Spread Some Holiday Cheer With These Christmas Riddles

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When Christmas time rolls around, everything turns merry and bright! Of course, this can be done with twinkling Christmas lights, Christmas tree displays, and the sound of cheerful Christmas songs everywhere you go—but that lively feeling also comes from time spent with the special people in your life as you gather to celebrate the season.

If you're planning a dinner or Christmas party to do just that, you've probably already thought of the basics: a delectable Christmas menu for a festive feast and the most charming Christmas decorations for decking the halls. Now you just need fun Christmas activities for everyone to enjoy. Along with plenty of Christmas puzzles and Christmas movies, you can also garner lots of laughter with the best Christmas riddles!

So, we've come up with 50 ho ho ho-larious options (with answers) for the whole family to figure out together. Share them aloud with the group, write them down to pass around the kids' table or use them to add some humor to your Christmas card wishes. You might even use them to come up with a Christmas game—whoever answers the most riddles gets a seasonal surprise! Maybe an extra slice of pie? Either way, the riddles, Christmas jokes, and Christmas puns found here are sure to spread some cheer!

Funny Christmas Riddles

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  • How do kids always know when Santa Claus is around? They sense his presents.

  • What did the Christmas tree say to the ornament? "Aren't you tired of hanging around?"

  • Why didn't the stocking want to eat Christmas dinner? He was stuffed!

  • Where do Santa and his elves go for a swim? The North Pool.

  • What did Santa need when he sprained his ankle? A candy cane.

  • What Christmas carol does a dog like to sing? "Deck the Howls."

  • Why was the Christmas tree so bad at knitting? He was always dropping his needles!

  • How was the snow globe feeling? A little shaken!

  • What kind of pictures do elves take? Elfies.

  • What's white, red, and blue at Christmas time? A sad candy cane!

  • Where do snowmen go to dance? The snowball.

  • Why do mummies like Christmas so much? Because of all the wrapping!

  • What do you call a disrespectful reindeer? Rude-olph.

  • Where do the three wise men go to get their robes tailored? Bethle-hem.

  • Who delivers presents to cats? Santa Claws!

  • Who delivers presents to dogs? Santa Paws!

  • How did Santa get lost on Christmas Eve? He got mis-sled.

  • What did the gingerbread man put on his bed? Cookie sheets!

  • What is a snowman's favorite breakfast? Frosted Flakes.

  • What's Santa's favorite candy? Jolly Ranchers.

  • What do fish sing at Christmas time? Christmas corals.

  • Why did Frosty cross the road? To melt on the other side.

  • Who says “Oh, oh, oh”? Santa walking backwards.

  • What's the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet? The Christmas alphabet has NOEL!

Christmas Riddles for Kids

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  • Which one of Santa's reindeer is the fastest? Dasher.

  • I come with a lot of colors, so lovely and bright. I turn so many houses into a beautiful sight. What am I? Christmas lights.

  • Open me every day for something that can’t be beat. Behind each of the doors, you will discover a tasty treat. What am I? Advent calendar.

  • Although it might look like I belong on your toes, I’m actually hung up for gifts as every child knows. What am I? Christmas stocking.

  • Santa Claus rides on it as he gives out gifts, and to it nine reindeer are hitched. What is it? Sleigh.

  • These are what Santa likes to eat. At every house he stops, he’s looking for this treat. What are these? Milk and cookies.

  • All day I sit on a shelf, but come alive and move during the nights. I tell Santa who's been naughty and who's been nice. Who am I? The Elf on the Shelf.

  • When going around the world, my red nose leads the way. I go to every country with my team as we pull Santa's sleigh. Who am I? Rudolph.

  • I drop from the sky far more beautiful than rain. There are no two pieces that’ll ever look the same. What am I? Snow.

  • I’m grumpy and green and stole Christmas one night. But then my heart grew, and I set it all right. Who am I? The Grinch.

  • You place a skirt around my bottom after I’ve been chopped. On the other end, a star or angel is how I am topped. What am I? Christmas tree.

  • Rip this off quickly so I can no longer hide, your precious gift that awaits inside. What am I? Wrapping paper.

  • Known for having pointy ears and making Christmas toys, which Santa then delivers to all the good girls and boys. Who are we? Santa's elves.

Christmas Riddles for Adults

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  • What is a parent’s favorite Christmas carol? Silent Night!

  • What do you call an old snowman? Water.

  • What is something that travels all around the world like Santa Claus, but never leaves its corner? A stamp.

  • When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving? In the dictionary.

  • How much did Santa pay for his sleigh? Nothing, it was on the house!

  • If December 31st is the end of the year, then what is the end of Christmas? The letter “S.”

  • Where does Christmas come before Thanksgiving? In the dictionary.

  • What laundry detergent do people in the North Pole use? Yule Tide.

  • Where do you find Santa's reindeer? It depends on where you left them.

  • What did the kids' mother say after they were done opening presents? Oh! What a Christmess!

  • I'm a bank but I don't have any money. What am I? Snowbank.

  • Why did Santa get a ticket on Christmas Eve? He left his sled in a s(no)w parking zone.

  • Why do reindeer always fly over the mountain? Because they can’t go under it.

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