Easy Christmas Santa appetizers are the perfect addition to your holiday party spread.

You can make these adorable healthy Christmas skewers with only a few simple ingredients, including cherry tomatoes, mini mozzarella cheese balls, and fresh basil leaves.

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It’s easy to put together these festive appetizers – just slice the tomatoes and bocconcini in half, layer them on skewers with basil leaves, and put in black sesame seeds to make Santa’s eyes.

Add a slice of cucumber or a Ritz cracker on the bottom of the skewers for added balance. These cute holiday party foods are the perfect way to spread holiday cheer!

santa appetizers



Easy Christmas Santa Appetizers


Cherry Tomatoes – These small, round tomatoes are sweet, juicy, and perfect for snacking. You can also use grape tomatoes.

Mini Mozzarella Cheese Balls – You can use cherry mozzarella balls or bocconcini or if you can’t find any, buy the whole ball of fresh mozzarella and cut it into smaller pieces to match the size of the grape tomatoes.

Fresh Basil Leaves – Fresh basil leaves give these skewers a nice flavor and really round up the bite but they are not essential and you can skip them if don’t have fresh basil at hand.

Black Sesame Seeds – Used to make the eyes for Santa, you could also use black peppercorns.

Ritz Crackers – Use Ritz crackers or cucumber slices as a base to help the Santas stand up.

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How to Make Santa Caprese Skewers:

Step 1: Wash the cherry tomatoes and slice them in half.

Step 2: Layer skewers in the following order: Basil leaf (fold in half if too large), half a cherry tomato (outside edge facing the basil), mini mozzarella cheese ball, and half a cherry tomato (inside edge facing mozzarella)

Step 3: Carefully place the black sesame seeds onto the mozzarella ball to resemble Santa’s eyes.

Step 4: Place the skewer on top of a cucumber slice or a Ritz cracker for balance and serve!

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Can these be made ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these Christmas Santa appetizers ahead of time. Simply assemble the skewers and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before serving. It is best however to add the crackers or cucumbers just before serving to prevent them from going soggy.

santa appetizers

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Yield: 12

Easy Christmas Santa Appetizers

santa appetizers

These Christmas Santa skewers are the perfect holiday party appetizer - they're easy to make, delicious, and oh-so-festive! With their colorful and creative design, these festive skewers are sure to impress your guests and make a great addition to any holiday spread.

Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 12 mini mozzarella cheese balls
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 12 Ritz crackers or cucumber slices


  1. Begin by washing the cherry tomatoes and slicing them in half.
  2. Layer the skewers in the following order: start with a basil leaf (fold in half if it's too large), then add half a cherry tomato (outside edge facing the basil), followed by 1 mini mozzarella cheese ball, and then half a cherry tomato (inside edge facing the cheese ball).
  3. To create Santa's eyes, carefully place the black sesame seeds onto the mozzarella ball.
  4. For added balance, place the skewers on top of a cucumber slice or a Ritz cracker. Serve and enjoy!

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 179mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g


    These healthy Christmas Santa appetizers are a fun and festive way to add some holiday cheer to your party spread.

     Whether you’re hosting a large gathering or a small get-together, these healthy holiday appetizers are easy to make and perfect for any holiday party.