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11 Easy Christmas Side Dishes

Here are 11 Easy Christmas Side Dishes for your holiday table. All delicious, and all pair deliciously with tender roasted turkey or a flavourful baked ham.

If you’re anything like me, I always seem to struggle over what to make for side dishes for the holidays. Do I make classic dishes everyone loves (yes!), or try something new (also, yes!). What to make, what to make? In this post I’m sharing 11+ Christmas side dishes, from classic dishes to some recipes that are a little different…but scrumptious. And as I make new dishes, I’ll add them here too, so make sure to pin this post to come back to! Anyway, let’s get started.

Side Dish Snapshot

CLASSIC: All the holiday favourites with a few new ones!
DELICIOUS: Always delicious.
EASY: Simple, and many are make-ahead.

Sweet Potato Gratin

If you’re looking for a super delicious side dish for your holiday dinner this Sweet Potato Gratin is perfect! This is an easy to make dish that feels a little extra special. Creamy, cheesy and delicious.

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes

These Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a simple and flavourful side dish! Just 5 ingredients: sweet potatoes tossed in maple syrup, butter, paprika and cinnamon…a delicious combination.

a top down image of a white enamel pan filled with maple roasted sweet potatoes

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Cut your prep time for big holiday dinners with these Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes. A simple and delicious recipe that makes the most creamy mashed potatoes!

Scalloped Potatoes

If you’re not a fan of mashed potatoes, or if you’re making a ham at Christmas, these Simple Scalloped Potatoes (potatoes au gratin) are a delicious side dish option.

Simple Scalloped Potatoes

Wild Rice Stuffing

If you’re looking for a stuffing that’s a little different, this Wild Rice Stuffing with Raisins and Apples is such a great side dish. It is perfect alongside a roasted turkey for the holidays. All the classic flavours of traditional bread stuffing, but with a twist.  

Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower

This Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower is a creamy, cheesy side dish that would be perfect for holiday dinners! It’s a little unique and a lot delicious.

Honey Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

These Honey Roasted Carrots and Parsnips are sweet and deliciously caramelized…I love roasting vegetables. This easy side dish is ready in less than 1 hour. Perfect for holiday dinners.

a top down close up image of a white enamel pan filled with honey roasted carrots and parsnips

Rutabaga Puff

This Rutabaga Puff always makes an appearance on our holiday dinner table, either at Thanksgiving or Christmas. This dish is creamy, fluffy and so delicious! Even the non-rutabaga lovers (my hubby & kids) like this one. Sometimes I will switch it up and make this Butternut Squash version.

Hasselback Potatoes

These Hasselback Potatoes are buttery, crispy and SO delicious! This potato side dish is a tasty addition to your dinner table, and a great way to enjoy potatoes in a different way.

Sweet Potato Casserole

This Sweet Potato Casserole is a rich and decadent holiday side dish. It’s so easy to make and everyone will love it! You can make it ahead of time too.

Homemade Dinner Buns

Ok, maybe not a side dish…but maybe a side dish? When I’m putting together my holiday menu, I do actually include breads as a side dish. They’re hearty enough to stand as one, so I wanted to include these Homemade Dinner Buns here.


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So many Christmas side dishes to choose from! I hope you found the perfect side dish for your holiday celebrations! May your oven and bellies be full this Christmas. xo

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