunch.

Plate of homemade sausage balls with cheese served next to a bowl of maple syrup.

3. Homemade Sausage Balls

Cheesy, savory, and made without Bisquick, Sausage Balls are a favorite addition to Christmas Brunch. They can be assembled several days in advance and baked right before serving, making them an obvious choice for entertaining at brunch.

Overnight French Toast Casserole on blue plate

4. Overnight French Toast Casserole

Overnight French Toast Casserole delivers the classic flavor of French Toast without the work! Prep this casserole the night before your Christmas brunch and bake it in the morning, for a rich, sweet, hands-off breakfast that everyone will rave about!

Healthy Cinnamon Roll on blue serving plate with tray of cinnamon rolls in background.

5. Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls have been a part of my family’s Christmas breakfast for decades. I love that they are made the night before they are baked, which means we can enjoy soft and tender cinnamon rolls almost effortlessly on Christmas morning.

Slice of sour cream coffee cake on spatula.

6. Sour Cream Coffee Cake

 Made with a soft, tender cake that is studded with a rich cinnamon swirl and then finished with a buttery streusel, this coffee cake is perfect for entertaining at brunch or during the holiday, as it can be made up to 3 days in advance.

Bowl of red and green fruit salad

7. Christmas Fruit Salad

Made with festive seasonal red and green fruits, this Christmas fruit salad is the perfect way to round out your Christmas Breakfast menu.

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8. Cream Cheese Danish

This recipe for a Cream Cheese Danish comes together easily with the help of frozen puff pastry. But even though it is simple to prepare, it makes a show-stopping addition to any Christmas brunch.

Santa made out of pancake, strawberries, and banana on white plate.

9. Santa Pancakes

It doesn’t get much cuter than these Santa Pancakes when it comes to a kid-friendly Christmas Breakfast. However, even the adults are sure to love the addition of these pancakes to their holiday breakfast.

Slice of ham and cheese breakfast casserole on white plate next to fork.
Candied Bacon on white serving platter next to scrambled eggs.

11. Maple Glazed Bacon

No one can resist bacon, but when dressed up with a sweet and spicy maple syrup glaze topped with crushed nuts, this Candied Bacon is truly worthy to be on your Christmas Brunch Menu.

Cranberry Orange Muffin on white plate with glaze and streusel and orange slices in background.

12. Cranberry Orange Muffins

Bursting with citrus and cranberries, these muffins are simply perfect for Christmas. They can be made several days in advance of your holiday brunch and still taste fantastic.

Hand holding breakfast sandwich made with sausage, eggs and cheese

13. Breakfast Sliders

These irresistible breakfast sliders make a great addition to any holiday brunch. Made with slider buns, breakfast sausage, eggs, and cheese and topped with a maple butter glaze, this sweet and savory breakfast sandwich is sure to be enjoyed by your guests.

Squares of sheet pan pancakes on white plate topped with maple syrup and powdered sugar with fresh berries to the side.

14. Sheet Pan Pancakes

It doesn’t get much easier than making pancakes for a large holiday breakfast using this recipe for Sheet Pan Pancakes. Instead of standing over the stove flipping pancakes, you can bake fluffy, tender pancakes in the oven!

Quiche on white plate

15. Quiche–Your Way!

Everyone loves a good quiche. And with this simple recipe, you can make a creamy, flavorful quiche with a flaky crust with any fillings you like. For Christmas breakfast, I like adding feta, spinach, and roasted red peppers. Delicious and festive!

Top down view of glass of spiced Christmas tea served with wedge of an orange and fresh cranberries.

16. Christmas Tea

Spiced with cloves and cinnamon and rounded out with a combination of fruit juices, this recipe for Homemade Christmas Tea is a festive warming beverage that pairs perfectly with Christmas Brunch.

Latte in glass mug with coffee beans on the counter.

17. Easy Homemade Latte

Santa’s elves must treat themselves to a latte to keep their eyes open after a late night of helping Santa! I recommend enjoying one before, during, and after your Christmas brunch. 😉

Peppermint mocha in glass mug drizzled with chocolate syrup and crushed peppermint canes.

18. Peppermint Mocha

Or if you really want to treat your guests (and yourself) make a rich, peppermint and chocolate latte. It is a festive beverage perfect for your holiday brunch.

Two glasses of peach bellini cocktails next to fresh peaches and prosecco.

19. Bellini

In case you want to toast to the holidays, these Bellini are a sophisticated take on a Mimosa and perfect for your Christmas brunch. Prep the peach puree in advance and this festive drink comes together quickly.

Tips for an Effortless Christmas Brunch

When it comes to a holiday brunch, it is best to choose recipes that can be assembled in advance and/or need minimal prep before serving. This is especially true on Christmas morning when you want to be able to soak up the magic of the season. Most of the recipes I have provided have make-ahead instructions included so that you can get back to celebrating instead of cooking!

Choose one or two savory dishes, like Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole or Sausage Balls, one or two sweeter dishes, like Overnight Cinnamon Rolls or Sour Cream Coffee Cake, and finish it off with some fresh fruit or a Christmas Fruit Salad.

I prep everything the night before, including having the coffee ready to brew. I get up a few minutes before my family, remove any dish that needs to be baked from the refrigerator, and turn the oven on if needed. By the time everyone gathers around the tree, everything is baking and brunch is ready to enjoy after the gifts are unwrapped.

More Must-Make Christmas Recipes

Now that you have your Christmas brunch menu planned, browse through the following recipes to plan Christmas dinner and dessert!

I hope you enjoy these Christmas breakfast recipes while enjoying your family or friends around the tree.