40 Clever Christmas Riddles For Kids

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Christmas and Riddles may not seem like a match made in heaven, but in my household they go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly!

My 7 year old son LOVES riddles all year round, but when his cousins show up for the holidays the pleas for riddles are multiplied 10-fold. Christmas Riddles are a fantastic Christmas activity in so many ways.

First, they are a great way for adults to bond with their nieces and nephews who they may only see a couplel times a year. When I’m reading my riddles the kids hang on my ever word, with a look of sheer concentration on their faces. It’s also a great bonding experience for the kids as they use group reasoning to solve the riddles.

Christmas riddles also help kids get into the holiday spirit, improve their vocabulary, and anything that keeps them off their tablets and smart phones is a huge win in my book!

All the riddles on this list have been kid tested and approved – they’re all G Rated and seem to work best with kids between 5 and 13 years old.

A Note For Group Riddling

If you have a group of kids with varying age ranges Riddles can be a bit frustrating for the younger kids, as the older kids will most likely come up with the answers much faster.

I would recommend telling the kids to keep the answers to themselves and just raise their hands once they solve the riddle. Then the older kids can give the younger kids hints until everyone has the answer.

Who Am I Christmas Riddles for Kids

Garland, lights and balls
They can all be seen
Once they’re hung up
On this evergreen
What is it?

Christmas Tree

Im usually seen at Christmas
But Im not a stocking or a bell
I’m red and white in color
And shaped like the letter L
What am I? 

A Candy Cane

It can be made from evergreens
Pine cones, berries, and it’s round
On the front door of someone’s house
At Christmastime it can be found

A Christmas Wreath

These are in the Harry Potter books
And Lord Of The Rings too
They help to make the Christmas gifts
That Santa brings to you
What are they? 


This has three people holding gifts
And a few animals maybe
Plus shepherds, parents and angels
And in the center is a baby
What is it?

Nativity Scene

I’m a cookie you might like to eat, 
Some might say I’m a favored Christmas treat. 
I have brown arms, eyes, and don’t forget my feet.
What am I?

A Gingerbread Man

I am a catchy carol and a tune which likes to rhyme
I contain 12 grand gifts
That come around Christmas time. 
What am I?

The 12 days of Christmas song

Rip me off quick so I no longer hide, 
your precious gifts that are concealed inside.
What am I?

Wrapping paper

What will it be stuffed with
there’s nobody who knows.
But it looks like something
you’d slide over your toes.
What is it?

A Christmas Stocking

Dropping from the sky
More beautiful than rain
There are no two pieces
That’ll ever look the same


I’m Santa’s little helper, I’m loved by both girls and boys.
All through-out the year, I work hard to build your toys.
Who am I?

An Elf

I’m a plant seen at Christmas
Which people hang above
And then they stand beneath me
And kiss someone they love.

What Am I?


I’m made of two colors
And I look just like a hook
You’ll give me a lick
But I’m not something you cook
What am I?

A Candy Cane

Hoping a stranger will break into your house
Would normally be quite weird
Except at Christmas when you actually want a visit,
From this old man with a beard
Who is he?

Santa Claus

Santa sits on one of these as he delivers his gifts,
You can ride one too through the snow drifts.
What is it?

A Sleigh

When going around the world
This animal can find the way
It goes to every country
While helping pull Santa’s sleigh


You put a skirt around my bottom
Once I have been chopped
The other end, a star or angel
Is how I get topped
What am I?

A Christmas Tree

His body is round, with a carrot for a nose.
He loves to be cold, from his head to his toes.
What is he?

A Snowman

I come with many colors, so beautiful and bright
I turn so many houses into a beautiful sight.
What am I?

Christmas Lights

I am a helpful creature
not too big and not too small
Out of all my fellow reindeer
I’m the fastest of them all.
Who am I?


During the holiday season
I might top a Christmas tree
Bright in the sky you can also see me
And sometimes my name
Is used to describe a famous celebrity.
What am I?


I have branches and I’m green
In December I am seen
Your gifts are found under me,
And on top of me a fairy.
Hung with baubles and bright lights,
I make you Christmas eve merry.
What am I?

A Christmas tree

You sometimes see them on a house
And often on a festive tree
They are often multicolored
And run on electricity
What are they?

Christmas Lights

I am what Santa likes to eat.
At each home he stops,
He’s looking for this treat.
What are we?

Milk and cookies

You might make this at Christmas
So that you can stuff your face
A cake, icing and candy
An edible dwelling place
What is it?

A gingerbread house

I fly when I am born
Lie when I’m alive
And run when I am dead
What am I?


We like to sing songs of Christmas time.
In a group, we sing and sometimes rhyme.
What are we?

Christmas Carolers

We’re four-legged beasts who pull Santa’s sleigh,
If you’ve been good all year,
We’ll pull him your way.
What are we?


I always need to stay on my toes.
I guide Santa’s sleigh
With my bright and shiny red nose.
Who am I?

Rudolph the Reindeer

On a Christmas tree you have a garland
And ornaments that look so fine
But you also need some strings of these
To help make sure that it will shine
What are they?

Christmas lights

In Swaddling clothes, asleep, he lay
On that first wondrous Christmas Day.
His mother, Mary, sat nearby,
Singing him a lullaby.
Who was he?

Baby Jesus

The inn was full in this small town,
So in a manger they laid Him down.
They’d come to this City of David to pay
their taxes, Herod’s law to obey.
What city was this?


They traveled from the East afar,
Following a bright, bright star.
Many precious gifts they brought,
To give the new born King they sought.
Who were they?

The 3 wise men

A colored strip used to decorate your tree,
Metallic and shiny you’ll find me.
What am I?


Simple One Line Christmas Riddles For Kids

On Christmas eve, when Santa leaves his workshop on the north pole, what direction does he travel?

South. If you’re on the North Pole the only direction you can go is south.

What kind of ball doesn’t bounce?

A snow ball

How many presents can Santa fit in an empty sack?

Only one, after that it’s not empty any more!

Which two letters describe Santa’s sack after Christmas? 

M-T. (Empty)

What falls at the North Pole but never gets injured?


What’s at the end of Christmas?

The letter S

How many presents can Santa fit in his sack for bad children?

Zero! Bad children don’t get presents!

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