Kick off your holiday celebration with these crowd-pleasing Christmas Day appetizers. The small bites are the perfect snack to munch on while you celebrate the most wonderful time of year with family and friends! 

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It’s time to start planning your Christmas Day menu! Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. These Christmas Day appetizers will get your holiday celebration off on the right foot and warm up your stomach for the big meal to come.

Christmas Day Appetizers for a Crowd

If appetizers are your favorite part of the meal, get ready to fill up on bite-sized goodness. Each of these easy Christmas Day appetizers is packed with flavor, impressive to put on the table, and super tasty. In fact, they’re all so good they’ll make you want to skip the main meal and just serve up appetizers for a celebration on Christmas Day instead!

The Best Christmas Day Appetizers to Enjoy

1. Cranberry Brie Bites

Start your Christmas meal off with a batch of festive cranberry brie bites. These one-bite apps are sweet, savory, creamy, and oh-so-delicious. It’s hard to eat just one!

cranberry brie bites on a pink plate with rosemary.
Cranberry Brie Bites
Cranberry Brie Bites are going to be the hit of your next party! They pair buttery crescent dough with creamy brie and cranberry sauce for a decadent one-bite appetizer.
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2. Bruschetta

Stick to the classics with your Christmas Day appetizers and serve some bruschetta before the main meal. The toasty bread with tangy tomatoes is always a hit!

Bruschetta is a classic Italian appetizer that pairs toasted crusty bread with ripe tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. It’s fresh, fabulous, and perfect for summer when tomatoes are in season!
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3. Bourbon Pretzels

Pretzels may not seem like your typical appetizer on Christmas Day, but after a few of these bourbon pretzels, you’ll wonder why you never served them before. The sweet and spicy pretzel mix will wake up your tastebuds in the best way possible.

Bourbon Pretzels
Bourbon Pretzels are the tastiest sweet and spicy holiday snack with a kick!  Perfect for gift giving or just having around the house! 
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4. Antipasto Squares

These mini antipasto squares take everything you love about antipasto and wrap it up into one tasty bite-sized snack. Flakey crescent roll dough is bursting with cheese, ham, salami, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, and pepperoncini for an option everyone will eagerly eat on Christmas day!

Antipasto Squares
These Antipasto Squares are a flavorful appetizer recipe made with crescent roll dough! With cheese, ham, salami, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, and peperoncini, each bite is full of savory flavor.
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5. Veggie Pizza

If you are looking for a simple and healthy appetizer to put out, this veggie pizza is just for you. Go crazy with toppings and add all your favorite veggies for a vibrant “pizza” that’s just as tasty as it is fun to make!

square veggie pizza on a cutting board
Veggie Pizza
Veggie Pizza is an easy appetizer for potlucks, tailgate parties, showers, and picnics – using crescent rolls and your favorite veggies!
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6. Christmas Deviled Eggs

Give classic deviled eggs a holiday makeover with these Christmas deviled eggs. A few edible additions make them extra festive and delicious!

Merry Little Christmas Deviled Eggs
These merry little Christmas deviled eggs are so cute, so festive and incredibly tasty!
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7. Parmesan Brussels Sprouts With Sour Cream Herb Dip

No one will complain about these Brussels sprouts! The veggies get roasted and toasted with breadcrumbs and parmesan and are paired with a smooth sour cream herb dip. They’re so good no one will even realize they’re eating their veggies.

Parmesan Brussels Sprouts with Sour Cream Herb Dip
Brussels sprouts is coated with breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese and then baked in this easy appetizer recipe. Serve with a simple sour cream and herb dip.
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Christmas Day Appetizers for an Excellent Spread

8. Toasted Ravioli

If you’ve never had toasted ravioli, get ready for a treat. The cheesy pasta transforms into a crispy snack that will have you going back for seconds, thirds, and forths!

Crispy, Cheesy BAKED Ravioli – Baked, not Fried!
This crispy and cheesy toasted ravioli is baked instead of fried, but still just as delicious. It’s a tasty snack for game day or party time!
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9. Chip Dip

Stick with the classics this Christmas, and serve chip dip with your favorite ridged potato chips. The recipe is a must-have on the snack table, no matter what occasion you are celebrating!

Chip Dip
Chip dip is a party staple! Consider this your classic pairing for potato chips—a garlicky, onion-y creamy dip flavored with a variety of herbs. Best of all, it's super easy to make for all those last-minute get-togethers!
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10. Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Switch up the buffalo chicken dip this holiday season, and lighten it up with this healthy buffalo chicken dip. The lighter version has all of the same flavors of the classic dip that you know and love, without all the heaviness so you’ll have room for your Christmas feast.

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip is a delicious, lighter, no-guilt version of your favorite game-day appetizer! All the flavor of Buffalo Chicken Dip but a skinny version! #buffalochicken #buffalochickendip #dip #appetizer #gamedayappetizer #crockpot #slowcooker
Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip
Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip is a delicious, lighter, no-guilt version of your favorite game day appetizer!
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11. Million Dollar Dip

Keep things simple in the kitchen this Christmas, and serve up a big bowl of million dollar dip. The 5-ingredient recipe comes together in minutes and couldn’t be easier to make.

million dollar dip
Million Dollar Dip
Million Dollar Dip is made with only 5 ingredients – Mayonaise, cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions, and almonds.
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12. Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket are a staple when it comes to appetizers, no matter the holiday. The little hot dogs are wrapped with buttery crescent rolls to create the perfect bite. The only question is will you serve them with ketchup or mustard?

pigs in a blanket
Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a Blanket is a classic party appetizer that pairs buttery crescent roll dough with little smokies sausages. I give mine a flavorful twist by adding everything bagel seasoning!
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13. Cocktail Meatballs

Go bold this Christmas, and add these sweet-and-savory cocktail meatballs to your appetizer spread. The meatballs may be tiny, but they’re mighty and packed with flavor.

Cocktail Meatballs
Whether you call them cocktail meatballs or grape jelly meatballs, there’s one word for this recipe: delicious!
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14. Charcuterie Board

A charcuterie board is a perfect appetizer to put out on Christmas to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds. The best part is that there are no right or wrong items to add! Mix and match your favorites for an impressive platter that’s always a hit.

How To Make A Simple Charcuterie Board
Find out how to make a simple charcuterie board including what to put on it, how many ingredients you need and how to arrange it step-by-step
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15. Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

Take your mac and cheese to the next level this Christmas Day, and serve it up as fried mac and cheese balls. The little balls of goodness are rich and creamy and have just the right amount of crunch on the outside. What’s not to like?

Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
Fried mac and cheese balls are crispy on the outside, creamy and cheesy on the inside, and have the perfect crunch. Best way to use leftover mac and cheese. |
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16. Hummus Wreath

‘Tis the season to make all your appetizers look like holiday decorations. Case in point: this hummus wreath appetizer. This recipe shows you how you can turn the tasty spread into an edible decoration that’s almost too pretty to eat.

Easy Christmas Appetizer “Hummus Wreath”
So quick to make, but this delicious Easy Christmas Appetizer “Hummus Wreath” is sure to impress! Bonus: it can even be made completely ahead of time!
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17. Cheese Ball

A cheeseball is always a good idea! This recipe is made with real cheddar cheese, cream cheese, bacon, and chopped pecans for a creamy, crunchy texture that’s savory, tangy, and utterly irresistible.

cheese ball served with crackers in a white shallow bowl.
Cheese Ball Recipe
This easy Cheese Ball Recipe comes together with a handful of ingredients and a minimal prep time of just 15 minutes! Bacon, cheese, and chopped nuts combine to create a taste and texture everyone will love. It's perfect for holidays, game days, and any time really!
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18. Spinach Artichoke Dip

There is no lack of creaminess when it comes to this spinach artichoke dip. The classic recipe will become a staple for your Christmas day spread!

Ever wonder how to make spinach artichoke dip perfectly creamy? Try this perfect baked, hot spinach artichoke dip. #dip #spinach #appetizer #allthingsmamma |
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Ever wonder how to make spinach artichoke dip perfectly creamy? I’ll share my secrets to flavorful and perfect baked spinach artichoke dip. 
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Easy Christmas Day Appetizers to Enjoy

19. Rotel Dip

Need a last-minute appetizer to add to your holiday table? Go with this tasty Rotel dip. With just three ingredients, it’s a great addition you can whip up in minutes.

rotel dip
Rotel Dip
Rotel Dip is a 3-ingredient queso dip recipe with spicy sausage, Rotel, and Velveeta cheese! This creamy Rotel Cheese Dip recipe tastes great on crackers, pretzels, and tortilla chips… it’s perfect for holiday gatherings, game day, or just because!
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20. Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

These chestnuts may not be roasting on an open fire, but they are wrapped in cranberry bacon, which may just be the next best thing. The little bacon bites will have your tastebuds singing with joy!

Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts
These Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts are an essentail Christmas appetizer recipe! It’s always a crowd pleaser at any get-together!
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21. Everything Bagel Cheeseball

Bring your Sunday morning breakfast spread to the Christmas Day appetizers table with this everything bagel cheeseball. The cheeseball has everything—yes, all of the best seasonings—so it will not be lacking in flavor.

Everything Bagel Cheese Ball
Everything bagel cheese ball is an easy cold appetizer recipe that’s perfect for your next holiday gathering or event. A crowd favorite!
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22. Whipped Feta Crostini

Bring the culinary experience of a five-star restaurant to the holidays with this sweet and savory whipped feta crostini recipe. With an array of flavors of toppings, they’re sure to be a hit, and no one will every guess how easy they are to make.

Whipped Feta Crostini
Creamy whipped feta spread on garlic toasted baguette pieces. Just 5 minutes to prepare! Serve with desired toppings for a special appetizer.
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23. Crab Rangoon Dip

Turn a takeout favorite into a Christmas Day appetizer with this crab rangoon dip. Do yourself a favor and make extra wonton chips, as they will go fast!

Crab Rangoon Dip
This Crab Rangoon Dip is the party-sized version of everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant appetizer! If you’re looking for an instant hit for a holiday get-together, this is it!
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24. Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks

Why serve spinach dip with plain breadsticks when you can serve it in the form of a Christmas tree instead? This Christmas tree spinach dip breadsticks recipe will almost be too pretty to eat.

Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks
Make this adorable Christmas tree out of spinach stuffed breadsticks! Easy recipe starts with refrigerated pizza dough for a quick holiday appetizer.
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25. 7-Layer Dip

Would it really be a celebration if there wasn’t a 7-layer dip involved? Add some Tex-Mex flair to Christmas with this tasty dip. Each layer is truly better than the next.

7 layer bean dip served in a casserole dish topped with guacamole tomatoes cheese green onions and black sliced olives
7-Layer Dip
7-Layer Dip is a party favorite with a Tex-Mex flair! A creamy bean dip base is topped with guacamole, sour cream, cheese, and taco fixings. 
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26. Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Peppadew Peppers

There is no lack of flavor when it comes to these bacon-wrapped stuffed peppadew peppers. The little bites are sweet, tangy, crunchy, creamy, and guaranteed to satisfy all your tastebuds as you eat.

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Peppadews
Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Peppadews:These little bites of heaven are stuffed with our favorite herbed cheese, wrapped in salty bacon and popped into the air fryer until irresistibly crispy and creamy. The perfect happy hour treat!
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27. Cheesy Monkey Bread

Play with your food this Christmas, and tear off a big piece of cheesy monkey bread. This savory bread is so good that you’ll want to save some for dinner, so you can soak up all the extra goodness on your plate at the end of the meal.

Cheesy Monkey Bread
Transform a sweet breakfast into a savory side dish with this cheesy monkey bread recipe!
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28. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a simple, light snack that is full of nutrients and a nice change from the heavy flavors commonly enjoyed on the holiday.

roasted pumpkin seeds served in a white bowl
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Roasted pumpkin seeds are a healthy snack that’s easy to make. Save the seeds from a fresh pumpkin and learn how to roast pumpkin seeds this weekend.
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29. Fried Zucchini

The perfect snack, these golden fried zucchini rounds are served with a side of homemade tomato sauce for a pizza-inspired recipe. We bet you can’t just eat one!

Fried Zucchini
Fried zucchini makes a delicious appetizer or side dish—and it’s a great way to use up a bumper crop of zucchini!
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30. Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie

Baked brie is always a good idea, but it’s an even better idea when it is topped with pecans and cranberries. It is a welcome addition to any Christmas Day appetizer spread.

Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie
Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie – Simple, elegant and an absolute crowd-pleaser! Best of all, this is one of the easiest appetizers EVER with only 5-10 min prep!
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31. Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

Savory sausage and buttery crescent rolls come together to form this classic appetizer. The little bites are great to hold you over until the big meal comes around later in the day.

Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls
Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls are always a hit, whether you serve them for game day or breakfast! No one can resist the combination of savory sausage, creamy cheese, and puffy, golden brown crescent rolls!
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32. Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Is there anything not to like about buffalo chicken nachos? The appetizer might seem more at home on game day, but it will be a hit on Christmas, too. It is a classic, no matter the time of year!

Buffalo Chicken Nachos
Buffalo Chicken Nachos
If you’re looking for a quick and easy appetizer recipe, this Buffalo Chicken Nachos recipe is it!
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33. Sausage Pinwheels

Savory and salty, these sausage pinwheels are quick and easy to make so you can get out of the kitchen and back to opening presents on Christmas day. Just don’t be surprised when they disappear fast!

Sausage pinwheels.
Sausage Pinwheels
These easy sausage pinwheels are a favorite holiday appetizer! With irresistible crescent roll dough and a creamy, cheesy, sausage filling, they’re impossible to resist.
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34. Garlic Parmesan Wings

You might not think of serving wings on Christmas but, why not? Everyone loves wings! And these garlic parmesan wings are a little bit fancier than your average recipe. Plus, they’re easy to make and taste incredible!

Garlic Parmesan Wings
Crispy, savory Garlic Parmesan Wings are full of cheesy goodness! They make a delicious appetizer or you can add some sides and serve them for dinner.
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35. Fried Pickles

Calling all pickle lovers! These festive green bites are dipped in a seasoned batter and fried until golden brown and crisp. A fun finger food, they’re a simple appetizer your guests will keep coming back to again and again.

Fried Pickles
Delicious dill pickle slices are dipped in a seasoned batter and then deep fried until crispy and golden. Fried pickles are perfect for snacks, topping a burger, or serving as a crowd-pleasing appetizer!
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36. Fruit Salad With Cinnamon Chips

Balance out all the heavy fried foods and rich dips with a vibrant bowl of fresh fruit! Great to snack on throughout the entire day, this quick appetizer is even tastier when paired with a side of baked cinnamon chips.

bowl of healthy fruit salsa
Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
Fruit Salsa is a perfect summer dessert dip! Loaded with fresh fruit and a side of baked cinnamon chips, this is the ultimate party dip! All you need for this delicious fruit salsa is fresh fruit, tortillas, cinnamon, and sugar.
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37. Olive Oil Bread Dip

A beautiful bread dip with a tasty, crusty bread is the perfect Christmas appetizer. It is easy, full of flavor, and goes well with any meal.

A piece of bread being dipped into olive oil bread dip.
Olive Oil Bread Dip
This olive oil bread dip is packed with so many tasty herbs and spices that one bite will make you feel like you are in a fancy Italian restaurant. You can also make this bread dip in under 5 minutes. It’s pretty amazing! 
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38. Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Coconut shrimp is a staple in many homes during the holidays. This is especially true for big Italian families that celebrate the feast of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve. Simple and tasty, this will be your new favorite tradition.

A plate of air fryer coconut shrimp with a side of chili sauce.
Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
Crispy air fryer coconut shrimp are absolutely irresistible, especially with homemade sweet chili sauce for dipping! This easy, healthy air fryer recipe is sure to become a fast favorite.
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39. Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Sneak a little nutrients into your day with these bold cauliflower bites. Savory, tangy, and made with the perfect amount of spice, they’re a nutrient-loaded dish sure to be adored by vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

Air fryer buffalo cauliflower.
Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower
Air fryer buffalo cauliflower is a fun, flavorful appetizer or side that’s actually healthy too! Cauliflower is tossed with spicy buffalo sauce and seasonings and air fried to crispy perfection.
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