Christmas Carol Scavenger Hunt List

If you want to plan a fun activity that will involve random members of the public, here’s a Christmas carol scavenger hunt idea you can use.

This video scavenger hunt is perfect for using with a church youth group, although could be used with other groups of kids or adults of any age.

There’s also a free printable sheet below with Christmas carol lyrics that you can use – keep reading to get your copy.

Here’s how to organize it:

Resources

  • Words to Christmas carols (see below)
  • Cameras or phones capable of taking video footage
  • Pens

Preparation

None needed.

Teams

This will be most fun when played in small teams of 3-5 people, although can also be played individually or in pairs.

Location

The best place to play this scavenger hunt would be at a mall, due to all the people who will be there.

Alternatively, if you’re planning this for a church youth group, it could be done after a church service – the young people can then try to recruit adults from the main congregation to be part of the videos.

Instructions

Give the players all the resources listed above, or have them use their own phones for recording.

Explain that the sheet has lyrics from 15 different Christmas carols; their task is to find (at least*) 15 different members of the public who are willing to sing a section from one of the carols.

They then need to film the people singing, with each video lasting no longer than 15 seconds.

Set a time limit that they have to be completed by, then send them off to hunt for carolers!

* Teams can have more than 15 people be part of the videos, in case couples, families, friends, etc want to sing together. This rule is simply there to make the game harder, so that teams don’t have just one person singing all 15 carols.

Upload

Once the scavenger hunt has finished, upload the videos to Youtube so that everyone can watch each other’s clips.

Alternatively, use Instagram Video to record as those videos are restricted to being no longer than 15 seconds.

Points

You can award points using the ideas listed below, or you can come up with your own scoring system:

  • 1 point for each carol that’s sung (so a maximum of 15 points)
  • 2 points for the first team to complete all 15 carols
  • Bonus points based on quality of singing voices, if a video was funny, etc
  • Deduct half a point for each video that lasts longer than 15 seconds

Christmas Carol Scavenger Hunt List

Here’s a list of 15 sets of lyrics from different Christmas carols for you to use.

Beneath this is a link for a printable sheet containing these same lyrics – please feel free to print off as many copies as you need when playing this.

1. Angels We Have Heard On High

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

2. Away In A Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head

3. Do You Hear What I Hear?

Said the king to the people everywhere
Listen to what I say
Pray for peace people everywhere
Listen to what I say

4. The First Noel

Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel

5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day

6. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

7. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold

8. Joy To The World

And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

9. Little Drummer Boy

Come, they told me, pa rum pa pum pum
A newborn King to see, pa rum pa pum pum

10. O Come O Come Emmanuel

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

11. O Holy Night

O hear the angel voices
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born

12. O Little Town Of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by

13. Silent Night

Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright

14. We Three Kings

O star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect Light

15. What Child Is This?

Raise, raise a song on high
The virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born
The babe, the Son of Mary

Printable Christmas Carol Scavenger Hunt List

Other Ideas

If you liked this festive suggestion, be sure to take a look at all of our other Christmas scavenger hunt ideas – we have loads more free printable lists, riddles and clues for you to use.

15 Bible Scavenger Hunt Questions

If you’re looking for a fun scripture-based game for church, these 15 Bible scavenger hunt questions are just what you need!

They’re perfect for using with people of any age:

  • Your own kids
  • Kids at Sunday school
  • Christian youth group
  • Adult small group

There’s also a free printable worksheet to make it even easier for you to organize – keep reading to download your copy.

Here’s how to plan it:

Resources

  • Bibles (ideally NIV)
  • Cameras
  • Worksheet with questions on (see below)
  • Pens

Preparation

None, other than ensuring you have all the resources listed above.

Teams

This Bible scavenger hunt will be most fun played in small teams of 3-5.

If you only have a handful of people in your group though, it can be played individually or in pairs.

Instructions

Give each team / player a copy of the scavenger hunt questions worksheet and a pen.

You’ll also need to make sure that they have a Bible and camera available – either you could provide this or this is something that the players might have with them, especially because cell phone cameras are fine to use.

Advise them that this activity consists of two tasks:

  1. First, they have to use their Bible to look up answers to the 15 questions and write those down on the worksheet
  2. Once they know all the answers, it turns into a photo scavenger hunt – they have to go and take photos of the 15 different items

Arrange a time that they have to be completed by and then set them answering and hunting!

Bible Translation

These questions have been created based on the NIV translation, so it’s best to try and have teams get their answers from that version, otherwise they may end up looking for different items to the ones you have on the list.

Points

There are three sets of points available:

  • 1 point for each photo they manage to take
  • 1 bonus point for the best photo of each item
  • 2 bonus points for the team that took the 15 photos first (if any team actually managed this within the time limit)

Best Photo

As mentioned above, there’s a total of 15 bonus points available based on the best photo for each item. This can be decided however you like, but here are some suggestions:

  • For how artistic a picture is
  • For how funny it is
  • For getting random members of the public involved

Let the players know beforehand how you’re planning on awarding the bonus points so that they can bear this in mind when taking their pictures.

Bible Scavenger Hunt Questions

Here’s the list of 15 questions you can use for this game.

Beneath the list is a link to download the free printable worksheet – please feel free to print as many copies as you need when playing this game.

** Please note that the answers are on the second of the two pages, so only print off the first page for the players. **

  1. 1 Samuel 20:38 What did the boy pick up? Arrow
  2. Deuteronomy 6:9 Commandments should be written on the doorframes of houses and what else? Gates
  3. Song of Songs 5:12 What are like doves? Eyes
  4. Luke 23:31 What’s green? Tree
  5. James 2:2 What is the ring made of? Gold
  6. Matthew 21:33 What did the landowner put around the vineyard? Wall
  7. Genesis 4: 21 Jubal played pipes and what else? Stringed instruments
  8. Zechariah 11:1 What should be opened? Doors
  9. Mark 11:15 What was overturned? Tables
  10. Joel 3:18 The hills would flow with what? Milk
  11. Proverbs 18:15 What body part of the wise seeks knowledge? Ears
  12. Genesis 22:6 Abraham carried the fire and what else? Knife
  13. Exodus 28:36 What was made of pure gold? Plate
  14. Revelation 4:6 In front of the throne was something that looked like a sea of what? Glass
  15. Ezekiel 31:7 What was sent down to abundant waters? Roots

Printable Bible Scavenger Hunt Questions

For another similar activity to this, check out our 15 Bible scavenger hunt clues that also includes a free worksheet.