20+ Simple but Festive Christmas Snacks for Entertaining

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These simple yet festive Christmas snacks will make entertaining a little less stressful this year. You can easily make these delicious bites for your holiday party or dinner without adding too much to your hosting plate while still serving some fabulously festive food.

christmas snacks served in bowls and cups in a festive setting.

I love hosting Christmas parties and get-togethers at Bayberry House. I’m always one for entertaining! But, while I love it, I won’t disagree that hosting can be a lot of work. Between decorating and cooking, a lot goes into creating the perfect event.

Snacks are also an integral part of any party. You need snacks regardless of party size or activities! Since I’m already juggling so much when I’m entertaining, I want my snacks to be as simple as possible while still being an experience for the tastebuds.

These Christmas snacks hit all the checkmarks in the festive and flavor departments. You’re sure to find something to serve the next time you have friends and family over!

What Snacks can I Bring to a Christmas Party?

If you are traveling to a Christmas party and bringing a snack to share, I have a few suggestions. Make sure you choose something that is easily transportable—this is not the time to make anything that’s fussy or complicated!

I’m a big fan of bringing delicious dips. They are easy to carry and always a hit. Plus, you can make them a few days ahead of time too! Here are my favorite easy, delicious dip recipes.

If you are looking for something a little different, the tortilla roll ups or pizza bread from above work great. The nuts and pretzels travel well too.

Why You’ll Love These Recipes

  • Effortlessly Elegant: Each recipe is designed to impress without the stress. Whether you’re laying out a cheese board or serving up sweet bites, these snacks look as good as they taste, adding a touch of elegance to your Christmas gathering.
  • Quick and Easy Preparation: We know you’ve got a lot on your plate during the holidays, so these snacks are all about simplicity and speed. You’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the party.
  • Versatile for Any Occasion: Whether it’s a cozy family gathering or a lively Christmas party, these snacks fit right in. From bite-sized nibbles perfect for mingling to snack mixes that keep the conversation flowing, there’s something for every type of event.
  • Memorable Holiday Moments: These snacks aren’t just about eating; they’re about creating experiences. Each bite is a reminder of the joy and warmth of the season, making your Christmas celebrations even more special.

Onto the snacks!

These snacks have a festive twist, whether in their taste or presentation. There is something perfect for every holiday party or dinner on this list.

Cheese Boards & Charcuteries

Set the stage for your holiday feast with a stunning array of cheese boards and charcuteries. These artfully arranged selections are not just a feast for the eyes, but a delightful journey for the palate, offering a variety of flavors and textures to start your festive evening.

Christmas Cheese Board shared like a tree on a table.

Tree Shaped Christmas Cheese Board

Having a spread of cheese, meats, and crackers is a must-have Christmas snack. Why no take it to the next level with a creative presentation.

This tree-shaped Christmas cheese board is an easy and festive appetizer recipe that will impress your guests and be the centerpiece of your holiday table. 

jarcuterie for christmas in paper cups.

Christmas Charcuterie Cups

Okay, this snack might take you a bit longer to assemble, but it’s totally worth it!

If you want to wow your guests this holiday season, then you need to make these Christmas Charcuterie Cups. A winner in both presentation and flavor, these are individual festive charcuterie boards served in a cup. It’s snack perfection!

a cheeseball shaped and decorated like a Christmas tree for festive holiday snacks

Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

If you want a snack to wow the crowd, you must try this Christmas tree cheeseball. It’s the epitome of the festive season in edible form! The cheeseball is made of cream cheese, cheddar, green onions, and pimientos. Then, you can decorate it with edible ornaments like tomatoes, almonds, and peppers.

You can easily prepare this Christmas snack in advance, so all you have to do is bring it out and add some crackers for serving.

marinated mozzarella cubes in a bowl.

Marinated Mozzarella

As I mentioned above, cheese is a must-have snack. Why not make your cheese memorable by marinating it?

From boring to bold, mozzarella gets a flavor upgrade with fresh herbs and spices. This Marinated Mozzarella is easy to make and adds a flavorful too!

You can serve them alone, but I like to pair them with a cheeseboard (or perhaps the aforementioned Christmas tree cheeseball!).

olives tomatoes and herbs shaped into a Christmas wreath form

Olive Holiday Wreath

If you haven’t noticed already, I love serving my food in a fun and festive shape. So when I wanted to make an easy appetizer with olives, I knew I could shape them into a beautiful wreath. Rosemary sprigs, cherry tomatoes, and mini mozzarella balls complete the wreath. Add some seasoning, and you have a quick yet gorgeous Christmas snack to serve.

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Festive Mini Cheese Balls

Step up your appetizer game with these homemade Mini Cheese Balls. Easy to make and irresistibly tasty, these will be the perfect addition to your party menu. Great for holiday celebrations, potlucks, or as a tasty snack, these cheese balls are sure to impress your guests.

Bite Sized Nibbles

When it comes to mingling and jingling, our bite-sized nibbles are the perfect companion. Each little morsel is packed with flavor, offering a delightful taste experience in just one or two bites, making them ideal for casual chats and cozy gatherings.

plate of sliced pepperoni stuffed pizza bread

Pepperoni Bread

If you ask me, pizza is a great treat any time of the year. While not traditionally a Christmas food, I think this pizza-inspired pepperoni bread fits right in for the cozy season!

At any of my family get-togethers, this is always one of the snacks served. Even better, it only requires a few ingredients and takes minimal time. It will be gone seconds after you put it down!

turkey cranberry festive Christmas snacks roll ups

Turkey Bacon Cranberry Roll-Ups

This roll-up takes two Christmas classics, turkey and cranberry, and spins them on its head into a yummy snack form. It’s packed full of flavor and is quite easy to make. It contains deli turkey, crisp bacon, tart cranberries, cream cheese, and green onions for a simple yet flavorful pinwheel.

You could even use leftover turkey to make these after the holidays are over!

herb dusted homemade pull apart bread recipe

Cheese-Filled Pull-Apart Rolls

You can never go wrong with bread and cheese. It’s always sure to satisfy any guests or to enjoy as a Christmas snack for the family. It comes together quickly with thawed frozen bread dough and your favorite cheese. Dip it in some marina, and then you have a warm and delicious finger food!

For my recipe, I shaped my rolls into a tree to make them extra festive and special for the season.

Snack Mixes

Dive into the world of snack mixes where every handful is a surprise. These easy-to-make, easier-to-love mixes are perfect for guests to nibble on throughout the evening, offering a casual yet delicious snacking option that’s as fun to make as it is to eat.

roasted nuts in a bowl

Seasoned and Roasted Cashews

When making Christmas snacks for a party or dinner, I want to make sure I have some easy snacking food that people can just grab while they socialize. These roasted cashews are perfect for just that! They have a hint of heat thanks to some cayenne pepper.

You can serve them alone, but I like to pair them with a cheeseboard (or perhaps the aforementioned Christmas tree cheeseball!).

spinach tortilla roll ups stacked to look like a Christmas tree

Tortilla Roll-ups With Salsa

No matter the time of year, roll-ups make their way into my snack arsenal. Stacked into a Christmas tree shape, I make these roll-ups with spinach tortillas to make it all look extra jolly. On the inside, the mixture of peppers, olives, and chilis gives a nice pop of color.

Give the tree some ornaments and a star, then add a side of salsa for dipping for a delicious Christmas snack.

spicy ranch Christmas snacks recipe

Spicy Ranch Pretzels

You can easily serve a bowl of these spicy ranch pretzels at a holiday gathering alongside some other tasty Christmas snacks. These pretzels are another quick and easy snack to make ahead of time.

I like to make a huge batch and then keep them handy for when I feel like snacking, or have unexpected visitors pop by. These are also great to bag up as an easy and inexpensive homemade gift!

red pepper jelly recipe for the holidays

Red Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese

In the many years of making jams and jellies, my favorite has always been my red pepper jelly. It’s an excellent sweet yet spicy jelly that tastes best (in my opinion) when paired with cheese. You can make some jelly ahead of time to be ready for snacking.

With the jelly, you then spread it over a block of cheese such as brie or cream cheese. Serve it with some crackers, and you’ll find yourself munching away.

Parmesan Truffle Popcorn in a bowl

Parmesan Truffle Popcorn

Looking to level up your snacking? Then you need to try this Parmesan Truffle Popcorn. It’s an easy and decadent way to elevate a classic snack into a gourmet treat!

Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix

Move over check mix, this might be my favorite savory snack mix. Shake up your snack mix game with this Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix. It’s made with sweet potato chips, cheese crackers, mixed nuts, and much more to create an irresistible combination of flavors. You won’t be able to stop at just one handful.ch to any appetizer spread, cheese board, or charcuterie.

Sweet Bites

End on a sweet note with our collection of festive sweet bites. From classic Christmas flavors to new, exciting combinations, these treats are the perfect way to round off your holiday spread, leaving your guests with a taste of the season’s joy and cheer.

white chocolate puff corn in a bowl.

White Chocolate Puff Corn

You only need three ingredients (and some sprinkles) to whip up this salty meets sweet White Chocolate Puff Corn. It’s a delicious and easy-to-make snack that’s perfect for Christmas entertaining and holiday gifting. If I had to describe it in two words: addictively delicious!

homemade bourbon ball Christmas snacks

Bourbon Balls

It’s no secret that I have a love for bourbon. Rather than enjoy the liquor in a cocktail, I made these bourbon balls. These balls are practically candy, made of crushed vanilla wafers, bourbon, pecans, butter, and sugar. Even better, they require no baking!

They’re so addicting you’ll want to pop them in your mouth before you can plate and serve them for entertaining.

red and green sprinkled sugar cookie cups

Here’s another sweet Christmas snack for you! I have to stop myself from popping these cookie cups in my mouth while making them because they’re so small, adorable, and yummy.

Christmas baking can quickly become a stressful event, so I’m always trying to share simple yet beautiful and tasty cookie recipes for you. These cookie cups fit the bill perfectly.

cinnamon coated nuts

Cinnamon Pecans and Walnuts

Sweet cinnamon and roasted nuts are one of the most heavenly scents you can find around Christmas time. Luckily, they’re easy to make and even easier to devour. I eat them alone for snacking or as a nice topper for a cheese board or salad.

If you want to be extra clever, you can make these just before you have guests over. Your whole house will smell festive and inviting!

Cherry Walnut Snowball Cookies on a plate.

Cherry Walnut Snowball Cookies

Classic snowball cookies get a flavor upgrade with cherries and walnuts. These Cherry Walnut Snowball Cookies will make the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie platter and holiday dessert table.

Candy Recipes

Embrace the sweetness of the season with these delightful Christmas candy selection. These homemade candies, ranging from traditional favorites to unique creations, are not just delicious, they’re also a joy to make and share. Perfect for gifting or adding a special touch to your holiday table, these treats are sure to spread festive cheer.

decorated chocolate squares from easy fudge recipe

Creamy 3-Ingredient Fudge

Yes, you read that right! This fudge recipe only requires a whopping three ingredients. It may be one of the easiest Christmas snacks you’ll ever find! And while it’s simple to make, this 3-ingredient fudge doesn’t lack flavor one bit. It’s so so creamy and filled with plenty of chocolate.

You can then dress it up with an easy decoration, as I did with these Christmas light bulbs designed for sugar cakes.

close up of Pistachio Cranberry White Chocolate Candy on plate.

Pistachio Cranberry White Chocolate Candy

I made a batch of these and literally ate the entire thing. These are that good and beyond easy to make.

You only need four ingredients to craft this delicious Pistachio Cranberry White Chocolate Candy. Crunchy, fruity, salty, and sweet, this combination of ingredients makes an irresistible candy that’s lovely for the holiday season as well as delicious any time of the year. 

peppermint white chocolate chex mix served in small white bowls.

Peppermint White Chocolate Chex Mix

Get into the holiday spirit with this easy and delicious Peppermint White Chocolate Chex Mix. It’s a simple yet scrumptious combination of crunchy Rice Chex, salty pretzels, and peppermint candies coated in luxurious white chocolate. The perfect Christmas snack recipe! This party mix is perfect for holiday snacking, Christmas movie nights, or as a thoughtful homemade present.

serving bowl filled with white chocolate chex mix.

Gingerbread Chex Mix

Make your holiday gatherings extra special with this Gingerbread Chex Mix. This delightful recipe combines classic gingerbread flavors with the crunch of Chex, pretzels, and gingerbread cookies, all drizzled with white chocolate. It’s perfect for gifting, party snacks, or enjoying during holiday movie marathons!

What to Serve with These Snacks

Whether you’re hosting a party or are settling in for a cozy night of Christmas movies, you can’t forget to have a drink in hand! Here are some Christmas-themed cocktails you can serve alongside your snacks:

Want a non-alcohol based option? Serve up a batch of homemade hot cocoa of this festive Non-Alcoholic Sangria.

More Holiday Recipes You’ll Love

These are some of my go-to Christmas snacks, and I promise they will satisfy all kinds of munchies you may have during the holiday season. They’re all easy and perfect for entertaining or simply for yourself to eat while you enjoy the festive spirit!

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