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This round up includes all the best Christmas appetizers – ones that are easy to make ahead, healthy, made in the crock pot, and appetizers that are always crowd favorites!

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Collage of Christmas appetizer recipes.

We Love Christmas Party Appetizers

With so much entertaining that happens around the holidays, a list of go-to Christmas appetizers is never a bad idea.

Why we love them:

  • Pick your favorites. You can’t go wrong with picking appetizer recipes that your family loves.
  • Adds variety. Offer a mix of warm and cold, heavy and light, proteins and produce.
  • Various cooking methods. Incorporate dishes made in different ways – oven, slow cooker, instant pot, and stove – so that they’re easier to prepare at the same time. 😉
  • Go charcuterie! For an easy cheese board simply add some of your favorite cheeses, pecans, prosciutto, crackers, and garnish with fresh herbs!
Cranberry brie bites on a white serving platter.
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Planning Tips

When hosting a party, it’s nice to have a clear plan of how much you will need. I’ve included some helpful tips when planning appetizers for Christmas.

  • Preparation. Don’t forget to include cooking and reheating time in your cooking schedule. 
  • How many appetizers to make:
    • For fewer than 10 guests – offer 2-3 different types of appetizers.
    • For more than 10 guests – add another dish for every 5-8 more people.
  • How much of each appetizer to make:
    • Christmas dinner appetizers – 3-5 pieces per person.
    • Appetizers as the main dish – 10-12 pieces per person for a two-hour party. Add about 5 more pieces per person for every hour after.
  • Asking for help. Assign chips and dip, cheese and crackers, bread or rolls (remember butter or a dip), or a Party Platter that doesn’t intrude on kitchen areas being used or create additional chaos in the kitchen.
A wreath christmas platter with crackers and fruit.

Serving Tips

Relax this holiday season by planning and prepping as much ahead of time as you can. Keep your guests fed, and your party running smoothly.

  • Several stations.
    • Divide the appetizers onto several plates or tiers and have them placed in various areas around the room.
    • Include plates, napkins, and utensils at each station. 
  • The right temperature. Keep appetizers at the right temperature before and throughout the party.
    • Utilize coolers, one for warm items and one for cold items.
    • Use chafing dishes and crock pots to keep some dishes warm.
    • Keep dishes cool by placing ice in a bowl or platter and then setting the cold dish right on top.
    • In either case, only set out enough of the appetizer to be eaten within 30 minutes. Refill platters and bowls as needed. 

Best Christmas Appetizers

These recipes are all appetizers that are long-standing favorites. We’ve made them for all kinds of holidays, game days, parties, and get-togethers; and every time they are winners.

1 Christmas Charcuterie Board Recipe

Appetizer Christmas Charcuterie Board Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 6 votes
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2 Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board Recipe

Appetizer Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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3 Christmas Veggie Tray Recipe

Appetizer Christmas Veggie Tray Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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4 Grape Jelly Meatball Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Grape Jelly Meatball Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 132 votes
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5 Cranberry Brie Bites Recipe

Appetizer Cranberry Brie Bites Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 15 votes
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6 Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Appetizer Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 96 votes
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7 Deviled Eggs Recipe

Appetizer Deviled Eggs Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 53 votes
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8 Sausage Balls Recipe

Appetizer, Breakfast Sausage Balls Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 15 votes
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9 Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe

Appetizer Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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5 from 16 votes
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10 Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Appetizer Cranberry Salsa Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Easy Christmas Appetizers

Some of these Christmas appetizer recipes are traditionally made in the oven or on the stovetop, but can also be made in the crockpot, and several are just easy recipes to keep things stress-free!

11 Dill Veggie Dip Recipe

Appetizer, Snack Dill Veggie Dip Recipe
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 49 votes
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12 Bacon Wrapped Smokies Recipes

Appetizer Bacon Wrapped Smokies Recipes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 80 votes
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13 Brie and Pear Tarts Recipe

Appetizer Brie and Pear Tarts Recipe
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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14 Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Appetizer Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

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5 from 144 votes
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15 Cheese Fondue

Appetizer Cheese Fondue
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.82 from 16 votes
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16 Beanie Weenies Recipe

Appetizer Beanie Weenies Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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17 Crockpot Meatballs Recipe

Appetizer Crockpot Meatballs Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 213 votes
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18 Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

Appetizer Baked Brie in Puff Pastry
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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19 Pizza Dip Recipe

Appetizer Pizza Dip Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 25 votes
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20 Pull Apart Bread Recipe

Appetizer Pull Apart Bread Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Make Ahead Christmas Appetizers

I know holidays – and especially preparing for holiday gatherings – can be hectic and busy! Ease the stress by making some of your appetizers ahead of time. Any of these recipes are great options.

21 Burrata Board Recipe

Appetizer Burrata Board Recipe
Total Time: 26 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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22 Knorr Spinach Dip Recipe

Appetizer, Snack Knorr Spinach Dip Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 4 votes
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23 Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 97 votes
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24 BLT Dip Recipe

Appetizer BLT Dip Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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25 Easy Bruschetta Recipe

Appetizer Easy Bruschetta Recipe
Total Time: 14 minutes

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5 from 28 votes
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26 Veggie Cups Appetizer

Appetizer Veggie Cups Appetizer
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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27 Cheese Ball Bites Recipe

Appetizer Cheese Ball Bites Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 20 votes
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28 Tortellini Skewers Recipe

Appetizer Tortellini Skewers Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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29 Caprese Kabobs Recipe

Appetizer Caprese Kabobs Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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30 Fruit Dip Recipe

Dessert, Snack Fruit Dip Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 207 votes
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31 Salsa Recipe

Appetizer Salsa Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 112 votes
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32 Salsa Verde Recipe

Appetizer Salsa Verde Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes

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4.98 from 49 votes
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More Christmas Appetizer Ideas – Fried Favs

How about some more?! Rest assured, your guests will enjoy these Christmas appetizer ideas at your next party!

33 Sausage Stuffed Jalapeños Recipe

Appetizer Sausage Stuffed Jalapeños Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 54 votes
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34 Fried Zucchini Recipe

Appetizer, Side Dish Fried Zucchini Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 227 votes
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35 Fried Green Beans Recipe

Appetizer Fried Green Beans Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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4.96 from 87 votes
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36 Fried Mac and Cheese Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Fried Mac and Cheese Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
4.89 from 36 votes
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37 Fried Ravioli Recipe

Main Course Fried Ravioli Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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4.91 from 22 votes
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38 Cream Cheese Wontons Recipe

Appetizer Cream Cheese Wontons Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 29 votes
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39 Egg Roll Recipe

Appetizer Egg Roll Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.99 from 194 votes
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40 Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

Appetizer Mozzarella Sticks Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 24 votes
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Start the Party Right!

You’re sure to find the perfect delectable dishes to get your Christmas get togethers off to a great start!

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6 Comments

  1. I made a huge batch of the bacon wrapped smokies for a Christmas party earlier this month. I froze a couple of dozen to make on Christmas morning. I thawed them in the fridge overnight, added the brown sugar and baked them. Perfect addition to our Christmas morning breakfast.

  2. Love all the different ideas for appetizers. You cant go wrong with any of these. Trying to decide which one will be the hardest.

  3. Love this list!! We make your bruschetta & spinach artichoke dip every year, multiple times a year!! The appetizers are the best part of the meal!!