Looking for a Christmas scavenger hunt printable this holiday season?
First of all, high five to you for being a fun parent, teacher, or party host!
Scavenger hunts are such a fun activity and the perfect addition to any Christmas party, event, or family gathering.
You’ll be revving up the holiday fun as you get people moving, talking, and doing an actual activity together – besides crowding around the charcuterie board.
Keep reading to get some awesome ideas and to grab our own copy of my free printable scavenger hunts!
How Does A Scavenger Hunt Work Exactly?
There are actually two different styles of scavenger hunts.
1. Treasure Hunt Style
The first type of scavenger hunt involves clue cards that are placed in various locations.
Each clue leads to the next clue card. At the end of the hunt, the last clue leads you to some kind of special surprise.
These Christmas scavenger hunt riddles are perfect for Christmas morning or Christmas eve to lead kids to a big gift after opening their Christmas presents.
2. Hunt Items On A List Style
I would say this is more of the original, classic style of scavenger hunt.
Participants work individually or in small groups to hunt for items on a list.
Whoever checks off all the items first runs to have hand in their sheet, have it reviewed, and then they win a small gift of some kind.
A variation of this is a photo scavenger hunt. Which means you take a picture of everything on the list to prove you found it.
Holiday items on the list may be Christmas lights, hot chocolate, a candy cane, Santa’s sleigh, jingle bells, Christmas cards, Christmas tree, etc.
The free printables in this blog post are focused on this style, and I’m so excited to share how you can get the most out of it!
Awesome Ideas For Your Christmas Scavenger Hunt Game
1. Easy Holiday Game
If you’re hosting a holiday party in your home, co-op, classroom, or wherever, this is a fun way to get people up and moving!
Young kids, older kids, and really the whole family can jump in and have fun with this!
2. Set A Time Limit
To add an extra element of excitement, tell your participants that they only have a limited amount of time to find the most things they can on their list.
The stopwatch will definitely light a fire under people to get going and find the most things they can!
3. Phone (or Text) A Friend
Allow groups a “lifeline” option.
They can call or text so many friends to get pictures of items they can’t find.
4. Take It On The Road
Do you have a road trip to Grandma’s house over winter break or some other long car ride?
Take the below printables with you!
Kids can check off everything they see along the way on their trip.
5. Have An Online Party
Are you away from family this year?
How fun would it be to let the cousins have a Christmas zoom or Facetime party together?!
Give each kid one of the printables and have them take off in the house looking for items. Let them bring the phone or tablet with them so that the cousins can keep talking while they’re hunting.
Check Out Your Free Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt Packet!
****At the bottom of the post is a text link that leads to a printable pdf file.
I provided four different scavenger hunts to choose from.
You might prefer one list or style to the other.
Or maybe your want to use different ones as a Christmas tradition each year!
What If I Don’t Have All The Things On The List?
No worries – you have options.
Consider reaching out to friends to see if you can borrow a few things.
Check an inexpensive place like Dollar TRee or Five Below for a few of the things.
You could also print out pictures of whatever you are missing.
You can place them in unexpected places, like the bathroom wall. Or if you have a younger audience, you can place them on doors, taped to the glass of pictures on the wall, under the Christmas tree, etc.
You could even tape a picture of mistletoe over a door frame!
As an alternative, you could tell your participants that they get so many “freebies” or “wild places.”
Which means they can win even if they don’t find every single thing.
****These PDF files are intended for classroom, homeschool, co-op, and personal use only. No commercial use of any kind is authorized. Thank you!
I hope that you and your entire family enjoy this fun Christmas activity together!
It is such a great way to get moving, have fun, and get in the holiday spirit.
If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out my other holiday printables and Christmas crafts: