These brilliant easy Christmas appetizers make any spread more festive! Try all the best ideas like finger foods, dips, spreads, and more.

Cheese Board

Throwing a party and looking for appetizer ideas? When the holidays roll around, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. So we put together this list of easy Christmas appetizers to make the festivities a breeze! These finger foods, dips and spreads are simple to put together and look stunning. Whip up an epic cheese board like a pro, or whiz up a few easy dips that will keep everyone coming back for more. (And how fun is that Christmas pizza?) Let’s get started.

And now…20 easy Christmas appetizers!

More Christmas ideas

Looking for more inspiration? Outside of these Christmas appetizers, try these other holiday-themed recipes:

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Cheese Board

25 Easy Christmas Appetizers

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 to 10 1x


These brilliant easy Christmas appetizers make any spread more festive! Try all the best ideas like finger foods, dips, spreads, and more. Try this Ultimate Cheese Board, or scroll up for all the Christmas appetizer ideas. 


  • 4 ounce soft cheese, such as a blue cheese or goat cheese
  • 4 ounce aged cheese, such as English white cheddar or French blue cheese 
  • 4 ounce mild slicing cheese, such as Manchego
  • 4 ounce wild card cheese (anything that looks interesting!)
  • Bread and crackers: crostini, crackers, focaccia bread slices
  • Spicy mustard
  • Jellies or preserves: fig, blackberry, blueberry, apricot, lingonberry, peach, orange
  • Fruit: seedless grapes, sliced apples, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries, blueberries or black berries, dried or fresh figs 
  • Mixed pickles
  • Olives: ripe green or black olives, Castelvetrano olives, or other varieties
  • Salted nuts: marcona almonds, pecans, walnuts, or pistachios
  • Marinated artichokes
  • Peppadews
  • Cured meats like prosciutto, salami, chorizo, etc
  • Fresh herbs, for garnish (rosemary or thyme sprigs, or other)


  1. Start by placing the 4 types of cheese onto the board. Slice cheese that slices easily, and add a knife for more crumbly cheese. Place the cheese at angles that look pleasing on the board. (If you have them, cheese markers are nice to label the cheeses.)
  2. Place the ingredients that need bowls into small bowls on the board, like the mustard, olives, and jam or preserves. Make sure the bowls aren’t too large so they don’t crowd the board.
  3. Fill in the remainder of the space on the board with piles of fruit, crackers, breads and other items. Arrange the ingredients with variation in color and shape in mind. Apple slices look nice placed in a fan, and other fruits can be casually dropped in groups. Stems of grapes always make a nice statement. Start with the largest ingredients and gradually fill in the smaller items.
  4. Once the board is mostly complete, tuck in a few sprigs of fresh herbs to complete the tray (like rosemary or thyme sprigs).
  5. Serve immediately, with small plates, forks and toothpicks if desired. The cheese board can sit out for up to 2 hours at room temperature. Make the board up to 24 hours in advance, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate: allow to come to room temperature 30 minutes before serving.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Appetizer
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Christmas appetizers, appetizers for Christmas, Christmas appetizer ideas

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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