Christmas Scavenger Hunt – A MUST TRY!

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Do you want to lighten up the room with an exciting activity? Are your kids mostly busy with their gadgets instead of spending some quality time with siblings during the holiday season? Or are you just wanting to try something different this year to celebrate the festivities of Christmas?

We have the answer to all those thoughts! Why not do a Christmas Scavenger Hunt?

christmas scavenger hunt

Why a Christmas scavenger hunt you ask? Why not just play the same old activities from years past? Or why not just the typical relay or charade? Here’s why:

  1. It is an engaging game that will require full-on attention that can distract your child from all those gadgets and computer games.
  2. It requires team effort, especially when finding clues to reach the prize or gift.
  3. EASY PREP! You can use any material or any part of the house.
  4. It’s a fun way to encourage your kids to use their imagination through the help of clues.
  5. Since it’s very easy to prepare, it is also very easy to clean up since you’ll only use the items inside your house. Unless you go “all in” and include Christmas confetti and glitters.
  6. A Christmas scavenger hunt game is very exciting that will definitely leave your kids asking for more activities like this one.

To start a Christmas Scavenger Hunt, it will be easier to plan ahead with your ideal flow of the game. Scan your house for spots or places where you can hide fun Christmas clues.

Prepare clue cards that will guide your children from clue to clue. Good news!  We’ve provided a few blank printable clue card below to get you started! Just print, cut and write down the clues.

blank christmas scavenger hunt clue card

Or you can also create your own format of clue cards. If you want to make it extra challenging, you can wrap and hide the clue cards so that they will be harder to find or locate.

Learning how to play a Christmas scavenger hunt activity is easy! You simply need to create a number of Christmas clues that guide players from clue to clue until they find the final prize!

As for the prize or treasure, you can use Christmas gifts or delicious Christmas treats!  Personally, I like to provide a Christmas gift that is yet another clue to what their “big” gift may be on Christmas day.  The sky is the limit!

Free Christmas Scavenger Hunt Printables

And as an early gift, we’ve included four printable clue cards that you can use on your very first Christmas themed scavenger hunt. The clues that we used are famous Christmas songs with missing keywords that will guide or point your kids to their next clue. (Don’t forget to place the clue cards at the spots in the clues) To make the Christmas Scavenger Hunt even more fun, you can include the following rules:

  • Have them sing a Christmas carol to receive the first clue
  • They will have to sing the songs in each clue to receive a bonus gift like candies and chocolates
  • You can play this game exactly at Christmas Eve to create another memorable Christmas family tradition





Aside from the exciting experience, the idea of playing a Christmas Scavenger Hunt is also a perfect way to teach your kids how to have fun and work together to achieve an end goal.  Our family LOVES this tradition and look forward to new challenges/clues each year!