Just down the street from us, there is a house that has the best musical Christmas lights show around. So much so, in fact, that my little kids, who rarely can sit still for anything longer than 10 minutes, sit in rapture watching the lights dance to the music as it streams through the speakers into our car. They beg to stay “just a little bit longer”, and that little bit soon turns into an hour. There is just so magical about Christmas lights, and taking a night to drive around and look at them is one of our favorite Christmas traditions.
We cozy up in our pajamas, take along bags of popcorn, turn up the Christmas music, and head off to see homes and neighborhoods transformed into lighted wonderlands. Something that makes the evening even MORE fun, is a Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt, and I created a super cute printable to take along with you!
I made one for smaller children that can’t read yet–it has pictures along with the words, and there aren’t quite as many to look for. That’s the one we use. :) I love it for our family because we have both readers and non-readers, so it makes everyone happy. The kids absolutely love looking at their list, then at all the lists, and trying to cross everything off.
I like to look online for neighborhoods and homes that are known for their light displays, and in all the places we’ve lived, we’ve always been able to find them! It makes the perfect Family Night Activity!
I also made a version for older kids/adults without the cute pictures, but with fun checkboxes! :) If you have teenagers or older kids, you might want to opt for this version. It also has more items to find, so it could take a little longer and be more of a challenge.
Another thing fun thing to do is team up with families and make it into a race! Start at one home, hand out the printables, and give each other a certain time limit to find as many as you can. Take pictures along the way so you can prove what you found. Meet back together to see who got the most, and have hot chocolate and treats. SO fun!
You could even do it as a couples date night!
To print the scavenger hunts, just click on one of the links below!