Festive Christmas Appetizers and Sides

Food is a huge part of the holiday season, and when your food matches the holiday? Well that’s all the more fun and special! Here are some pretty and festive appetizers and side dishes to decorate your table with for the Christmas season.

30 Festive Appetizers and Side Dishes for Christmas


Spicy Barbecue Cranberry Meatballs – The bright red from the cranberry makes these meatballs a winning appetizer!

Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Cranberry Rosemary Cream Cheese – The red and green from the cranberries and rosemary are so festive – and they just taste like Christmas!

Cranberry and Rosemary Cheese Spread on Crackers

Goat Cheese Marinara Dip – The basil is what makes this dish so stunningly beautiful!


Buffalo Ranch Chicken French Bread Pizza – almost too pretty to eat!


 Skinny Southwest Chicken Dip – Traditionally this seems like a summer dish, but it’s so colorful, with red pepper and green onions, it just screams “holiday” to me!

Skinny Southwest Chicken Salad - Made with tons of healthy veggies and a creamy and flavorful Greek Yogurt dressing. Perfect for a light lunch or snack.

Skinny Taco Dip – More red and green to grace your table – how fun would it to make the lettuce and tomatoes into the shape of a Christmas tree?!

Skinny Taco Dip with Greek Yogurt

There’s just something about the goat cheese and cranberry combo in this Goat Cheese & Cranberry Crescent Ring from Honey & Birch.

The holidays just got better thanks to this easy cranberry goat cheese crescent ring. It can be an appetizer or dessert recipe - it's the perfect mix of sweet and tart! | honeyandbirch.com

More red and green in this festive Tomato & Avocado Bruschetta.

 Avocado Bruschetta: Cream avocado and savory tomato come together in a new version of this classic appetizer

Cream Cheese Cranberry Dip from Julie’s Eats & Treats – Beautiful and so easy!

Cream Cheese Cranberry Dip ~ Easy, Delicious Dip Layered with Cream Cheese, Cranberries, Green Onion and Cilantro!

Who wouldn’t love this Veggie Wreath from Meatloaf & Melodrama?


 Baked Goat Cheese and Roasted Cranberry Appetizer from Honey & Birch is so classy and elegant.

This fancy baked goat cheese roasted cranberry appetizer recipe is easier to make than it looks! It is the perfect appetizer for holiday gatherings like Thanksgiving and Christmas! | honeyandbirch.com

This Christmas Antipasto Wreath from Noble Pig is easy and festive.

Christmas Antipasto Wreath from NoblePig

I’m in love with this Cranberry Cream Cheese Bruschetta from The Creative Bite!

Cranberry Cream Cheese Bruschetta are a fresh twist on a classic appetizer. Toasted french bread is topped with cream cheese and a spicy cranberry salsa for an hors d'oeuvre perfect for any holiday party!

This Cheese-Wreath from Five Heart Home would look so festive on your appetizer table!

Holiday Cheese Wreath ~ this easy and festive Christmas party appetizer is made by arranging cubes of cheese in a ring, accenting with cherry tomatoes and a garland of rosemary, and finishing off with a bell pepper bow! | FIveHeartHome.com

How adorable are these Mini Muffin Appetizer Sandwiches from Celebrations at Home?

Party appetizers - Mini muffin appetizers turn into sandwiches with turkey, brie, and cranberry-cream cheese spread

These Turkey & Cranberry Toppers from Tidy Mom couldn’t be more simple to make and will be a hit at your next gathering!

Turkey Cranberry Toppers recipe at TidyMom.net

Kids and adults alike with love this fun Veggie Christmas Tree from Mom Endeavors!

Edible Christmas Tree

How about some Holiday Hummus from Family Food on the Table for a healthier appetizer?

Holiday hummus - Roasted red pepper hummus gets dressed up with chopped cucumber and feta cheese for an easy, but fancy, holiday appetizer! | FamilyFoodontheTable.com


Fresh Broccoli Salad – The bright green of the broccoli and the red grapes and cranberries make this a perfectly easy side dish.

Lightened Up Creamy Broccoli & Grape Pasta Salad is a Classic Broccoli Salad lightened up with Greek Yogurt and sweetened with honey and grapes - this is the perfect side dish any time of the year

Orange Cranberry Sauce is made from scratch, and what’s more festive during the holidays than cranberry??

Orange Cranberry Sauce on a Spoon

This Pear Pomegranate Salad from House of Yumm is a gorgeous and festive salad.

Pear & Pomegranate Salad with Orange Poppyseed Vinaigrette. This salad is loaded up with juicy pear, tart pomegranate, pecans, feta, all on a bed of fresh baby spinach and drizzled with a citrus orange poppyseed vinaigrette. This beautiful salad will be the highlight of any meal! The colors are perfect for any Holiday spread too!

I’m definitely adding this Roasted Green Bean & Tomato Salad to our holiday menu!

Roasted green bean salad- this is such a delicious and easy side dish!

This festive Winter Salad with Oranges and Cranberries from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is the perfect start to your Christmas dinner.

Holiday Lettuce Salad | Easy enough for any time of the year!

You can’t have a holiday meal without a Jell-O Salad and the Cran Raspberry Jell-O Salad from Joy in Every Season sure fits the bill!

Raspberry Jello Salad-3

Fresh and delicious should be the name of this Spiralized Apple & Cranberry Salad from The Creative Bite!

(Need a Spiralizer? Try this one.) (Aff)

Spiralized Apple Cranberry Salad is an easy and healthy recipe made with crunchy apples, cranberries, pecans and goat cheese all tossed in a light Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing. This salad makes for a a deliciously easy side dish or vegetarian entree you will love!

I’m in love with the idea for this Sugared Cranberry Salad from Foodtastic Mom!

A bowl of Cranberry Salad

Add a healthy side dish to your festive holiday menu with these Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans from Rachel Schultz on Homemaking.


More Goat Cheese please! You’ll love this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans from Delightful E Made.

The perfect side dish for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious! Mandarin oranges, cranberries, goat cheese crumbles and pecans make the flavor combination the perfect partner for just about any meal. The perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner side dish!

This is the all around perfect side dish from Carlsbad Cravings – Cranberry Apple Pecan Rice Pilaf!

Easy one pot Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf simmered in herb seasoned chicken broth and apple juice and riddled with sweet dried cranberries, apples and roasted pecans for an unbelievable savory sweet side dish perfect for the holidays. Everyone always asks for this recipe!

Honeycrisp apples are our favorite and this Holiday Honeycrisp Salad from Five Heart Home looks delicious!

Holiday Honeycrisp Salad ~ full of flavor and texture, this gorgeous salad is loaded with fresh apple slices, crunchy candied pecans, chewy dried cranberries, and salty blue cheese, all dressed with a tangy-sweet apple cider vinaigrette atop a bed of your favorite salad greens...so vibrant and tasty you'll want to make it an annual addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu! | FiveHeartHome.com

Christmas Cheesy Potatoes from Tastes of Lizzy T are a winner for sure.

 Christmas Cheesy Potatoes

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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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