One of my favorite Christmastime traditions is looking for Christmas lights. This year I want to add some extra fun to the evening by completing a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt.
Whether we make it a date night or go with family and friends going to see Christmas Lights is magical! My husband and I have a particular fascination with Light-o-Rama or dancing light displays. I also love when whole entire blocks go all out and you can get out of the car and walk around.
Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt
Looking for unique displays is always fun. I think of all the hard work people put into doing their lights. So while this scavenger hunt has some traditional items to look for I had added a few oddities I have encountered through the years.
Ways to Use This Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt
I have created a printable version for each of these gameplay ideas.
Christmas Light Bingo. This is a great way to play with young kids. I have made this version simpler with just graphics. The first person to get five in a row wins.
Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt Competition. Each item has a point value. If you are playing against someone or in teams this is a great option.
Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt List. This version is just a listing with all the items. My husband and I set out to challenge ourselves with this one. We don’t end our date night unless we find everything. Click Here to Download!
What to Use to Prizes
If you are having a competition or playing te Bingo version plan on having a couple of fun prizes. Since this activity, in general, is fun and frugal I would make the prize budget-friendly. Here are some ideas:
- Homemade Christmas Baked Goods
- Dollar Tree Gift/Gift Basket
- Homemade Certificate for bragging rights
- Coupon Booklet for things like getting out of chores, extra hugs, phone-free time, etc.
Tips For Looking at Christmas Lights
Plan Out Your Neighborhoods/Houses. One of my favorite ways to plan out my evening is to use the Christmas Light Finder Website. That website will have a lot of houses. I also peruse YouTube and Facebook with my city’s name. Over the years I have also dropped on a pin on my Google Maps app to remember the location of a hidden gem.
Pack Snacks & Drinks. I usually bring a selection of Christmas cookies, a party mix such as Chex Mix or Muddy Buddies, and a few healthier snacks like carrot sticks and cheese & crackers. For drinks, I like thermos’ of hot chocolate, cider, or even just water or tea. Closer to Christmas day I like egg nog.
Wear Pajamas. Most of the time you will be visiting the lights in the comfort of your car so dressing in you favorite Christmas pajamas is perfect! It will also be nice at the end of the night to just crawl
Play Christmas Music. Make a Christmas music playlist with your favorites or use a music service like Spotify for setting the mood. I have so many memories of my family singing along to all the songs