Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt with Grandchildren

Our little community has a pond. Not a lake. A pond

At Christmas time, the city floats rafts on the pond. On these rafts are Christmas lights in the shape of Christmas trees. (The last couple of years, the city has included other types of Christmas lights on the pond.)

It is gorgeous — especially the lights reflecting on the water.

I wanted to include a picture of the lights on the pond with this post. But,  five degree below zero weather is not very inviting for an outdoor photography shoot. So, here’s a picture of the pond in the summertime. Isn’t it pretty?

Salem Pond

I’ll leave it up to your imagination to picture in your mind Christmas tree-shaped lights reflecting on the water at night . . .

A nearby city puts up all sorts of light displays in a city park. It is fun to go as a family and drive through the park to see the lights.

So, here’s an idea of an activity that you can do with your grandchildren. Go on a Christmas lights scavenger hunt!

Christmas scavenger hunt on Grandma IdeasHere is a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt checklist that you can use.

Print it off and give a copy to each grandchild. As you drive around looking at the lights, your grandchild calls out when she sees one of the things on her list. She then puts a check in the box by that item. (The other grandchildren have to see another light display to be able to check off that item on their own list.)

At the end of your drive, give a prize to the grandchild who was the first person to check off everything — or to the one with the most items checked off.

Give other grandchildren special prizes, too. For instance, give a prize to the person who was first to see lights in the shape of an elf or a teddy bear. See if you can give some sort of prize to every grandchild so that nobody will feel left out.

You could make this scavenger hunt a tradition that you do with your grandchildren every year.

Afterwards, you can go back to your home for some cookies and hot cocoa and to sing a couple of Christmas carols!


One thought on “Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt with Grandchildren

  1. Joyce

    Thanks for a really, really great idea! I printed off your list and I know we’ll do this after the kids are old enough to read.
    My personal reaction to decorations like “Disney characters” and “penguins” is “yuck!” I’m more of a “candle-wreath-angel-nativity scene-deer-Joy” kind of person! But the kids love the tacky stuff so why not?
    Merry Christmas, NIna!

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