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Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt with Festive Holiday Clues

How to easily plan an epic family Christmas Scavenger Hunt for your kids with printable clues and simple “how-to” instructions.

Christmas Scavenger hunt printable clues

It’s hard to believe that it’s December, and Christmas is literally right around the corner!!

And you know what that means…time for another scavenger hunt!!

I mean, it’s not a holiday in the Weber Abode without one, and it’s such a fun way to celebrate the season!

For the last decade-plus, the kids have awoken to not only wrapped presents and filled stockings from Santa but after we open all of the gifts, there is always a little hidden present in the back Christmas tree that kicks off the first clue of the scavenger hunt that ultimately leads the kids to some sort of surprise at the end!

Small Santa gift bag hanging on a Christmas tree

A scavenger hunt is a perfect way to make your Christmas morning a bit more festive, and it keeps all the kids entertained! Double win!

I know coming up with your own scavenger hunt clues can be time-consuming and labor-intensive, so I’ll share with you the printable Christmas treasure hunt clues that I use for my own family!

I promise, your children will have so much fun with this Christmas activity!

So here are the easy directions to create the scavenger hunt, and honestly, with the printables, it makes it a pretty quick setup! I’ll also share some of my tried and true tips to make it run even smoother!

Christmas Scavenger Hunt

How to Create Your Own Christmas Scavenger Hunt for the Holidays!

1. Click on the image of the Christmas scavenger hunt riddles below to purchase and download the PDF.

Click on this image to purchase and download the PDF

Printable clues for Christmas scavenger hunt

2. Simply print the PDF on either white paper or card stock…I recommend printing them on thicker paper so you can reuse them in future years for other scavenger hunts! Also using a color printer to print the tags is always a good idea to make them a bit more vibrant and fun!

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues being printed

3. Use scissors to cut the printable Christmas scavenger hunt clues along the dotted line.

4. On Christmas Eve night, after the kids have all gone to bed, place the clues in their appropriate places around your house…all of the riddles have been written for it to be an indoor game.

Scavenger hunt clues placed by Christmas tree

Cut printable scavenger hunt clues

Clue #1 – Put clue #1 in a small gift bag or wrapped up somewhere near the Christmas tree. When all of the gifts have been opened, present the kids with the first clue and so the adventure begins!)

Santa bag with small Christmas tree

The first clue is denoted with red polka dots on the top, and the last clue is distinguished by red polka dots on the bottom. All other clues can be put in any order, or even omitted if you want to make it a shorter hunt, or if the clue does not apply to your home/family situation.

As far as what to give as the final gift, here are a few ideas that we’ve done over the years…

  • A family cruise

  • A trip to Disney World

  • Tickets to Universal Studios

  • A countdown to visit family by airplane

And it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant…you could have the hunt lead to a family board game or a set of sports equipment like pickleball rackets and balls, or even an item the whole family will enjoy using together like an ice cream maker.

Truly whatever Christmas scavenger hunt ideas you come up with, I am sure your kids will be excited to receive them!

So, as you can see, it’s pretty darn easy and you can put this cute activity together in a matter of minutes…no elf assistance is needed! I hope your family will absolutely love this fun way to celebrate the holiday season.

What other family traditions do you have for Christmas Day?

Let me know in the comments so I can add some more excitement to our Christmas Day celebration!

Until next time, cheers to happy holiday hunting, and cheers to you!



P.S. If you want to see other treasure hunts I’ve created, here is one for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt

Check out this scavenger hunt for St. Patrick’s Day…You can find more information on my blog!

I also made an EGGS-cellent Easter Scavenger Hunt that you can see in this blog post!

Easter Scavenger hunt printable clues

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