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Free Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt with Festive Holiday Clues

How to easily plan an epic family Christmas Scavenger Hunt for your kids with free 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 free 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 free 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!

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

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

Click on this image to download the PDF

(please check your spam folder if it doesn’t arrive in your inbox within a couple of minutes!)

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!

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

Scissors with printable Christmas scavenger hunt

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.

Cut printable scavenger hunt clues

Here is what each of the clues says and the corresponding location for each clue.

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

A very merry good morning to you!

Look in the washer to find your next clue!

Clue #2 – Place riddle #2 in the washing machine.

Now it’s time for the second clue.

Search the place where you leave a shoe!

Clue #3 – Wherever you keep shoes in your house is where you will want to put this clue. We have a shoe basket in our hallway, but I know some people keep them in the garage or even in a closet.

Now you’re really thinking fast,

go to the place where mom slept last.

Clue #4 – Card #4 goes somewhere near mom’s side of the bed. If you have younger children you may want to make it easier to find, and for older kids, you could hide it under the pillows or blankets.

Way to go, here’s clue #4…

search around our home’s front door.

Clue #5 – This clue should be put by the front door of your house. Again, feel free to make it easier or harder to find based on your kids’ ages and capabilities.

For Christmas presents, you are never too old…

The next clue is where we keep our food cold.

Clue #6 – The refrigerator or freezer is where clue #6 belongs.

It’s Clue #6, look near & far…

head to the place where we park the car.

Clue #7 – Hunt clue #7 can be placed somewhere near your car, which is hopefully in a heated garage!

Oh, holiday lights, you’re all aglow.

The spot where cookies bake, you now must go!

Clue #8 – The last clue goes in (your non-heated) oven.

You’ve done so well, it’s now the final clue…

Look in the largest closet there’s a present for you

There is no Clue #9 but you need to put the grand gift in the largest closet in your house (for my family that’s my closet) as the final destination for the Christmas present scavenger hunt.

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!

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 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 on this blog post!

Easter Scavenger hunt printable clues

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