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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.