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Christmas Dinner Crockpot Recipes

Crockpots or slow cookers are an absolute must when cooking Christmas dinner. With only so many burners and so much room in the oven, almost every single Christmas or holiday that involves a ton of baking you will see my 10 qt Crockpot on the stove. Find below my favorite Christmas dinner crock pot recipes!

christmas crockpot recipes
preparing ahead of time makes hearty slow cooker meals are a favorite for fall and winter cooking

Crockpots or slow cookers are an absolute must when cooking Christmas dinner.  With only so many burners and so much room in the oven, almost every single Christmas or holiday that involves a ton of baking you will see my 10 qt Crockpot on the stove.  Christmas morning is chaos for all families but Christmas dinner doesn’t have to be.  Pull out your crockpot and follow an easy recipe for everything from green beans to pot roast.  Slow cookers and a great way to help get that main course on the table come dinner time. 

Below I have compiled a list of Christmas crockpot recipes for you this Holiday season.  If we need a great recipe to go along with those sweet potatoes or Christmas ham I have you covered!  Pull out the brown sugar or cream cheese and let me show you the easy way to a holiday crockpot recipe!

What can you make?

The best part about slow cookers is they set it and forget it for just about anything.  Green bean casserole? No problem.  Dump, stir, and go?

Holiday ham or delicious turkey?   Main dishes can be done in a crock pot with no fussing!  They are even a great option for sweet treats for your holiday parties.  

I am always in charge of the big Christmas meals.  One with the entire family (large family!) gathering around.  When holiday meals come up during the Christmas season the amount of cooking and baking can be overwhelming.  The best way to knock items off my Christmas menu is to hunt down Christmas Crock pot recipes. It takes less time when I find a simple recipe with simple ingredients that will save me stovetop space.  

Christmas day is the best time to really go all out.  I pour a lot of hard work into the holidays to show my love and appreciation for my family.  Is there anything more intentional than cherry cobbler or homemade hot chocolate?  If you have an instant pot they almost always have a slow cooker setting as well!  When I can have both going it cuts cooking time and saves me oven space when cooking and baking up our Christmas feast.  

turkey in crock pot recipe

So Convenient!

Crock pots are incredibly convenient, especially during busy holiday preparations. They allow you to prepare dishes ahead of time, saving you valuable time and reducing last-minute stress. Simply add the ingredients, set the desired cooking time, and let the slow cooker do the work while you focus on other tasks.

Once you set the desired cooking time and temperature, crock pots require minimal supervision. This frees you up to spend quality time with your loved ones, join in the festivities, or attend to other holiday-related tasks without having to constantly monitor the cooking process.

Amazing Flavour

Slow cooking in a crock pot allows flavors to develop and intensify over time. The low, steady heat helps tenderize meats, infusing spices, and meld ingredients together, resulting in rich and flavorful dishes. Whether it’s a succulent roast, hearty stew, or flavorful soup, crock pot cooking can bring out the best in your Christmas dinner recipes.

Crock pots offer versatility in terms of the types of dishes you can prepare. From appetizers and soups to main courses and desserts, there’s a wide range of recipes that can be adapted to slow cooker cooking. This flexibility allows you to explore new culinary ideas and experiment with different flavors for your Christmas feast.

If you’re hosting a big Christmas dinner with a large number of guests, crock pots can accommodate sizable portions of food. They come in various sizes, allowing you to prepare substantial quantities of your favorite dishes to feed a crowd.

I seriously LOVE them…

Overall, crock pots offer a practical and efficient way to prepare delicious, flavorful dishes for Christmas dinner. Their convenience, time-saving nature, enhanced flavors, versatility, easy serving, capacity for large gatherings, and minimal supervision requirements make them an excellent addition to your holiday kitchen arsenal.

Lean, juicy roasted turkey breast tenderloins are perfect to marinade then let it cook all day in the crock pot. Turkey tenderloin is perfect for a small Thanksgiving gathering, family dinner, or pair them with your favorite sides for a family-friendly dinner any night of the week!


Make Christmas candy in your slow cooker. It’s a decadent peanut chocolate treat with the addition of peanuts and pecans. Add some holiday sprinkles, and you have another treat for your holiday cookie trays.


Your crockpot is going to save the day this Thanksgiving, simply by staying out of the oven, leaving room for all of the dishes that need to be in there. You can make a delicious and traditional Green Bean Casserole, in the slow cooker. It’s easy and convenient.


Homemade Stuffing!

Take your bread stuffing to the next level with this easy Crock Pot Stuffing! It’s a delicious Thanksgiving side dish that’s made completely from scratch, it frees up precious oven space, and it can be prepped entirely in advance!


Cranberry meatballs are a festive holiday appetizer that everyone loves. The soft meatballs are first baked (easy!) then put into your crockpot with a simple sauce made with fresh cranberries. They’re so delicious that we make them year-round!


Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce is sweet, tart, and cooks up easily, making the house smell good! Crock pot cranberry sauce is delicious and a perfect Thanksgiving side dish recipe. Serve this homemade cranberry sauce with turkey or pork.


Sweet tooth?

This Polar Express Hot Chocolate Recipe is super rich and creamy, and is the ultimate cozy weather treat. It’s easy to make in the slow cooker and is perfect for your next Christmas movie night!


Crockpot mashed potatoes are a real-time-saver during the holidays. This recipe makes a large batch, and you don’t even have to drain the liquid. Just mash them right in the pot, and you have a great spread with no extra dishes to clean.


This simple slow cooker turkey recipe is perfect if you don’t want to stress about roasting one in the oven. With just a little bit of prep, this delicious whole turkey cooks all day with no brining or basting.


Cranberry sauce

Slow cooker Cranberry Pork Tenderloin is easy to make. The pork tenderloin combined with cranberry and orange offers so much flavor! This will be the star of your holiday dinner table or any time you decide to make it!


Mashed potatoes are a tradition for every holiday meal in our family, and these Garlic & Herb Mashed Potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to ham, turkey, roast chicken, you name it! And they couldn’t be easier to make!


These crack green beans have the power to turn a green bean hater into a raving green bean fan! Smothered in a delicious sweet and savory glaze, then topped with lots of bacon, this green bean recipe will be a favorite at your house! The best part? It can be made on the stovetop, in the oven, OR in your crock pot!


Perfectly blending the sweetness of sugar with the tartness of cranberries, this ridiculously easy Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce will be a hit at your next holiday dinner.



Our Crockpot Christmas Crack recipe is super easy to make in your slow cooker! This easy candy recipe makes a big batch and is perfect this time of year!


Crockpot Hot Chocolate is an easy twist on the classic mug of instant hot cocoa. Perfect on a cold, snowy day! Let the hot chocolate slow cook while out sleigh riding, holiday shopping, or shoveling snow.


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