38 delicious and easy make-ahead Christmas appetizers

easy holiday appetizers

The holidays are coming around again and if you’re hosting a party or relatives for Christmas, you’ll want to make sure you’re as prepared as you can be.

If you read our Thanksgiving appetizers post, you’ll know it was full of make ahead recipes to help avoid some serious last minute kitchen prep dramas. So in that spirit, we’ve delved into some more of the best make-ahead appetizer recipes for Christmas.

Some of the recipes that were so popular for turkey day are here, but you’ll also find lots of new additions for your minimal prep, make-ahead arsenal. So when your guests show up, you can spend less time chained to the kitchen and more time enjoying yourself.


  1. The greatest deviled eggs from Bon Appetit

Easy Holiday Appetizers

You’ll want to keep the egg whites and filling separate until it’s time to serve them, but you can make these deviled eggs up to 24 hours in advance. You’ll also have most of the ingredients for these already in your kitchen cupboards or in the refrigerator which cuts down on the grocery shopping.

  1. Hummus Christmas wreath from Two Healthy Kitchens

christmas appetizer hummus wreath

This pretty wreath looks almost too good to eat, plus it takes just 10 minutes to make.

  1. Million dollar dip from The Recipe Critic

Million dollar dip holiday appetizer

This five ingredient dip is a cheesy bacony dream.

  1. Cranberry feta pinwheels from Spend with Pennies

cranberry feta pinwheels holiday appetizer

Pinwheels are always a crowd pleaser and these festive versions will be the hit of your get-together.

  1. Crockpot bacon queso blanco dip from Jo Cooks

Easy Holiday Appetizers

This easy dip is a busy cook’s dream! Just put all the ingredients into a crockpot and leave it to work its magic on a low heat. The hardest part will be arranging the crackers.

  1. Spinach cheese balls from Sweet as Honey

spinach cheesey balls holiday appetizer

These healthy, low-carb appetizers are brilliant for anyone keeping their keto up over the holidays.

  1. Pimento cheese & bacon crostini from Country Living

Easy holiday appetizers

If you didn’t get enough pimento cheese at Thanksgiving, resurrect it on these delicious crostini. You can toast the bread several days before as long as you store it in an airtight container.

  1. Chicken wreath from Taste of Home

chicken crescent holiday appetizer

This chicken wreath is loaded with colorful veggies and it’s freezable too.

  1. Glazed kielbasa bites from Real House Moms

kielbasa bites holiday appetizers

These baked sweet and salty kielbasa sticks are little bites of heaven, and they aren’t too filling either.

  1. Boozy cherry log from Good Housekeeping

Easy Holiday Appetizers

This nutty cheese log can be made the day before, and it will work as either a dessert or an appetizer (or both). Just change the crackers to accompany it accordingly, and you’ll have a versatile multitasking dish on standby.

  1. Spinach artichoke phyllo cups from Go Go Gourmet

spinach cups holiday appetizer

If you want a light appetizer then look no further than these dip-filled phyllo cups.

  1. Sausage and cheese balls from The Spruce

easy holiday appetizers

The best thing about these sausage and cheese balls is you can make them in advance and then freeze them. Then defrost overnight and reheat in the oven, making sure they’re thoroughly warmed through before serving. They’re a yummy, low maintenance alternative to meatballs as they don’t require any sauce – their cheesy-pork goodness by itself is enough to make them disappear fast.

  1. Green goddess cheeseball from How Sweet Eats

cheeseball holiday appetizer

A cheeseball is a must for any holiday gathering, and this festive creation has it’s party outfit nailed.

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