Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunts are great fun for groups of all ages. In this collection of Christmas Scavenger Hunts, you will be looking for items unique to the holiday season. The ideas here include options for playing indoors as well as a Christmas Scavenger Hunt around the neighborhood. Christmas themed printables are provided to add a touch of celebratory cheer to the occasion.

Bible: Matthew 2:1-12; John 3:16

Ages: 6 and above

Group Size: 4 or more

Supplies: Various Printables – Download Below

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Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Here are 5 fun-filled suggestions for Christmas Scavenger Hunts you can organize this festive period. Included at the end is an optional Bible lesson about the search for Jesus that you can use after the hunt.

1. Christmas Party Scavenger Hunt

This version of Christmas Scavenger Hunt is ideal if you are playing indoors or with a large group of young children. Instead of hunting for physical objects, players look for 40 Hidden Cards instead.

This Christmas Scavenger Hunt can be played individually or in teams comprising 2-5 players. (Teams can be larger, but smaller teams allow everyone to be involved.)

Download, print and cut up the Christmas Scavenger Hunt Cards.
(You will need 1 copy per team.)

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Cards

Hide these cards in the playing area. Some cards should be easier to find than others. You can paste them underneath tables and chairs, hide them under plants, or hang them on the Christmas tree. Be creative in hiding these cards!

Download and print the Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues.
(You will need 1 copy per team.)

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues

Give each team a copy of the Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues. The objective of this game is to find as many of the 40 unique Christmas Scavenger Hunt Cards as possible within the given time. If players find a card that their team already has, they must place it back where it was found as other teams will be looking for that card.

The game ends when the first team finds all 40 unique Christmas Scavenger Hunt Cards or when the time is up.

2. Christmas Scavenger Hunt Bingo

Combine the fun of a Scavenger Hunt with Bingo! Each player gets a Christmas Bingo Card and hunts for items found on their own card. The first player to Bingo wins.

We suggest playing this Christmas Scavenger Hunt individually, but you may also play in pairs or small teams.

Download and print the Christmas Bingo Cards.

This printable contains 24 unique Christmas Bingo Cards. You do not need to print all the cards. Just print as many as you need. (If you have more than 24 players, you will need to print multiple copies.)

Christmas Bingo Cards

 

Download, print and cut up the Christmas Scavenger Hunt Cards.
(You will need 1 copy for every 2-3 players.)

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Cards

Hide these cards in the playing area. Some cards should be easier to find than others. You can paste them underneath tables and chairs, hide them under plants, or hang them on the Christmas tree. Be creative in hiding these cards!

Give each player 1 Christmas Bingo Card. The objective of this Christmas Scavenger Hunt is to find Christmas Scavenger Hunt Cards that match 5 items in a row (in any direction) on the Bingo Card. (The “Free Space” in the middle counts as a matched square.) The first player to do this and shouts “Merry Bingo Christmas!” wins.

If players find a Christmas Scavenger Hunt Card that does not appear anywhere on their Christmas Bingo Card, they must place it back where it was found as other players may be looking for that card.

3. Christmas Treasure Hunt

Just like the Magi followed clues that eventually led them to baby Jesus, players look for various clues that eventually lead them to the Christmas Treasure.

This Christmas Treasure Hunt can be played individually or in teams comprising 2-5 players. (Teams can be larger, but smaller teams allow everyone to be involved.)

Download, print and cut up the Christmas Treasure Hunt Clues.
(You will need 1 copy per team.)

Christmas Treasure Hunt Clues

Hide these Christmas Treasure Hunt Clues such that the first clue leads you to the second clue, the second clue leads you to the third clue, and so forth.

You do not need to use all these clues. For example, if your playing area does not have any stairs, simply leave out clue #5.

Clue #1

Christmas Treasure Hunt Clue 1
Hide the next clue behind a lamp or under a candle. (In the interest of safety, the candle should not be lit.)

Clue #2

Christmas Treasure Hunt Clue 2
Hide the next clue inside a pillowcase or cushion cover. (If you are playing in church, consider hiding it in the nursery room.)

Clue #3

Christmas Treasure Hunt Clue 3
Hide the next clue in the hall or hallway.

Clue #4

Christmas Treasure Hunt Clue 4
Hide the next clue in the washroom.

Clue #5

Christmas Treasure Hunt Clue 5
Hide the next clue at the stairs.

Clue #6

Christmas Treasure Hunt Clue 6
Hide the next clue inside the oven or in the kitchen or pantry.

Clue #7

Christmas Treasure Hunt Clue 7
Hide the next clue near the star at the top of the Christmas Tree. (Alternatively, hide it inside a closet or cabinet and paste a star on its door.)

Star

Clue #8

Christmas Treasure Hunt Clue 8
Hide the next clue in a Bible (Luke Chapter 2).

Clue #9

Christmas Treasure Hunt Clue 9
Hide the next clue behind a music player, speaker or musical instrument like a piano or guitar.

Clue #10

Christmas Treasure Hunt Clue 10
Hide the next clue behind a snowman ornament or under a snowman snow globe. (Alternatively print a snowman illustration and paste the clue behind it.)

Snowman

Clue #11

Christmas Treasure Hunt Clue 11
Hide the Christmas Treasure under the Christmas tree.

The Christmas Treasure

Christmas Treasure Hunt Clue 12
Attach this to the Christmas Treasure. This can be a simple gift box containing a prize that the winning team can share.

4. Christmas Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt

Make kids happy by hiding lots of candy canes around the house! The person who finds the most candy canes wins!

We suggest playing this game individually, but you may also play in pairs or small teams.

Simply buy as many candy canes as you like and hide them all around the house or playing area.

Alternatively, you may use individually wrapped gingerbread, cookies, marshmallows or any other treats instead.

The player who finds the most candy canes within the given time wins!

5. Neighborhood Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Explore the neighborhood to hunt for various festive items and, while you’re at it, take lots of instagrammable pictures.

This Christmas Scavenger Hunt can be played individually or in teams comprising 2-5 players. (Teams can be larger, but smaller teams allow everyone to be involved.) If you are playing with children, ensure that each group is accompanied by at least one adult.

Download and print the Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues.
(You will need 1 copy per team.)

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues

Give each team a copy of the Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues. The objective of this Christmas Scavenger Hunt is to find as many of these 40 festive items as possible within the neighborhood. (You need to determine the playing area beforehand.)

When a team finds an item on the list, they must take a group selfie with the entire group and the item. This is to ensure that the whole group stays together in hunting for the items. You may want to award bonus points for the most creative photos to add to the fun.

All teams must return to the starting point before the designated ending time.

Before sending the teams off, ensure the following:

1. Each team has these items:
– 1 copy of the Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues
– Pen or pencil
– Smart phone with camera or digital camera
– Watch or timer

2. All players know:
– The boundaries – where they can or can’t go
– The mode(s) of transportation allowed – can they drive, cycle, take the public transport, or just walk?
– The time that they must return. (Be sure to specify the penalty for late return!)
– The scoring system:
20 points for each group photo with the correct item
Points will be deducted for late return (10 points per minute)
100 bonus points (optional) for the 5 most creative photos

Share the Gospel this Christmas

The holiday season presents an excellent opportunity to share the message of salvation.
Consider giving out innovatively fun Christmas tracts such as The True Story of Christmas Animated Tract or You Are the Reason for Christmas! Box-Tract during your Christmas lesson, event or party.

Christmas TractChristmas Tract Inside

Christmas Box Tract

Bible Lesson – The Search for Jesus (Gospel Presentation)

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this game?
2. Was it easy to find all the items?
3. Can you think of other festive items to include in this game?
4. Does this game remind you of any Bible stories about anyone searching for something?

Say
We read in the Bible that during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east traveled to Jerusalem in search of something…

Read
Matthew 2:1-12

Discuss
5. What were the Magi from the east looking for?
6. What prompted the Magi to look for Jesus?
7. How did the Magi describe Jesus?
8. What did the Magi do when they found Jesus?

Say
The Magi from the east traveled all the way to Jerusalem to look for Jesus because they know that Jesus is someone special. They went in search for Jesus, King of the Jews. They not only brought precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for Jesus, but they also bowed down and worshiped him.

Discuss
9. Do you know who Jesus is?

Say
Jesus is the Son of God.

Read
John 3:16

Discuss
10. According to this verse, why did God send Jesus to be born on Earth?

Say
Every year during Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus!
God loves us. He loves so much that he wants to be with us forever and ever!
But we cannot be with God because we have all sinned.

Discuss
11. Do you know what “sin” means?
12. What were some of the things you have done that may have made God unhappy?

Say
Sins are things that we do that make God unhappy.
We have all done things that are wrong. Telling lies, fighting and stealing are examples of sins.

Discuss
13. Do you think you have sinned?

Say
God sent his Son, Jesus, to come to earth to die on the cross so that all of our sins can be forgiven.
And on the third day, Jesus became alive again!

Discuss
14. Do you want tell God that you are sorry for all the wrong things you have done, and ask God to forgive you?
15. Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins?

Say
You can start a relationship with Jesus to help you turn from all the wrong things you have done and do what is right

Discuss
16. Do you want to invite Jesus into your life?

Conclude
You can accept Jesus by:
1. Admitting that you have sinned and asking God to forgive you,
2. Believing that Jesus died on the cross to be punished instead of you, and
3. Inviting Jesus into your life to help you turn away from sin.

You can talk to Jesus about this right now:

Dear Jesus, I know that I have sinned. I believe that you died on the cross to take the punishment for my sins. Please forgive all of my sins. Please come into my life and help me turn away from doing wrong. Thank you that because you took the punishment for my sins, I can have a relationship with you now and will one day be with you in heaven. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

Saying this prayer sincerely means:
– You are truly sorry for all the wrong things you have done
– You truly believe that Jesus took the punishment for your sins
– You truly want to start a relationship with Jesus to help you turn from all the wrong things you have done and do what is right

You now have a relationship with God.
– You are now become a child of God
– You can call God your Father
– You can one day be with God in heaven

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