Christmas Scavenger Hunt


Christmas Scavenger Hunt: Clues & Activities

Christmas is such a magical time of year filled with festive family fun. Here is a fun new idea to add to your Christmas activities: a Christmas Scavenger Hunt!

This is a scavenger hunt unlike any other! Each clue in the hunt leads you to locations throughout the house and includes super fun Christmas-themed games and challenges to complete together as a family before moving on to the next clue! It is the perfect activity to add some fun holiday memories this season and, as usual, we have it all ready for you in an easy printable download!

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This fun and festive Christmas Scavenger Hunt will have your family following clues throughout your home in search of clue bags that contain a unique game or challenge. Once the clue bag is found, families work together to accomplish the task before moving on to the next clue. Sound fun?

All these festive designs for the clues and activities were created by the oh-so-very talented designer — Joanna. She has a site, Cutify Creative, that allows you to see more of her work and even request personalized designs for your next project!

Setting Up Your Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Activity Bags

Step 1: Add These Bag Covers

Begin by adding these colorful bag covers to a total of five lunch bags. These white lunch bags looked perfect with the design, but if you already have the traditional brown lunch bags – those will totally work too!

You can print the bag covers onto cardstock and adhere them to the front of the bag, or you could print the design directly onto the lunch bags straight from your printer!

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Oh Deer Game With M&Ms

Step 2: Fill Each Bag With One Activity

Next, fill each bag with one of the five included activities. You will want to include any of the printables and/or supplies needed for that game. These are the fun activities that the family will complete before moving on to the next clue.

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Pictionary Game

Necessary Scavenger Hunt Activities & Supplies

This particular Christmas Scavenger Hunt includes five Christmas-related activities. The activities and the supplies needed to place in the bag include:

  • Name that Tune (Ba-HUM-Bug) – Hum classic Christmas tunes until your family can guess the name of the song.
    • Printables: Christmas Song Cards
    • Additional items needed: No Additional Items Needed
  • Christmas Pictionary – Without using verbal clues or sounds, players take turns drawing classic Christmas items until the item is guessed.
  • Who Am I? – Try to guess the holiday character whose name is taped to your back by asking each other yes or no questions!
    • Printables: Christmas Character Cards
    • Additional items needed: Tape
  • The Night Before Christmas Mad Libs – Fill in the blanks with nouns, adjectives and more to create your own unique and wacky Christmas story!
    • Printables: Mad Lib Story Template
    • Additional items needed: Pen/Pencil
  • Don’t Eat the Reindeer – A player eats M&M treats from a game board until the other players yell “Oh Deer!” before a particular M&M is eaten (more details about this game are included in the printable download).
    • Printables: Oh Deer! Game Board
    • Additional items needed: Christmas M&Ms or a similar treat

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clue

Step 3: Add Clues to Each Bag

Finally, add clues to the bottom of each bag. Take the five location clue cards and add one to the bottom of each bag. The only clue that will not be placed on a bag is the first note that explains the game and offers the first clue. It starts with: ‘Tis the season for some family fun! Just follow the clues ’til each task is done…

6 Different Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues

Scavenger Hunt FYI:

The clues are all written to send your family to places you would find in a typical home including:

  • Toy Room/Area
  • Fridge
  • Fireplace (or wherever you hang your Christmas stockings)
  • Bedroom
  • Mailbox
  • The Christmas Tree

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clue Bag

Step 4: Place Bags In Various Locations Around the Home

Place all of the clue bags in the various locations around the home according to the clues. With the exception of the first clue (which explains the game) the order of the other clues does not matter.

I do think it would be fun in this particular hunt to have the final destination be the Christmas tree, but it is totally up to you!

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Final Prize and Poem

Step 5: Place the Final Prize

Wherever your final destination is (the Christmas tree or other), place a special Christmas gift as the final prize. You can use the printable gift tag and poem to attach to the gift letting your family know that the greatest gift isn’t wrapped under the tree – it is family (aww!)

If you are doing this hunt Christmas morning, the hunt could lead you to begin the traditional opening of presents, or if you do this hunt on Christmas Eve, perhaps the final prize is a Christmas Eve Box filled with Christmas jammies, a Christmas movie or a holiday game to play together.

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Bags


Step 6: Give Participants First Clue and Have fun!

When your family is ready to play, give them the first clue. When they find the clue bag, have them open the bag to reveal the activity. After completing the challenge, they can then peek at the bottom of the bag to read their next clue!

{Pssstt…. More of an Amazon Prime mom than a Pinterest mom? No worries! If you don’t want to take the time to put together our DIY version, you can also purchase a different take on a Christmas Scavenger Hunt using Amazon Prime!}




About the Author: Sarina

I met my Prince Charming when I was 15 years old and 12 years later we created our own happily ever after. Together we enjoy traveling the world, and, of course, going on creative dates! I am a former theatre teacher who now stays at home with a handsome baby boy. I love dancing, photography & chocolate!

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26 Responses to Christmas Scavenger Hunt

    1. I am sorry you have difficulties with the download. It seems to be working on my end. When you scroll down to the end of the post you should see a large pink bar that says, “Click to Download Our” and then “Christmas Scavenger Hunt”. You will want to click on the pink bar that says, “Click to Download Our” and it should open up in a new tab. If that still isn’t working try clearing your cache on your computer – that seems to eliminate lots of computer issues! Good luck!

  1. This was the best Scavenger Hunt EVER!!! Doing a scavenger hunt is part of our holiday tradition. But it is complicated finding something for our entire family to be a part of, as our kids ages range from 8-28. This was the BEST! We all had soo much fun together with the activities. The kids re-hid the clues and did the hunt several more times with other family members and friends! Thanks soo much!!!

    1. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this! We are thrilled that you have enjoyed it! Did you see that we have more of the same style scavenger hunt for the other holidays? They are all free and listed at the bottom of the post (with links!) – you should check them out! I bet your family would love it! Enjoy!

  2. Hi, I’m wondering if there is a simple black and white version to download? We don’t have a color printer, but I’d love to do this with my husband and kids this year. Thanks!

    1. You can totally print this in black and white! We don’t have a specific version in black and white, but you should have a printer setting that will adjust it to black and white. After downloading the files and choosing print, a dialogue box should appear. I have seen it two different ways. On mine there is a checkbox that says “black and white” I select that and done! Others I have seen have you select from a dropdown menu labeled “color”. If you choose “mono” it will print black and white.
      I hope that works for you! You can probably get better information from a google search “How to print in black and white” followed by your specific printer brand.

    1. Hey Tiffany!
      I am sorry you having trouble downloading this! I just tried it and it worked for me. Here are a few things you could try:
      1. Make sure you are clicking on the pink “Click to Download Our” at the bottom of the post. That is the button that will open up a new page with the printables.
      2. Maybe try a different browser? Sometimes that does the trick.

      If you still can’t download – leave us another message and we will see what else we can do. Good luck!

  3. Hello, I am a wife, mom, and middle school teacher. I love your ideas! I am going to play the Scavenger Hunt tonight with my adult children. I would love to use your idea and create a hunt for my students next year!. Merry Christmas!