Break Out Your Very Merry Thinking Cap For These 53 Spirited Christmas Riddles

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Looking to have a little Christmas break fun while testing your kiddos’ brains? We rounded up some of the silliest Christmas riddles. Some read more like fun jokes and are just plain funny. Others are a little harder and will test their thinking skills a little more. (If they want to phone a friend for help, tell ’em to call Santa Claus.) All of these are guaranteed to make your family laugh, though. Need some practical ways to use these? Give your kiddo a riddle before you drop them off at school and see if they have the answer by the time the bus drops them off. Or leave riddles in their lunch or next to their breakfast plate. If you have an Advent calendar that you use each year, you could even write down the riddles on slips of paper and add them in with each day’s treats.

Not feeling all of these Christmas riddles? We also have Thanksgiving-themed riddles, some super simple kid-friendly riddles, and even a ton of extra tough riddles. Or perhaps these Christmas jokes, Nightmare Before Christmas quotes, Christmas games, and Christmas trivia will make your (holi)day. Enjoy!

You Don’t Need Rudolph’s Nose to Find These Christmas Riddles

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

Christmas lights.

  1. Which one of Santa’s reindeer is the fastest?


  1. When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?

In the dictionary.

  1. Who is the most impolite and disrespectful of all the reindeer?


  1. Why didn’t the turkey want to eat on Christmas?

It was already stuffed.

  1. If otters keep their money in riverbanks, where does Frosty the Snowman keep his money?

In a snowbank.

  1. Why are Christmas trees bad at knitting?

They always drop their needles.

  1. Where do Santa and Mrs. Claus enjoy going for a swim?

The North Pool.

  1. What did Adam say the day before Christmas?

It’s Christmas, Eve!

  1. I get chopped, decorated and on one end you’ll see wings on top. What am I?

A Christmas tree.

  1. What do you call a person who is afraid of Santa Claus?


  1. If the end of the year is on December 31st, then what is the end of Christmas?

The letter ‘S.’

  1. What did Mrs. Claus say to Santa when she looked up in the sky?

Looks like rain, dear.

  1. Santa was having problems with his legs and was unable to walk so he went to the hospital to ask the doctor if he could recommend something for him. What did the doctor give to Santa to help him to walk?

A candy cane.

  1. What do you call a snowman in the summer?

A puddle.

  1. If a lion had a Christmas music album, what would it be called?

Jungle Bells.

  1. 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.

  1. On Christmas how do kids know that Santa is in the room?

They can sense his presents.

  1. Why do mummies like Christmas so much?

Because of all the wrapping.

  1. What does Santa do in his garden?

Ho ho ho.

  1. Which one of Santa’s reindeer can you see in outer space?


  1. What is red and white, red and white, and red and white again?

Santa Claus falling down a hill.

  1. What does a snowman like to eat for breakfast?

Frosted Flakes.

  1. What do you get when an apple and a Christmas tree have a baby?

A pineapple.

  1. Why is Santa so jolly?

Because he knows where all the naughty girls live.

  1. What did Santa sing when he went down the chimney?

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…

  1. The Santa at the shopping mall was quite surprised when he saw Martha, a woman in her mid-twenties, asking to sit on his lap. We all know Santa doesn’t usually take requests from adults, but she smiled at him very nicely and he ended up asking her what she wanted for Christmas.

“Something for my mother, please,” she replied. “Something for your mother? That’s very loving and thoughtful of you,” smiled Santa. “What would you like me to bring her?” Emily answered quickly, “A son-in-law.”

Hold On to Your Sleigh! More Festive Brain-Busters Ahead

  1. When you go out in a blizzard and you see a vampire, what do you get?


  1. Why is Santa so good at karate?

He has a black belt.

  1. What did the snow woman do when she was upset with the snowman?

She gave him a cold shoulder.

  1. In what year did Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall in the same year?

It happens every year.

  1. Which one of Santa’s reindeer can be seen on Valentine’s day?


  1. How many presents can Santa fit in an empty bag?

Only one – after that, it’s not empty anymore!

  1. What’s red, white, and blue at Christmas time?

A sad candy cane.

  1. What’s a parent’s favorite Christmas carol?

“Silent Night.”

  1. How much did Santa pay for his sleigh?

Nothing – it was on the house!

  1. Where does the snowman keep his money?

In a snow bank.

  1. Who delivers Christmas presents to cats?

Santa Claws.

  1. What falls at the North Pole but never gets injured?


  1. Where do you find reindeer?

Depends on where you left them.

  1. Why couldn’t the Christmas tree stand?

It doesn’t have legs.

  1. This ring is made of leaves,

Flowers, fruits, twigs, and more; And then at wintertime It hangs on your front door. What could it be? A Christmas wreath.

  1. What is a fervent hope that you thoroughly enjoy your yuletide season?

We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

  1. 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.

  1. Dropping from the sky

More beautiful than rain There are no two pieces That’ll ever look the same What am I? Snowflakes.

  1. 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? Dasher.

  1. I am a catchy carol and a tune that likes to rhyme,

I contain 12 gifts that come around Christmas time. What am I? “The 12 Days of Christmas” song.

  1. What do you look forward to that’s filled with stuff and that looks like a giant person’s sock?

Christmas stockings.

  1. I’m an egg, but you can drink me.

What kind of egg am I? Eggnog.

  1. What’s red and white, red and white, red and white, red and white?

Santa’s Christmas jacket in a laundry dryer.

  1. What do elves learn in school?

The elf-abet.

  1. What did the Christmas tree say to the Christmas stocking?

Aren’t you tired of just hanging around?

  1. What does a snowman eat for a snack?

A snow cone.

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