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Christmas Snack Platter – Ultimate holiday dessert board

Christmas Snack Platter – Ultimate holiday dessert board

This Christmas Snack Platter is full of sweets, cookies, fruit, crackers, and candy to keep kids of all ages busy.

When you are neck deep in holiday stress and need a tray of sweets for a party or to satisfy the kids while you wrap some gifts, check out this ultimate Christmas Snack Platter!

overhead view of dessert platter for holidays

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Need Christmas snack ideas?

Holiday parties are fun but can be totally exhausting if you are hosting them. Also, tiring AND filling if you are the guest to one or multiple parties over the course of the season. 

Your pants start feeling tight and you get worn down from all the excitement and eating. I have a solution for you, a snack platter!

I love snacking and grazing because it keeps me from feeling like I need to eat everything on my plate at a meal, or feeling guilty at a dinner party where a plate is already fixed for me and I am either too full to eat it all or I don’t particularly like one of the foods on it.

This is where snack platters, cheese boards, charcuterie plates, this Christmas Snack Platter, and veggie trays come in handy. You can pick and choose what you want to eat and how much of it to consume. 

Plus putting one together makes for easy holiday treats without all the stress!

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close up of cookies and snacks on a platter

Snack platter ideas

You can serve all the traditional buffet foods and make the usual snack platter, but what about dessert? When I think of the holidays I think cookie exchange! 

And all those delicious cookies, cakes, tarts, and candies to bake, take, and share are great but who has time to make all those AND host a party.

What about when you are trying to check off your holiday to-do list or wrap gifts and the kids are running wild and asking for snacks every 5 minutes? 

This is when I think of snack plate ideas and cute Christmas treats that I can serve them at home, at their school party, or bag up as edible gifts for friends and family.

Not a bad idea for a last minute stocking stuffer either!

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chocolate covered pretzel stars with peppermint

A dessert platter is not just sweets!

I also found some cute Christmas desserts and candies there at this time of year.  Red and green candy corn, gummy rings, and peppermint chocolate covered marshmallows. 

Feel free to incorporate your favorites and any other festive treats you might find while doing your regular shopping!

How to make a Christmas snack platter

STEP ONE: Decide on what you want to serve based on what your friends and family like to eat. Then go out and gather all the things!

STEP TWO: Start assembling your board by placing down a piece of parchment or wax paper. Add a few bowls that will contain your “wet” or more perishable ingredients.

STEP THREE: Start placing the treats around the board in small piles. Be sure to make more than one pile of each item so that guests on both sides of the board can reach everything.

STEP FOUR: Fill in the gaps with holiday specific candies and other treats. Don’t forget to garnish with fresh herbs or fun & festive decorations.

Christmas platter ideas

  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Grapes/berries
  • Holiday colored candies
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers
  • Meringue cookies
  • Biscoff cookies
  • Variety of bite-sized cookies
  • Animal crackers
  • Peppermint candies/Peppermint covered crackers and cookies

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close up of Christmas themed treats on a platter

Do I have to use all store-bought items?

No, feel free to use what you have on hand or are making for the occasion.  I used a lot of pre-made things to save time.

Can I incorporate cheese and meats?

Feel free to add what you like, but since those have storage restrictions like keeping them cool I tried to keep those off.

What if I am gluten-free?

While shopping for my snack platter, I noticed quite a few gluten-free and allergy-friendly options at my local grocer.  Also, check out some local health food stores or healthy markets for other options.

Looking for other ideas for food trays?

candy canes and cookies on a board
overhead picture of holiday snack platter for kids with text "Christmas Snack Platter"

Other great snack platters to try!

How to make a Christmas Snack Platter

overhead view of dessert platter for holidays

Christmas Snack Platter

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This ultimate Christmas Snack Platter is full of sweets, cookies, and fruit to keep hands of all ages busy while you wrap up some holiday tasks.



  1. Arrange all items on a beautiful tray and serve!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Monday 16th of December 2019

I used a similar serving board to create the snack platter. unfortunately my snack platter turned out to be a failure. by the time the guests start to eat the crackers / biscuits, all the crackers and biscuits started to turn soft and not crisp anymore. Those gummy candies coated with sugar, started to turn moist and messy. And I only started displaying them at 630pm, guests start eating from 730pm. The food turned messy within 1 hour. It was very embarrassin, seriously need to reconsider what kind of snacks to display that will not melt/turn soft. by the way the room temperature is around 23 degrees celcius, not very warm i presume. wondering what went wrong.


Monday 16th of December 2019

I am sorry that you had such a problem with the platter. When I made it in the past (in Arizona) I didn't have a problem with leaving the snacks out for at least 2 hours. If there is really high humidity in the area, I can see where that would create an environment where crackers would get soft and the sugary candy would get very sticky. These items are just guidelines and suggestions for serving, you can try cookies/crackers and candies that are more able to stand up to humidity. Another suggestion is to keep the snacks portioned out in zip top bags and place the bags on the platter where you would like them to be and then empty them out right before your guests are ready to eat.


Thursday 28th of November 2019

What is the white thing at the top left it looks like a snowflake maybe a white chocolate covered pretzel? I love the tray idea very powerful and festive.


Monday 2nd of December 2019

They are white chocolate covered snowflake pretzels. I found them at Kroger in the seasonal section but feel free to use what ever you find. You might find a tree shaped pretzel or angel shaped pretzel this year.

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