Easy make ahead Christmas appetizers! These festive holiday finger foods and appetizers are easy to make and fun to serve.
When it comes to eating delicious holiday food, it’s hard to pick a favorite.
The sweet treats are amazing, as are the hearty dinner foods, but appetizers might just be the most fun.
They’re versatile, easy to make, and just plain fun to snack on.
If you’re hosting or attending a holiday gathering, you simply can’t go wrong by serving an appetizer!
I put together a list of the best make-ahead appetizers, so you have tons of ideas to choose from.
All of these festive snacks can be made in advance, so you’re not scrambling at the last minute.
Whether you’re traveling to a celebration, or have other recipes to make at the last minute, these easy appetizers are for you!
There’s something for every cooking “skill level” and type of gathering.
From easy dips and spreads, to mouthwatering cheese balls, festive finger foods, and holiday-shaped snacks – you’ll find a crowd pleasing recipe here.
Let’s check ‘em out!
A Christmas Tree Cheese Ball will be a gorgeous addition to the holiday appetizer table this year.
Shaped into a cone and decorated with fresh herbs and pine nuts, this flavorful appetizer is festive and tasty.
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese look and taste like an upscale appetizer, but they’re super easy to make - just 3 ingredients!
The sweet and salty flavor combo is downright amazing.
Everything from the Christmas colors to the fresh herbs, lemon and garlic in the filling makes these Christmas Deviled Eggs truly special.
They are sure to disappear fast, so make extra!
Cheese balls are always popular around the holidays, and this adorable Hedgehog Cheeseball will be the hit of the party.
Quick and easy to make, it’s also naturally gluten free making it perfect for any crowd.
With all the tasty flavors of pizza, Pepperoni Twirls are adorable pinwheels that everyone will love to munch on.
With just a few basic ingredients, they’re easy to make and fun to serve.
Tortellini Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are a fun spin on the classic caprese salad.
They're an easy no-bake appetizer that’s ready in about 25 minutes, bursting with fresh flavors, and look festive when arranged like a wreath.
Hot Spinach Dip is a blend of cooked spinach, three types of cheese and seasonings, all baked together to melted cheesy perfection.
It’s an easy make-ahead party snack that's sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Traditional charcuterie gets a fun twist with these Charcuterie Skewers.
They have all your favorite charcuterie board elements, but can be easily eaten while guests mingle.
Spinach Artichoke Puff Pastry Pinwheels have all the delicious flavors of spinach artichoke dip in a fun bite-sized finger food.
You can even make them ahead of time and freeze them to make life easier.
Turn the flavors of jalapeno poppers into Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball!
They’re mini cheese ball bites with bacon that taste delicious on top of crackers or baguette slices.
This gorgeous Christmas sausage roll wreath is such a show-stopping appetizer for the holiday season.
It’s easy, with only 10 minutes to prep and is stuffed with festive cranberries and pecans.
Is it really a party if there’s no Buffalo Chicken Dip?
Juicy shredded chicken, creamy ranch dressing, cream cheese, hot sauce, and loads of cheese gets baked until golden, bubbly, and perfect for dipping.
It’s everyone’s favorite for a reason!
An Antipasto Wreath bursting with Christmas cheer is here! Salty Italian meats, soft cheeses, juicy veggies, and fresh herbs are arranged and displayed in the most colorful, festive way!
Bacon Wrapped Pickles with Cream Cheese are a wildly addicting, irresistible appetizer that will be sure to wow any crowd.
Not only are these bite-sized treats incredibly flavorful, but they’re also incredibly easy to make!
Serve up a very merry appetizer this holiday season with this cute Santa Charcuterie Board.
It’s easy to make and very kid-friendly.
Scallops are delicious on their own, but when you cover them in bacon you end up with decadent little bites that are special enough for the holidays.
A festive Charcuterie Tree is fun to build and makes a gorgeous centerpiece on your holiday table.
Get into the spirit of the season with savory bites of Italian charcuterie, creatively arranged in a spiral around the tree cone.
Crockpot Cranberry BBQ Meatballs are the easiest holiday appetizer you will ever make!
Simply dump everything into the crock pot and peace out while it cooks, then watch your guests gobble them up.
Marinated Mozzarella Balls are the perfect make-ahead holiday appetizer or party snack!
They are full of flavor from fresh garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and herbs.
Serve them with crackers, crostini, or on their own with toothpicks.
Bacon Wrapped Chorizo Stuffed Dates can be made with either cream cheese or goat cheese, and both ways are insanely delicious!
These easy to make appetizers simply fly off the baking sheet faster than you can make them.
These flaky two-bite pies have a buttery crust and a savory mushroom filling that’s totally irresistible.
Homemade Pimento Cheese, or “Southern pâté,” is a creamy and delicious cheese dip made with a flavorful combination of cream cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, and shredded cheddar cheese.
If you enjoy cheese spreads, you’ve GOT to try this!
All the flavors of an Italian Sub, all rolled into a delicious bite-size pinwheel.
Serve them with toothpicks and a bowl of Italian dressing for drizzling.
Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms elevate the classic appetizer to a whole new level.
The blend of crispy bacon, salty parmesan cheese, buttery breadcrumbs and savory aromatics make these juicy baked mushrooms impossible to resist.
Perfect for kids and adults alike, this easy Christmas Tree Fruit and Cheese Platter looks so festive!
It’s a nice change from traditional charcuterie, and is perfect if there will be vegetarians at your gathering.
Cream cheese, cheddar, crispy bacon, and jalapenos make for the best easy baked Jalapeno Poppers.
Best of all, they’re ready in 25 minutes with loads of flavor!
Charcuterie Jars are adorable and festive, can be made ahead of time, are easy to clean up, and you won’t need a table filled with serving platters and serving bowls.
Convenient store-bought yeast dinner rolls get a makeover with a creamy, tangy chicken filling and a pretzel-like exterior.
The result is a delicious, handheld parcel of goodness that will go perfectly with your other favorite holiday appetizers.
Four different holiday cheese balls in one convenient recipe.
White Cheddar Rosemary Pomegranate, Pimento Cheese, Garlic Chive Goat-Cheese, and Cranberry Pecan are the amazing flavor profiles to choose from - or make them all!
These easy Crab Cakes are ready in half an hour! Served alongside a quick mustard aioli, these exquisite appetizers will make your guests feel like they’re eating at a restaurant.
Wow your crowd with an epic Christmas appetizer made with the most delicious party dip.
Scallion Olive Party Dip recipe is quickly shaped into a Christmas cheese wreath for your most festive party presentation ever.
Get ready to take a trip down memory lane with this 1980s-inspired Pineapple Cheese Ball.
Made with a blend of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and spices, you can whip up this retro appetizer in no time.
Chicken Sausage Rolls are flaky, flavorful, and super tasty. With simple ingredients- puff pastry, minced chicken, onion soup mix they are easy to make, and the perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer.
So quick to make, this Hummus Wreath is guaranteed to impress everyone at your holiday party!
And it can be made completely ahead, which is a total bonus during the busy holiday season!
An amazingly flavorful cream cheese spread that will be the hit of any holiday party.
All the ingredients from your favorite antipasto salad in a delicious, creamy dip!
Layered BLT Dip is a creamy dip made with BLT classics - shredded romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes and crispy diced bacon.
It’s perfect to serve with your favorite crackers or veggies.
Mini Christmas Tree Sandwiches are the perfect finger food for a Christmas party or family gathering.
Quick prep, easy assembling, and totally customizable!
Ready to serve some make ahead holiday appetizers?
I hope this list of easy Christmas appetizers has given you tons of inspiration for what to make or serve at your next holiday celebration.
Guests LOVE appetizers, so you can’t go wrong bringing one or two of these easy recipes!
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