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125 Christmas riddles in the St. Nick of time for the holidays

Yule have kids and adults laughing as they come up with answers to these festive brainteasers.

You ever wonder how much Santa paid for his sleigh? Nothing! It was on the house.

How about this: What do snowmen eat for dinner? Chili, naturally.

Did you hear about the wife who bought her husband a broken guitar for Christmas? Apparently he asked for something with no strings attached.

We see you. You're the one snorting in spite of yourself.

Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with laughing at these bad-but-good Christmas riddles. Because whether it's the holiday season or any other day of the year, a funny dad joke is like Santa Claus...always guaranteed to deliver.

In keeping with the spirit of the season we've given our very best corny jokes a holiday makeover and the result is about to fill your cup with a hefty dose of cheer.

Whether your holiday activities include singing Christmas songs while decorating the tree or packing up the kids and heading out of town for a festive Christmas getaway, you can't go wrong adding a few of these short jokes and brainteasers to the roster.

To ensure that everyone can get in on all the laughs, there are Christmas riddles (and answers) for kids, adults and everyone else in the family. We've also stuffed Santa's bag full of Christmas puns and Santa jokes guaranteed to sleigh even the grinchiest of grinches in your holiday crew.

So, settle in and get ready because you're about to be ho, ho, howling with delight right into the new year.

Christmas riddles for adults

Christmas Riddles
  • How do you hire Santa Claus? Answer: You put him a ladder.
  • How many Christmas trees can you put into the ground? Answer: All of them.
  • What did Santa Claus say to his fingers? Answer: I'm counting on you.
  • Why did the Little Drummer Boy put his drum to bed? Answer: It was beat.
  • Why does Santa Claus collect magazines? Answer: He's got issues.
  • Why did Santa join Instagram? Answer: He wanted to have online presents.
Christmas Riddles
  • What's more unbelievable than a talking reindeer? Answer: A spelling bee.
  • What do snowmen eat for dinner? Answer: Chili.
  • How does a penguin build its house? Answer: Igloo's it together.
  • What happens when a snowman gets angry? Answer: It has a meltdown.
Christmas Riddles
  • Why did Mrs. Claus fire her tailor? Answer: Because he wasn't a good fit.
  • If Santa puts on a red suit to go to work, what do lawyers wear? Answer: Lawsuits.
  • Why can't Santa stick to a diet? Answer: Because he's a desserter.
  • Why don't Santa and Mrs. Claus dine at Italian restaurants? Answer: Because it costs a pretty penne.
  • Why do reindeer wear bells? Answer: Because their horns don't work.
Christmas Riddles
  • Why does Santa Claus have trouble spelling? Answer: Because he thinks there's Noel.
  • Can you fit a Christmas tree in your hand? Answer: Only if it's a palm tree.
  • Why did the wife buy her husband a broken guitar for Christmas? Answer: Because he wanted something with no strings attached.
  • What's the best thing about spending Christmas in Switzerland? Answer: I'm not sure, but I know the flag's a plus.
  • Why does Santa get sick on weekdays? Answer: Because he's got a weekend immune system.

Christmas Riddles
  • Why shouldn't you buy your holiday gifts from artists? Answer: Because they tend to be sketchy.
  • How much money did Santa Claus pay for his sleigh? Answer: Nothing, it was on the house.
  • What do you call Santa's helpers? Answer: Subordinate Clauses.
  • Why shouldn't you trust snowmen? Answer: Because they're always up to snow good.
  • Why does Santa use GPS? Answer: He doesn't want to be a lost Claus.

Funny Christmas riddles with answers

Christmas Riddles
  • What did one snowbank say to the other? Answer: You get my drift?
  • Why did the girl wear loud Christmas socks? Answer: She didn’t want her feet to fall asleep.
  • What do baby reindeer call their mothers? Answer: Mommy Deer-ist.
  • Why did the girl put ice in her aunt’s socks? Answer: She wanted to make antifreeze.
  • What goes “ho, ho, ho, plop?" Answer: Santa laughing his head off.
  • What do you call a glove that’s always in trouble? Answer: Bad mitten.
  • What’s the hardest thing about learning to skate? Answer: The ice.
Christmas Riddles
  • Why couldn’t Santa’s elf pay rent? Answer: He was a little short.
  • What do elves learn in kindergarten? Answer: The elf-abet.
  • Where do reindeer get their coffee? Answer: Star-bucks.
  • Why does Santa bring an extra pair of pants when he golfs? Answer: In case he gets a hole in one.
  • Why did the reindeer cross the road? Answer: It was the chicken’s day off.
  • What did one Christmas tree say to the other? Answer: I pine for you.
  • Why is Santa always cold? Answer: He’s got millions of fans.
Christmas Riddles
  • Why did the reindeer go to the dentist? Answer: It had buck teeth.
  • Why did the doctor say when Santa had a sore throat? Answer: You’ve got tinsel-itis.
  • What did one Santa hat say to the other? Answer: You go on ahead.
  • What is a Christmas tree's favorite candy? Answer: Orna-mints.
  • What kind of music does Santa listen to when he fishes? Answer: A Christmas song that’s real catchy.
  • What kind of music does Santa listen to? Answer: Wrap music.
Christmas Riddles
  • What do snowmen wear on their heads? Answer: Ice caps.
  • Where does Santa store his suit? Answer: In the Claus-et.
  • Why do bees stay inside during the winter? Answer: Swarm.
  • Why did Santa buy a self-help book? Answer: He had low elf-esteem.
  • Why don’t lobsters give Christmas presents? Answer: They’re shellfish.
  • What’s the coldest month of the year? Answer: Decem-brrrrr.
  • Where do Santa and Mrs. Claus vote? Answer: At the North Poll.
Christmas Riddles
  • What happens when snowmen get mad? Answer: They give you the cold shoulder.
  • How does Santa stop from getting sick? Answer: He gets a flue shot.
  • What did one snowman say to the other? Answer: You’re cool.
  • Why did the snowman buy a bag of carrots? Answer: He wanted to pick his nose.
  • What did Santa say after Christmas? Answer: That about wraps it up.
  • What do you call a cat that gives you presents? Answer: Santa Paws.
Christmas Riddles
  • What do snowmen wear to work? Answer: Snowsuits.
  • What do reindeer do if they lose their tail? Answer: Go retail shopping.
  • *Why can’t Santa Claus take a shower? Answer: Because he has Noel.
  • What kind of insect sings Christmas carols? Answer: A humbug.
  • What kind of photos do elves take? Answer: Elfies.
  • What do snowmen eat for breakfast? Answer: Frosted flakes.
  • What did one snowman say to the other? Answer: I only have ice for you.
Christmas Riddles
  • Did you hear about the snowman who got in trouble? Answer: He was on thin ice.
  • Which season is the most popular? Answer: Winter because it’s way cooler than the others.
  • What do elves do after school? Answer: Gnomework.
  • Why shouldn’t you tell jokes while standing on ice? Answer: You don't want it to crack up.
  • How much does it cost to park Santa’s sleigh? Answer: Eight bucks.
  • Did you hear about Santa losing all his money? Answer: He's St. Nickel-less.
  • What do cats wish each other around the holidays? Answer: A Happy Mew Year.
Christmas Riddles
  • How do snowmen eat their cupcakes? Answer: With extra frosting.
  • What do you call a two-legged reindeer? Answer: Eileen.
  • What do you call a reindeer that likes to swim? Answer: Bob.
  • Why are snowmen good secret-keepers? Answer: They don’t snow and tell.
  • What do you get when you cross a vampire and snowman? Answer: Frostbite.
  • Did you hear about Santa’s sunburn? Answer: Now he’s Krisp Kringle.
  • What do they call break time at the North Pole? Answer: A Santa pause.
Christmas Riddles
  • What do gingerbread men use to make their beds? Answer: Cookie sheets.
  • Who says “oh, oh, oh?” Answer: Santa when he's walking backwards.
  • Where do snowmen keep their money? Answer: Snowbanks.
  • What comes at the end of Christmas? Answer: The letter “s.”
Christmas Riddles
  • How do elves get around at the North Pole? Answer: In minivans.
  • What does December have that no other month has? Answer: The letter “d.”
  • What kind of ball doesn’t bounce? Answer: A snowball.
  • What did one snowman say to the other? Answer: "Do you smell carrots?"
Christmas Riddles
  • Which of Santa’s reindeer has the worst manners? Answer: Rude-olph.
  • Which reindeer prefers Valentine’s Day to Christmas? Answer: Cupid.
  • What’s a parent’s favorite Christmas carol? Answer: “Silent Night.”
  • Why can’t Christmas trees stand up on their own? Answer: They don’t have legs.
  • When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving? Answer: In the dictionary.
  • What do you get when you cross a tortoise and a bird? Answer: A turtle dove.
  • What did one snow globe say to the other? Answer: I feel a little shaken.
Christmas Riddles
  • Why did the Christmas cookie go to the doctor? Answer: It felt crumby.
  • Why did Santa put his bed in the fireplace? Answer: He wanted to sleep like a log.
  • Why did the turkey skip Christmas dinner? Answer: It was stuffed.
  • Why did Santa plant a garden? Answer: He likes to ho, ho, ho.
  • Why is the alphabet one letter short during the holidays? Answer: Noel.
  • Why is a broken drum the best Christmas gift to give? Answer: You just can’t beat it.
Christmas Riddles
  • Why did Santa throw a clock out the window? Answer: He wanted to see time fly.
  • How do snowmen bid farewell? Answer: They say, "Have an ice day!"
  • How do you know when Santa’s around? Answer: You can sense his presents.
  • What's red, white and blue during Christmastime? Answer: A sad candy cane.
  • What was Santa’s favorite subject in school? Answer: Chemis-tree.
  • Why don’t Christmas trees knit? Answer: Because they keep dropping their needles.
Christmas Riddles
  • Tricky Christmas brainteasers with answersWhich is faster hot or cold? Answer: Hot because it’s much easier to catch cold.
  • What kind of person can only live outdoors? Answer: A snowman.
  • I’m on the Christmas table, but you can’t eat me. What am I?Answer: The dishes.
  • You can only see me when it’s cold outside. What am I? Answer: Your breath.
Christmas Riddles
  • I’m tall when I’m young, short when I’m old. What am I? Answer: A candle.
  • Which one of Santa’s reindeer can you see from outer space? Answer: Comet.
  • How long should a reindeer’s legs be? Answer: Long enough to reach the ground.
  • Other than Rudolph, which one of Santa’s reindeer doesn’t have an “e” in their name? Answer: Cupid.
  • Which of Santa’s reindeer is the fastest? Answer: Dasher.
  • Why is Santa so good at karate? Answer: He’s got a black belt.
Christmas Riddles
  • Where does Santa go to find his reindeer on Christmas Eve?Answer: It depends on where he left them.
  • What should you say to a stressed-out snowman? Answer: Chill out!
  • Which two letters describe a snow-covered road? Answer: “I” and “C.”
  • What do you call a snowman on rollerskates? Answer: A snowmobile.
Christmas Riddles
  • How did Santa get lost on Christmas Eve? Answer: He was mis-sled.
  • What do you get when you cross Santa Claus and a duck? Answer: A Christmas quacker.
  • What does Santa plant in the fall? Answer: Christmas bulbs.
  • What kind of bikes do snowmen ride? Answer: Icicles.
  • Where do snowmen go to dance? Answer: To a snowball.