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A Fun Christmas Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Updated on November 23, 2014

The holidays are a great time to get out of the house and ride around looking at Christmas lights and Christmas displays. In Texas, we believe in doing it up in a big way.

I have put on several Scavenger Hunts for my daughter and her friends and have always found them to be a lot of fun. I thought it would be fun to create a Holiday Scavenger Hunt where I could combine going out looking at Christmas lights with hunting for items.

I have made a list of situations to look for that you can check off when riding around at lights and a list of items to find. The situations are where you are looking for a house that has a specific item on the list. You can simply check it off or write down the address next to the item.

You can do this is several different ways. You can compete against one or more other groups in a separate vehicles or it can simply be something you do on your own with friends or family just for fun.

Whichever way you decide, print out this list and head out for some holiday fun. Please remember to buckle up and drive safely.

This house matches many of the items on the list, but try not to use the same house for multiple clues!
This house matches many of the items on the list, but try not to use the same house for multiple clues!

Checklist of Items to Find When Riding Around Looking at Lights or Searching for Scavenger List Items

Find a house with:

  • More than 5 reindeer
  • Has a nativity scene that includes a camel
  • Used only white lights
  • Has more than one artificial Christmas tree set up in their yard
  • Their mailbox is decorated for Christmas
  • Blue icicle lights
  • Santa on the roof of their house
  • More than three inflatable Christmas decorations in their yard
  • An aluminum Christmas tree
  • A white Christmas tree
  • At least 3 candy canes in their yard
  • Decorated their TV satellite dish or TV antenna
  • Both Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus
  • Santa holding a bag of toys
  • An angel singing
  • Electric candles with the orange flame bulb in at least two windows
  • Wrapped the trunk of more than one tree in their yard with lights
  • A nativity scene with one of the three main characters missing (Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus)
  • More than two Disney characters
  • A vehicle with an artificial wreath wired to the front grill
  • Christmas music playing for sightseers
  • A star on the roof
  • A nativity scene with real hay
  • (For those playing in Texas)Simulated snow in some way
  • A wreath on their front door
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Snowman with a top hat
  • At least two decorations that have movement
  • (For those playing in Texas) Has the words "Merry Christmas Y'all" displayed somewhere
  • Group of carolers dressed in Victorian attire
  • A decorated detached garage
  • A nativity scene with all 3 kings
  • Santa riding on anything except a sleigh
  • The Grinch
  • Decorated and with a "For Sale" sign
  • Spelled something in lights
  • Has something misspelled in their decorations
  • More than two elves
  • Lights that twinkle
  • Lights that are set on chaser mode
  • Lights are set so that entire strands of lights go off at the same time
  • Noticeable missing bulbs in light strands
  • Nativity scene is illuminated either by a floodlight or by each character having it's own light
  • Sidewalk to front door is lined on both sides with lights
  • Something wearing a Santa hat that you wouldn't expect to
  • A house with no lights with a house on both sides have lights

 

Items to Find on Your Holiday Scavenger Hunt

  • Something wooden
  • One artificial flower from a poinsettia
  • White, green or red button
  • Something old
  • See if you can name all of Santa's reindeer
  • A sprig of real mistletoe (be careful-skip if small children or pets are involved)
  • A photo of something Christmasy
  • Something in black and white print
  • A white birthday candle
  • A small piece of Christmas wrapping paper
  • Any type of hair accessory
  • Feather
  • One Christmas bulb
  • One gold Christmas ball ornament
  • Paper cup with something Christmasy on it
  • Green rubberband
  • Piece of lace at least 2 inches long
  • A Christmas card
  • Sing a couple rounds of Jingle Bells
  • Piece of string at least 6 inches long
  • Any size battery
  • Book of matches
  • Napkin with a logo
  • Spork
  • Find a Salvation Army bell-ringer and donate some money
  • Either a red or green Crayon
  • Packet of ketchup or hot sauce
  • Salt or Pepper
  • Red straw
  • Small toy
  • The names of 3 Christmas songs
  • Something broken
  • A peppermint candy cane
  • Do at least one good deed while you're out

 

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    • Money Glitch profile image

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Oh wow what a wonderful detailed list for a lot of fun. I've played this game before at Christmas time, but never knew the name. Thanks for sharing, KCC!

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Hi Cashmere! Hope your son and his friends enjoy it!

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      cashmere 

      8 years ago from India

      This was a really great idea. I'm going to some what modify it and use it on my son and his friends!

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Enjoy, Kathy!

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      Kathy Rimel 

      8 years ago

      Sounds like great fun. We will have to try it.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks ThoughtfulSpot. Print it out and go have fun!

    • ThoughtfulSpot profile image

      ThoughtfulSpot 

      8 years ago from PA

      What fun!

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      That's a great idea, Dixie! I think it's a great way to get in the holiday spirit and get out of the house and have some fun!

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      Dixie W 

      8 years ago from Odessa, Texas

      Oh what a great idea, I am going to suggest this to my sister in laws and we can trade pics. We can even do this long distance since we all have pic messaging. Just thing of all the cool pics and places you get to see that you normally wouldn't. Thanks Dixie W

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Awwww....it's not just for kids though. Grab a copy and head out and have some fun yourself, WriteAngled!

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      WriteAngled 

      8 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Awww, this is great! Wish my kids were still little so I could go hunting with them, but they're grown up and live far away.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks, Tammy! Hope you enjoy it!

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      Tammy Lochmann 

      8 years ago

      Great Idea I am sharing this one

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you web! Happy Holidays!

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      web 

      8 years ago

      very useful and amazing

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      ...and get everyone in the holiday spirit. Thanks Linda!

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      Linda Myshrall 

      8 years ago

      What a great idea! It would get everyone up and off of the couch, and provide some good, clean fun at the same time. Thumbs up!

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Putz. My daughter's friends have always enjoyed the ones we've created for her birthday and back-to-school parties. This is my first holiday-themed one. I'll be printing it off to take out too. Hope they enjoy it!

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      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      This is a great idea. I am printing if off to share with those who work with our youth at church.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks 2Patricias, they do that here too. I just made up the list. Anyone can modify their own list and customize it to make it more difficult or easier depending on the situation or age group participating.

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      2patricias 

      8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This does sound like fun. We live in a town of about 25000 and there are some streets of terrace houses (row houses to an American) where all the houses are decorated in a theme. So if somebody was compiling a UK list I think 'linked house decorations' should be on the list.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Well, you could still play fair and exclude her house from the game, Lynne. Or you could only count her house for the most difficult item you don't think you'd find anywhere else.

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      lynnechandler 

      8 years ago

      Hehe...it wouldn't be fair. I have a friend who goes all out in a very big way. I'll have to go take a pic or see if my daughter still has the one from last year up. All these things and more can be found at this one house. They have two barns one in front of the house and one out back and live on 5 acres. All 5 acres are decorated from the front of the first barn all the way to the last barn at the back of the property.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      You know what that means, Ethel? It means you need to write a UK version. I run into this all the time with my husband....he sprung a new word on me this week....warren. We just say rabbit hole.

      Head out and see how many you find, Lynne.

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      lynnechandler 

      8 years ago

      Sounds like a lot of fun, great idea.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Good fun. Some are unknown in the UK though :)

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you bearclawmedia!

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      bearclawmedia 

      8 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

      Good one!

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