Use Our Free Printable Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt This Holiday!

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Find out how to enjoy your own Christmas light scavenger hunt!

hot cocoa with Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt

Love looking at Christmas lights as a family tradition?

With Christmas right around the corner, this frugal tradition is something fun to do from the comforts of your own car! Driving around and admiring beautiful holiday light displays brings so much holiday magic for kids and adults alike, and it’s something I look forward to each year – it’s even included on my family’s Christmas bucket list.

scavenger hunt christmas light free printable

I’m sharing a fun and free printable to make Christmas lights even more exciting by turning it into a scavenger hunt adventure!

kids looking at Christmas lights

This year, bundle up the kids in their pajamas and go hunting for Christmas lights in your area by car. Before heading out, print out our FREE checklist to see who can cross off all the items on their list first!

Don’t forget to bring along some hot chocolate for the road!

holding a christmas light scavenger h

Christmas Light Scavenger hunt

Tips for using our fun Christmas light scavenger hunt free printable:

  • I recommend printing these checklists out on white cardstock paper so they won’t rip as easily when you’re checking off your festive finds on the go.
  • If you have a laminator, this would be a great opportunity to use it and mark off the list using dry erase markers. This way the cards will be less likely to get bent or spilled on, and you’ll be able to re-use them again next year!
  • Consider getting a fun prize for the winner of the scavenger hunt like holiday treats or a special toy or book.
  • Where do I find Christmas lights in my area? There’s a handy “cheer map” in the Nextdoor app that lets neighbors add their Christmas displays, and 90% of Nextdoor users decorate!

hot cocoa gift basket with free printable scavenger hunt cards

Here’s a frugal and easy-to-compile gift idea!

Consider gathering a few hot cocoa supplies and putting together a thoughtful gift basket for friends, family members, or neighbors. Make sure to include our free printable Christmas light scavenger hunt card to complete the basket so they can have a fun family night of looking at lights, too!

kids next to christmas light display

There’s something pretty special about seeing your kids and loved ones experience pure joy at seeing Christmas lights.

Here’s a pic of my teammate Chelsea’s cute kiddos at a recent display!  We love Christmas lights here at Hip2Save and wanted to share this free printable with the hopes your family can get out safely and enjoy some holiday magic, too. Enjoy!


Want to get in touch with Santa this Christmas? Here’s ho-ho-how!


Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 31

  1. Lori

    What fun! Thank you

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Lori! Enjoy!

  2. Jessica King

    Thank you. So cute! Love the laminate idea.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure! Enjoy!

  3. GAmommyof4

    If you don’t have a laminator you can also use sheet protectors and a dry erase marker. Thanks for posting this! I love the gift basket idea 😁

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! That’s brilliant too! Thanks

  4. gelrod

    Thank you for this cute scavenger hunt. Just a tip from a retired school teacher-you can use permanent markers if lamented and this will prevent accidentally erasing the checkmarks. When u are finished use isopropyl alcohol and a paper towel to remove the permanent marker. 😉 I plan to use this scavenger hunt with my grandchildren.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh smart! Thanks for sharing and enjoy!

  5. Amanda

    Y’all are awesome!! Thank you!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Amanda! We appreciate you!

  6. ella

    Yes! Thanks for this! My youngest daughter has noted that I’ve been a little boring with our family activity advent calendar this year, so this is something new to us to try that will also get us out of the house!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay!! I’m going this weekend and can’t wait. Enjoy!

  7. Mary

    Fun idea! Definitely going to do this! Thanks!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure and thanks for stopping by Mary!

  8. JES

    We took our girls light looking this past weekend, it was a lovely 82 degrees outside, so we stopped by DQ and got frozen hot chocolate and the hot chocolate blizzards. I will definitely be adding the scavenger hunt next year!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh fun!! That sounds great!

  9. Katie

    How fun! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Enjoy Katie! Have fun.

  10. Sara

    Love it!!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Sara! Enjoy!

  11. tipaye

    What a cute and clever idea! Thank you ❤️

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Enjoy!

  12. Virtualmare

    Oh what fun! Thx

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure! We hope you enjoy!

  13. Deb

    My street is only 25 houses, but I can check off everything but Snoopy just by looking out of my picture window!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      LOL WOW what a fun neighborhood!

  14. Raquel

    We did this last year and had a blast! Thanks for posting!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay I’m so glad!

  15. Kim

    This is actually a great idea when you have teenagers that now only begrudgingly do all the family traditions we’ve done every year. I’ll bribe them with a scavenger hunt and a prize of Starbucks at the end so they won’t want to go home until they find them all!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! Good thinking! Ha

  16. Lora

    Thank you! I did this scavenger hunt with my teen daughter and her friend tonight and we each loved it. Merry Christmas❤️

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