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Christmas Charcuterie Boards: 40 Creative Ideas

Are you tired of the same old Christmas snacks and appetizers? Look no further than the latest trend in holiday entertaining: Christmas charcuterie boards. These boards are a fun and festive way to serve a variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, and other snacks that will impress your guests and satisfy their appetites.

With so many different options to choose from, you can customize your Christmas charcuterie board to fit your personal taste and style. From traditional meat and cheese boards to sweet and savory options featuring candy canes and popcorn, there is a board for everyone. 

These  Christmas charcuterie boards are also a great way to incorporate holiday flavors like cranberries, peppermint, and gingerbread into your appetizer spread. So why settle for boring snacks when you can create a stunning Christmas charcuterie board that is sure to impress?

A collage of christmas charcuterie boards.

Understanding Charcuterie Boards

Charcuterie boards are a popular way to serve a variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and other snacks. They are perfect for entertaining guests or as a snack for yourself. Understanding how to create a charcuterie board can help you impress your guests and create a delicious snack.

When creating a charcuterie board, it is important to consider the following:

  • Variety: A good charcuterie board should have a variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and other snacks. This will ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
  • Presentation: The presentation of a charcuterie board is important. You want to create a visually appealing display that is easy to access and eat.
  • Balance: It is important to balance the flavors on a charcuterie board. You don’t want one flavor to overpower the others. Instead, aim for a balance of sweet, salty, savory, and spicy flavors.
  • Pairings: Consider pairing different meats and cheeses together to create complementary flavors. For example, a salty cheese can pair well with a sweet fruit.

When it comes to creating a charcuterie board, there are no hard and fast rules. You can be as creative as you want with the ingredients and presentation. However, keeping the above factors in mind can help you create a delicious and visually appealing charcuterie board that your guests will love.

Storing and Serving Your Christmas Charcuterie Board

When it comes to storing your Christmas charcuterie board, it’s important to keep it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. This will help prevent any of the meats or cheeses from spoiling. If you have any leftovers, you can store them in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to three days.

When it comes to serving your Christmas charcuterie board, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure you have plenty of small plates and napkins on hand. You’ll also want to have some small forks or toothpicks available for guests to use when selecting items from the board.

To make your board look even more festive, consider adding some holiday-themed decorations such as small ornaments or sprigs of holly. You can also use a variety of different serving dishes and platters to add visual interest to the board.

When it comes to arranging the items on the board, start with the larger items such as the meats and cheeses, and then fill in the gaps with smaller items such as crackers, nuts, and fruits. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your arrangement and use different shapes and textures to add visual interest.

Overall, storing and serving your Christmas charcuterie board is easy as long as you keep a few basic tips in mind. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can create a beautiful and delicious board that your guests are sure to love.

40 Creative Christmas Charcuterie Boards

  1. HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CHRISTMAS CHARCUTERIE WREATH 

                         Photo: blackberrybabe

This Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board will be the showstopper of your holiday parties! It’s an easy appetizer for the Christmas season with simple ingredients.

This is the type of appetizer that will steal the show at your family gatherings! This gorgeous Christmas charcuterie board is beautiful by itself!

Get the full recipe from Blackberry Babe

  1. CHRISTMAS DESSERT CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                         Photo: homemadeheather

This Christmas Dessert Charcuterie Board is perfect for the holidays – full of fun, festive and easy-to-make treats! Add this holiday dessert board to your next party or event.

Skip the traditional charcuterie board and create a dessert platter full of your favorite Christmas cookies and homemade treats this holiday season!

Get the full recipe from Homemade Heather

  1. CHARCUTERIE WREATH 

                              Photo: ihearteating

This charcuterie wreath is an easy appetizer that comes together in less than 30 minutes. This festive recipe requires no cooking and makes an impressive appetizer.

Charcuterie boards are super popular! This charcuterie wreath is an easy, festive take on the boards.

Get the full recipe from I Heart Eating

  1. CHARCUTERIE TREE 

                              Photo: thefeatherednester

A festive charcuterie tree is the perfect Christmas appetizer for your holiday party! It’s fun to build and makes a gorgeous centerpiece on the table. 

Get into the spirit of the season with savory bites of Italian charcuterie, creatively arranged in a spiral around the tree cone. 

Get the full recipe from The Feathered Nester

  1. ANTIPASTO CHRISTMAS TREE 

                              Photo: xoxobella

It’s never too early to start planning recipes for your Christmas dinner and festive appetizers during the holiday season (or even just before!) 

This antipasto tree is an Italian take on an antipasto platter, boasting tomatoes, little cheese balls, green olives, and more. 

Get the full recipe from Xoxo Bella

  1. CHRISTMAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                              Photo: windycitydinnerfairy

This fun and festive Christmas Charcuterie Board is the perfect centerpiece for any Christmas party! It’s a guaranteed hit at any gathering!

A great charcuterie board! This grazing platter is perfect for Christmas Eve, Christmas dinner, or a gathering with friends! 

Get the full recipe from Windy City Dinner Fairy

  1. INDIVIDUAL ITALIAN CHARCUTERIE CUPS 

                              Photo: threeolivesbranch

Individual Italian Charcuterie Cups are a perfect Italian appetizer recipe! Antipasto skewers in green, white, and red to look like the Italian flag. 

Perfect for a holiday and Christmas! An easy finger food party recipe with meat and cheese.

Get the full recipe from Three Olives Branch

  1. CHRISTMAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                              Photo: thetoastykitchen

Make a Christmas charcuterie board for your next holiday gathering. 

This appetizer tray is filled with plenty of meats and cheeses, plus your favorite seasonal flavors like cranberry sauce, candied nuts, and orange slices.

Get the full recipe from The Toasty Kitchen

  1. CHRISTMAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD – WREATH 

                              Photo: thecinnamonjar

Create this beautiful Christmas charcuterie board in the festive shape of a wreath for nibbles at your Christmas party, or anytime during the holiday season as an appetizer.

It is easy to assemble once you have gathered and selected your preferred meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and other accompaniments.

Get the full recipe from The Cinnamon Jar

  1. CHRISTMAS COOKIE DESSERT BOARD  

                              Photo: crazyforcouponing

‘Tis the season to indulge in festive treats and spread holiday cheer! And what better way to do that than with a mouthwatering Christmas cookie dessert board?

Whether you’re hosting a cozy gathering for loved ones or simply want to surprise your family with an irresistible sweet spread, we’ve got you covered. 

Get the full recipe from Crazy For Couponing

  1. CHRISTMAS TREE CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

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Super is easy to put together with these step-by-step instructions and a festive addition to any party. A Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board is the easiest holiday appetizer! 

Guests will enjoy this festive Christmas tree appetizer featuring plenty of cheese, meat, veggies, nuts, and fruit. 

Get the full recipe from Finding Zest

  1. CHRISTMAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD IDEAS & CHARCUTERIE CHRISTMAS TREE 

                          Photo: twokidsandacoupon

Serve your holiday guests in style with these Christmas charcuterie board ideas and find out how to make this cute charcuterie Christmas tree. 

Now that the spooky season is over, it’s officially time to talk all things holiday entertaining.

Get the full recipe from Two Kids And A Coupon

  1. CHRISTMAS TREE CHARCUTERIE BOARD  

                             Photo: kitchenfunwithmy3sons

This Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board is a tree-shaped appetizer board loaded with assorted fruits, meats, and cheeses that is perfect for the holidays.

This amazing board of assorted food is so eye-popping and of course delicious! This is a great appetizer for people to graze while enjoying festivities.

Get the full recipe from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

  1. CHRISTMAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                                                       Photo: cheneetoday

It’s a dessert charcuterie board full of cookies, candy, fresh fruit, and other seasonal sweet treats! 

This Christmas charcuterie board is one of my favorite Christmas food boards! Make this Christmas candy charcuterie board for your next holiday gathering!

Get the full recipe from Chenee Today

  1. CHRISTMAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                             Photo: makingfrugalfun

Make this fun and festive Christmas Charcuterie Board this year for your holiday get-togethers! 

Mix and match to make your Christmas snacking fun with this adorable snack tray full of themed foods!

Get the full recipe from Making Frugal Fun

  1. DIY CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY DESSERT CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                             Photo: mamacheaps

This festive red and green Christmas-themed dessert charcuterie board will be the hit of your holiday dessert table!

Think charcuterie boards are just for meats and cheeses? Guess again! 

Get the full recipe from Mama Cheaps

  1. HOT CHOCOLATE BAR  

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Learn How to Make a Hot Chocolate Bar with rich hot cocoa, marshmallows, whipped cream, and customizable toppings and treats! 

Hot cocoa boards are a fun and festive way to serve hot chocolate for brunch, movie nights, and special occasions.

Get the full recipe from The Heirloom Pantry

  1. CHRISTMAS WREATH CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                             Photo: plantbasedonabudget

This easy-to-assemble Christmas Wreath Charcuterie Board is the perfect holiday centerpiece! 

An edible wreath with a stunning assembly of sweet fall and winter fruits, chewy cookies and dried fruits, crunchy nuts and crackers, fresh herbs, jams, and delicious briny olives from our friends at California Ripe Olives.

Get the full recipe from Plant Based On A Budget

  1. FRUIT AND CHEESE CHRISTMAS TREE APPETIZER 

                             Photo: thefeatherednester

Christmas is almost here, so it’s time for family, friends, and of course, food! This Christmas Tree Appetizer is a fun and easy dish to serve. 

You’ll love how perfect this Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board is for any Christmas gathering, from a casual get-together to an elegant dinner party.

Get the full recipe from The feathered nester

  1. EASY CHRISTMAS TREE CHARCUTERIE BOARD IDEA 

                                                  Photo: foodpluswords

This easy Christmas tree charcuterie board is perfect for the holiday season. Delight your guests with a festive display of appetizers in Christmas tree form!

 a delicious array of ham slices, assorted cheese, fresh fruits, and biscuits artfully arranged to form a festive Christmas tree shape. 

Get the full recipe from Food Plus Words

  1. CHRISTMAS TREE CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                            Photo: homemadeheather

This Christmas tree charcuterie board is the perfect appetizer for the holidays.  Not only is it delicious but it’s also easy to make this festive charcuterie board!

It has become a staple around here and we love to use them for all kinds of events and holiday gatherings. they’re also awesome for family dinners or date nights!

Get the full recipe from Homemade Heather

  1. ITALIAN ANTIPASTO BOARD APPETIZER 

                            Photo: xoxobella

This antipasto tray is not only a classic Italian starter but is also a great menu item for Christmas or Thanksgiving. 

The selection of tasty, bite-size morsels is arranged in circles, while the rosemary and asparagus work together to offer a cute wreath-like effect.

Get the full recipe from Xoxo Bella

  1. CUTE SANTA CHRISTMAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD FOR THE HOLIDAYS 

                            Photo: twokidsandacoupon

With pepperoni and a couple of kinds of cheese, it can be made ahead of time and put in the refrigerator until serving. 

Serve up a very merry appetizer this holiday season with this cute Santa Christmas charcuterie board. Here is how to make it!

Get the full recipe from Two Kids And A Coupon

  1. HOLIDAY BREAKFAST CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                            Photo: kitchenfunwithmy3sons

Christmas morning is all about opening gifts and spending time with family! After the rush of waking up and seeing what Santa brought, everyone is sure to be hungry! This Holiday Breakfast Charcuterie Board is the perfect assortment of food for the holiday season.

Get the full recipe from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

  1. HOLIDAY CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                            Photo: thefoodblog

This holiday season may look a little different. Our gatherings may be smaller. When our family gets together, charcuterie is always involved.

But we can still make our celebrations special and this Holiday Charcuterie Board is a perfect way to do that. 

Get the full recipe from The Food Blog

  1. CHRISTMAS TREE CHARCUTERIE BOARD  

                                                            Photo: mamacheaps

Join the charcuterie board hype this holiday season and try your hand at making a Christmas Tree Charcuterie board! 

This delicious spread of meats and cheeses has the shape of a Christmas tree and is sure to delight any crowd!

Get the full recipe from Mama Cheaps

  1. ANTIPASTO WREATH 

                                   Photo: amandascookin

Dress up antipasto into a festive wreath for Christmas! Mix and match with lots of different options for an impressive-looking and delicious-tasting appetizer.

This gorgeous antipasto wreath is an eye-catching festive appetizer to snack on before your holiday meal, and it’s so easy to assemble!

Get the full recipe from Amandas Cookin

  1. EASY CHRISTMAS WREATH CHEESE BOARD CHARCUTERIE 

                                   Photo: acountrygirlslife

Want to make SUPER EASY Christmas Wreath Cheese Board Charcuterie? Need a fun, make-ahead appetizer to wow all of your friends and family?!?!

Looking for a quick and easy cheeseboard appetizer for a Christmas dinner, potluck, or holiday get-together? This Christmas Wreath Cheese Board Charcuterie does it all!

Get the full recipe from A Country Girls Life

  1. RUDOLPH CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                                   Photo: gatherinmykitchen

Ring in the holidays with this fun and creative Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer charcuterie board that is sure to delight guests at your next Christmas gathering.

This delightful arrangement turns your favorite sweet treats into a festive reindeer. that’s cute and fun to eat!

Get the full recipe from Gather In My Kitchen

  1. CHARCUTERIE WREATH 

                               Photo: beyondflourblog

Upgrade your holiday charcuterie board! This Christmas Charcuterie Wreath is a fun, festive appetizer, and a beautiful addition to your Christmas dinner table

Easy to make, it features flavourful antipasto skewers – sure to please your guests this winter holiday season!

Get the full recipe from Beyond Flour Blog

  1. Charcuterie Board

                               Photo: thissillygirlskitchen

If you love having fun serving guests then you’ll have fun building your own easy and customizable Charcuterie Board! Perfect for any holiday or party, you have a great mixture of fruits, cheeses, candies, crackers, dips, etc.

Get the full recipe from This Silly Girl’s Kitchen

  1. FESTIVE HOLIDAY CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                              Photo: cafesazonyvida

The holidays are the perfect time to make a Festive Holiday Charcuterie Board!  

This is the perfect Christmas Board with an assortment of Cheeses, hams, and fruits. You will be the favorite if you show up at a gathering with this beautiful board.

Get the full recipe from Cafe Sazony Vida

  1. ALDI CHARCUTERIE BOARD (4 WAYS) 

                              Photo: quichemygrits

Learn how to make an Aldi Charcuterie Board (4 ways) and create a beautiful display of appetizers that won’t break your budget!

Whether you’re planning a big holiday party, or a fun backyard barbecue, a delicious charcuterie board is the perfect choice for entertaining.

Get the full recipe from Quiche My Grits

  1. CHRISTMAS TREE CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                              Photo: fantabulosity

Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board: It doesn’t get more festive than your favorite meats, cheese, fruit, vegetables, and nuts displayed in a Christmas tree shape. 

This holiday charcuterie board is the perfect appetizer for all of your Christmas parties!

Get the full recipe from Fantabulosity

  1. CHRISTMAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD 

                              Photo: littlesunnykitchen

This Christmas Charcuterie Board is the perfect thing to bring to the holiday party!  It’s almost too pretty to eat!

It’s packed with all the typical charcuterie fixings, including cheese, olives, and a salami rose. Even better, we’re arranging the board to look like a holiday wreath.

Get the full recipe from little sunny kitchen

  1. EASY CHRISTMAS TREE CHARCUTERIE FOOD BOARD TUTORIAL 

                              Photo: makingfrugalfun

This easy Christmas Tree Charcuterie food board tutorial is perfect to make with your kids for all of your holiday gatherings.

 It also makes a fun Christmas-themed snack idea for after-school or holiday movie night with the family.

Get the full recipe from making frugal fun

  1. CHRISTMAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD

                         Photo: sipandsavortheseasons

With a few small tips, you can easily assemble and enjoy a delicious, mouth-watering charcuterie board in no time. 

Who doesn’t love a good Christmas charcuterie board?! Well, it’s time that you made one, and what better time than for your next holiday get-together! 

Get the full recipe from Sip And Savor The Seasons

  1. CHRISTMAS TREE CHARCUTERIE BOARD  

                              Photo: bestappetizers

What’s better than a charcuterie board or cheese plate? Well, a CHRISTMAS TREE Charcuterie Board, why of course! 

This “CharcuterTREE” board is an easy festive and delicious Christmas party appetizer.

Get the full recipe from Best Appetizers 

  1. GRINCH CHRISTMAS DESSERT CHARCUTERIE BOARD  

                         Photo: playpartyplan

This fun Grinch themed Christmas dessert charcuterie board is the perfect addition to any Grinchmas celebration, Grinch movie night, or Christmas party! 

Just pick a board or dessert platter and fill it with sweet treats to look like the Grinch’s face and you’ll have the perfect themed addition to any holiday season festivity!

Get the full recipe from play party plan

  1. CHRISTMAS FRUIT WREATH  

                           Photo: hauteandhealthyliving

This Christmas fruit wreath is the perfect festive appetizer for your holiday party!  It looks fancy, but it’s so easy to assemble! {Gluten-free, vegan & paleo}

With this holiday fruit tray, your guests will not only feel great about eating a healthy and delicious snack but also the beautiful presentation also wow them.

Get the full recipe from Haute And Healthy Living

Frequently Asked Questions

How much meat and cheese do I need for a charcuterie board for 40 guests?

For a charcuterie board that serves 40 guests, plan for about 1.5-2 ounces of meat and cheese per person. This means you will need about 60-80 ounces of meat and cheese in total.

What are some popular items to include on a Christmas charcuterie board?

Popular items to include on a Christmas charcuterie board are cured meats, various cheeses, nuts, dried fruits, fresh fruits, crackers, and bread. You can also add holiday-themed items such as peppermint bark or gingerbread cookies.

What is the average cost of a charcuterie board for 25 guests?

The cost of a charcuterie board for 25 guests can vary depending on the types of meats and cheeses used, as well as the other items included. On average, expect to spend around $150-$200 for a charcuterie board that serves 25 guests.

What are some tips for making a charcuterie grazing table for Christmas?

Some tips for making a charcuterie grazing table for Christmas include choosing a variety of meats and cheeses, adding festive holiday items, arranging the items in an aesthetically pleasing way, and providing plenty of utensils and plates for guests to use.

Now that you have seen a variety of Christmas charcuterie board ideas, you can get creative and make your own. Remember to choose a theme, select a variety of foods, and arrange them in an aesthetically pleasing way. Don’t be afraid to mix and match flavors and textures to create a unique and delicious spread.

Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or just looking for a fun and festive snack, a Christmas charcuterie board is a great option. With endless possibilities for customization, you can create a board that reflects your personal style and tastes.

We hope these ideas have inspired you to create your own Christmas charcuterie board this holiday season. Happy snacking!

A collage of christmas charcuterie boards.

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.

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