Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt (Easy Version!)

Heading out to look at holiday decorations? Grab this Easy Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt printable for extra holiday fun!

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For the past few years, my family has sat down at the beginning of the Christmas season and made a list of our top traditions. Each family member gets to choose one activity.

It’s so easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of the season and feel like you need to do it all.

Hint – you don’t!

My middle son has consistently chosen driving around to look at Christmas lights as his Christmas time activity. And I so glad he does!

We pile into our cozy minivan in Christmas pajamas and fuzzy blankets. We turn on the Charlie Brown Christmas CD and make our way through our neighborhood.

Looking at Christmas lights in the neighborhood is truly one of the highlights of our year. You should give it a try!

To make this simple and frugal holiday tradition even more fun, use these easy Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt printables.

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a pin image that reads Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt free printable in white lettering on a blue rectangle. The picture above the rectangle is a light-up snowman with two trees with colored lights. The picture below shows a home with lights and a Snoopy, Santa, and snowman yard decoration.

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Easy Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt Printable

There are tons of free scavenger hunts for Christmas available on the internet. This easy Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt printable is better in my opinion!

This printable has cute Christmas decoration pictures. This makes it more accessible for non-readers.

Your younger children and anyone struggling to learn to read will love to feel included. This is so important for building a good family tradition.

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This simple Christmas scavenger hunt is also geared to be a tic-tac-toe, too.  This way, it can be finished more quickly and every child in your car has a chance to be successful.

Using a list with 20 Christmas decorations might be fun if you have a car of teens, but with a preschooler? No thanks – you need simple and easy.

An easy christmas lights scavenger hunt printable on a green clipboard with a green marker. The printable reads Christmas Lights Tic-Tac-Toe and has cartoon pictures of Santa, a bow, wreath, tree, reindeer, candy cane, Rudolph, green light, and snowman.

Using a Scavenger Hunt Printable for Christmas Decorations

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It’s simple to use this scavenger hunt printable:

  • Print these out.
  • Place on a clipboard.
  • Give your child a writing tool (I prefer washable markers).
  • Head out to look at the decorations.
  • Mark off.

We went initially for tic-tac-toe (or three in a row) to make it really easy.

But then my 8-year-old went ahead and found all 9 items and did blackout on her tic-tac-toe.

In this printable file, there are 3 boards. So up to 3 children in your family can have a unique board.

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Christmas Lights Holiday Tradition

So you’ve printed out your cute Christmas decorations scavenger hunt. What now?

It’s time to plan how you’ll look at Christmas lights and holiday decorations.

Here are my tips for making the Christmas lights tradition simple and special:

  • Get matching Christmas pajamas. It really builds a special sense of family unity to match.
  • Bring blankets and stuffed animals. This makes it stand out from any other drive.
  • Make or stop for hot chocolate. A festive drink really increases the fun factor.
  • Considering walking. If you live in a walkable neighborhood that’s well-lit, an evening walk can be magical.
  • Listen to Christmas music. Charlie Brown Christmas is our favorite and enjoyed by all ages.
  • Map your route ahead of time. It helps to know where you want to go. Ask in your neighborhood Facebook group.
  • Set a time limit. It helps all children to know the plan ahead of time, but it’s imperative for neurodivergent children.

Play Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe

I just love when one printable can do double-duty.  This is an important strategy in every parent’s toolbox.

Use this cute holiday scavenger hunt printable to play an easy matching game: Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Print two copies of the same page.
  2. Cut one page apart and then use the 2nd page as a base.
  3. Encourage your preschooler to match the pictures.
  4. Celebrate that your child got tic-tac-toe when they have three in a row.

This uses an important skill called visual discrimination.  It’s an important precursor skill for reading, writing, and math.

If you are stuck indoors, grab some painter’s tape and tape the pictures to the walls around your home.  Encourage your child to run and find those pictures. Then your child will match them to the full page.

This way, your child is building this important visual discrimination skill AND getting some movement! This Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt printable is a real lifesaver for parents with restless toddlers and preschoolers.

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Christmas Scavenger Hunt Printable

An easy Christmas Scavenger Hunt Printable is a great way to safely celebrate the holiday season. Print these out and have some fun!

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