’Tis the season for holiday fun! One of the best ways to celebrate the season is to put together a holiday scavenger hunt that kids are sure to love.
Christmas scavenger hunts inspire togetherness, encourage problem solving, and create lifetime memories for families.
Here are some of our best ideas for kids’ Christmas scavenger hunt themes, clues, and snacks!
Elf on the Shelf is one of those family holiday games that has grown to become a beloved tradition in many households. One of our favorite Christmas scavenger hunts is to start off elf season by having kids locate their elf upon their annual return from the North Pole.
Start out with a fun letter from their elf explaining that they’re hiding somewhere in the home. Instruct kids to follow a set of clues until they find their holiday friend who they haven’t seen since last Christmas. Here are some examples of scavenger hunt clues that can be used for an elf hunt:
Have the elf present your kid with a goodie bag or stocking to usher in the season with fun treats like candy canes and other Christmas snacks. Be sure to include Welch’s® Fruit Snacks, which are made with real fruit and are an excellent source of Vitamins A, C & E.
You can also use this holiday scavenger hunt idea for a regular “elf moving” night and not just for your elf’s annual return.
Consider adding an elf hunt to your list of Christmas party game ideas for holiday classroom bashes. The elf can be surrounded by multiple goodie bags so that there’s one for every kid. Include gluten free, dairy free, or nut free Welch’s® Fruit Snacks for kids in the class who may require snacks that are allergen friendly.
Nothing says Christmastime like a trip to the mall, where you can visit Santa and shop for holiday bargains. Make the experience less stressful and more fun with a mall-based holiday scavenger hunt.
Christmas scavenger hunts at the mall are perfect for older kids and teens who have cell phones and can go off on their own. The main idea is to split kids into two groups and have them walk around the mall and take photos of certain items.
Set a time to meet at a designated spot, such as the food court, and see which team captured the most pictures. Some of the best scavenger hunt clues for the mall include:
There are so many other good clues for a scavenger hunt at the mall, so get creative and make lasting memories that can’t be bought.
Sure, you can stash presents under the tree, but it can also be fun to challenge kids to track down their presents with a gift scavenger hunt. Here are some ideas and tips for how to do a Christmas gift scavenger hunt in a way that’s easy and memorable.
That wraps up our list of holiday scavenger hunt ideas!
If you’re a family that already embraces scavenger hunt ideas year round, we hope we helped you answer the question: how can I make my scavenger hunt more interesting during the holiday season?
Or if you’re new to the scavenger hunt world, we hope these ideas for Christmas scavenger hunts helped inspire you to start a new family tradition.
Be sure to add a delicious twist to your Christmas scavenger hunts with Welch’s® Fruit Snacks!