A Christmas scavenger hunt can be a wonderful holiday tradition. It’s one that my family has enjoyed for decades – each Christmas eve there’s a hunt to find one present that we’re allowed to open. I’ve carried on the tradition for my daughter and for years I have crafted clues of rhyming (more or less) couplets. I’ve compiled all 46 Christmas scavenger hunt clues below, and they start out easy and get harder.
Create an epic hunt and use them all, or divide them up so each kid has their own individual or print them off here. You can pick your favorites and write them out yourself, or print them out by down loading each file that’s at the end of this post.
Here are the Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues:
Rudolph is Santa’s #1 flyer.
No go look by the washer & _____.
Santa Clue wears a bright suit made of red.
No go look where you rest your head.
Santa’s white beard shows us he’s pretty old.
Your next clue can be found where we keep the food cold.
You are going through these clues at a good pace,
The next one is hidden in the fire _____.
Your patience may be starting to lag,
But stay strong! Go look where you’d find a trash bag.
The air inside can be a bit stale.
Get some fresh air by checking the mail.
Brrrr! Outside is really quite chilly,
Next check the front porch, but don’t be silly.
I know you’re ready to come inside,
But fist you’ll need to check the car in which you ride.
Tired of having your route twisted and turned?
Don’t give up! Go look in a book from which you have learned.
The elves are so festive wearing suits of red and green.
Your next clue is where your backpack was last seen.
Santa has a sleigh full of presents he needs to give,
And you should check where your clean, folded clothes live.
You are certainly hoping to be on the list of kids who have been nice.
You may want to check where you can find the ice.
A present is great, and it’s nice to also get a Christmas card.
Head right now out to the front yard.
Rudolph is the lead reindeer because his nose can be seen.
For your next clue, check inside the washing machine.
Remember how the Bumble in Rudolph lived in a cave?
He had to heat his food over a fire because he had no microwave.
Everyone knows that Santa and Mrs Claus reside at the North Pole,
But you may be surprised at what is in your cereal bowl.
Holly leaves are deep green, and the berries are red.
Your next clue is under your bed.
Are you using your brain yet? Good! These clues are designed to make you think.
You can find the next one under the kitchen sink.
I know you love that YouTube video, but please pause it.
Go find the next clue hidden inside a ______.
Santa is known for being portly, and he likely has to squeeze into that red suit.
Maybe he should eat healthier, so look where you keep the veggies and ____.
Rudolph was called upon to lead Santa’s sleigh and he was willing and able.
For your next clue, don’t look high, look low. It’s under the dining room _____.
When you mail a letter to Santa, you have to use a stamp.
Shine a light on this hunt and look by a ____.
Santa’s trip around the world each year makes the news,
Now go look for a clue hidden where you keep your boots and ______.
To stay on Santa’s nice list, you cannot be a grouch.
The next clue is under a cushion on your comfy _____.
You’re not done yet! Keep going, there are several clues more.
The next place to look is by your front ____.
“Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman” are favorite holiday tunes,
The next clue is hiding among the knives, forks, and ______.
The elves’ workshop at the North Pole when full of toys is a treasure trove
It’s much warmer, though, at home in your kitchen near the oven or _____.
The anticipation has been building as Christmas has drawn nearer and nearer.
Take a peek at your reflection and find your next clue when you look in the ______.
Poor Rudolph. The other reindeer excluded him and called him names.
You would have been kind and played with him, so go look near the board _____.
Holiday gifts are wrapped in pretty paper with ribbons and bows.
Keep an eye on what’s happening outside and see what’s on the sills of the _______.
Santa knows when you’re sleeping and awake. Guy has lots of power.
He also knows if you’re clean, so head to the bathroom where you take a ______.
Winter break hopefully means no homework and nothing crazy like long division,
But you may be watching some movies or shows, so check around the _________.
Santa may be the only house guest who never has to knock,
But he’s on a tight schedule, so look for your next clue near the _____.
Santa’s reindeer are known for their abilities, be it to prance, dance, or dash.
Using any of those methods, find your next clue on top of the can for the _____.
The best part of the holidays is spending time with family and friends.
To find the next clue, go check where we keep the pencils and ____.
The reindeer pull a sleigh, not a car, train, or boat.
You can find the next clue in the pocket of your ____.
“On Dasher, on Dancer!” Santa calls each reindeer by name,
Your next clue can be found behind a smiling face in a picture _____.
Out of all the reindeer, Rudolph is the star with millions of fans.
See what you find in the kitchen where we keep the pots and ____.
The Grinch starts out as an unmerry guy – a thief and a vandal.
No need to steal anything, your next clue can be found somewhere lit, under a _____.
Christmas isn’t just about gifts, it’s about moments we share.
Think of your favorite memories when fetching the next clue from under a _____.
Into the freezing cold Arctic waters polar bears happily plunge,
But that sounds extreme. Instead, check under a cleaning tool, the _____.
Santa pops down the chimney, leaves gifts and departs with great haste,
Your next stop should be where you keep your floss and tooth _____.
Good manners keep you on the nice list; say “Thank you” and “Please.”
Since you asked nicely, the next clue is near where we keep the ____.
You’ve eaten some cookies and the hot chocolate is gone – you drank it.
If you have a food coma, cozy up with your next clue under a warm ______.
You’re nearing the end and the pile of clues is getting larger and larger.
Keep your energy up and find the next one near the phone _______.
When all the kids write letters to Santa, the North Pole experiences a mail barrage.
Your next clue can be found somewhere less busy. Go look in the ______.
This scavenger hunt sends you around the house as if you’re solving a caper.
But here it takes an unexpected turn – go check where we keep the toilet _____.
Rudolph is the only reindeer with the glowing nose. There is no replacement.
Go subterranean and find the next clue in the ________.
With toy production in full swing in December, there’s not time for elf colds or other issues
But even if you don’t have the sniffles, check inside a box of ______.
Love and magic abound at Christmas, of this we are certain,
Check on the inside of a window _______.
Tall and lovely, the Christmas tree looks quite statuesque
Admire it, but keep searching, looking underneath where you write – at the ____.
Getting tired? Stay strong! Keep going! Don’t give up hope!
Think good thoughts and keep it clean, so look under the ____.
To load the sleigh with all the toys, the elves need to have a well-thought out plan,
Working hard they may get hot, so check for the next clue on a cooling ___.
You’ve been all over the house but you’re not done yet. This next clue isn’t under any chairs,
But you may need to look high or low for the next clue, it’s somewhere along the ______.
The elves have worked hard to craft great toys for many, many yules.
They don’t need our hammer or nails, but you should check where we keep the _____.
You’ve looked high and low but sadly, there’s not a gift in sight.
Check under the Christmas tree and remember Santa’s parting words: “To all a good night!”
Here are the printable scavenger hunt clue downloads
Each file has 10 clues with each last one directing the hunter to the Christmas tree – download the image and print.
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