Christmas Movie Night Snack Board

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A Christmas Movie Night Snack Board is the perfect way to elevate your holiday movie-watching experience!

Imagine cuddling up with family, a classic Christmas movie playing, and a tray filled with a variety of snacks at your fingertips—sweet treats, savory morsels, and, of course, popcorn!

Assemble in minutes and make this snack board the highlight of your family’s Christmas movie night, creating memories with each delicious bite.

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A red gingham tray, filled with pots of candy, pretzels, and chocolate chips, surrounded by various popcorn flavors, and topped with boxes of M&Ms and packets of Reese's Christmas Trees.

Christmas Movie Night Snack Board

Watching your favorite holiday movies at this time of year is a tradition for many, and what better way to make a night out of it than by setting up a yummy Christmas movie night snack board!

Nowadays, it seems that any kind of food laid out on a wooden board or platter is classed as a charcuterie board. We’re not complaining, though…

Regular readers know that we love setting up Charcuterie Boards at The Purple Pumpkin Blog—we have lots to indulge in, including the Ultimate Margarita Board, an awesome French Fries Board, and Christmas Breakfast Charcuterie Board.

If you’re looking for a more traditional charcuterie board with meats and cheeses, check out our Italian Charcuterie Board, Mediterranean Meze Platter, and Easy Cheese Board.

But back to our movie night snacks board that is loaded with an array of movie theater concession favorites like popcorn (of course!) and candy. As well as some surprises like sweet and salty trail mix, Jordan almonds, and a cup full of Holiday baking chips!

Setting up your own movie night board is a breeze and the perfect centerpiece for your living room—it will become the star attraction!

It’s the perfect way to bring the magic of movie theaters into your home during the holiday season.

A red gingham tray, filled with pots of candy, pretzels, and chocolate chips, surrounded by various popcorn flavors, and topped with boxes of M&Ms and packets of Reese's Christmas Trees.

Step-By-Step Directions

If you want the quick printable recipe card, scroll to the bottom of this post to print it out. But for all the tips for setting up your movie night snack tray, continue reading!

Step 1 – Gather Good Snacks for Your Board!

The hardest aspect of creating any charcuterie board or snack tray is deciding what to put on it—the rest is easy!

The best movie night snacks, though, are your favorite snacks, so feel free to change or add to the suggestions we’ve given you in this “recipe.”

The items listed below are used in the movie snack board featured in this post. But if you can’t source a particular snack, don’t like something, or want to switch to something else – go for it!

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Step 2 – Select Serving Utensils!

You don’t need special equipment to set up a holiday snack board; you probably already have them:

  • A large plastic or wooden serving tray with handles is easier to move from the kitchen to the living room (or where you will watch Christmas movies!). A tray with a lip/rim will prevent food from falling off.
  • Use Christmas-themed paper ice cream cups to hold small items such as chocolate chips or nuts.
  • The ice cream cups are also handy for filling up with your favorite treats from the snack board. You could also use small bowls or popcorn boxes to—grab our Free Printable Christmas Party Popcorn Boxes.
  • If it’s a family movie night, grabbing snacks with your hands is likely to be fine, but if serving a wider range of guests, it’s best to have some serving spoons and tongs.

Step 3 – Initial Prep!

Place 4 small bowls or ice cream cups onto your serving tray—you will build your snacks around these cups.

Dot them about wherever you like. There really isn’t a right or wrong way to do it!

If you have a larger tray or platter, use more cups; use fewer cups if you have a smaller board.

Paper Ice Cream Cups on Serving Tray

Step 4 – Place Large and Medium-sized Foods: A holiday movie night board cannot be without popcorn, so pile the different flavors in groups around the paper cups. Stack lines of Oreo cookies at either end of the tray.

Step 5 – Fill the Cups: Transfer the smaller snacks into the paper cups—Jordan almonds, holiday baking chips, chocolate pretzels, and trail mix.

Abundance looks the best when setting up charcuterie boards, so make sure you fill in all the open space!

Step 6 – Finishing Touches: Add any packaged candy to the board – Reese’s Trees, Ghiradelli Bars, and M&Ms. Add serving tongs and spoons if you using them.

And that’s it! Serve and enjoy!

A red gingham tray, filled with pots of candy, pretzels, and chocolate chips, surrounded by various popcorn flavors, and topped with boxes of M&Ms and packets of Reese's Christmas Trees.

More Movie Night Snack Board Ideas

Want some more ideas for your movie snack board? We got you!

Make Christmas Pretzels with white chocolate-covered pretzels drizzled with melted red and green candy melts. Much like in our Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Reindeer Food Recipe

Peppermint Sticks and Candy Canes are a seasonal treat for sure. Why not use Mini Candy Canes to make a heart shape as a festive decoration on your board?

For a healthy option, include a selection of fresh fruits like orange segments, sliced apples, or anything available seasonally in your part of the world. You could add some Chocolate Fudge Sauce or Caramel Sauce for dipping.

For an old-fashioned movie night with classic films like It’s A Wonderful Life, Meet Me in St. Louis, or Holiday Inn, serve snacks on a wooden platter for a rustic look.

If you’re flying solo and want to enjoy your favorite flick during the holidays, set up a snack plate with treats for one.

For a larger crowd, set up a Pick ‘n’ Mix or candy stand with a variety of candy in bowls—gummy bears, Twizzlers, cola bottles, sour gummy worms, chocolate raisins, Milk Duds, and more. Provide paper bags for guests to help themselves!

Storing Leftovers

  • Store leftover snacks in airtight containers at room temperature.
  • Chocolate items can be refrigerated to prevent melting.
  • Most snacks will stay fresh for a few days; check individual items for best quality.

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A red gingham tray, filled with pots of candy, pretzels, and chocolate chips, surrounded by various popcorn flavors, and topped with boxes of M&Ms and packets of Reese's Christmas Trees.

Christmas Movie Night Snack Board

Michelle Ordever
Loaded with various popcorn flavors, candies, and cookies, our Christmas Movie Night Snack Board is a surefire way to delight your guests!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Snacks
Cuisine Christmas
Servings 6
Calories 323 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Kettle corn
  • Red white & green popcorn
  • Caramel popcorn
  • Chocolate popcorn
  • Snickerdoodle popcorn
  • Chocolate-covered pretzels
  • Christmas M&Ms
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Trees
  • Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Bars
  • Jordan Almonds
  • Holiday Oreos
  • Holiday baking chips mixed
  • Holiday trail mix

Instructions
 

  • Place 4 small bowls or cups onto a large tray or platter.
  • Add two lines of Holiday Oreos at either end of the tray.
  • Add groups of different flavored popcorn around the cups.
  • Add Reese's Trees and Ghiradelli Bars onto the tray.
  • Fill cups with remaining snacks – almonds, baking chips, and trail mix.
  • Add packages of Holiday M&Ms. Serve and enjoy!

    A red gingham tray, filled with pots of candy, pretzels, and chocolate chips, surrounded by various popcorn flavors, and topped with boxes of M&Ms and packets of Reese's Christmas Trees.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 171mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g

Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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