70 Easy Christmas Appetizers Everyone Will Love
These easy and festive Christmas appetizer ideas are the perfect start to your holiday party.
Need Christmas party food ideas in a pinch? Kick off your festivities with these easy and impressive holiday appetizers that will wow any crowd. Whether it’s Christmas Eve snacking or one-bite holiday appetizers for an impromptu get-together, we’ve got you covered.
Keep your Christmas appetizers light and fresh with savory cucumber sandwiches, poppable stuffed mushrooms, or cheese-stuffed cherry tomatoes that are as pretty as tree ornaments. For something more decadent, think baked crab dip or whiskey bacon jam with crackers.
Or make a bacon-cheese wreath, Christmas tree pull-apart bread or this gorgeous Christmas tree charcuterie board for the holiday buffet table. They’re beautiful, festive and delicious. Just what you want for the season’s gatherings!
We have a lot more recipes for Christmas party food below, and for more holiday feasting, check out these ideas for Christmas dinner and easy Christmas desserts, plus the Taste of Home team’s essential tools for holiday entertaining.
Creamy Chicken Vol-au-Vent
Creamy chicken pastry cups may look fancy, but this Christmas appetizer is so easy to assemble and bake. The trick is using frozen puff pastry and store-bought rotisserie chicken, which cuts time in the kitchen.
Cranberry Sauce MeatballsDon’t put that cranberry sauce away yet! Combined with a few other ingredients, the traditional Thanksgiving condiment makes a perfect meatball topper for this Christmas appetizer. Use premade beef or vegetarian meatballs, smother them in sauce and serve.
Bacon Cheese WreathFor a pretty yuletide presentation, use fresh Italian parsley leaves and pimientos to create a holly-like garnish. Want something meatier? Make this stunning Christmas charcuterie wreath.
Savory Cucumber SandwichesOne way to balance the food-filled holiday season is to make light and refreshing appetizers for cocktail parties and family gatherings. The surprise ingredient here is Italian salad dressing, which adds just enough flavor and acid to the cream cheese spread. Thinly sliced cucumber and fresh dill make picture-perfect toppings.
Roasted Chicken and Brie Holly Mini BitesThese scrumptious little chicken and brie bites take less than 30 minutes to make, but taste like you spent hours in the kitchen preparing them. Fig, roasted apple, melted brie and tangy garlic mayo are like a sweet-and-savory symphony. Add bright red cranberries and green spinach for festive flair.
Cheese-Stuffed Cherry TomatoesColorful and bright, these feta-stuffed cherry tomatoes will make you think of Christmas tree ornaments. The easy one-bite holiday snack can serve as an hors d’oeuvre on the appetizer or dinner table.
Pickled Pepperoncini Deviled EggsWith all the celebrations during the Christmas season, keeping appetizers light and bright is a good way to go. Pepperoncini and cilantro give these deviled eggs zip and the avocado, used instead of mayo, adds a pop of color.
Crispy Oven-Fried OystersSomething about oysters feels extra celebratory. Buying pre-shucked oysters means no fussing with shells (and oyster knives!) for this easy Christmas appetizer. The jalapeno dipping sauce adds just the right amount of heat.
If you’re in need of some more inspiration, here are some easy Christmas dinner recipes that you can make.