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!
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 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!
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.
6. Christmas Deviled Eggs
Give classic deviled eggs a holiday makeover with these Christmas deviled eggs. A few edible additions make them extra festive!
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.
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 dip is a must-have, 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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 your Christmas celebration 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, and creamy. It is a true treat in every bite.
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.
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.
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.
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 rolls are great to hold you over until the big meal comes around on Christmas Day.
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.
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