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30 Easy Christmas Appetizers

Have a holly jolly holiday with these 30 easy Christmas appetizers, covering everything from Christmas-themed platters to simple finger foods.

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Start the Holiday Right

The smallest things can be the easiest to overlook during the holiday rush, which is why I have pulled together some of my absolute favorite “small” Christmas bites for you. This list includes warm dips to finger foods, and everything in-between.

Plan a holiday party with these easy Christmas appetizers as the main event or serve some of these as starters to your family before Christmas dinner. Each bite is sure to make everything a little more merry and bright.

What Easy Christmas Appetizers to Serve

There are so many different types of appetizers for Christmas including ways to serve them, that it can sometimes be daunting to make a menu. I like to narrow it down by asking a few key questions that help me pair the hors d’oeuvres with the event.

  • How many people am I serving? Will this be a party, a precursor to a sit-down dinner, or small bites on Christmas day? A good rule of thumb is 3 to 4 pieces per person if dinner is served and 10 to 12 pieces per person at a party.
  • Do I want casual or elegant? Will you want items that you can serve out of a crockpot or ones that require a pretty platter? This question may seem silly but it really does help when thinking about the type of Christmas party appetizers to make.
  • Where am I serving? Are you going to set up a buffet-style app station or have dishes in a few different places so guests can nibble as they move around? Deciding the set-up of these easy Christmas appetizers in advance goes a long way in knowing what to make.
  • Who am I serving? Are there any allergies or intolerances you need to be aware of? Always plan on having a few options for those who might not be able to eat everything.
Christmas charcuterie board on counter

The Secret to Stress-Free Holiday Hosting

I love a good Christmas party, but there isn’t a lot of time around the holidays to spend too much time putting one together. That is why I have a few tried-and-true methods to keep my spirits bright once the invites go out.

  • Make the menu. I use the questions above to help plan my menu, and then I try to keep it small and manageable. I typically like to include 1 to 2 finger foods, 1 cheese dish, 1 platter, 1 to 2 dips, and 1 crockpot. If there will be little ones, I also like to make a hot chocolate charcuterie board and I might serve a holiday sangria mocktail.
  • Get groceries early. I always buy nonperishables as far in advance as possible and separate them by recipe. I then pick up everything else I need when I am ready to cook.
  • Christmas produce: Using in season produce adds different colors, textures and appeal to your holiday appetizers. Bonus, they are usually on sale, too!
  • Prep everything in advance. If any of these easy Christmas appetizers can be made in advance, I will make sure they are all set and ready to go.
  • Set up the stations. The day before the party, I will lay out all the serving dishes and where they will be placed. That way I know I am covered and there isn’t any scrambling for platters the day of the party.
  • Keep clean-up simple. This is sometimes harder than it sounds, but I really try to have an empty dishwasher and clean kitchen before the party starts. It is such a big help when it is time to start cleaning everything up.

Easy Finger Food Appetizers

What’s not to love about Christmas party appetizers that are easy to eat while you mingle? These finger foods are so simple to make and even easier to eat.

Cranberry brie bites on wooden board.

Easy Christmas Dips

Dips may be one of my all-time favorite party snacks, because they are so easy to make and are so big on flavor. I also love that these type of easy Christmas appetizers can be served with an array of options for dipping.

cranberry salsa with cilantro and crackers
  • Greek Dip. Just look at how festive this looks! Plus, it taste even better than it looks.
  • Cranberry Salsa. This tangy dip is served over cream cheese and is always a hit.
  • White Bean Hummus Recipe. This twist on the traditional hummus offers a lighter bite.
  • Best Guacamole Recipe. I like to top this with a few pomegranate arils to make it look really festive.
  • Easy Pico de Gallo. The colors scream holiday and the salsa provides a bright note when served along heavier dishes.
  • 7-Layer Dip. This is always a fan favorite, and it looks so pretty on any holiday table.

Christmas Party Appetizers with Cheese

Is it really a holiday without cheese? Well, technically, yes, but things get a lot more merry when you include a little bit of dairy on your menu of appetizers for Christmas.

Cheeseball bites on board.

Easy Christmas Platters

I have always considered platters and charcuterie boards as the best way to offer something for everyone. They are impressive yet easy Christmas appetizers that are so much fun to decorate.

Antipasto platter on a wooden board.

Crockpot Appetizers for Christmas

I am such a fan of easy Christmas appetizers that I can make hours in advance and it will still be warm and delicious when it is time to eat. Save this list for Super Bowl snack ideas, too!

Meatballs on a wooden spoon above a crockpot.

Full List of Appetizer Ideas for Christmas

Click on the links below to find the recipes for all of the delicious easy Christmas appetizers mentioned above.

Antipasto platter on a wooden board.
Antipasto Platter
Learn how to make this easy no-cook Italian Antipasto platter. Loaded with cold meats, cheese, and marinated vegetables, it’s the perfect small-bites dish for entertaining a crowd.
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Cranberry brie bites on a wooden board.
Cranberry Brie Bites
Looking for a classy and elegant appetizer for your upcoming holiday party or celebration? These 3-ingredient cranberry brie bites have everything you love about baked brie and preserves in individual bite-size portions. Perfect for easy entertaining!
Total Time: 30 minutes
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caprese skewers
Caprese Kabobs
Caprese kabobs are an easy, no-cook, make-ahead and delicious appetizer for any party! Your guests will love these bite-sized caprese skewers filled with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and balsamic glaze.
Total Time: 10 minutes
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Crockpot grape jelly bbq meatballs.
Crockpot Meatballs
These Grape Jelly BBQ Meatballs are easy to make in the crock pot. This recipe only takes 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep! Doesn’t get better than that.
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
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pizza pinwheels on baking sheet
Pizza Pinwheels
Easy pizza pinwheels that are made with fluffy crescent rolls, marinara and all your favorite pizza toppings. The perfect snack or appetizer that's ready in just 20 minutes!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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bacon wrapped dates on plate
Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe
Delicious bacon wrapped dates made with just 3 simple ingredients. This easy appetizer is the perfect balance of sweet and savory! 
Total Time: 40 minutes
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caprese bruschetta on plate
Bruschetta Caprese
Bruschetta Caprese is a summer appetizer made with a slice of lightly toasted bread, fresh ripe tomatoes, basil, and good quality mozzarella tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette. It's a simple appetizer that comes together in minutes and is always a crowd favorite!
Total Time: 15 minutes
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chicken taquitos recipe
Chicken Taquitos
These baked chicken taquitos are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside and full of fabulous flavor. An easy and delicious dinner recipe that's perfect for busy weeknights! 
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Kielbasa Puffs
Kielbasa Puffs
Kielbasa puffs made with 2 ingredients in just 30 minutes! The perfect easy appetizer to quickly whip up for a crowd!
Total Time: 30 minutes
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candied mixed nuts in white bag
Mixed Candied Nuts
These easy and addictive mixed candied nuts make a fantastic holiday snack and/or seasonal gift that your friends and family will love!
Total Time: 40 minutes
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Potato skins with sour cream and green onions on top.
Potato Skins Recipe
Potato skins recipe topped with cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon bits and taste great topped with a little sour cream! The perfect appetizer for any party!
Total Time: 43 minutes
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Dipping a pita chip into feta dip.
Greek Dip Recipe
This 5-Layer Greek Dip is the ultimate appetizer and so easy to make. It’s light and tastes great with fresh vegetables, naan bread or pita chips!
Total Time: 10 minutes
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cranberry salsa with cilantro and crackers
Cranberry Salsa
Sweet and spicy cranberry salsa with cream cheese is the ultimate holiday dip! This delicious combination of flavors is sure to satisfy your taste buds. 
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
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white bean hummus in a wooden bowl
White Bean Hummus Recipe
This white bean hummus with roasted garlic is so creamy and delicious! It pairs perfectly with fresh vegetables or pita chips and makes a great spread for sandwiches and wraps. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
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homemade guacamole
Best Homemade Guacamole
The best homemade guacamole recipe that takes just 10 minutes to make! Made with ripe avocados, lime juice, red onion, garlic, cilantro and a spoonful of salsa, this delicious Mexican appetizer is loaded with flavor in every bite. 
Total Time: 10 minutes
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pico de gallo recipe
Pico de Gallo
Homemade pico de gallo is fresh, delicious and so easy to make! Packed with flavor and takes less than 10 minutes. It makes the perfect addition to any Mexican dish!
Total Time: 5 minutes
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7 layer dip in a glass pan.
7 Layer Dip Recipe
7 delicious layers of salsa, guacamole, sour cream, beans, cheese, tomatoes and olives. The perfect appetizer for game day or a friends get-together. People will gather around this 7 layer dip until it’s gone!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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cheese ball bites on white plates
Cheese Ball Bites
Cheese ball bites are flavorful appetizers that are perfect for snacking or serving at parties. These mini cheese balls are loaded with everyone's favorite ingredients, and they are incredibly simple to make.
Total Time: 35 minutes
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scoop taken from cranberry cheese ball
Cranberry Orange Cheese Ball
This cranberry orange cheese ball is so simple and so delicious! With colorful cranberries in every bite and a hint of fresh orange, it's the perfect holiday appetizer!
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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a close up of a cheese ball with crackers
Cream Cheese Ball
Hands down one of the easiest and yummiest recipes to serve at your next holiday party! This easy cheese ball recipe is always a huge hit!
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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drizzling honey onto baked brie with a honey dipper
Baked Brie with Honey
Baked brie with honey – A simple and delicious appetizer recipe that's always a crowd pleaser! This baked brie is so creamy, rich and tastes amazing paired with the sweetness of the honey. 
Total Time: 8 minutes
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cheese ball recipe with bacon
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
A creamy cheese ball coated in bacon pieces, Chex cereal and pecans. Full of flavor and has the perfect crunch.
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Christmas charcuterie board on counter
Christmas Charcuterie Board
Wow your guests this year with a stunning Christmas charcuterie board. Displaying all your yummy sampling items on one beautiful platter is what I like to call easy entertaining!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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christmas tree fruit platter
Fruit Christmas Tree
This fruit Christmas tree is fresh, fun, and festive! Wow your guests with this simple and impressive fruit platter that can be assembled in minutes!
Total Time: 10 minutes
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mezze platter on marble counter
Mezze Platter
Learn how to build the ultimate Mezze platter filled with dips, flat bread, cheese, fresh veggies and more. This is the perfect appetizer for entertaining and includes all of your Mediterranean favorites! 
Total Time: 10 minutes
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fruit and cheese platter on circle board
Fruit and Cheese Platter Recipe
Learn how to assemble an amazing fruit and cheese platter for your next party. Pick your favorite fruits, cheeses and fillers to make your platter the star of the show!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Cranberry Meatballs
These mouthwatering cranberry meatballs made with cranberry and chili sauce are sweet and tangy with an intensely bold flavor. Made with only 3 ingredients, they are always a super simple crowd pleaser!
Total Time: 3 hours
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baguette slice dipped in spinach artichoke dip
Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip
The BEST cheesy hot spinach artichoke dip! A delicious appetizer that is perfect for any party and made extra EASY in the slow cooker.
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
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Dipping a tortilla chip in a bowl of queso blanco.
Queso Blanco Recipe
This queso blanco dip takes just 5 minutes to prep and only 5 ingredients to make. This creamy white cheese dip is seriously the best ever!
Total Time: 50 minutes
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Hawaiian meatballs in a bowl with rice.
Hawaiian Meatballs
These slow cooker Hawaiian meatballs take only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to make! So easy and always a crowd pleaser. Makes the perfect appetizer or main dish.
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
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Lil smokies in a white crockpot with a spoon.
Lil Smokies Recipe
These crockpot lil smokies are simple, juicy, smothered with BBQ sauce and made with 3 simple ingredients. They make the perfect appetizer for any occasion.
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
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