Christmas is one of the most popular times of the year for organizing a scavenger hunt, especially for kids. So if you need some inspiration this festive season, here are 10 Christmas scavenger hunt riddles (and their answers!) for you to use.
We’ve provided some ideas below for how to use them, plus we’ve produced a free printable sheet containing these riddles to make it easier for you to organize – keep reading to get your copy.
We’ve mentioned that these are great for using with kids, but they could just as easily be used with adults – why should children have all the fun?!
Here’s how to organize the scavenger hunt:
- Riddles (see below)
- 10 ornaments (optional – see below for the list)
- 10 pictures (optional – see below for the list)
There are a number of different ways that you can use these scavenger hunt riddles – here are some ideas:
1. Find The Ornaments
For this idea you’ll need 10 different Christmas ornaments, one for each of the riddle answers below. Hang them in random places around the house – perhaps two in five different rooms.
Give your kids the riddles and have them work out all the answers. Once they’ve done that, send them off to hunt for all the different ornaments.
If you want to make it a little harder, hang up many other different types of ornaments around the house – that way, the correct ornaments won’t be found so easily.
If you want to use this option, the answers in the list of riddles below have links to the different Christmas ornaments on Amazon.
2. Get Your Gifts
To prepare for this option, hide your kids’ gifts in different places around the house, making sure you note down where you put each of them.
When you’re ready to play the scavenger hunt, give your kids the first riddle. When they guess correctly, let them know where their first gift is hidden. Once they’ve found it, give them the second riddle and continue until they’ve found all 10 gifts.
If you haven’t bought them as many as 10 gifts, you could either use fewer riddles or hide some candy instead.
To double up on this scavenger hunt idea, use this suggestion with our Christmas clues.
3. Picture This
Print off pictures of all 10 items listed below and put them up in different places indoors. Have your kids answer the riddles, then send them off hunting for images of the items.
To make it harder, organize it in a similar way to the ornament idea above by sticking up many other different Christmas images around the house. That way, the pictures they need to look for won’t be so immediately obvious.
Christmas Scavenger Hunt Riddles
Here’s the list of 10 different riddles for you to use with one of the ideas above, or an idea of your own.
Beneath this list is a link for a free printable sheet containing all these riddles – that way, you can simply cut them up and have them ready to go.
Dropping from the sky
More beautiful than rain
There are no two pieces
That’ll ever look the same
2. Santa Claus
When he gets on his vehicle
He tells his animals to go go go
And he’s a jolly old fellow
As he is always going ho ho ho
My wings are used as flippers
So in water I can flow
Sometimes when on land I slide
On my belly in the snow
These oversized socks are hung
Up above the fireplace
Where they’re stuffed with lots of gifts
To put a smile on your face
You have to make him quickly
Not much time to have some fun
He won’t stick around for long
Once he’s been out in the sun
6. Candy Cane
I’m usually seen at Christmas
But I’m not a stocking or a bell
I am red and white in color
And shaped a bit like the letter L
If you hear these jingling around
The night just before Christmas Day
You had better try to get to sleep
As you are hearing Santa’s sleigh
You might make this at Christmas
So that you can stuff your face
A cake, icing and candy
An edible dwelling place
9. Snow Globe
If you take a look inside me
What is it that can be seen?
At rest there is a whitened ground
When shaken, a wintry scene
When going around the world
This animal can find the way
It goes to every country
While helping pull Santa’s sleigh
If you liked these suggestions and riddles, be sure to check out all our other Christmas scavenger hunt ideas.