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.

Mall Scavenger Hunt For Kids

A shopping mall is a great place to organize a scavenger hunt as there’s so much there that you can have players look for and find out.

Today’s idea is therefore a fun mall scavenger hunt for kids, although it can just as easily be used with older teens and youth groups and is perfect for team building.

It also has a free printable worksheet with a list of 20 questions they need to answer – keep reading to get your copy.

Resources

  • List of questions (see below)
  • Pens

Preparation

Most of our ideas require little to no preparation. This one’s an exception, but it’ll be worth it!

You need to some research before you organize the scavenger hunt and find answers to all 20 questions listed below.

You should be able to find at least half of the answers on the mall’s website – things like ‘What store name comes first in the alphabet’ and ‘What’s the mall’s phone number’.

Some of the questions will mean you have to take a trip there too – that way you can find out how many ATMs there are, how many vending machines there are, etc.

Bear in mind that they may not keep their website completely up to date, so it’s worth taking a quick look at the mall directory when you get there. New stores may have recently opened or some may have closed, so this could affect the answers you found when researching online.

Teams

This can be a great team building scavenger hunt, so if you’re playing with a group of kids or young people, split them into teams of 2-5 (depending on how large the group is).

The game can just as easily be played with one or two children though.

Instructions

Give each of the players / teams a copy of the worksheet containing the scavenger hunt questions and a pen.

Explain that their task is to go around the mall and answer as many of the questions as they can.

Arrange a meeting place and give them a time limit, then send them off hunting for the answers.

Questions

Here’s the list of 20 questions you can use for this game – beneath this is a link to the free printable worksheet.

We’ve tried to make the questions as generic as possible so that they can be used at pretty much any mall, although some malls may not have elevators or a movie theater.

  1. What store name comes first in the alphabet?
  2. How many restaurants are in the food court?
  3. How many trash cans are in the mall?
  4. How many restrooms are there?
  5. How many vending machines are there?
  6. What store has the shortest name?
  7. How many stores have a number as part of their name?
  8. How many places could you get your hair cut?
  9. How many seats are there in the food court?
  10. How many stores could you buy a cellphone from?
  11. How many different movies are being shown at the movie theater?
  12. How many ATMs are there in the mall?
  13. What’s the most common letter for a store’s name to start with?
  14. What’s one place can you buy glasses or contact lenses from?
  15. How many elevators are there?
  16. Who is the mall owned by?
  17. How many massage chairs are there?
  18. How many stores aren’t advertising a sale in their front window?
  19. What’s the mall’s phone number?
  20. How many stores and kiosks are there in the mall?

Printable Mall Scavenger Hunt Questions

Points

Players / teams should earn 1 point for every correct answer. If there’s a tie, the winner should be whichever child (or team of kids) arrived at the meeting place first.

Other Ideas

If you liked this idea, check out all our other mall scavenger hunts. You may especially like this one that contains 4 lists of funny video and photo tasks teenagers have to complete.