14 Classic Spanish Christmas Recipes

Make it a delicious noche buena

Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)

The Spruce

In Spain, Christmas Eve—or La Noche Buena ("The Good Night")—is all about family and feasting. Loved ones gather around tables laden with food and celebrate for hours, typically late into the night. Many attend midnight mass, but often meals stretch past midnight and creep into Christmas day.

A typical Spanish Christmas Eve menu features several courses beginning with tapas (appetizers), a first course, main course, and dessert with coffee or after-dinner cocktails. When planning your meal, don't forget about drinks: cava, a Spanish sparkling wine, is perfect for toasting and you can't have dessert without espresso.

Pick and choose from the recipes below to create your own festive Spanish Christmas menu.