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36+ Best Christmas Party Food Ideas in 2023

The best way to have a successful holiday season of entertaining is to have some easy, foolproof Christmas party food ideas on deck and ready to go. Crowd-pleasing bites will come in handy if you have last-minute parties, unexpected guests, office parties and potlucks or if you’re hosting the holidays.

Whether you are looking for party dips, finger foods, fancy bites, or sweet treats I’ve got you covered in this complete list of Christmas party food ideas.

From Christmas charcuterie board shaped like a pretty wreath, standing snowman cheese balls, to puff pastry wrapped beef wellington bites, this holiday appetizers list has tons of creative and delicious ideas that will impress your guests. 

Easy Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip is one of our favorite super quick and easy Christmas party food ideas. Just four ingredients make this festive dip that’s perfect for Christmas, New Year or Thanksgiving.

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Beef Wellington Bites

These easy, mini beef Wellington bites are made using puff pastry, prosciutto, classic mushroom duxelles, and beef tenderloin for an elegant appetizer that screams fancy Christmas vibes.

With Dijon dipping sauce, these bites are crazy flavorful, a huge crowd-pleaser, and perfect for the holidays or happy hour at home! 

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Christmas Tree Breadsticks

These Christmas tree breadsticks are the perfect party appetizer for the holidays! They’re filled with spinach dip and topped with garlic butter.
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Bacon Wrapped Dates

If you’ve never tried dates before, let this bacon-wrapped Christmas party appetizer be your introduction. Filled with tangy goat cheese wrapped in crisp bacon and brushed with a sweet and spicy maple syrup glaze, these dates have the perfect balance.

The sweet dates are complemented perfectly by the salty bacon, while the goat cheese lends a creamy factor to the entire flavor-packed bite. In short, this party snack will be a guaranteed hit at any holiday party, fancy dinner or New Year’s celebration—they may just fly off the plate.

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Chicken Egg Rolls 

Super flavorful chicken egg rolls stuffed with flavorful crunchy veggies and tender chicken that are deep fried to perfection.

Paired with super tangy warm homemade sweet and sour sauce that will get you in the holiday spirit. We often enjoyed this at Christmas as my family had the tradition of preparing an asian feast every Christmas Eve.

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Candy Cane Caprese

Another super easy Christmas party food ideas – This Candy Cane Caprese Board is a fun and delicious appetizer board for holiday entertaining and it couldn’t be easier than this bake-free board that only takes 10 minutes to assemble. 

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Holiday Burrata Bites

This delicious bruschetta recipe with fresh burrata, seared cherry tomatoes and roasted garlic is the most decadent appetizer at your Christmas, New Year’s of elevated special occasion. 

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Guacamole Christmas Wreath

Wow your guests this holiday season by serving Christmas guacamole in the shape of a wreath. This crowd-pleasing Christmas party food appetizer is easy to make in about 15 minutes. No special mold required!

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Cranberry Meatballs

Looking for a Christmas party food idea that everyone will love? Look no further than these Cranberry Meatballs. The secret is in the sauce for these juicy and flavorful meatballs.

Sweet and tangy with just a bit of heat, these meatballs are one of the easiest and most forgiving recipes you’ll ever make and perfect for any party!  Stove top or slow cooker, you just can’t go wrong with cranberry meatballs. 

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Charcuterie Wreath

Making a Christmas Charcuterie Wreath is an easy and fun holiday appetizer idea. Antipasto skewers arranged into a festive wreath shape then decorated with rosemary will be a show stopping dish for all of your parties and feasts.

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Pecan Phyllo Tarts

These easy, bite sized pecan phyllo tarts are the perfect lighter alternative for pecan pie this holiday season! Just 7 ingredients for a delicious treat, this is one of the best Christmas party food ideas.

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Cheddar Ham Christmas Tree 

Stuffed with cheddar and ham (or turkey), these cute puff pastry Christmas trees are an easy Christmas appetizer idea that everyone will love.

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Crispy Potato Stacks

The most delicious Crispy Potato Stacks you’ll ever make! These potatoes are buttery with the crispiest tops and bottoms while the center are soft and tender.

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Snowman Snack Board

Make your snack board extra special this winter! This snowman snack board features a snowman made out of cheese in the center surrounded by a scrumptious selection of festive colored snacks that everyone is sure to enjoy!

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Phyllo Wrapped Brandied Cranberry Baked Brie

Phyllo Wrapped Cranberry Baked Brie is an easy baked Brie recipe with a cranberry brandy topping wrapped in crispy layers of phyllo dough. A hint of rosemary and Dijon with a touch of spice finish off this classic holiday appetizer.

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Beef Wellington Bites

Beef Wellington bites are a wonderful festive appetizer. Beef pieces wrapped in puff pastry together with a flavorful filling and baked until golden brown.

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Charcuterie Cups

These Individual Charcuterie Cups are easy to assemble, versatile and perfect for parties, game days and holidays. These are also easy to hold and carry more portable than a traditional Charcuterie Board.

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Brie Candied Bacon Grilled Cheese Bites

Perfect toasty little sandwiches filled with candied bacon and melted brie, you’ll adore this tasty sweet and salty holiday appetizer idea.

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Christmas Deviled Eggs

These merry little Christmas deviled eggs are so cute, so festive and incredibly tasty! All you need are a few pink peppercorns and a few parsley leaves to make these jolly appetizers.

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Spicy Italian Sausage Dip

One of our most popular in this lineup of Christmas party food ideas, this sausage dip is warm creamy and cheesy dip full of hot Italian sausage, tangy banana and cherry peppers and lots of stringy mozzarella cheese.

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Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups

These Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups, are an easy appetizer or dinner recipe that are always be a crowd favorite. They are made with crescent dough, Black Forest Ham, Swiss cheese, and then topped with a delicious mustard glaze.

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Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms with Crab and cheese are easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. And the best part is, you can make these bite sized air fryer appetizers ahead of time, ready to pop into the air fryer when guests arrive.

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Caramelized Onion Dip

This smoky and creamy caramelized onion and bacon dip will knock you off your feet! It’s the perfect dip for your next gathering. Serve it with your favorite potato chips for an appetizer that your friends and family won’t be able to stop eating

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Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

Of all the pretty Christmas appetizers I have on hand for the holidays, these Cranberry Feta Pinwheels are definitely one of the easiest appetizers to make. And the big bonus is that they are delicious and popular. They get gobbled up rather quickly because everyone loves them!

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Italian Sausage Puff Pastry Rolls

Easy, filling and perfect for parties these Sausage Rolls are savory, meaty and full of just the right amount of spices that they are a hit among party guests!

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Ritz Cracker Party Sandwiches

These delectable little bites were a staple at every party, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, New Years, footballs parties and everything in between. The combination of crispy Ritz crackers, savory deli meats (or leftover ham/turkey), and creamy cheese was simply irresistible, making them the star of the show on our dining table.

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Christmas Popcorn

Perhaps this isn’t a Christmas appetizer, but it’s certainly a great asset to have readily available on a finger food table or to have available when your guests arrive. This three-ingredient Christmas Popcorn is a fun holiday treat!

Simply toss freshly popped popcorn and holiday M&M’s in melted white chocolate plus an (optional) coating of sprinkles. Serve this up at your next party or package it up as a delicious, edible gift!

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Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

One of my favorite Christmas party food ideas, Cheesy Christmas Tree Bread – warm, buttery, garlicky pull apart bread loaded with melty cheese. Easy fun Christmas food and the perfect kick-off to the holiday season.

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Snowman Cheese Ball 

Make this snowman cheese ball for your next holiday party. Savory, scoopable, cheesy and fun – no mittens required.

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Fancy Cranberry Ice Cubes

Ok, so maybe this isn’t a Christmas party food idea, but it’s certainly a wonderfully festive addition to any holiday party. These cranberry and rosemary ice cubes are beautiful and a must at your next holiday gathering.

Plus, the fact that you can make these weeks ahead and keep them in the freezer is a huge bonus.

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Bacon Parmesan Wrapped Crackers

Bacon Wrapped Crackers will satisfy every guest. These tasty bacon crackers are the perfect appetizer for game day and holidays!

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Peppermint Candy Cane Dip

5 ingredient Christmas peppermint dip made with real candy canes. This candy cane dip will be a festive addition to your holiday party spread.

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Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Appetizer

Another favorite in our lineup of Christmas party food idea – Sweet potato rounds with Goat Cheese are the perfect, easy holiday party appetizer! This appetizer is beautiful and delicious to make topped with creamy goat cheese, crunchy pecans, sweet dried cranberries and drizzled with honey.

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Salami Cream Cheese Crackers

These Salami & Cream cheese Roll Ups makes a most delicious and inspiring Christmas or New Year’s Eve finger food appetizer idea.

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Mini Muffin Party Sandwiches

Mini muffin appetizers start with Jiffy cornbread mix for a sweet and salty flavor combo. They’re delicious bite-sized sandwiches with turkey, brie, and cranberry-cream cheese spread, and make a festive Christmas party appetizer for holiday cocktail parties.

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Cheesy Tomato Caprese Dip

Tomato Mozzarella Caprese Dip is the ultimate EASY and pretty red and green appetizer for the holidays. This cheesy dip is perfect for any celebration, tailgating, and especially Christmas.

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Reindeer Donuts

Christmas Donuts made to look like Rudolph! These cute and festive donuts are simple to make and sure to be a hit this holiday season!

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Chicken and Brie Holly Bites

These chicken and brie holly bites are a symphony of sweet fig, roasted apple, melted brie and tangy garlic mayonnaise. This is one of my favorite Christmas party food ideas.

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Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Everyone loves cheese appetizers, and there is nothing easier than Marinated Mozzarella Balls for your next holiday party! You can toss these together quickly with a simple marinade, fresh herbs, and seasonings, to go on a gorgeous charcuterie board or antipasto platter for a large crowd.

Add some crackers, crusty bread, and drinks to get the party going…

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Prosciutto Asparagus 

Grilling the prosciutto with the asparagus gives this appetizer a salty crunch that’s perfect for dipping into a sweet glaze. When a delicious appetizer is this easy to prepare, you owe it to yourself to try it! 

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Christmas Tree Dip

Little Debbie Christmas tree cake dip is the latest delicious trend to take the internet by store. This festive dip combines the popular snack cake with a creamy sweet dessert dip to make the most fun treat of the holiday season!

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