This is The Best Christmas Scavenger Hunt For the Holidays

It'll keep your kids out of your hair—for a little while!

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Cookie swaps, white elephant gift exchanges, and ugly sweater parties are all wonderful ways to celebrate the holiday season, but once you've gathered everyone in your tackiest, tinseliest garb and downed more sweets than you'd care to remember, what do you do to really entertain everyone?! I thought you'd never ask.

This Christmas, it's time for a new tradition: It's time to take your family and friends on a holiday scavenger hunt, using these Christmas-themed clues, leading everyone to a big surprise. That doesn't have to be a big pile of unopened red and green presents—it could end with a plate of cookies, another fun game, or really anything your Christmas-filled heart desires.

Write these instructions down on separate pieces of paper and place them in their dedicated spots around the house. Give your kids (or whoever's hunting!) the first clue, and let them figure out the rest!

Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good morning! For your first clue, head to the enormous tree in your home that ornaments are adorning.


    Reindeer can fly over trees, seas, and moats—you'll find your next clue in the pocket of your coat.


    Santa never leaves your door open—not even a smidge! Check for your next clue on a shelf in the fridge.


    One of the best parts of Christmas is candy galore! The next clue you find will be stuck to your front door.


    There are red and green-wrapped presents for good girls and boys, now check in the place you keep all of your toys.


      On Christmas Eve night, Santa Claus enters your house and leaves without a peep! Head to the place you go to get a good night's sleep.


      I hope this year you were a good little elf! It's almost time to finish this game, and the next clue's on the shelf.


      Christmas is a time that's filled with glee, so look for your prize under your tree!

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