If you’re looking for a fun way to pass the time with littles during the holiday, this free printable Christmas scavenger hunt game is perfect!
Before we get into the details of this party scavenger hunt game, let me give you a little background story…
My new favorite word to use when it comes to parenting is “deflect.” When Gwen is about to scream her head off because I won’t let her empty all of our media console cabinets onto the floor, boom, deflect!
Which then means I bust out a random household object… like a spatula… that she likes far better than her 100 baby toys in plain sight. Haha!
Where I’m going with all of this is that my mind now thinks in distraction mode, and the holidays are no different.
We’re big FUJIFILM fans for memory capturing around here, but you can easily use disposable cameras, iPhones, or digital cameras to play this game!
Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt Game – How To Play
The beauty of this game is that it’s not only fun for the kiddos, but you can also use the blank card to make it as easy or as hard as you want it to be.
For instance, if you’re having groups of adult or older kids play, you can fill in the blanks with something like “find a Santa with no beard” or “a half-eaten taco,” and they have to go around town to get a holiday Santa to take his beard off.
Clearly, I’ve done this a few times in youth group days, haha!
For the little kids, you can use the simple items that are already on the printable lists below, and it keeps them plenty busy during the family Christmas party or Christmas mornings.
If you’re looking for another family game night, try this Scattergories Game: Best Free Printable Scattergories Lists that are cute and easy to prepare!
The fun part is that you’ll have a whole slew of square instant photos left over to remember the chaos by! It’s a fun keepsake and tradition to make.
How to Play our Christmas Scavenger Hunt Game
Step 1 — Each child or team gets a scavenger hunt card and a camera to document their finds.
Step 2 — Set a time limit so that, in the end, whoever has the most accurate finds wins the game. For the smaller kids, the length of the party will do. For the harder games with adults, a few hours timeframe to meet back at the meeting point is best.
Step 3 — Everyone will present their photos to calculate who got the most to win a prize.
Free Printable Scavenger Hunt Pages
While it just so happens that I came up with this during the holidays, I also uploaded blank printable scavenger hunt cards below so that you can repurpose them any time of year too.
Basically, there are endless scavenger hunt ideas, so the sky is the limit on the blank cards!
Tip – You can also include Christmas scavenger hunt clues or scavenger hunt riddles on the back of the printables if you’d like as well!
Needless to say, I’m VERY excited about the days when Gwen can actually enjoy things like my printable Christmas scavenger hunt game over a random Tupperware lid.
Until then, I’m happy to help you stockpile ideas for your kiddo’s rainy day activities.
More Holiday Party Ideas
In case you’re looking for other holiday party ideas, here are a few of my favorites —
- Ornament Christmas cocktails
- Mini Christmas advent calendar
- DIY wooden Christmas trees
- Colorful front door Christmas decor
- 59 of the best gifts for kids
- DIY Cactus Christmas tree