15 Things New Englanders Eat on Christmas

A classic Christmas feast
New England Christmas Recipes

A beautiful roast turkey is the centerpiece of a classic New England Christmas table.

There’s something idyllic about a classic Christmas. Not just a snowy, white Christmas, though the weather certainly plays a part. But a classic Christmas is the time where families are together, gathered around a table, and eating a traditional feast unlike those you typically see today… except if you’re spending the holidays in New England.

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New England Christmas recipes are deepply rooted in traditions brought over by our country’s earliest European settlers. You’re not likely to find a great number of geese on holiday tables across the country, but you’ll certainly see it in the Northeast. New England is also likely to see a white Christmas, so comforting, hearty soups (such as a sweet corn and clam chowder) and soul-warming cocktails (like hot buttered rum) are holiday must-haves.


If you want to play host to your own New England-inspired Christmas this year, don’t forget the cheese straws, creamed onions, and cranberry pie. And while you’re planning your menu, keep reading for 15 things New Englanders eat on Christmas.