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! 

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 Christmas Day appetizers is packed with flavor, impressive to put on the table, and super tasty.

No matter which appetizer you choose to serve you will have a hit. They are all so good that it will make you want to skip the main meal and just serve up appetizers for a celebration on Christmas Day!

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
These Cranberry Brie Bites are my favorite crescent roll appetizer! Creamy brie and cranberries are nestled inside buttery crescent dough.
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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
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 square. The crescent roll dough is filled with cheese, ham, salami, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, and pepperoncini. There is seriously nothing not to like about this Christmas Day appetizer!

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 on Christmas Day, this veggie pizza is just for you. Go crazy with toppings and add all your favorite veggies to this play on pizza.

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!

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, then paired with a smooth sour cream herb dip for a flavorful bite.

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 dip is a must-have, 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.

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 dip takes no time to come together 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 roll 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 are 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. The best thing about a charcuterie board is there is no right or wrong item to add. It is simple and always impressive when it hits the table.

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, creamy, and have just the right amount of crunch on the outside. There is truly nothing 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. | aheadofthyme.com
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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.

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 when it comes to an appetizer. This cheese ball is made with real cheddar cheese, along with cream cheese, bacon, and chopped pecans.

cheese ball served with crackers in a white shallow bowl
Cheese Ball Recipe
This easy cheese ball recipe is made with real cheddar cheese, cream cheese, bacon, and chopped pecans. This appetizer is great for holidays or any get-together.
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18. Spinach Artichoke Dip

There is no lack of creaminess when it comes to this spinach artichoke dip. The classic dip will be a hit with the Christmas Day appetizers.

Ever wonder how to make spinach artichoke dip perfectly creamy? Try this perfect baked, hot spinach artichoke dip. #dip #spinach #appetizer #allthingsmamma | allthingsmamma.com
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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Christmas Day Appetizers to Enjoy

19. Rotel Dip

Need a last minute appetizer to add to your holiday spread? Go with this tasty Rotel dip. With just three ingredients, it’s a great last minute addition to any holiday celebration.

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

If you are looking for an appetizer that is simple to whip up but will look impressive on the plate, go with these whipped feta crostini. The little crostini look restaurant-worthy when they are all put together on the plate.

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. The dip takes everything you love about crab rangoon and deconstructs it into a 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 your Christmas celebration 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, and creamy. It is a true treat in every bite.

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 Day and tear off a big piece of cheesy monkey bread. This 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
We said almost!
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28. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Keep the Christmas Day appetizers simple and add roasted pumpkin seeds to the spread. Pumpkin seeds are a light snack that will be great to have with all of the heavy food that you’ll be eating on Christmas.

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

It will be hard to eat just one piece of this fried zucchini. The little rounds of zucchini are perfectly fried and served alongside a homemade tomato sauce.

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 rolls are great to hold you over until the big meal comes around on Christmas 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 gameday, but it will be a hit on Christmas Day, too. It is a classic, no matter when you are serving it.

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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Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

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