Christmas Appetizers

Every Christmas party needs an assortment of tasty appetizers. This round up includes all the best 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 Appetizers

Best Christmas Party Appetizers

Appetizers that work on Super Bowl Sunday also work on Christmas Day. You can’t go wrong picking appetizers that your family loves. Try to offer a mix of warm and cold, heavy and light, proteins and produce. If you can, try to incorporate different colors and textures as well.

How many Appetizers to Plan For:

  • When serving appetizers before Christmas Dinner you will only need to plan for about 3-5 pieces per person.
  • When the appetizers are the main food at a Christmas Party you’ll need to plan to serve about 10-12 pieces per person for a two hour party. Add about 5 more pieces per person for every hour after.
  • If you have fewer than 10 guests offer 2-3 different types of appetizers. If you are having more than 10 guests add another dish for every 5-8 more people.

Appetizer Tips:

  • Choose appetizers that are easy to make as well as ones that can be made ahead of time. Practice new recipes beforehand so you can work out any kinks.
  • If you’re serving appetizers before dinner don’t forget to include cooking and reheating time to your Cooking schedule. 
  • Don’t hesitate to ask guests to bring appetizers to help ease your to do list.
  • Divide the appetizers on to several plates or tiers and have them placed in various areas around the room. Include plates, napkins and utensils at each station. 
  • If you’re having one central serving area be sure to place larger and taller items, such as crock pots and tiers in the back. Place smaller and shorter items, like cutting board displays, near the front of the table.
  • Use holiday themed table decorations and serving dishes to dress up your table.

Deviled eggs on a platter as a make ahead Christmas appetizer

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.

Bruschetta Recipe
This yummy appetizer is quick, simple and perfect for any party! This easy Homemade Bruschetta Recipe only requires 5 ingredients!! Everyone loves how easy it is!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
This Bacon Ranch Cheese ball is the perfect partner for your veggie tray! With cheese, bacon, and ranch flavors, you can do no wrong!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.84 from 6 votes
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Homemade Hummus Recipe
You can whip up this Homemade Hummus in 5 minutes or less! With just a few simple ingredients, this delicious hummus is perfect for dipping pita bread, fresh veggies, and tortilla chips.
Total Time: 7 minutes
1 from 1 vote
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Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups
These Delicious Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups Are The Perfect Appetizer For Your Next Game Day, Party Or Get Together. They're Filled With Ranch Veggie Dip, Chopped Veggies And Rolled Into A Flour Tortilla Making Them Bite-Sized And Party Ready!
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Deviled Egg Recipe
Nothing better than a smooth deviled egg appetizer! You'll be surprised with how easy these are to make. Tons of flavor, super delicious and perfect for parties and holidays.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe
7 Layer Bean Dip - our family's favorite recipe with loads of flavor and all your favorite dip ingredients including avocados, olives, tomatoes, cheese and more! It's a must-have appetizer at most family functions.
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.89 from 9 votes
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Baked zucchini fries - a healthy Christmas appetizer

Healthy Christmas appetizers

Most of our favorite appetizers are extra cheesy, fried, and full of calories. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have some favorites that are on the healthy side! These few appetizers are lighter, full of veggies, and lower in calories like this festive Christmas Tree Veggie Platter.

Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe
Make these buffalo cauliflower bites for your next football party! No one will even notice they are healthier or even made with cauliflower. They're our new go-to appetizer!
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Veggie Cups Recipe
Quick and Easy Veggie Cup Appetizers - filled with dressing and veggies, this mess-free snack is great for so many occasions.
5 from 1 vote
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Caprese Kabobs Recipe
A delicious appetizer made with just a few simple ingredients—fresh mozzarella, basil, and cherry tomatoes with a simple balsamic drizzle!
Total Time: 10 minutes
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Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
Crispy baked chicken wings are the best appetizer or dinner idea! Grab your favorite dips and sauces and dig in!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Zucchini Fries Recipe
These baked zucchini sticks are crusted and baked in panko, parmesan cheese, oregano, and basil. Zucchini fries are healthy AND delicious!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Crockpot meatballs on a plate as a Christmas appetizer

easy christmas appetizers

Some of these recipes are traditionally made in the oven or on the stove top, but they can also be made in the crock pot. You might have to scroll through the individual post to find the instructions, but they’re there! Thank goodness for crock pots and not having to be entirely hands on with a recipe!

Crockpot Meatball Recipe
These crockpot meatballs are full of so much flavor, and perfect for parties. Best of all, they only require 5 minutes of prep work!
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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hamburger dip in white bowl with tortilla chips
Hamburger Queso Recipe
A cheesy, hearty, party dip made in the crockpot with only 4 ingredients! Served with tortilla chips, this hamburger queso dip is always a hit at parties.
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
All the flavor of buffalo wings in a creamy, cheesy, simple dip! This super easy Buffalo Chicken Dip is filled with chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch, and three different types of cheese! It's perfect for parties and get togethers, served with chips or veggies.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies
Bacon wrapped little smokies sprinkled with brown sugar, and baked to perfection. These bacon wrapped weenies are the ultimate appetizer for any party, and always the first to disappear!
Total Time: 37 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Grape Jelly Meatball Recipe
Delicious 3-ingredient Grape Jelly Meatballs. They take just minutes to prep and are the perfect dinner or appetizer for any party or get together.
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
This is the BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe, and the ultimate dip for any get together! Filled with spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and mayo - this easy spinach artichoke dip is sooo cheesy and flavorful, served perfectly with chips, bread pieces or veggies.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 35 votes
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Asparagus Roll Ups
Asparagus wrapped in Puff Pastry, filled with cream cheese and topped with parmesan. So simple and delicious, it's the perfect side for any meal.
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.84 from 12 votes
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Pulled pork cups served as a Christmas appetizer

more Christmas appetizer ideas

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. Rest assured, your guests will enjoy these appetizers at your Christmas party.

Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels Recipe
Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels - a simple, delicious and addicting appetizer or snack everyone will love!! Crescent dough rolled with cheddar cheese and bacon - so yummy!!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Pulled Pork Recipe
This Delicious and Easy Pulled Pork Recipe is one that is made in the slow cooker and takes just minutes to prep. Use the pork for any recipe, including Pulled Pork sandwiches, and you'll love just how simple and tasty it is.
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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Fried Mac and Cheese Balls Recipe
Fried Macaroni & Cheese - a copycat of the appetizer from Cheesecake Factory! Creamy mac and cheese inside a delicious and crispy breaded outside! To die for!!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.8 from 5 votes
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Spinach Puffs Recipe
These puff pastry appetizers are filled with all the good stuff, including spinach, bacon bits and feta. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.94 from 15 votes
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Fried Zucchini Recipe
Whether you serve it as a side or an appetizer, this restaurant style Fried Zucchini is a family favorite. Fried to perfection, this dish is simply addicting, especially dipped in ranch and marinara!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.97 from 33 votes
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Bacon Wrapped Potatoes Recipe
Bacon Wrapped Potatoes - a delicious appetizer combing two favorite ingredients - bacon and potatoes perfect with ranch. 
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Cranberry Brie Appetizer
With buttery crescent dough, melty brie, and sweet cranberry sauce all in one bite, these won't last long around hungry family and friends!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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