30+ Easy Make Ahead Christmas Appetizers Recipes - Christmas Celebrations (2024)

July 16, 2018Lynette ZapantaChristmas Recipes0

Make Ahead Christmas Appetizers will help you to prepare for Christmas as early as possible. This will help you reduce Christmas time workload. The history of the finger-licking delicious bites dates back to ancient times where the Greeks and Romans would snack on veggies, cheese or olive till the main course is served.

Though the cuisine and serving styles evolved from ancient through modern times, the people all over the world, especially, foodies cannot say ‘no’ to the finger food appetizers.
With Christmas nearing, we thought we’ll share a handful of low-stress make-ahead Christmas Appetizer ideas for your Christmas dinner parties and potlucks. This collection includes recipes for the co*cktail party, kid’s party and what not. Pick one or two of these to please the crowd.

Cheesy meatballs sprinkled with fresh parsley

It’s not a dinner until there’s a cheese ball, what say? These bite-size cheese balls are absolutely a low-stress, no-mess way to wow the guests. Trust us, these tiny treats disappear faster than you imagine!RECIPE HERE


Cheese and pomegranate arils’ fans will devour these soul-filling cheesy apps in seconds — wait and watch! And we’re pretty sure that you will make a batch for New Year’s Eve. Want a twist? Add rosemary instead of sage. RECIPE HERE


Topped with chopped walnuts, this easy two-bite crostini made of cheese and cranberry and bacon jam is sure to give the crowd at dinner something to munch on as you fiddle with Dry-Aged Standing Rib Roast with Sage Jus or the roasted holiday hens.RECIPE HERE

Antipasto Skewers

The secret to the fun-filled holiday season? A co*cktail buffet filled with delicious appetizers. These antipasto salad turned antipasto skewers are the perfect on-a-stick appetizer for your next party.RECIPE HERE

Spicy Marinated Cheese

Marinated in a mixture of oil, dried basil, vinegar, and garlic, the cheesy appetizers can be easily prepared ahead of time. The icing in the cake – just green onions and sun-dried tomatoes are required to dress up these spicy cream cheese and cheddar cheese squares.RECIPE HERE

Savoury Cranberry brie Mini Tartlets

You’re just three ingredients away from this savory party snack. Tossing together the refrigerated phyllo cups, cream brie, and cranberry sauce is just a snap… what a yummy idea!RECIPE HERE

Cucumber bites appetizers

Super simple cucumber bites with cherry tomatoes, cream cheese, mayo and ranch taste as good as they look. Refrigerate them until the potluck begins.RECIPE HERE

Layered Salad for Christmas Party

Just layer chopped lettuce, shredded carrots, cucumbers, celery, red onion, and frozen peas in a pretty glass bowl and spread out the herb-infused dressing. They’ll be ready to serve with a generous amount of cheddar cheese and spicy crumbled bacon.RECIPE HERE

Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

Creamy and yummy, these delicious treats are made by filling a mixture of feta cheese and sweet dried cranberries in tortillas. Cut into 2-3 inch slices and serve. We can’t get enough (and neither will your friends and family).RECIPE HERE

Savory Chicken Tarts

Everyone loves chicken, so why not start the Christmas dinner with savory chicken tarts? Trust us, your guests won’t be able to resist these bite-size tarts filled with the chicken mixture and tomato slices.RECIPE HERE

Jalapeno Popper Crescent Ring

The hidden surprise in this baked crescent-shaped treat? Diced jalapeno, onion, cream cheese, bacon, cheddar cheese, and Monterey Jack cheese. A dangerously addictive and make-ahead appetizer, isn’t it?RECIPE HERE

Savory Holiday Cheese Wreath with red bell pepper bow

Because Christmas wreaths on the doors just aren’t enough! Cheesy cheese cubes rings, cherry tomatoes and a garland of rosemary bring this savory appetizer to life! Perfect for dinner parties and potlucks!RECIPE HERE

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

Appetizer warning: Guests might fill up on this make ahead and freeze cheese ball before you even serve the main course. The combo of smoky bacon and yummy cheese is just hard-to-resist!RECIPE HERE

Delicious Christmas Tree Roll-ups

Mix your cream cheese, parmesan cheese, red bell peppers, and basil leaves, spoon in the mix and spread on the tortillas generously and roll tight. Press them into the triangle shape and refrigerate for 2 hrs and serve. It’s that simple.RECIPE HERE

Caprese Salad Skewers with Balsamic Glaze

Ah, we can almost them! Slide on cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cubes, and the herb of your choice and give the finishing touch by drizzling the balsamic glaze. Perfect app for your upcoming party!RECIPE HERE

Christmas deviled egg

Trust avocado, mayo, yellow mustard, sweet relish, and red bell pepper to deliver a super tasty Christmas party appetizer that’s both pretty and packs a yummy punch. A great easy and make-ahead Christmas appetizer, huh?RECIPE HERE


This veggie and cheesy pizza, full of sliced radishes, bell pepper, broccoli, and grated carrots, will likely make your guests forget about the main course menu they are yet to dig into.RECIPE HERE

This Christmas Veggie Tray Snowman for Kids Party

If there’s one thing your kids love more than Christmas gifts, its snowman! This adorable snowman tray is filled with cauliflower florets, halved button mushrooms, sugar snap peas, celery sticks, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, ranch dressing, and black olives.RECIPE HERE


This colorful cheese ball, covered in Craisins, green onions, and parsley, will thrill your guests that there’s simply no chance this isn’t going to be the star appetizer at your Christmas dinner party.RECIPE HERE

Nacho Cheese Pinwheels

Make bean dip and cheese dip into a meal by spreading them on tortillas for a Mexican touch. Keep the tortilla rolls in the fridge for at least an hour and then cut them into 1/2- to 3/4-inch slices. Secure with toothpicks with two cherries and serve.RECIPE HERE


This cheesy log is perfect for entertaining. This mix of creamy goat cheese log softened cream cheese, honey, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, dried rosemary, pepper, and Cranberry Pistachio Coating mixture is just heaven on your dinner table.RECIPE HERE

Rosemary Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles

Delivering big taste in one bite, this delicious combination of sweet and spicy pecans, fresh rosemary, bits of golden raisins, dried cranberries and currants and goat cheese is perfect for topping a cracker and crostinis.RECIPE HERE


Serve this tiny glazed and baked kielbasa bites with pineapple slices for a deceptively soul-filling Christmas dinner party. The best part- you can serve them all year long. Neither family nor friends will complaint enjoying this appetizer over and again.RECIPE HERE

Baklava Cups for Christmas parties

Baklava cups made of nuts, honey, cinnamon, and melted chocolate are a mouth-watering, elevated appetizer to serve guests during the Christmas season. Keep a batch in the refrigerator and serve as needed.RECIPE HERE

Cheesy Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms

A cheesy holiday bite with the earthy flavors of mushrooms, made with ingredients both you and your tummy will love. And yes, don’t forget to keep a batch in the refrigerator and pop them in the oven as and when the craving signal is on.RECIPE HERE


Crabmeat might not be the first that comes to mind when you think of canapé for your Christmas parties, but this deliciously flavored make ahead appetizer will change the way you play the hostess card.RECIPE HERE

Turkey Club Tortilla Roll-Ups

Tortilla roll-ups are already a sure-fire crowd pleaser in the dinner parties. Try making a batch filled with thin-sliced cooked turkey, fresh greens, peppers, and creamy dressing. Ready to step up the party?RECIPE HERE


If you’re craving to make low-stress, no-mess appetizer with zero effort literally, this cranberry brie appetizer is for just you. If you do not have cranberry sauce at home, either you make or play around with the sauces you have in your kitchen.RECIPE HERE


These Cranberry and cheese phyllo bites might be small but are packed with delicious flavor. As we’re pretty sure that your guests will definitely be back for few more helpings, prepare and keep 2-3 extra batches.RECIPE HERE


Raise your hand if you want to be the best hostess/host this Christmas season? You might wonder what this mango chicken puff is doing in the list of bite-sized make-ahead appetizers. But trust us, creamy mango and chicken filling between puff pastry is yum!RECIPE HERE

30+ Easy Make Ahead Christmas Appetizers Recipes - Christmas Celebrations (2024)


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