Traditional French Christmas Food

If you’ve always wondered what French people eat for Christmas in France, this article is for you! After the aperitif, most French families eat traditional French Christmas food that has been part of the holidays’ spirit in generations.

Foie gras

Foie gras is on all the French tables! Delicious on toasted bread, it is a must in French Christmas food and gastronomy.

french Christmas food

Smoked Salmon

Smoked salmon and creme fraiche on blinis follow as a cold starter. Add lemon juice and enjoy!

french Christmas food

Escargots (Snails)

So yes, it’s true, French eat escargots, but not at all meals! It’s more of a French Christmas food starter than an everyday starter. The most famous escargot is the Burgundy one.

french escargots christmas


Oysters, often accompanied by lemon, are the ultimate Christmas seafood. There are so many ways to garnish them that we can find something for all tastes! You can find different toppings’ ideas here.

french oysters Christmas

Chestnut Turkey

Chestnuts turkey is the main dish of the French Christmas menu. It is often accompanied by a potato gratin.

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Cheese Board

My favourite element of the Christmas dinner, the cheese board! I love choosing the different cheeses and sides to create a delicious mix of bread, cheese and fruit.

cheese board french christmas

Christmas Log

A typical frozen dessert that children and adults love. Usually chocolate or vanilla, it is best enjoyed if you are still hungry after all this delicious French Christmas food!

french Christmas log

French Christmas food is made up of hot and cold starters, the main course, cheese and dessert. If you have the opportunity to spend Christmas in France, do not miss the occasion to taste this delicious and typical food

What’s a typical Christmas food in your country? Let me know in the comments 🎅🏻

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  1. Daphne says:

    If only I could get escargot in Lansing Michigan USA! I haven’t had it in years. I have to travel to find it but when I see it on a menu, it is ordered!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Yes, it’s hard to find when you don’t live in France! 😕

  2. This was a fun post about French Christmas food. The cheese board and the Christmas log look like the winners for me! 🙂 Thank you for this informative post.

    1. Jinan says:

      Wondering where your favorite places to shop for ingredients are when you prepare your own holiday food. I blog on nutrition so always interested to hear people’s favorite stores and sites

      1. Stephanie says:

        I live in Australia so I try to find some good French food at delis. Expensive but worth it!

    2. Stephanie says:

      You’re welcome! Hmmm yes, cheese board is definitely the winner 😋

  3. Yoanna says:

    Wow! Such an interestimg choices, I think I’d go with the Christmas log!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Can never go wrong with dessert 😉

  4. Jo says:

    I love chocolate log! One of my Christmas favourites.

    1. Stephanie says:

      Yes, chocolate always 🙌🏼

  5. Your post makes me feel nostalgic! I’m French too but I moved in London in 2012… Christmas food in England is not that great: turkey, brussels sprouts, mince pies and Christmas pudding (not my kind of thing). A good cheese platter is what I miss the most by far 🙂

    1. Stephanie says:

      Omg I know right! In Australia, it’s the same! Makes you realize how good French food is!

  6. Sarah says:

    The Christmas Log is one of my favorite desserts! I found one in the grocery store near me a few weeks ago and my husband and I devoured it! So good. Great post!

    1. Stephanie says:

      So so good 😋
      Thank you!

  7. Monika says:

    So interesting to see what French Christmas meal entails. Cheese board is a winner for me. In the UK it’s also Turkey (mostly) that lands on the Christmas table with a variety of vegetables and stuffing

    1. Stephanie says:

      It’s a winner for everyone haha 🙌🏼🧀
      Hmm, that sounds yummy too!

  8. KEVIN FOODIE says:

    French Christmas menu is very simple, but so intricate. Thanks for sharing. Informative

    1. Stephanie says:

      You’re welcome 😊🎅🏻

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