50 Appetizers for a Christmas Potluck

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~ These appetizers for Christmas potlucks and parties showcase lots of fun shapes, festive holiday colors, and all your favorite seasonal flavors. There’s a wide range from casual to upscale … classic to uniquely trendy. And, most of them can be made completely – or at least partially – ahead (yay … no last-minute stress)! ~

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Got a Christmas potluck party on your schedule this holiday season? (Or maybe two or three … or five?!?) Yeah, me too!

Then we both need some really festive, celebration-worthy potluck appetizer ideas – and I’ve got some real {deck-the-halls} doozies!

Recipes that are extra: extra yummy, extra festive, extra fabulous. Because it’s the holidays, after all!

Christmas is the time to pull out all the stops, especially when you’re bringing a dish to share at a party where you want to win all those oooooohs and aaaaaahs and WOWs!

But that doesn’t have to be hard to do. I specifically picked extra easy appetizers for this collection. “WOW” can also be stress-free, I promise!

An Appetizer for Every Type of Holiday Party

Whether you’ve been asked to bring the appetizer starter for a Christmas potluck dinner, or you need a genius showstopper for an office party or cookie exchange or family celebration … there’s something here for every festive occasion!

  • Many of these are make-ahead recipes, or at least have a lot of make-ahead components, which is ideal for potluck situations.
  • There’s a mix of “cute” themed appetizers shaped like Christmas trees and wreaths and snowmen (Fa La La La Laaaaa) + others that dial back the overt “cute” factor in favor of a little sophistication.
  • I’ve also selected some that are casual, and some that are upscale … some that are dip-able, plus some that are individual, finger food nibbles.

So, no matter what type of holiday party you’re heading to, there’s a perfect appetizer here, just waiting for you!

50 Festive Appetizers for a Christmas Potluck Party

Need Even More Christmas Party Appetizer Recipes?

Oh, don’t you worry … we’ve got ’em!

  • If you specifically want appetizer ideas that are full-on Christmas-y … as in, clearly shaped like reindeer and Christmas ornaments and snowmen and Christmas trees … then take a look at our collection of oh-so CUTE Christmas Appetizers for some additional ideas beyond the adorable ones showcased here!
  • If you mostly just need a FAST and SIMPLE recipe, then you definitely want to peek at our collection of Easy Christmas Appetizers, most of which can be made in 15 minutes or less!
  • Or, you can check out our always-popular showcase of Easy Party Food Appetizers. These aren’t as specifically holiday-focused, but there are some additional, really simple and tasty ideas, including some great ones you might like for after-Christmas parties or New Year’s bashes.
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Wishing you a most joyous, extra-fun, crazy-delicious holiday season!

I hope these appetizer recipes give you some exciting new ideas to try. And I hope they win you lots of compliments at all your Christmas dinner parties, potlucks, cookie exchanges … alllllll the celebrations!

Happy, happy holidays! 🙂

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Updated on December 7, 2022