Christmas Party Appetizers and Recipes

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Published: 02/28/2022 | Updated: 04/03/2024

I am so excited about the holidays coming soon, so I put together some wonderfully delicious Christmas Party Appetizers and delicious holiday recipes that your guests will ooh and aah about all evening. These appetizers look festive and beautiful. I think you will love making them too.

Christmas Party Appetizers and Recipes

We have some great vegetarian ones, some appetizers with festive cranberries, and even some appetizers with meat and seafood. There is something for everyone here. They all look awesome and will be great to take with you to Christmas parties or to make for a special holiday meal with minimal effort. Enjoy!

Vegetarian Christmas Party Appetizers and Recipes

Take a look at these great vegetarian Christmas party appetizers and finger foods! They are beautiful and easy to make.

3 ingredient Baked Brie 

Christmas Party Appetizers and Recipes

Baked brie is a classic party appetizer that tastes great and looks even better. The best part about this dish is that it can be made in advance and then reheated when guests arrive. It’s also a low-calorie dish, which means it can be enjoyed by any diet type. This recipe uses just three ingredients: brie wheel, cherry pie filling, and puff pastry. To make the baked brie more flavorful, you may want to add some dried herbs or other spices like paprika or cayenne.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

These easy Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates look like a little bit of Christmas on a plate because of the green in the pistachios. The combination of sweet dates and savory goat cheese is a match made in heaven. This recipe is perfect for parties or get-togethers.

Gingerbread Spiced Walnuts

Gingerbread Spiced Walnuts

Gingerbread Spiced Walnuts are a perfect addition to any holiday party! Delightful and flavorful, these nuts add a tasty crunch to your favorite cookies and beverages. Spicy gingerbread flavor blends with the nutty goodness of walnuts in this easy recipe. The recipe can be cut in half or tripled easily when you need more for all of your guests! Setting out Gingerbread Spiced Walnuts brings the flavors of the season in with a simple snack.

Greek Mediterranean Spread

Greek Mediterranean Spread

While they are crowd-pleasers, they can be a bit boring after a while so I like to change it up from time to time and this is an example of a dip that I make when I’m tired of making the usual ones. It has all the ingredients you need for a great party spread but without any prep work! This one will keep your guests coming back for more because there’s no way they could ever get enough of these little bites.

Caprese Salad Bites by Meaningful Mama

Caprese Salad Bites by Meaningful Mama

Caprese salad bites are delicious appetizers made from fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. They are usually served cold, but they can also be warmed up for a hot summer night.


Christmas Tree Veggie Tray by Mom Endeavors

Christmas Tree Veggie Tray by Mom Endeavors

Christmas tree veggie tray appetizer for holiday parties or a fun side for Christmas dinner. To make this Christmas tree veggie tray, need 2 small heads of broccoli, a few stalks of celery, a few carrots, some red bell pepper, some yellow bell pepper, and some grape tomatoes.

Festive ( & Easy) Holiday Hors d’oeuvres by The Chirping Moms

Festive ( & Easy) Holiday Hors d’oeuvres 


Make your favorite

( & Easy) Holiday Hors d’oeuvres using these Ingredients: crescent rolls, cream cheese, sour cream, dill weed, garlic powder, fresh broccoli florets, sweet red pepper, and Celery leaves. This is a great way to use up some of those leftover veggies from the holidays! And it makes for an easy appetizer that can be served at any time during the year or holiday season.


Mediterranean Tartlet Appetizer by Meaningful Mama

Mediterranean Tartlet Appetizer

The Mediterranean tartlet appetizer is a delicious appetizer. It can be served as an hors d’oeuvre or starter for dinner parties and events. This recipe uses puff pastry sheets which makes it easy to roll out the dough into thin sheets that will fit in most muffin tins.


Festive Filled Brioche Centerpiece with Baked Camembert by BBC Good Food

Great British Bake Off’s Kimberley Wilson has created this stunning celebration bread with individually filled buns and a melting cheese middle. It is also gluten-free, vegan friendly, and dairy-free! The dough can be made in advance and frozen for up to two months before baking.

5-Ingredient Caprese Phyllo Cups by Gimme Some Oven

5-Ingredient Caprese Phyllo Cups

These simple little phyllo cup appetizers could not be easier. All you need are five ingredients — any kind of tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, and of course, my favorite little phyllo cups (or you can make baked cups with wonton wrappers). A quick and easy appetizer for Caprese lovers!

Simple Christmas Appetizers using Cranberries

No list of holiday season recipes for Christmas appetizers would be complete without including recipes that have cranberries as one of their ingredients. I have grouped them together for you here. They all look so good.

Cranberry Feta Pinwheels over on Taste of Home

Cranberry Feta Pinwheels 

These pretty pinwheels will disappear so fast, they will make your head spin! “The dried cranberries and chopped green onions make these perfect for a Christmas buffet. They are always popular at our house.

Holiday Appetizer Recipe Cranberry Raspberry Cream Cheese Bruschetta by Things to Share and Remember

Holiday Appetizer Recipe Cranberry Raspberry Cream Cheese Bruschetta 

The holidays are coming and this unique appetizer recipe would be lovely for your guests on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or even New Year’s. Not only is it beautiful but the combination of flavors is exquisite – cranberry and raspberry over cream cheese on bread. Add these easy-to-make, yet impressive, Cranberry Raspberry Cream Cheese Bruschetta to your menu!


Cranberry Salsa & Cream Cheese Dip by Our Best Bites

Cranberry Salsa & Cream Cheese Dip 

This fresh cranberry salsa dip is sweet, tangy, and flavorful. Fresh cranberries are whizzed up in a food processor with onions, cilantro, a hit of sugar, and lime juice. It’s the most gorgeous color and our favorite way to serve it is to spread over room-temp cream cheese and spread on crackers! It’s totally addicting and the hit of every gathering.

Cranberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta by The Cafe Sucre Farine

Cranberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta 

This bright, fresh healthy Cranberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta makes a delightful appetizer but there are tons of other delicious ways to use the topping. I love this recipe because it’s so versatile – you can make it with whatever fruit or veggie is in season.

Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites by Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites

Sparkling cranberry brie bites are made with sugared cranberries, crackers, jam, and brie cheese is a beautiful and easy holiday appetizer perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve. These bite-sized treats can be served as hors d’oeuvre at your next cocktail party or dinner.


Fun Christmas Appetizers with Meat & Seafood

Don’t forget to include some Christmas party appetizers and finger foods that have meat as one of the main ingredients. Some people want to space out the appetizers and main meals, so they offer appetizers that are more filling to hold everyone up until the main meal is served. Here are some great options.

Simple Seafood Appetizers from here on The Endless Appetite

Simple Seafood Appetizers

One of the simplest recipes for a seafood appetizer is to cook shrimp. Add some fresh garlic and a few spices such as salt and pepper for a little kick. Coat the shrimp in a little olive oil and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake until shrimp is cooked through. Serve with lime wedges for dinner guests to enjoy!


Cocktail Meatballs with Bourbon and Jelly Preserves from The Salty Side Dish

Cocktail Meatballs with Bourbon and Jelly Preserves

Cocktail Meatballs with Bourbon and preserves are a perfect appetizer to bring some sweet heat to your party. Easy to make homemade or substitute with frozen, these meatballs will be gone from your tray in minutes with people begging for seconds. Ingredients: oil, beef, red onions, bread crumbs, salt and pepper.

 Pine Cone Cheese Ball The Chickabug Blog

 Pine Cone Cheese Ball

A pine cone cheese ball, made of herbed cream cheese and decorated with toasted almonds. It’s so simple that your kids could help you decorate it, but so clever your guests will love it. You have to admit it’s much nicer than a cheese ball straight out of the package, which is my own tried-and-true family tradition.

Chicken Nuggets Christmas Tree by Mom Endeavors

Chicken Nuggets Christmas Tree 

Make fun foods for the kiddos–especially when there is a good theme like Christmas! So, you can make a super fun & easy holiday meal with Tyson chicken nuggets! They are so versatile and they taste great.

Fire and Ice Shrimp

Fire and Ice Shrimp 

These Fire and Ice Shrimp are amazing! Just trust me on this recipe and you will have friends begging you to give you the secret ingredients. There is this tiny restaurant in Canmore, Alberta in the Rocky Mountains called Tapas. It’s in an old character house and it just has the coolest atmosphere. The food is just as good as the location. On their winter menu, they have a dish called Chilis Gambas.

The taste of these Fire and Ice Shrimp is deceiving because of how few ingredients they have but how incredible they taste.

Zesty Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Zesty Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Change things up! These zesty buffalo chicken meatballs are a lighter appetizer option than regular appetizer meatballs. They bring in the popular flavor of buffalo chicken wings, but with a twist.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, try these Zesty Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and many fun evenings complete with good friends and great food!

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