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:


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


None needed.


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


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.


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.


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.


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

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20 Christmas Party Scavenger Hunt Questions

If you’d like to plan a fun game for adults this festive season, here’s a great Christmas party scavenger hunt idea.

It’s a great ‘Getting To Know You‘ activity that’s perfect for using with friends, at an office Christmas party or as a festive team building game.

It also includes a free printable list of 20 questions for you to use – keep reading to get your copy.

Here’s how to play it:


  • Questions list (see below)
  • Pens


None needed.


This is a game played individually, although it still works well as a team building scavenger hunt as players have a chance to get to know each other better by asking all the questions.


Give each person a copy of the questions and a pen. Explain that their task is to go around the room and try to find different people who can answer ‘Yes’ to each of the questions.

When they find someone, they should write their name down in the right-hand column (both first and last name) and then find someone else who can answer ‘Yes’ to a different question.

Players aren’t allowed to write down their own name on their sheet.

Set a time limit that everyone needs to be completed by, then send them off hunting for people!


There are a few different ways that points can be earned and lost – make sure that these are all explained to players before you start:

  • Players earn one point for each question that they’re able to match against someone else in the room
  • The first person to match up people for all 20 questions earns two bonus points
  • Subtract one point each time a person’s name appears twice or more on the same list – this is to encourage players to speak to as many different people at the Christmas party as possible

The person with the highest score once all these points have been taken into account is the winner.

Scavenger Hunt Questions

Here’s the list of 20 different questions that people will have to ask each other.

Beneath this list is a link for a free printable sheet containing these same questions – please feel free to print as many copies as you need when organizing this Christmas party game.

  1. Were you at least 1 week overdue when you were born?
  2. Do you have an older sister?
  3. Have you ever been on TV?
  4. Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
  5. Have you had at least 10 different jobs?
  6. Can you speak at least two other languages?
  7. Have you visited at least 15 different countries?
  8. Do you own a purple car?
  9. Have you ever gone bungee jumping?
  10. Do you have a Z in your middle name?
  11. Are you allergic to dogs?
  12. Do you have more than 10 keys with you?
  13. Can you play the piano?
  14. Do you have on socks that don’t match?
  15. Have you run a marathon?
  16. Did you not pass your driving test the first time?
  17. Do you have green eyes?
  18. Do you own at least 5 pets?
  19. Do you have a photo of your partner in your wallet?
  20. Have you never watched Star Wars?

Printable Christmas Party Scavenger Hunt Questions

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