Easy Christmas Punch (Cranberry Orange Punch)

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This easy Christmas punch is delicious and so festive! It’s the perfect punch to serve at your next gathering. It’s for all ages, young and old!

A festive drink makes any gathering that much more special. Try this Root Beer, Pomegranate Lemonade, or Eggnog for some other fun options!

Christmas punch with cranberries and orange slices.

Non-Alcoholic Christmas Punch

I love this punch! The holidays and all of the parties are such a busy time that sometimes, I forget about any drinks at our gatherings! I am usually scrambling to put something together at the last minute so this punch is perfect! It’s quick super easy to put together. Plus, it looks gorgeous and fancy when I’m done! It’s a win-win!

Not only does this punch look great but it tastes delicious too! The flavor is fresh and not something that you taste every day. It’s the perfect addition to any party! You mix cranberry juice and orange juice together and to make it extra special you add in some sparkling soda for a fun fizz. They are a perfect combo when you are looking for something sweet and tart! Plus, it complements just about any food that you eat with it! Give it a try. It’s so simple and easy that you’ve got nothing to lose!

What’s In Cranberry Orange Punch?

It just takes a few ingredients to put this yummy Christmas punch together! See the recipe card below for exact measurements.

  • Orange Juice: Make this from concentrate or buy some ahead of times!
  • Cranberry Juice: You can use whichever cranberry juice is your favorite.
  • Lemon Lime Soda: I used Sprite for thsi recipe but there are so many options, it doesn’t matter which one that you choose.
  • Orange Slices and Cranberries: These are optional but they are a super easy way to make it look fancy!

Let’s Make Some Christmas Punch!

This will take you less than 5 minutes to make but looks like a million bucks! Your family and friends will love it!

  1. Combine, stir and garnish: In a large punch bowl add the orange juice and cranberry juice. Add soda if using. Give it a good stir and garnish with orange slices and cranberries.
Juice being poured into a glass punch bowl.

Variations and Tips

I love this Christmas punch! If you want to change it up so that you can use it a few times over the holiday season, here are some ideas!

  • Soda: To change it up try Ginger Ale, Sparkling Water, or Soda Water so as not to dilute the flavor. There are even flavored sparkling waters that make the cranberry or orange flavor stronger if you want.
  • Juice: There are several cocktail versions of cranberry juice, use whatever you prefer to drink. The 100% Cranberry juice will give you the best cranberry flavor. Just make sure it’s not Cranberry Juice Cocktail… it needs to be Cranberry Juice.
  • Sherbert: To add a little bit of texture and fun then add orange sherbert to the drink.
  • Pineapple: Try adding pineapple juice instead of the orange. It give this punch a whole new flavor!
  • Flavoring:  You can also add ½ tsp almond or vanilla flavoring for more taste.
  • Stir:  Don’t stir once you’ve added the soda, it will deflate the carbonation.
A punch bowl filled with cranberry orange punch that's garnished with orange slices and cranberries.

Serving Options

This Christmas punch is awesome because you can make it look different depending on how you serve it! Here are some examples and ideas for different ways to do that.

  • Bowl: Serving this in a clear bowl shows off the festive garnish and color. If you don’t have one then you can often find cheap ones at a thrift store, dollar store or walmart. Any clear plastic one works great!
  • Mason Jars:  Serve this class pint mason jars for rustic look
  • Top the glasses:  Color sugar red and dip the rim of the glasses in water first then the sugar for a festive look
  • Green:  Add a bit of green to the punch with rosemary or mint leaves or cut limes. They don’t add any flavor but will give a festive color.
  • Glasses: Serve in clear plastic glasses too, so all can see the festive colors.
A glass filled with Christmas punch.

Christmas Punch (Cranberry Orange Punch)

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This easy Christmas punch is delicious and so festive! It's the perfect punch to serve at your next gathering… It's for all ages, young and old!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 People


  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 4 liters cranberry juice about 16 cups

Optional For Spakling:

  • 2 liters lemon lime soda
  • orange slices for garnish
  • 1 cup real cranberries for garnish


  • In a large punch bowl add the orange juice and cranberry juice. Add soda if using. Give it a good stir and garnish with orange slices and cranberries.


Updated on December 5, 2021
Originally Posted on December 1, 2020


Serves: 8

Calories388kcal (19%)Carbohydrates100g (33%)Protein3g (6%)Fat1g (2%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Sodium36mg (2%)Potassium633mg (18%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar96g (107%)Vitamin A473IU (9%)Vitamin C109mg (132%)Calcium59mg (6%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas punch, cranberry orange punch
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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