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Every Christmas dinner needs delicious sides to complete it. Salads, vegetables, potatoes, or bread – this collection of Christmas side dishes has it all!

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Collage of Christmas side dishes.

We LOve a Good Side!

There are SO many side dish recipes to choose from for Christmas!

Here’s why we love them:

  • Simple AND tasty! Whether you’re looking for a simple side dish or just an unbelievably delicious side dish, we got you covered!
  • Complement. With so many sides to choose from you’re sure to find a perfect pairing to add to your holiday menu.
  • Easy! Many of these dishes can be made ahead of time, or come together in a snap.

It’s easier to choose when you have a specific type of cuisine, but we wanted to share some of our favorites, as well as some tips for making them for the holidays.

Our number 1 Tip!

Plan a few side dishes that can be prepared in different ways so you aren’t overcrowding the oven or stove.

A stack of homemade dinner rolls on a white plate.

Christmas Sides Tips

When planning your Christmas dinner menu, use these tips to ensure you have enough food to go around!

  • How many different dishes. For the first 6-7 guests I always serve a vegetable, a starch, and a 3rd side of my choice.
    • For every additional 5-8 people add another side dish, making sure that the dishes are balanced.
  • Sharing. If you are asked to bring a side dish to contribute, consider the host – does she have room in her oven to keep it warm – if not try something like this tote.
A white bowl filled with cranberry salad.

Keep Sides hot

Some sides will need to get heated and kept hot until everything is all ready to serve. Try using:

  • A cooler. Its insulation will also help retain heat. Cover the pots and pans with a lid or foil and stack them inside (be sure that they don’t smoosh the food underneath).
  • Slow cooker. A crock pot set to low or warm. 
  • Food carrier. Use an insulated food carrier.
  • Chafing dishes 

Best Christmas Sides

Fill in the table with our favorites, from Stuffing to Cranberry Sauce these are the classics you love! And who doesn’t include rolls as some of their Christmas side dishes?! Exactly what I thought – you need them!

1 Dinner Rolls Recipe

Bread Dinner Rolls Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

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5 from 266 votes
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2 Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots Recipe

Side Dish Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 1515 votes
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3 Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 117 votes
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4 Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 203 votes
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5 Funeral Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Funeral Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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5 from 1259 votes
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6 Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

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5 from 11 votes
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7 Mac and Cheese Recipe

Main Course Mac and Cheese Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.99 from 170 votes
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8 Creamed Corn Recipe

Side Dish Creamed Corn Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 128 votes
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9 Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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4.97 from 128 votes
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10 Kale Salad Recipe

Salad Kale Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Christmas Vegetable Side Dishes

No meal is complete without a side of vegetables. Thankfully I have an assortment of delicious veggie recipes that adults and kids will love.

11 Sauteed Green Beans Recipe

Side Dish Sauteed Green Beans Recipe
Total Time: 12 minutes

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5 from 2 votes
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12 Fresh Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Fresh Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

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5 from 175 votes
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13 Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe

Side Dish Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 15 votes
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14 Oven Roasted Vegetables Recipe

Side Dish Oven Roasted Vegetables Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.97 from 30 votes
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15 Brussel Sprouts and Bacon Recipe

Side Dish Brussel Sprouts and Bacon Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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16 Brussel Sprout Salad Recipe

Salad Brussel Sprout Salad Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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17 Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 90 votes
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18 Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 48 minutes

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4.99 from 116 votes
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19 Ham and Potato Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Ham and Potato Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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4.94 from 15 votes
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20 Crockpot Green Beans Recipe

Side Dish Crockpot Green Beans Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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Easy Christmas Dinner Sides

You don’t want to run out of food so we’ve rounded up even more fabulous and easy sides to add flavor! It’s going to be hard to choose so go nuts!

21 Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 181 votes
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22 Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 80 votes
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23 Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Breakfast Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

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4.94 from 48 votes
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24 Cranberry Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Cranberry Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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25 Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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4.99 from 277 votes
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26 Fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Appetizer Fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes

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5 from 22 votes
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27 Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Recipe

Side Dish Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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28 Jiffy Corn Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Jiffy Corn Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 96 votes
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29 Potato Roll Recipe

Bread, Side Dish Potato Roll Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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4.98 from 76 votes
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30 Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Side Dish Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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31 Mashed Potato Gravy Recipe

Dressing Mashed Potato Gravy Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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4.99 from 111 votes
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32 Roasted Green Beans Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Green Beans Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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33 Baked Parmesan Asparagus Recipe

Side Dish Baked Parmesan Asparagus Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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34 Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Breakfast Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

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4.94 from 48 votes
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35 Parmesan Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Parmesan Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.91 from 11 votes
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36 Pistachio Salad Recipe

Salad Pistachio Salad Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 112 votes
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37 Garlic Knots Recipe

Side Dish Garlic Knots Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 13 votes
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38 Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

Side Dish Cornbread Stuffing Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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39 Cheese Puffs Recipe

Appetizer Cheese Puffs Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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5 from 20 votes
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40 Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 18 minutes

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Our Go-to Christmas Side

It’s not Christmas without having a potato side at our meal, and although mashed potatoes may be the go-to for most, we love us some Red Christmas Potatoes.

These oven roasted red potatoes are lightly seasoned and baked to perfection and make the perfect side to any kind of meat (Steak, Prime Rib, Ham).

These delicious Christmas potatoes won’t disappoint because they’re delicious and so simple!

Here is the recipe:

5 from 2 votes

35+ Christmas Side Dishes + Go-To Christmas Potatoes

By: Lil’ Luna
Oven roasted Christmas potatoes are the perfect addition to any dinner! This crispy, seasoned side dish will add flavor and color to your meal.
Servings: 6
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Ingredients 

  • pounds baby red potatoes quartered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • garlic salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Put quartered potatoes, olive oil, parsley, garlic salt and pepper in a gallon sized ziplock bag and shake until all the potatoes are covered with the seasonings. (Alternatively, you can toss all the ingredients on the baking sheet you're using.)
  • Spread out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Roast for about 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking. Potatoes are done when they are a crisp golden brown on the outside and tender on the inside.

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Nutrition

Calories: 120kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Sodium: 20mg, Potassium: 515mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 9.7mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Perfect Holiday Planning

All of these Christmas side dish recipes will be perfect for your Christmas Dinner. Enjoy!

Be sure to check out all our Christmas Recipes.

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