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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Life: Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt (Free Printable)

In the "new normal", us mamas have had to get seriously creative with entertaining the kiddies.  One of those ways was with scavenger hunts.  For my daughter's 7th birthday, I put together a scavenger hunt complete with clues, fun rhymes, and a surprise at the end.  For the long Summer days, I put together a nature scavenger hunt (link) where the kids had to find several items in the woods.  Finally, last Christmas we had the best time doing a holiday lights scavenger hunt!  Tell me more, you say.  But, of course!



Life:  A Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt


Last year, I put together this scavenger hunt (link) for the kiddies.  At first I thought that my oldest would think it was a lame idea because she's 8 and SUPER cool, but she actually got really excited.  She grabbed two clipboards, two pencils, and a pair of her coziest sweatpants.  The picture above is a little dark, but if you look closely, you can see her clipboard.  She looked like a Christmas decoration inspector!

Through a mom's group on Facebook, I found a list of homes that were decorated over the top for the holidays.  I plugged the addresses into our GPS, buckled the kids in the car, and let the game begin!

Our first stop was the house pictured above.  While exploring inspecting their festive decor, a group of moms asked me for a copy of the scavenger hunt.  Me being obnoxiously me, was prepared with a few extra sheets in case my kids ruined theirs.  I gladly handed them out and got even happier when I saw their kids get super excited.  That's when I knew that the holiday scavenger hunt would have to be a new tradition.

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The one complaint that I did get about the scavenger hunt was that it was too simple.  In my defense, I have a two year old.  This year, I did a mix of simple and hard so that both of my kids would be challenged in the hunt.

At the end, after everything was checked off, we got cups of hot chocolate and parked across the street from a very festive home.  This local house is a popular attraction since their Christmas lights play along with the music on a specific radio station.  The kids love singing, dancing, and watching the lights bounce to the music.  The homeowners even gave baby boy this fake mustache after we made a small donation to their charity of choice.


If you're looking for a fun, festive, and free night out for the holidays that is also COVID19 friendly, print out this scavenger hunt.  And, don't forget the clipboard!

What is your favorite holiday activity?

7 comments :

  1. We used to do that with our girls. Makes me sad that they are all grown up now. We'll still drive around and look at the over the top lights here too, cocoa in hand, but I do long for the excitement small children always added to the plate.

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    1. Growing up we went to Disney every year b/c my grandmother has a timeshare there. Once I hit 15, it was so "like, whatever". Then I went with my daughter and it was my favorite place all over again. Kids really do make things that much better! (Sometimes)

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    2. They do, but I'd love to go to Disney with just Jason for a change. Maybe when we are able to eventually get the virus under control.

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  2. We will definitely be driving around to see lights. We went to our community’s Xmas fireworks already. It’s nice to sit in the car and tune to the station that they sync Xmas music with the fireworks. I made my chocolate mint brownies yesterday, which are a tradition.

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    1. Those brownies sound FABULOUS!!! I usually do red velvet cheesecake brownies because they're red, but maybe I need to switch things up this year.

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  3. Nobody really bothers putting up lights here, so ours would be a very poor hunt LOL We have a neighbour who put a snow man and a Santa in front of their door weeks ago and I found it ridiculous, kinda even ruins the spirit for me seeing it all day long a month before the actual holiday. But other than that maybe just two or three of us in the street put a chain or two of lights in our front yard. Our houses are poor and fugly to being with so it does not make sense spotlighting them even more LOOOOL

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    1. There was a trend here that started with COVID. The second Fall starts, many people decorate for xmas because it was said to statistically make someone feel happier. Well, it made me feel angry because I love me some Fall!!

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