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Melissa Gorga and Her Family Hosted a Next-Level Christmas Eve Celebration (PICS)

The Real Housewives of New Jersey family's holiday bash included chic fashion, beautiful decor, and incredible food. 

By Abby Feiner

The Gorga family goes all out when celebrating Christmas Eve, and for their 2023 bash, Melissa Gorga, Joe Gorga, and their kids took their hosting duties to the next level. 

Inside Melissa and Joe Gorga's Christmas Eve celebration 

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On December 24, Melissa shared a peek inside the holiday dinner via Instagram Stories. Just some of The Real Housewives of New Jersey family's food for the evening from B&M Market included a crudités platter, baked brie, tuna tartare, multiple salads, roasted vegetables, paella, a variety of meat dishes and pasta, and an impressive shellfish trio consisting of shrimp, lobster, and crab. While Melissa has been known to have a lavish charcuterie board for her guests at many of her events, for the special evening, she served her guests a towering antipasto tree by Jeanette Donnarumma. 

There was no shortage of sweet treats, either. The dessert spread from The Royal Sweet Fairy included cookies, cannolis, cupcakes, s'mores, and "hot chocolate bombs."

The home looked beautiful for the evening. While Melissa had previously shared a glimpse at her Christmas tree and neutral-hued holiday decor, she shared a new look at her set up on Christmas Eve. In the sleek foyer, there were multiple twinkling trees beneath the staircase as well as festive figures placed around the kitchen. 

A split of Melissa Gorga's holiday spread featuring appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
A split of Melissa Gorga's skewer tower appetizer and Christmas tree decor.
A split of Melissa Gorga's holiday spread featuring various desserts.

Melissa Gorga and Antonia Gorga's Christmas Eve style

Last year on Christmas Eve, Melissa showed her festive style in a crushed velvet red top that she paired with a black leather miniskirt. For her 2023 gathering, she once again opted for a red look, this time donning a short-sleeve red dress with knee-high black boots. In a TikTok video, Melissa's daughter, Antonia Gorga, shared another look at Melissa's dress, as well as her own Christmas Eve attire, a semi-sheer long-sleeve white top with a leather bottom, as they reenacted a memorable exchange they had about Christmas on Season 3 of RHONJ. 

Antonia is currently home for the holidays, but before she left the University of Delaware's campus to head to New Jersey, she had to miss one her holiday traditions with Melissa. On December 9, Melissa shared photos with Joe Gorga and their sons, Gino and Joey, attending iHeartRadio's Jingle Ball and explained why Antonia wasn't in attendance.

"Always take [Antonia] to [Jingle Ball] every year," she wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. "She had an exam and couldn’t come...But was so happy to take my boys and make memories with them...Happy holidays everyone!"

Press play on the video above to relive some of the Real Housewives' most memorable holiday moments. 

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