Easy Christmas Punch

Christmas punch features fruit and simple syrup to create a refreshing beverage. It’s simple but elegant. Make this easy Christmas punch in 5 minutes. Then, serve this festive beverage with fresh cranberries and sparkling water.

Two long-stemmed glasses are full of Christmas punch with fresh cranberries. The pitcher of punch concentrate is behind it along with a fresh orange and fresh cranberries.

I love making holiday dinners special, whether it’s for a small or a large gathering. It’s one reason this non-alcoholic Christmas punch is my favorite. It adds glamour with very limited effort. In fact, you can make this easy holiday fruit punch in around 5 minutes.

Serve this punch with a vegan cheese ball and crackers on the side. It’s a delicious way to celebrate any occasion!

What Makes This Recipe Shine?

  • The combination of fruit juices makes the flavor of this punch zesty and refreshing
  • Adding garnishes before serving makes this punch look elegant on the table (no one needs to know it only took you minutes to throw it together!)
  • Serving individual glasses with soda water adds bubbly fun while the fizz is its most vibrant!

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe, including substitution ideas:

  • Cranberry juice — Cranberries add a festive touch this time of year. You can use your favorite cranberry juice, whether that be plain or some cranberry juice mixed with another juice, such as grape juice or raspberries. I prefer unsweetened cranberry juice.
  • Pineapple juice — We’ll add one cup of pineapple juice.
  • Orange juice — You’ll need one cup of orange juice too.
  • Simple syrup — Unless you’re using a sweetened cranberry juice, you’ll want to add sweetness to the punch. Make a simple syrup by combining 1/4 cup sugar with 1/2 cup of water (you can use granulated sugar, agave, or maple syrup). Or for a sugar-free version, simply add 3 to 4 teaspoons of your favorite zero-calorie sweetener, such as stevia.
  • Garnishes — Fresh cranberries and orange slices, cut from an orange.
  • For Serving — Pour some of the concentrated punch in eash serving glass and add some sparkling water for pizzazz.

How to Make Christmas Punch

  1. Make the punch concentrate by stirring together the juices and the simple syrup in a pitcher. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator.
  2. When your party starts, set the pitcher out and add ice and garnishes, like fresh cranberries, and orange slices to the pitcher.
  3. To serve, pour punch concentrate into party glasses and add soda water for fizzle.

Marly’s Tips

Soda water doesn’t hold its fizz forever, so pouring it in the pitcher is futile. Adding it to individual glasses is the best way to go!

Orange juice is being poured into a pitcher with other fruit juices.

We love serving this easy Christmas punch for holiday dinners or even New Year’s Eve Parties. It’s a festive drink!

Sparkling water is being poured into a glass full of punch and fresh cranberries. There's another glass, a pitcher, and fresh cranberries behind it.

Make-ahead Tips

Looking for Christmas party punch ideas that you can make ahead? Here are some tips for making this simple Christmas punch ahead of your event:

  • Up to 4 days prior to your event: Stir the concentrate ingredients together in a pitcher and keep that in the fridge. Also, place some soda water in the fridge too.
  • Up to 2 days prior to your event: Cut several slices from a fresh orange. Place slices in a container and refrigerate.
  • Immediately Prior to Event: Then when your event begins, place the pitcher on the table, add some ice and the garnishes. It will look lovely on the table!

Then serve individual glasses by adding a little bit of soda water to each glass. How festive!

Looking down on a pitcher full of juices and topped with fresh cranberries and orange slices.

More Beverages

If you love this holiday-themed cranberry punch, here are even more beverages you’ll like too:

A close-up image of a glass of holiday punch shows fresh cranberries and sparkling water fizzes at the tope. There are fresh cranberries, an orange, and another glass in the background.
Two glasses of Christmas punch have fresh cranberries on top. There's a pitcher and an orange behind them.

Easy Christmas Punch

This festive holiday punch is made with a mixture of fruit juices. Because it's ready in only five minutes, we consider it one of our favorite easy punch recipes. This non-alcoholic Christmas punch recipe looks glamorous on your table, but yet it's so easy to make!
5 from 4 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 14
Calories: 91kcal


Punch Concentrate

  • 5 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup simple syrup (see notes)


  • 1 orange , sliced
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 – 2 cups ice

For Serving

  • 2 cups lime-flavored sparkling water


  • Add the punch concentrate ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate.
  • When your party starts, set the pitcher out and add ice and garnishes, like fresh cranberries, and orange slices to the pitcher.
  • Pour concentrate into glasses and add soda water for fizzles.

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to make simple syrup, combine water with 1 – 2 tablespoons agave nectar and stir. Alternatively, you can use sugar. 
To make a low-calorie simple syrup, combine water with 1 – 2 pckest of zer calories weetner.
Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 76IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2020 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

2 Responses to Easy Christmas Punch

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyErren Reply

    5 stars
    I love this recipe and your photos are just gorgeous!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Erren! This punch is so tasty!

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