Christmas Photo Scavenger Hunt The Older Kids Will Love

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Christmas is such a magical time of year, but when the kids get a little older it is harder to keep the magic alive. This Christmas photo scavenger hunt is a great way for older kids to have fun without feeling like little kids.

Every year prior to this one we got the younger kids together and had fun with our Christmas treasure hunt rhyming clues, but unfortunately, as the kids are now getting a little older it is just not cool. But that’s ok, I can make anything cool! This modern twist on an old family favorite is a great way that kids will feel more independent, but creative at the same time.

We are using an actual camera (shock horror!) but any smartphone will do, nearly all teenagers will have one. It’s also a great way to keep track of them when they need to leave the house to take some of the photos.

Carry on reading to download our free Christmas photo scavenger hunt, and find out how to host the coolest Christmas get-together the kids will cherish for years.

Christmas photo scavenger hunt

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Christmas Photo Scavenger Hunt

You can play this just with the kids, or with the entire family, but it is best if played in teams of at least 2 per team.

Make sure each team has at least one cell phone, I’m sure that won’t be a problem! I prefer them to use a cell phone so you can track where they are, especially with younger kids. But of course, if they have an actual camera or even a polaroid camera that would work great too.

christmas photo scavenger hunt cellphone

Go over the rules, which are super simple:

  • Create groups of at least 2 per team
  • Take a photo of all of the items
  • Agree on a time, we like to use an hour but it’s up to you (get them to set a timer on their cell phone)
  • Have FUN!

If you have a mix of ages it might be sensible to add an older one to each of the groups. Also depending on the age of the groups, you might want to set boundaries in your neighborhood for when they need to go outside to take photos.

You can adapt this for younger children and either go with the kids or just stay in the house and take photos when the items pop up on the TV.

I recommend using a clipboard with storage that can hold the pens, and the cellphones if they don’t have pockets.

christmas photo scavenger hunt clipboard

Photos to Take on the Scavenger Hunt

There are 20 Christmas-themed photos that need to be taken, hopefully, they will have most if not all taken within the time limit.

  • Favorite Christmas decoration
  • Christmas book
  • Christmas gift
  • Someone wearing a Santa hat
  • Something green
  • Snowman
  • Reindeer
  • Santa sleigh
  • Elf
  • Christmas card
  • Christmas star
  • Christmas wreath
  • Ugly Christmas sweater
  • Something handmade
  • Something red
  • Poinsettia
  • Christmas cookies
  • Gingerbread man
  • Lights outside
  • Favorite Christmas inflatable
christmas photo scavenger hunt photos

Before you start you need to agree on who the winner will be.

  • Will it be the quickest to return? Or
  • The most imaginative photos?

You can give the teenagers prizes when they return, I mean who doesn’t like a small gift!

  • Gift vouchers (iTunes, Amazon, or Target are pretty generic and will work for most kids)
  • Phone popsockets
  • A Christmas book (we love A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)

Why not treat the kids to a Christmas escape room when they finish too?

Free Christmas Photo Scavenger Hunt Printable

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our printables work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

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