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Funny Christmas Riddles

Gather around the Christmas Tree and enjoy these fun Christmas riddles for the entire family.

These riddles are a great way to test your knowledge about Santa Claus, Reindeer, Snowmen, elves, and all things Christmas-related.

Ready? Here we go!

Best Christmas Riddles

1.) How does the snow globe feel this time of year?
A little shaken!

2.) What do elves learn in school?
The elf-abet.

3.) What did Adam say the night before Christmas?
It’s Christmas Eve.

4.) You can catch me quickly, especially during the holidays, but you can never throw me. What am I?
A cold.

5.) What Christmas carol is probably loved by your parents?
Silent Night.

6.) You might decorate me this Christmas with cake, icing, and candy to make an edible dwelling place. What am I?
A Gingerbread house

7.) It has two colors and tastes so sweet you’ll be ‘hooked’! What am I?
A candy cane.

8.) How do you wash your hands over the holiday?
With Santa-tizer.

9.) I hide around the house, moving during the nights. Santa sent me to see who’s naughty and nice. What am I?
The Elf on the Shelf. (See 237+ Elf on the Shelf Names page.)

10.) What do you call an elf who sings?
A wrapper.

Funny Christmas Riddles

Favorite Christmas Riddles

What’s the most popular Christmas wine?
But I don’t like Brussels sprouts!

Who delivers Christmas presents to dogs every year?
Santa Paws.

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

What did the gingerbread man put on his bed?
A cookie sheet!

Why do mummies love Christmas?
Because of all the wrapping.

When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary.

Although it might look like I belong on your toes, I’m hung up for gifts. What am I?
Christmas stocking.

While I lay in a manager on Christmas Day, Mary sat nearby and sang me a lullaby. Who am I?
Baby Jesus.

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Santa Claus Riddles

Why is Santa good at karate?
Because he has a black belt.

What goes “Oh, Oh, Oh”?
Santa walking backward.

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

On Christmas, how do kids know that Santa is in the room?
They can sense his presents.

Why does Santa have so many gardens?
So he can hoe-hoe-hoe.

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

What is Santa’s favorite kind of candy?
Jolly ranchers.

What is something that travels worldwide like Santa Claus but never leaves its corner?
A stamp.

See 73 Fun Riddles and Challenging Brainteasers.

Reindeer riddles for Xmas

Funny Reindeer Riddles

Which one of Santa’s reindeer is the fastest?

Who won the race between Rudolph and Prancer?
Rudolph won by a nose!

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

What did Santa say when he stepped into a big puddle?
It must have reindeer.

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

Where do Santa’s reindeer stop for coffee?

Who is the most disrespectful of Santa’s reindeer?

Why does Scrooge love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
Because every buck is dear to him.

See our full range of riddles and brainteasers on our Main Riddles Page.

Funny Riddles About Snowmen

What do you call a snowman in the summer?
A puddle.

What does a snowman like to eat for breakfast?
Frosted Flakes.

What did Jack Frost say to Frosty the Snowman?
Have an ice day!

What is a Snowman’s favorite drink?
Ice Tea!

He is a man during winters, but he might be a water source during spring. Who is he?
A snowman.

Why did the snowman call his dog Frost?
Because of Frostbites.

What’s it called when a snowman has a temper tantrum
A meltdown.

Where does the snowman keep his money?
In a snowbank.

What does a snowman like best about school?
Snow and tell.

What do you call a snowman who vacations in the tropics?
A puddle

What do you call a snowman that plays the piano?
Melton John

What do you call a snowman on rollerblades?
A snowmobile!

Elves riddles and jokes

Festive Christmas Tree Riddles

Why are Christmas trees bad at knitting?
They always drop their needles.

Why couldn’t the Christmas tree stand?
It doesn’t have legs.

What is a Christmas tree’s favorite candy?

What do grizzly bears drape on their Christmas trees?

What did the Christmas tree wear to keep it warm?
A fir coat.

I come in many colors, very big and bright; I turn so many houses into a beautiful sight. What am I?
Christmas lights.

Elf Conundrums and Puzzlers

Which elf was the best singer?
Elfis Presley.

What do elves practice in school?
The elf-abet.

Why was the elf crying?
He stubbed his mistletoe.

What position do elves favor on a baseball team?

What kind of music do elves love listening to year-round?
Wrap music.

Where do you find elves?
It depends on where you left them.

Why did the elf quit his job roasting chestnuts?
It was driving him nuts.

Everyone knows Santa rides in a sleigh. What do elves ride in?

What piles up for elves after Christmas?
Jingle bills.

Riddles For Winter Fun

What falls in the winter but never gets hurt?

What sort of ball doesn’t bounce?
A snowball!

Why don’t the mountains get cold in the winter?
They wear snow caps.

How did Princess Elsa fall off her sled?
She let it go, let it go!

You can catch me quickly, especially during the holidays, but you can never throw me. What am I?
A cold.

What do you get when you go out in a blizzard and see a vampire?

You can hold me and shake me, but I’m easy to break. I have lots of snow, even though it’s all fake! What am I?
A snowglobe.

Why do birds fly south in the winter?
Because it’s too far to walk!

Holiday Riddles

What do you get when you cross an apple and a Christmas tree?
A pineapple

When Santa Claus sets off from the North Pole during Christmas Eve, in which direction does he usually travel?
South. Because everywhere is south of the North pole.

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

I am an egg, but I’m meant to be drunk. What type of egg am I?

I am found in Harry Potter. I am also seen in the Lord of the Rings. And I also make gifts and spread a smile. Who am I?

I am a plant seen every Christmas which people hang up above and then they stand beneath me and kiss someone they love. What am I?

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

Holiday Cheer

Which year would Christmas and New years come in the same year?
Every year.

How did Frosty know he had dandruff?
The snowflakes.

I can be made from evergreens, pine cones, or berries, and I am round. On the front door of someone’s house, at Christmastime I am found. What am I?

Which Christmas bird moves the slowest?
A turtle dove.

I’m a catchy carol and a tune that likes to rhyme, I contain 12 magnificent gifts that come around Christmas time. What am I?
The twelve days of Christmas song.

What do snowmen do when they’re angry at you?
Give you the cold shoulder.

Christmas Riddles for Kids

What’s a lion’s favorite Christmas carol?
Jungle Bells!

What’s Frosty’s favorite snack?
Snow cones.

Why did the Little Drummer Boy invite a chicken to join his band?
He heard the chicken had drumsticks.

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

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

Why was the computer so quiet on Christmas Eve?
Because not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Silly Christmas Riddles

What kind of bug hates Christmas?
A humbug.

Who gives presents to baby sharks?
Santa Jaws

What do angry mice send to each other in December?
Cross mouse cards!

What will happen to you after eating the Christmas decorations?
You will get tinsel-itis.

What did the bald man ask as a gift from Santa Claus that he promised he would never part with?
A comb.

By MJ and Mike O’Halloran

MJ writes about family, holidays, and more. Mike is the founder of Greeting Card Poet and has co-written four kids’ Q&A books.


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