I love to try new family activities during the holidays and these free printable Christmas scavenger hunt clues are so much fun! This is an activity that will really get my family into the Christmas spirit.
How to Make Christmas Extra Special
Making Christmas extra special doesn’t have to be hard. The internet helps make it easy because we can find awesome ideas and even free printables to keep it simple.
There are lots of things we can do to make the holiday season merry for our families. Some simple ways I make December special at my house are:
- I love to bake special treats during December that I don’t make other times of year. The kids love to come home from school to find something yummy in the kitchen waiting for them.
- Scheduling some extra movie nights is essential for us during December. We love to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
- Making homemade gifts to give to family and friends is another way we spend time together during December. There are so many fun gift ideas that kids can help make! We are making some Reindeer Hot Chocolate Gift Bags to hand out to my daughter’s friends this year.
- Sending out Christmas cards can be a family affair and our relatives love to see my kids signatures on the cards!
- It is fun to let each child pick something we can do as a family during December. They get so creative because we like to do activities on a budget.
- If we happen to get snow we love to get outside and have snowball fights, build forts and all just act like kids for a day.
How to Use Christmas Scavenger Hunt Riddles
Game time is always a priority at my house. My whole family is competitive and we all like to WIN! Solving riddles and puzzles gets my kids very excited.
If your family isn’t competitive, you don’t have to make the hunt a competition. Everyone can work together so that there isn’t a single winner.
Christmas scavenger hunts are extra fun because kids know there may be gifts found during the hunt! These Christmas treasure hunt clues are easy for the whole family.
This holiday scavenger hunt involves easy riddles and can be used on Christmas morning, for a Christmas party, or anytime during the month.
I like to use this during the month and give small gifts and treats to keep my kids anticipating the big day!
Just print these scavenger hunt clues off on white cardstock. Cut the cute ornaments out with scissors and attach a ribbon or twine if you like.
Place the riddle ornaments in the appropriate places around the house and yard based on the clues and hide items and gifts as you go!
You don’t have to use all of the clues. Each one promises a special surprise with a hint as to where to find it.
So, you can place a new clue with each item or give your child(ren) all the clues at once.
Download the Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues
You’re welcome to download and print the clues pictured above. They come in a printable PDF.
Fill in the form below to print these scavenger hunt clues off for your holiday themed scavenger hunt game.
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Make Your Own Hunt
I’ve created the printable clues to make it easy for you to have your own Christmas scavenger hunt, but you can make your own version instead to make the game personalized for your own family.
You can be as simple or as fancy as you want. You can write the clues on small pieces of paper or print them on blank cards, then decorate them with drawings or stickers. It’s up to you!
Here are some tips to create a treasure hunt:
- Use popular Christmas characters and terms as inspiration for your clues (e.g. With some help from an elf, Santa placed a treat for you on the bathroom shelf!)
- Place the first clue card somewhere out in the open where it will be easily spotted or initiate the game by handing the clue to the youngest family member.
- Each clue should guide the seeker to the next clue, except for the last clue which will guide them to the prize (perhaps the Christmas tree).
- Have fun with it! Lead the participants all over the house with the clues.
- Recruit your older kids and teens to help with the clue writing and hiding
If you want to provide special surprises with each clue, here are some sugggestions:
More Christmas Activities
There are so many great Christmas ideas I wish we had more time to try them all!
If you loved this free printable be sure to check out these other great ideas for Christmas:
- 12 Free Printable Christmas Games
- Countdown to Christmas Ideas
- Christmas Word Search for Kids
- Printable Christmas Maze for Kids
- Christmas Tic Tac Toe
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