Like a lot of folks, I’m always searching for Christmas appetizers that will tantalize taste buds and add a festive touch to holiday celebrations.

The Ultimate Christmas Appetizers:

Over the past few years, I’ve posted many recipes that do just that. This collection highlights some of the Christmas appetizers that my family and friends and I have especially enjoyed. Each delectable treat is part of joy-filled holiday moments that begin with creating and serving and end with eating and savoring.


Christmas Appetizers: Classics with a Twist:

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
I amped up this standard with thick-cut bacon and used an entire water chestnut in each to balance all that bacony goodness. Yummy!

These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

Roasted Parmesan Garlic Shrimp
If you’re looking for a traditional Christmas appetizer that’s exceptionally delicious and easy to make, this is it. To punch up their flavor, toss medium-sized shrimp in olive oil, spices, Parmesan, and fresh garlic. Then roast the shrimp in the oven and serve them with cocktail sauce.

Roasted Parmesan Garlic Shrimp - Christmas Appetizer Recipe #christmas #holiday #appetizer #recipe #shrimp

Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Want another shrimp recipe? Then you must try these Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp. These shrimp are loaded with delicious flavor and wrapped with bacon. As Ina Garten would say, “How bad can that be?”

Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp #bacon #shrimp #appetizer #recipe #holiday #christmas #glazedshrimp #baconwrapped

Tortilla Roll-ups with Salsa

These Tortilla Roll-Ups are the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. Stacked into a tree shape and served with salsa, they are an easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing snack.

Christmas Tortilla Roll-ups Appetizer recipe #christmas #appetizer #pinwheel #rollup #recipe

Really Good Jalapeño Dip
The recipe for this dip came from my dad’s wife. The recipe name is an understatement. It truly is the best jalapeno dip I’ve ever tasted. It has just the right amount of heat, but you can make it hotter if you like.

This Really Good Jalapeño Dip is easy to make and perfect for any celebration. #christmas #appetizer #recipe #holiday #dip #jalapeno

Cheese-Filled Pull-Apart Rolls

Lovingly shape these Cheese-Filled Pull-Apart Rolls into a Christmas tree to create the ultimate holiday appetizer. Serve with a bowl of marinara sauce for a grand, festive treat!

Cheese-Filled Pull-Apart Rolls #appetizer #recipe #christmas #holiday #cheesefilled #rolls #pullapart #snack

Mini Cheese Truffles
My fondness for cheeseballs is widely known. (Find all of my cheeseball recipes here.) These Mini Cheeseballs/Cheese Truffles are a cute and delicious take on this ever-popular Christmas appetizer. What’s especially great is that the presentation stays neat and lovely throughout your event.

Cheese Truffles - Christmas Appetizer Recipe Idea #christmas #appetizer #cheeseball #holiday #recipe

Everything Bagel Cheeseball
Speaking of cheeseballs, this Everything Bagel Cheeseball is one of the most popular recipes on Inspired by Charm. While I originally created it to look like a pumpkin, you can shape it into a ball to suit any season.

The Ultimate Everything Bagel Cheeseball recipe #cheeseball #holiday #recipe #appetizer #everythingbagel #cheese


Christmas Appetizers – Forever Favorites:

Cranberry Meatballs
The addition of cranberry sauce in the glaze nicely complements the onion and other seasonings in these meatballs. Your guests will ooh and aah about them and immediately go back for more!

Cranberry Meatballs for an easy holiday appetizer recipe #christmas #holdiay #recipe #appetizer #meatball

Really Good Veggie Dip
Although veggies are tasty on their own, this dip will take them to another level. To me, this veggie dip is the “best of the best.” I was lucky enough to get the recipe from the deli in my hometown.

This Really Good Veggie Dip is actually THE BEST vegetable dip! #christmas #appetizer #recipe #holiday #veggie #vegetable #dip

Artichoke Wonton Wrappers
My mom has often made these for family Christmas Eve get-togethers. I love the look and taste, and recently found out how easy they are to create. A Christmas appetizer triple win!

Artichoke Wonton Wrappers | #christmas #appetizer #recipe #holdiay #artichoke #wonton

More Merry & Bright Christmas Appetizer Bites:

Red Pepper Jelly
Red pepper jelly goes beautifully with cream cheese and crackers. I’ll show you how to make your own red pepper jelly, so you can get just the right amount of heat.

Red Pepper Jelly | #holiday #appetizer #recipe #christmas #jelly

Christmas Tree Cheeseball
Deck the halls with cheese and fun! This colorful tree-shaped cheeseball is a show-stopper that is also a delight to put together. (IBC readers know how much I enjoy decorating Christmas trees!)

Christmas Tree Cheese Ball - holiday appetizer #christmas #cheeseball #recipe #holiday #christmastree #cheese

Fried Ravioli
This recipe is a fan-favorite probably because it’s super easy and oh-so tempting. It uses store-bought ravioli and three ready-made sauces for dipping. I even recorded a video to show you what to do.

Fried Ravioli with Marinara Sauce #christmas #appetizer #recipe #holiday #ravioli #fried

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Peppadew Peppers
These Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Peppadew Peppers are a delicious bite-sized appetizer that’s ideal for the holidays. Sweet peppers, cream cheese, AND bacon. Could it get any better than that?

These Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Peppadew Peppers make a delicious holiday appetizer! #bacon #wrapped #peppadew #peppers #creamcheese #holiday #christmas #appetizer #recipe

Walnut Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
These mini-portobello mushrooms are divine! Their rich and hearty flavor and convenient bite-size make them a perfect nibble. I promise your guests will be begging for the recipe.

These Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms make the perfect appetizer recipe for the holidays! #christmas #appetizer #recipe #stuffedmushroom #mushroom

If you’re bored with the classic taco dip, switch things up and try this BLT Dip recipe. It’s a personal favorite!

The Ultimate BLT Dip Recipe layered with Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Cheese! #BLT #dip #appetizer #recipe #bacon #christmas

Olive Wreath Holiday Appetizer
This Olive Wreath is a delicious and beautiful holiday appetizer idea. You can assemble it in minutes, and it adds a tasty and colorful touch to any party spread.

Easy Olive Wreath Holiday Appetizer recipe idea. #christmas #recipe #thanksgiving #holiday #appetizer #recipe #olive

Want more tasty Christmas treats? Try these:

I hope this round-up of ultimate Christmas appetizer recipes has inspired you.

Which recipes will you be making for your next big party? Which ones will you be surprising your friends or family with on a quiet evening at home during the holiday season? I’m confident everyone will love the Christmas appetizers you create.

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  • Carmen at

    These are great recipes-thank you for sharing!! You have great taste!!

  • Sirenna at

    I love these recipes and can’t wait to dig in deeper to your blog. I’ll be making the Christmas tree cheese ball for our company holiday food competition – since we are all still remote it will basically be all presentation. I’ll share the credits and brag about how much fun stuff you have on here. Wish me luck!!

  • Cindy Trevino Perez at

    I love love all the great appetizers!! Can’t wait to try them out and thank you for sharing such great ideas. My favorite was the olive wreath it’s not only beautiful but olives are my favorites so it will taste just as delicious!

  • Heidi Horne at

    Michael, You do inspire me ! Thank-you so much for your Awesome site I love getting lost in all your wonderful idea’s and inspiration

  • Margo Rothaus at

    Oh, I stand corrected. I see that you do indeed have many ads on your blog. (I don’t get them, but they are needed to pay the bills. Sorry for the first part of the comment I just posted!

  • Margo Rothaus at

    I don’t get any ads with your blog Michael. So it must be the server of the reader who complained. It’s something she should look into. I switched servers and requested very limited ads. I don’t remember how. . . . I also wanted to tell you that you are uncanny! These appetizers are just incredible! Everything that could possibly be the most delicious, the most tempting, the most festive appetizers one could have at a party celebrating the holidays! Of course most of us won’t be having big parties, or any gatherings this year. And many of us will be just with our most immediate family-like maybe a party for a few ore even two! But I am absolutely going to make as many of these appetizers as I can – maybe they will be our dinner on New Year’s Eve!!! Thank you so much! I’m not your typical reader, I’m quite an old lady in fact! But I love your blog!

  • Gail Taylor at

    I love your blog but sometimes there are so many ads I give up looking at all the recipes. It’s extremely annoying.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Sorry you feel that way, Gail. I have almost 2,000 posts on my website that took me almost 12 years of work to create. I offer this all for free. My bills every month just to keep the site active and alive are close to $2,000. (If not more.) The ads keep the site alive. The ads allow me to offer this content for free to millions. Yes, ads are annoying. I agree. But in the case, they are essential. I hope you understand and don’t mind the mere seconds it takes to scroll past them or click out of them.

      xo Michael

  • Martha at

    Wonderful recipes and very beautiful too. I loved your Christmas tree appetizer.

  • Betsy Cornell at

    You amaze me. These look delish – so kudos to your cooking AND photography skills. I only found you this past Easter, and I’m so glad I did. Your kitchen, Christmas decorations, cocktails and recipes are amazing. Happy Holidays.

  • Julie at

    This entire menu is perfect for our upcoming Christmas party. 100%
    Thank you so much for the great ideas. The olive wreath is my favorite for this Italian girl.

  • Anna at

    Okay, I need to make all of these. YUM!

  • Pat at

    Every dish is amazing! I’m so glad you shared them! I’m having a gathering in a couple of weeks and have wanted new appetizers for a change. Can’t say which one is my favorite as they all look and sound delish!

  • Sabrina at

    just what I needed, some Christmas appetizer inspiration, thank you, I need some new ideas and these will do very nicely!

  • Angela at

    Wow wow wow. Fatten a sister yo why don’t you! These look amazing!

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