37 Delicious and Easy Make-Ahead Christmas Appetizers

Which of these make-ahead Christmas appetizers will save your sanity this holiday season?

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.


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If you read our make-ahead Thanksgiving appetizers post, you’ll know it was full of recipes to help avoid last-minute kitchen dramas.

So in that spirit, we’ve delved into some more of the best make-ahead Christmas appetizer recipes.

Make-ahead appetizers that win at Christmas

A few of the ideas 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.

Here’s my essential toolkit for successful make-ahead meal prep

Freezer Tape and Sharpie Marker Set

Freezer Tape and Sharpie Set

Keep things organized with clever tape that won't fall off in the freezer
Food bag holders for meal prep

Bag Stabilizer Stand

These sturdy food bag holders will give you an extra pair of hands when you need them
Make ahead meal storage containers

Ziploc Twist’n’Loc Food Containers

These handy boxes come in all shapes and sizes and are BPA-free

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  1. The greatest deviled eggs from Bon Appetit
    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.
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  3. Hummus Christmas wreath from Two Healthy Kitchens
    We love make-ahead christmas appetizers where everyone wins and that’s where this tasty recipe comes in. This pretty wreath looks almost too good to eat, plus it takes just 10 minutes to put together.
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  5. Million dollar dip from The Recipe Critic
    This five-ingredient dip is a cheezy-bacony dream.
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  7. Cranberry feta pinwheels from Spend with Pennies
    Pinwheels are always a crowd pleaser and these festive versions will be the hit of your get-together.
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  9. Crockpot bacon queso Blanco dip from Jo Cooks
    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 low heat. The hardest part will be arranging the crackers.
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  11. Spinach cheese balls from Sweet as Honey
    These healthy, low-carb appetizers are brilliant for anyone keeping their keto up over the holidays.
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    Products that make it easy to feed a crowd

    Buffet Food Warming Tray

    Buffet Warming Tray

    This warming tray with four compartments is perfect for parties and family gatherings
    Meal prep containers

    Meal Prep Containers

    Make meal prep easier than ever with these sectioned containers
    3 Tier Oval Bowl Set with Collapsible Rack

    3-Tier Serving Bowl

    The best space-saving way to present multiple dishes
  13. Pimento cheese & bacon crostini from Country Living
    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.
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  15. Chicken wreath from Taste of Home
    This chicken wreath is loaded with colorful veggies and it’s freezable too.
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  17. Glazed kielbasa bites from Real House Moms
    These baked sweet and salty kielbasa sticks are little bites of heaven, and they aren’t too filling either.
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  19. Boozy cherry log from Good Housekeeping
    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.
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  21. Spinach artichoke phyllo cups from Go Go Gourmet
    If you want a light appetizer then look no further than these dip-filled phyllo cups.
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  23. Sausage and cheese balls from The Spruce
    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.
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  25. Green goddess cheeseball from How Sweet Eats
    A cheese ball is a must for any holiday gathering, and this festive creation has its party outfit nailed.
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    My favorite make-ahead cook book

    Make ahead and freezer meals cookbook

    Seriously Good Freezer Meals Recipe Book

    If you love make-ahead and freezer recipes then check out this cookbook, it's loaded with over 150 delicious creations!

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