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# 19 Christmas Brainteasers You’ll Love Unwrapping

Updated: Apr. 07, 2024

Take a break from holiday shopping and decorating to solve these tricky Christmas brainteasers

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## Christmas puzzles

Christmas is one of the most fun times of the year, but sometimes our brains get a little foggy with the amount of stress we’re typically under from various Christmas activities. Luckily, the many Christmas symbols and motifs make great visual puzzles and brainteasers! So take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and build up some brainpower with these tricky Christmas brainteasers. How many can you solve?

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## Winter math

This brain game may boost your brain power: Can you figure out what number the lanterns, snowmen and trees represent to solve the final equation?

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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.

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## Nutcracker puzzle

Here’s a printable brainteaser that may leave you stumped: There are 10 differences in these pictures. Can you find them all?

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We’ve circled the different items in red. Did you miss any?

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## Maze to the sleigh

This Christmas brainteaser might be harder than some of our toughest riddles: Find Santa’s way through the maze to his sleigh.

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We didn’t say it would be easy with all those loops! But did you make it to Santa’s sleigh?

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## Sugarplum math

Do you like math riddles? If so, you may like this Christmas brainteaser: First, find out what numbers the mitten, ornament and tree represent. Then, find out the total for the mitten, tree and ornament combined.

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The ornament represents the number 6, the mitten represents the number 2 and the tree represents the number 7. In total, the ornament, the mitten and the tree add up to 15. Did you get the correct sum?

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## The missing piece

This may be one of the best Christmas brainteasers for kids: Find the puzzle piece that perfectly fits in the empty spot.

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Puzzle piece number 2.

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## Let it snow

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

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The pairs that are identical are:

• 1 and 12
• 2 and 11
• 3 and 10
• 4 and 9
• 5 and 8
• 6 and 7
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## Skiing snowman

Here’s a visual Christmas brainteaser you’ll love: Which shadow matches the snowman?
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The shadow in the bottom row all the way to the left matches the skiing snowman.

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## Two Santas

Can you spot the differences in these two pictures? Hint: There are 12.

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How many did you get?

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## Snowman twins

Which two snowmen are identical?

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If you guessed snowmen 3 and 8, you are correct!

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Find the two gift boxes that are exactly the same.

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The two boxes with the leaf pattern on them are the same.

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

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Did you get all seven of them? If so, you may enjoy finding hidden objects in pictures too!

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## Elves galore

See if you can find the 10 differences in these two photos.

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Did you spot the differences in the photos, including the snowman and cat?

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## Christmas maze

This Christmas brainteaser may not be the hardest maze, but it sure is fun: Which house is each toy or treat going to?

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• Hat: 4
• Cake: 7
• Toy: 1
• Car: 5
• Mitten: 6
• Stocking: 3
• Star: 2
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## Similar stockings

Which two stockings are exactly the same?

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The second stocking in the first row is identical to the fourth stocking in the last row.

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## Santa winter scene

See if you can find the 10 differences in these two pictures of Santas alongside some snowmen and a reindeer.

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Did you spot them all?

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## Toys for all

Which toy belongs to each child?

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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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## Bright, shining tree

Which missing piece fits into the tree?

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Circle number 4 is the missing piece.

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## Present delivery

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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Did you find the right path?

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## Mismatched mittens

Find the mitten that has no pair.

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