10 Christmas Scavenger Hunt Riddles

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.

If you like these ideas, we have loads more Christmas scavenger hunt riddles here and here, plus you can find many other Christmas riddles at our sister site Riddles For Kids.

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)
  • Scissors
  • 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.

1. Snowflake

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

3. Penguin

My wings are used as flippers
So in water I can flow
Sometimes when on land I slide
On my belly in the snow

4. Stocking

These oversized socks are hung
Up above the fireplace
Where they’re stuffed with lots of gifts
To put a smile on your face

5. Snowman

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

7. Bells

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

8. Gingerbread House

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

10. Reindeer

When going around the world
This animal can find the way
It goes to every country
While helping pull Santa’s sleigh

Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt Riddles

Other Ideas

If you liked these suggestions and riddles, be sure to check out all our other Christmas scavenger hunt ideas.

10 Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues

If you want to plan a fun way to have your kids find their gifts this festive season, here are 10 Christmas scavenger hunt clues for you to use.

These rhyming clues will lead your kids to different places around the house, helping create even more excitement before they get to open their presents.

We’ve also provided a free printable sheet to make it even easier to organize – keep reading to get your copy.

Here’s how to plan it:


  • Scavenger hunt clues (see below)
  • Sticky tape
  • 10 Christmas gifts for your kids
  • Scissors


Print off the sheet of clues below and cut them into 10 pieces. Alternatively, you could write them out on post-it notes which will make it easier to stick to the gifts.

Next, decide which presents you want to hide in each of the locations listed below, particularly taking into account the size of them. It’s also best if the main gift (if there is one) is placed under the Christmas tree for the final clue.

When you’re hiding the gifts, stick the clues to them – the second clue should be attached to the first gift, the third clue to the second gift, etc. That way, once you’ve given your kids the first clue, they can find their way around the house to all of the hidden presents.

If you’re not planning on giving your children 10 gifts, use candy for the rest of the clues so that they still have 10 things to find.


Explain to your kids that this year, you’ve hidden (or Santa’s hidden) their gifts around the house.

You have some good news for them though – there are some rhyming clues to help them find all the gifts.

Give them the first clue and have them work out where the first item has been placed. This item will then have the clue for the second item attached.

Their challenge is to find all of their presents.

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues

Here’s the list of 10 clues for you to use – they also state where you should hide each item.

Beneath this list is a link for the free printable sheet containing these same clues.

1. Under Pillow

Your first item
That you get to keep
Is under where
Your head rests to sleep

2. Fridge

You need to read this clue
If you want to be told
Where your next item is
It’s where food is kept cold

3. Behind The TV

The next hiding place
You need to know
Is behind what plays
Your favorite show

4. Oven

If you can find your next gift
You’ll be in a good mood
So go and take a good look
Somewhere that you can cook food

5. Washing Machine

For your fifth of your Christmas clues
And to make your gift pile grow
This scavenger hunt’s taking you
Where clothes are washed as white as snow

6. Sink

The last hiding place fills with water
And this next one can do so too
There are several around the house
Where washing hands is what you do

7. Closet

You’re doing really well at this
You’re giving it a good try
The next thing that you’re looking for
Is where clothes get hung when dry

8. Behind Curtains / Blinds

This is the eighth of your clues
So the end is in sight
Now go look behind some things
That help keep out the light

9. Dining Chair

Are you feeling tired?
Do you need to take a seat?
Check the place where you sit
When you have something to eat

10. Christmas Tree

For your tenth and final Christmas clue
The place that you need to go
Is beneath something that has needles
Even though it doesn’t sew

Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues

Even More Clues

If you liked these ideas, check out this idea from last Christmas that has similar rhyming clues for even more places around the house to hide your gifts.