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When you think “holiday charcuterie board,” the first image that may come to mind is a fancy platter of meats, cheese, olives, crackers, and the like, with maybe a sprig of holly thrown in.

While a traditional charcuterie board can be delicious, charcuterie boards can be so much more than meat and cheese. Especially during the holidays!

There are so many fun ways to make up a Christmas themed charcuterie board for your guests, your family, or even just yourself. Read on for our ideas.

Christmas Charcuterie Board Ideas

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This incredible Christmas charcuterie board is by bougieboardsbyemelie.

A charcuterie board is, in essence, “a spread of tasty things.” That’s it. 

You can make a traditional one, made up of meat, cheese, and crackers, to set out as an appetizer; do a candy and cookie one for dessert; whip up a brunch board with pastries and fruit—and that’s not all.

Here’s how to do them all up, Christmas-style.

Tree-Shaped Charcuterie Boards

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A tree-shaped charcuterie board by @theboardroomsenoia

One of the most festive things you can do for your board is lay it out in the shape of a tree.

To make a Christmas tree charcuterie board, buy a tree-shaped charcuterie board, or just lay out your snacks in the shape of a tree on a regular charcuterie board. Either option is cute and delicious.

The key to a Christmas tree shaped charcuterie board is in the layering. Like arranging garland on a Christmas tree, start with the top and work your way down. Your top layer may be nuts and dried fruit, the next a layer of cheese, then perhaps some olives, some rolled deli meat, then more cheese, and so on until you reach the bottom. Then add something cute for the trunk, like a stack of crackers or pretzels or a little pot of mustard.

To make it more Christmas-y, add in some red, like a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds or some sliced strawberries here and there. You can also put green herbs, like a sprig of rosemary or thyme, in between your layers. 

But like we said, meat and cheese are far from the only options. 

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A delightful cookie tray by @blackgirlsandboards

Never heard of a Christmas cookie charcuterie board? It’s simply an assortment of cookies laid out for dessert on your board.

The key here is the “assortment” part. Do a layer of Christmas cookies in traditional shapes, like bells, sleighs, and stockings. Then add in some chocolate chip and snickerdoodles. 

A gingerbread man or four spread throughout will add that much-needed holiday cheer. And intersperse with other treats, like sugared pecans, pretzels, or even a simple sprinkling of red and green M&Ms. 

Candy Charcuterie Boards

Christmas candy can also make an amazing board. And it doesn’t all need to be homemade to be special.

Like any other board, the art of a Christmas candy charcuterie board is in the variety and arrangement. 

Throw in something chocolate, of course, like chocolate-covered pretzels or chocolate bark. Anything peppermint adds in some festive cheer, as does nut brittle. Top it off with some candy canes, or anything that comes in red and green, be it homemade or store-bought, like gummies.

Adding wrapped candy to the board can make for easier snacking. Or better yet, mix and match your candy board with your cooking board for a variety that’s sure to please everybody.

Brunch Charcuterie Boards

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A brunch charcuterie board by thatgrazeplate

Yes, you can make brunch charcuterie boards as well! 

This is a great option if your holiday celebrations start earlier in the day. The key ingredients to a Christmas brunch charcuterie board are fruit, pastries, and cheese. Then depending on how big you want to do it up, you can add in anything from cinnamon rolls to a yogurt dip to strips of bacon and sausages to deviled eggs and biscotti.

To make it look Christmas-y, just add in some red fruit, or throw on a sprig of holly here and there.

Other Charcuterie Board Ideas

With charcuterie boards, the sky really is the limit. Here are some other ideas for your holiday celebrations.

Healthy Charcuterie Boards

We know that “healthy food” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to Christmas. But if you’re trying to keep things on the lighter side as much as you can, your charcuterie board can reflect this—without being boring.

Just add more crudité in among your meats and cheese. The key to making raw vegetables extra appetizing is in adding some fantastic dip, like this homemade French onion.

Bagel Charcuterie Boards

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Bagel charcuterie by @_whatareweeating_

If you’ve got a crowd coming over early Christmas Day, focus your brunch charcuterie board on bagels. Mini bagels make for a great option, or just be sure to slice larger bagels in half before arranging. Then add little pots of cream cheese in different flavors, and add on some bacon, lox, cucumbers, avocados, and plenty of butter and jam. 

Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Boards

Another option for your dessert-lovers. Make a big pot of hot chocolate, then put your charcuterie board next to it so people can dress their beverages up as they please. Include marshmallows, mini candy canes, peppermints, and even little snacks that pair well with hot chocolate, like cookies or stroopwafels. 

Charcuterie Boards As a Gift (With Board Included!)

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A gorgeous Christmas spread by prinsas.celebrations

Not sure what to bring to that holiday party, or to give as a gift? If you’re tired of regular old wine, a charcuterie board makes an amazing housewarming or host gift. Find a nice wooden board, arrange your goodies (dessert boards make wonderful gifts), wrap it in a clear wrap, add a bow, and there you have it: the perfect edible Christmas present.

’Tis the Season for Charcuterie

The great thing about making a charcuterie board for Christmas is that it’s sure to please even your pickiest eaters. Just take out a board, arrange your ingredients in the prettiest way possible, add in a little holiday cheer, and voilà! You’re on your way to becoming the most creative Christmas party host your family and friends have ever seen.

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