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19 Christmas Brain Teasers That Are Almost Impossible to Solve

Take a break from holiday shopping and decorating to solve these tricky brain teasers.

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Christmas puzzles

Sometimes our brains get a little foggy around the holidays with the amount of stress we’re typically under. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and build up some brainpower with these tricky brain teasers. How many can you solve? For more puzzles, see if you can spot the difference in these holiday photos.

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Counting games for kids and adults. Educational math game. Result. Crossword for social networks. Rebus. Riddle for the mind. Riddle with numbers. VectorEvgeniy yes/Shutterstock

Winter math

Can you figure out what number the lanterns, snowmen, and trees represent to solve the final equation? When you finish these puzzles, try out these brain games guaranteed to boost your brainpower.

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Counting games for kids and adults. Educational math game. Result. Crossword for social networks. Rebus. Riddle for the mind. Riddle with numbers. Vector. AnswerEvgeniy yes/Shutterstock

Answer

The lampposts are the number 15, the snowmen are the number 4, and the trees are the number 3. Then in the last equation, a light post with only one light would represent the number 5. If you go by the order of operations, 3 multiplied by 4 is 12, then if you add 15 and subtract 5 you’ll get 22. These tricky brain teasers will also leave you stumped.

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spot the differences nutcracker chirstmas scene questionOlga Kartashova22/Shutterstock

Nutcracker puzzle

There are ten differences in these pictures. Can you find them all?

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spot the differences nutcracker chirstmas scene answerOlga Kartashova22/Shutterstock

Answer

Did you find the ten differences? If you found all ten, you’ll also be able to spot this bear hiding in a crowd of reindeer

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santa maze question illustrationIva Villi/Shutterstock

Maze to the sleigh

Find Santa’s way through the maze to his sleigh.

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Santa maze answer illustrationIva Villi/Shutterstock

Answer

Did you find Santa’s way to his sleigh filled with gifts? These are 25 of the hardest riddles ever; can you solve them?

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gum drop math questionksuklein/Shutterstock

Sugarplum math

First, find out what numbers the mitten, ornament, and tree represent.

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Answer

The ornament represents the number 6, the mitten represents the number 2, and the tree, 7. In total, the ornament, the mitten, and the tree add up to 15. Did you get the correct sum? See if you can spot which Christmas tree doesn’t belong in this picture.

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missing piece ornament puzzle questionratselmeister/Shutterstock

The missing piece

Find the puzzle piece that perfectly fits in the empty spot.

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Answer

Puzzle piece number two. If you’re a math wiz, see if you can solve these math riddles that only the smartest can get right.

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snowflakesratselmeister/Shutterstock

Let it snow

Match the pairs of identical snowflakes. The angle of rotation does not matter. 

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Answer

The pairs that are identical are 1 and 12, 2 and 11, 3 and 10, 4 and 9, 5 and 8, and 6 and 7. Try your skills as an investigator and solve these detective riddles.

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Funny snowman skiing. Find the correct shadow. Educational matching game for children. Cartoon vector illustrationLeh/Shutterstock

Skiing snowman

Which shadow matches the snowman?

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Funny snowman skiing. Find the correct shadow. Educational matching game for children. Cartoon vector illustrationLeh/Shutterstock

Answer

The shadow in the bottom row all the way to the left matches the skiing snowman. Can you solve the brain teaser Elon Musk asks in interviews?

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Find differences, game for children: Santa ClausKsenya Savva/Shutterstock

Two Santas

Can you spot all 12 differences in these two pictures?

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 Find differences, game for children: Santa Claus Ksenya Savva/Shutterstock

Answer

How many did you get? There is one doll hidden in this sea of Christmas toys. Can you find it?

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Winter, Christmas or New Year themed visual puzzle with snowmen: Can you spot the two identical pictures? Answer included.ratselmeister/Shutterstock

Snowman twins

Which two snowmen are identical?

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Winter, Christmas or New Year themed visual puzzle with snowmen: Can you spot the two identical pictures? Answer included.ratselmeister/Shutterstock

Answer

If you guessed snowman number three and number eight you are correct. If you need something a little easier, try these easy riddles (with answers) for a while.

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 Find two the same pictures, education game for children. Set of Christmas gifts Ksenya Savva/Shutterstock

Gift boxes

Find the two gift boxes that are exactly the same.

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 Find two the same pictures, education game for children. Set of Christmas gifts Ksenya Savva/Shutterstock

Answer

The two boxes with the leaf pattern on them are the same. These are the most famous riddles in history.

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 New Year or Christmas visual puzzle: Find the seven differences between the two pictures with ginger man. Answer included. ratselmeister/Shutterstock

Gingerbread mayhem

 

Can you spot the seven differences between the two gingerbread pictures?

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 New Year or Christmas visual puzzle: Find the seven differences between the two pictures with ginger man. Answer included. ratselmeister/Shutterstock

Answer

Did you get all seven of them? These are the best riddles for kids (adults can also try them).

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Christmas or New Year visual puzzle: Find the ten differences between the two pictures of elves waiting for Santa to show their work done. Answer included.ratselmeister/Shutterstock

Elves galore

See if you can find the ten differences in these two photos.

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 Christmas or New Year visual puzzle: Find the ten differences between the two pictures of elves waiting for Santa to show their work done. Answer included. ratselmeister/Shutterstock

Answer

Did you spot the differences in the photos, including the snowman and cat? If you found all ten, also try to spot the difference in these pictures.

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Christmas Maze Game ... Task: Each house gets its own present!VOOK/Shutterstock

Christmas maze

Which house is each toy or treat going to?

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Christmas Maze Game ... Task: Each house gets its own present!VOOK/Shutterstock

Answer

Hat: 4

Cake: 7

Toy: 1

Car: 5

Mitten: 6

Stocking: 3

Star: 2

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Find the same pictures children educational game. Find equal pairs of christmas socks kids activity. New Year winter holidays theme.ksuklein/Shutterstock

Similar stockings

Which two stockings are exactly the same?

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Find the same pictures children educational game. Find equal pairs of christmas socks kids activity. New Year winter holidays theme.ksuklein/Shutterstock

Answer

The first stocking in the second row is identical to the fourth stocking in the last row. Looking for riddles with words? These word puzzles will leave you stumped.

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Cartoon Vector Illustration of Differences Educational Game for Preschool Children with Christmas CharactersIgor Zakowski/Shutterstock

Santa winter scene

See if you can find the ten differences in these two pictures of Santas with some snowmen and reindeer.

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Cartoon Vector Illustration of Differences Educational Game for Preschool Children with Christmas CharactersIgor Zakowski/Shutterstock

Answer

Did you spot them all?

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Search path in the maze with Santa Claus. Find a child gift to the owner. Christmas illustration of labyrinth pathfinding for kids.lunokot/Shutterstock

Toys for all

Which toy belongs to each child?

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Search path in the maze with Santa Claus. Find a child gift to the owner. Christmas illustration of labyrinth pathfinding for kids.lunokot/Shutterstock

Answer

The first boy gets the truck, the first girl gets the rabbit, the second girl gets the doll, and the second boy gets the books. 

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Find the right piece, visual game. Answer No. 4. Illustration is in eps8 vector mode!VOOK/Shutterstock

Bright, shining tree

Which missing piece fits into the tree?

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Find the right piece, visual game. Answer No. 4. Illustration is in eps8 vector mode!VOOK/Shutterstock

Answer

Circle number four is the missing piece. See if you can find the animals camouflaged in these photos.

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Christmas or New Year themed 3d maze game with stairs, ladders and Santa delivering presents through the chimneys. Answer included.ratselmeister/Shutterstock

Help Santa deliver presents

Find the path that Santa should take to deliver presents to every chimney. Use ladders and stairs to climb from level to level, and don’t let Santa jump up or climb any walls.

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Christmas or New Year themed 3d maze game with stairs, ladders and Santa delivering presents through the chimneys. Answer included. ratselmeister/Shutterstock

Answer

Did you find the right path?

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Winter, Christmas or New Year themed visual puzzle (suitable both for kids and adults): Find the mitten that has no pair. Answer included.ratselmeister/Shutterstock

Mismatched mittens

Find the mitten that has no pair.

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Winter, Christmas or New Year themed visual puzzle (suitable both for kids and adults): Find the mitten that has no pair. Answer included.ratselmeister/Shutterstock

Answer

Mitten 12 has no pair. The matching mittens are 1 and 9, 2 and 10, 3 and 4, 5 and 14, 6 and 7, 8 and 15, and 11 and 13. Now, try to match these photos to the correct shadow.