These 12 holiday-themed puzzles will get you in the Christmas spirit. Can you solve them all?

Can you solve these holiday brainteasers?

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Can you solve these holiday brainteasers?
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Gergely Dudás/Dudolf
  • These Christmas-themed brainteasers contain hidden objects, from stars to snowmen.
  • Artist Gergely Dudás creates brainteasing puzzles that will really put you to the test.
  • Companies such as GoSimpleTax and Solar Centre have also got in on the fun, creating their own holiday-themed puzzles.
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Brainteasers with hidden objects challenge people to look closely in order to find one small detail.

Hungarian artist Gergely Dudás has even released two books of brainteasers – one of holiday puzzles called “Bear’s Merry Book of Hidden Things,” and another called “Bear’s Spooky Book of Hidden Things.

Here are 11 festive brainteasers to get you into the holiday spirit. How many of them can you solve?


There are seven hidden objects in this Christmas brainteaser. Can you find them all?

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Can you find the seven hidden objects?
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Gergely Dudás/Dudolf

The objects are:

  1. Mrs. Claus
  2. A grumpy Santa
  3. A snowman
  4. A bell
  5. A polar bear
  6. An elf
  7. An apple

Here’s the solution.

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There they are.
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Gergely Dudás/Dudolf

Mrs. Claus is on the right. The grumpy Santa is towards the bottom left corner of the image. The snowman is almost directly above the grumpy Santa. A Santa in the middle of the image is holding the bell. The polar bear is to the right of and slightly below the bell. The elf is up in the right-hand corner.

There’s also a bonus hidden object that wasn’t on Dudás’ original list. Did you see it?


There’s a wrapped present near the top right corner.

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A bonus hidden object.
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Gergely Dudás/Dudolf

Who doesn’t love a surprise gift?


It takes the average person almost 3 minutes to find the dog hiding among the polar bears in this brainteaser. Can you beat that time?

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Where’s the dog?
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Courtesy of Canine Cottages

According to Canine Cottages, it takes people an average of 2 minutes, 49 seconds to find the hidden dog.


The dog is peeking out between two polar bears on the right-hand side of the image.

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There’s the dog.
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Courtesy of Canine Cottages

The white dog blends in with the polar bears in Santa hats.


Can you find Santa’s plain red hat?

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Where’s Santa’s hat?
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Gergely Dudás/Dudolf

One of the snowmen is wearing Santa’s hat.


A snowman in the top right corner is wearing it.

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There it is.
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Gergely Dudás/Dudolf

It’s the only hat without stripes.


There’s a money bag hidden among Christmas presents in this brainteaser — can you spot it?

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Can you spot the money bag?
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Courtesy of GoSimpleTax

There’s a bag of money hidden somewhere.


The money bag is towards the bottom right corner.

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There it is.
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Courtesy of GoSimpleTax

It’s camouflaged behind ribbons.


Here’s an even closer look.

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There’s the bag.
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Courtesy of GoSimpleTax

It’s pretty hard to spot.


Where’s the tiny snowman among the snowflakes?

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Where’s the snowman?
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Gergely Dudás/Dudolf

Most of the snowflakes have a face, but only one has a body.


There’s the snowman.

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There it is.
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Gergely Dudás/Dudolf

It even has buttons.


Out of these 150 Christmas trees, only one has a star on top. Can you spot which one?

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Which tree has a star?
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Courtesy of Tree2mydoor

Tree2mydoor created this Christmas-themed challenge.


It’s on top of a tree on the left.

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There it is.
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Courtesy of Tree2mydoor

It’s hard to spot.


Here’s a closer look.

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The tree is topped with a star.
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Courtesy of Tree2mydoor

It’s a tough one to solve.


Somehow, five turkeys have gone missing from the kitchen. Can you find them?

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Use the one in the attic for reference.
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Courtesy of Stay In Cornwall

According to Stay In Cornwall, it takes people three to four minutes to fully solve this brainteaser.


Here’s where the turkeys are hiding.

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Did you catch them all?
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Stay In Cornwall

That one in Santa’s sleigh was tricky.


Somewhere in here, there’s a card hiding among gift bags. Can you find it?

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The gift bag puzzle.
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Gergely Dudás/HarperCollins

The card is there somewhere.


It’s the only rectangle without a handle.

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There’s the card.
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Gergely Dudás/Harper Colins

Do you see the green bag with the candy canes – in the fourth row all the way on the left side? Count eight cards to the right, and you’ll see it.


There’s one bear hiding in a crowd of reindeer. Can you tell where it is?

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Santa looks alarmed.
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Gergely Dudás/Dudolf

Can you find the bear? This is another tough one!


It’s hiding just left of center.

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There it is.
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Gergely Dudás/Dudolf

It’s the only animal without antlers.


This three-part brainteaser features strings of Christmas lights that spell out hidden words. What word do you see below?

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What does it say?
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Courtesy of Solar Centre

Can you solve them all?


The lights spell out “Mistletoe.”

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It says “Mistletoe.”
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Courtesy of Solar Centre

Keep scrolling for another challenge.


This star-shaped brainteaser contains two words. Can you find them?

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What does it say?
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Courtesy of Solar Centre

Hint: It’s a place.


The Christmas lights spell out “North pole.”

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It says “North pole.”
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Courtesy of Solar Centre

Letters to Santa at the North Pole are given special treatment by USPS.


In this last brainteaser, the lights are in the shape of a reindeer, but can you tell what the lights are spelling out?

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Where’s the hidden word?
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Courtesy of Solar Centre

It’s just one word this time.


The string of lights spells out “Yuletide.”

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It says “Yuletide.”
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Courtesy of Solar Centre

Did you manage to find all of the words?