Saving Christmas—A Grinch Escape Room DIY for the Best Christmas Party Ever

Saving Christmas—A Grinch Escape Room DIY for the Best Christmas Party Ever

The story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful reminder about what really makes the Christmas season magical—not the presents and stockings but the spirit of Christmas that is in our hearts. And in a year when our traditional Christmas experience may not be the same as most years, this DIY Christmas escape room based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! helps us focus on how to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. 

This Christmas party escape room invites participants to solve six clue-based puzzles that will help the Grinch’s heart to “grow three sizes [this] day.” It is designed for older children, teens, and adults, but some clues have notes on how to easily involve younger children. While some of our previous escape rooms have had six clues to open one lockable box, this DIY escape room features six clues that each go into their own box. And several clues invite the participants to dig into the actual book of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Saving Christmas—A Grinch Escape Room DIY for the Best Christmas Party Ever


• "Saving Christmas—a Grinch-Inspired Escape Room" printable PDF

• How the Grinch Stole Christmas book

6 lockable wooden treasure chests or boxes

• 5 changeable coded locks with three digits each

• Wreath (you can usually find one at the Dollar Tree)

• 6 green candy canes (the Dollar Tree sells a green-and-white striped option from Now and Later)

• Stockings (again, try the Dollar Tree for these)

A directional lock (you can also order directly from Masterlock)

• A hair elastic or rubber band

 LED color-changing light strip (optional)

• Grinch chocolate countdown calendar (optional)

 • Additional Grinch-themed party supplies simply for decor (optional)

Note: We got most of our party supplies from Oriental Trading (like this tablecloth and these centerpiece cutouts, but most of them are sold out! Here are some other fun options I found on Amazon since I can't link to our originals.



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  • MJ on

    How do the players know where to start? Does it really matter?

  • Dawn on

    I just bought the game and did the printouts and ordering of stuff
    They don’t sell directional locks anymore can you please send an update to the last section using a combo lock?

  • Joyce on

    I just hosted this escape room with my family and it was too hard! I had to give them ALL the answers…

  • Lori on

    Hi I am interested in your grinch escape room. I was wondering though what type of paper do you recommend printing this out on, and wanted to double check… the last puzzle with the directional lock just leads to the last piece of the heart for the escape? I was trying to think of a way to have the last puzzle lead to a gift.
    Thank you

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