9 Easy and Festive Last-Minute Christmas Appetizers

Looking for some last-minute finger foods for your upcoming Christmas gathering? Whether with extended family or a small group of friends, these quick and easy Christmas appetizers are sure to bring a holly, jolly smile to everyone’s face.

Many of these holiday-themed appetizers can actually be prepared in about 15 minutes or less. Consider adding some of these delicious starters to your Christmas traditions list! That way, they won’t always be so last minute…

Depending on the type of Christmas party, you might want to invite your guests to participate in making some of these delicious holiday-themed finger foods.

These festive snacks will surely be a hit at your next party! So, turn up your favorite Christmas playlist, and let’s get started on these easy Christmas appetizers!

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9 easy last-minute Christmas appetizers.  A plate with mozzarella cheese and tomato slices.

1. Lemon Whipped Ricotta

Lemon juice, ricotta, honey, and fresh or frozen cranberries. Whip the lemon juice and ricotta and make some cranberry honey. Throw baguette pieces into the oven and let them toast for a few minutes.

Kristen from the Endless Meal mentions that if you drizzle a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle salt on the baguette slices before toasting them in the oven, they’ll taste even more delicious!

Check out the delicious Lemon Whipped Ricotta.

Festive Christmas party games for adults

Play festive Christmas party games while enjoying the delectable treats.

Your adult guests will love these activities, from fun icebreakers and relaxed table games to active races.

2. Christmas Wreath Appetizer

Can’t decide how you want to decorate your serving table? This Christmas wreath appetizer should do the trick! At least until everyone starts eating it, so it is a temporary solution but an elegant one nonetheless.

Use rosemary sprigs to make the wreath. Decorate the wreath with cubed cheeses, cherry tomatoes, Manzanilla olives, and Kalamata olives. Make sure to pat dry the tomatoes and olives well.

3. Cranberry-Brie Crostini

A few slices of toasted baguette topped with brie cheese and cranberry sauce, and you have an easy recipe for mouthwatering crostinis.

Sprinkle a little bit of chives to give it a more festive look.

This simple appetizer is even better because you can prepare it in just 15 minutes! It’s perfect for a fancy Christmas Eve appetizer.

Grab the Cranberry-Brie Crostini recipe from Eating Well

4. Cucumber Bites

Scoop out the cucumber innards and pipe in a mayo-ranch mixture. Add a sliced cherry tomato and a dash of salt and pepper.

A simple Cucumber Bites appetizer from Valya’s Taste of Home.

5. Christmas Charcuterie Board

Satisfy your hungry relatives with this Christmas tree charcuterie board!

This particular recipe is about 30 min, but it might also depend on how long it takes you to assemble the pieces of the Christmas tree (cheeses, meats, dried fruits, etc). So, if you make a tiny charcuterie board, you’ll get it done in less time.

6. Christmas Chex Mix

Who doesn’t love M&Ms and pretzels? It’s a simple yet fun way to bring a jolly smile to your guests. They’re very addictive, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching for several handfuls throughout the night.

Mix some Chex cereal, Cheerios, red and green M&Ms, and pretzels. Stir in melted white chocolate and let the mixture sit until the chocolate hardens.

Sweet Christmas Chex Mix from I Heart Naptime

7. Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Cranberry sauce for making cranberry cream cheese dip
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A quick and easy Christmas-themed dip for your next holiday bash! This cranberry cream cheese dip will be a delight to eat! Serve the dip with a plate of crackers.

If you use a ready-made cranberry sauce or prepare the sauce in advance, this appetizer takes less than 15 minutes to put together.

The homemade cranberry sauce is worth it though, fresh cranberries, orange juice, water, and sugar. Yummy!

8. Cookie Cutter Christmas Tree Appetizers

How adorable are these cookie cutter Christmas tree appetizers?? These little Christmas trees are so cute you might not want to eat them! It takes about 20 minutes to assemble the little food trees.

Use mini star-shaped cookie cutters to make the branches of the tree. These are specifically made for this appetizer.

9. Grinch Fruit Kabobs

This one is super easy and quick to make. All that’s needed are toothpicks, mini marshmallows, green grapes, strawberries, and bananas.

Have the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon play while you make Grinch Fruit Kabobs.

These kabobs would also be fun for guests to participate in making.

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