Christmas Scavenger Hunt For Kids

If you want to organize a festive activity for your children that’s easy to plan, here’s a great Christmas scavenger hunt for kids that you can use.

Here’s how to play it:

Resources

  • Pen (optional)
  • Paper (optional)

Preparation

None. See, we told you it was easy to plan!

Rules

It’s quite simple really – explain to your kids that their challenge is to find Santa Claus in as many different types of places as they can.

With older kids, don’t give them much (or any) guidance – have them try to find the different images of Santa for themselves.

Younger kids might need some additional help though, so we have a list of suggestions below.

List

Here are some ideas of different places that your children might be able to find Santa:

  1. Christmas tree ornament
  2. Mall Santa
  3. Christmas card
  4. Yard decoration
  5. TV advert
  6. Coca-Cola bottle
  7. Gift labels
  8. Christmas party invitation
  9. Clothing
  10. Book
  11. Stocking
  12. Candy wrapper
  13. Wrapping paper
  14. Billboard
  15. Dollar store ornament
  16. Blanket
  17. Stuffed toy
  18. Advent calendar

This isn’t a comprehensive list – they’ll hopefully be able to find him in even more places.

Type Of Scavenger Hunt

If you’re splitting the players into teams, it can be played as an item scavenger hunt – this is where teams have to collect the items with Santa on them. This would mean some of the ideas listed above wouldn’t be viable, as they’re unlikely to be able to bring a mall Santa or billboard home with them!

If you’re playing this together as one group (or with just one child), you can still have them collect the items. Alternatively, play it as an observational scavenger hunt, which means that they only need to see the different Santas rather than collect them. This is where a pen and some paper might be useful, so that they can keep track of how many different places they saw him.

Prize

If you want to offer a prize at the end of this Christmas scavenger hunt, see if you can find some candy for your kids that has Santa on the wrapper.

Other Ideas

We have loads more Christmas scavenger hunt ideas, lists, riddles and clues – check out all of them here!

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.