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.

Queen Scavenger Hunt List

If you and your friends are fans of Queen (as in the music, not the monarch!), here’s a fun photo scavenger hunt idea for you to use.

It’s based on different songs by Queen and will be fun even if some of the players don’t know any of their songs.

There’s also a free printable scavenger hunt list for you to use – keep reading for your copy.

Resources

  • List of songs by Queen (see below)
  • Pens
  • Cameras (cell phone cameras are fine)

Preparation

None needed.

Teams

This game is best played in small teams of 2-5 people, although could be played individually if you only have a few players and you want it to be competitive.

Instructions

Give each team / player a copy of the song list and a pen. You’ll also need to give them a camera to use if they don’t have their own one, although if they have a cellphone they can use the camera on that.

Explain that their task is to take pictures of the different songs in any way they interpret the song title. The funnier or more creative the photos are, the better.

Examples

One of the songs on the list is I Want To Break Free. One team could choose to take a picture of one of their team members in handcuffs trying to get out, while a different team might take a photo of someone about to tear a Monopoly ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ card in half.

Another of the Queen songs is We Will Rock You. For this one, a team might all take a photo of themselves playing air guitar, while another might have a few of their members pretending to throw rocks at one of their other members.

Points

There are a total of 40 possible points available to the teams:

  • Base points: Players earn one point for each song they take a photo of – 20 points available
  • Bonus points: Award one bonus point for each song title to the team that takes the best photo – 20 points available

It’s up to you how you define ‘best photo’ for the bonus points. It could be based on which one was the most funny, how creative a picture was, for getting members of the public to take part in the photo, etc.

Winner

The winning team will be the one who scores the most points after both the base points and bonus points are added up.

List

Here’s a list of 20 different songs by Queen. They’ve been chosen not only because they’re some of their most famous songs, but because they have some of the best potential for interesting photos being taken.

Beneath this is a link to download a printable list containing these same songs – please feel free to print as many copies as you need when playing this game.

  1. A Kind Of Magic
  2. Another One Bites The Dust
  3. Bicycle Race
  4. Body Language
  5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  6. Don’t Stop Me Now
  7. Flash
  8. I Want It All
  9. I Want To Break Free
  10. Killer Queen
  11. Love Kills
  12. Play The Game
  13. Radio Ga Ga
  14. Save Me
  15. The Invisible Man
  16. Too Much Love Will Kill You
  17. Under Pressure
  18. We Are The Champions
  19. We Will Rock You
  20. You’re My Best Friend

Printable Queen Scavenger Hunt List