It is time for Christmas and everything associated with the holiday – gift shopping, great food, and family gatherings. Make your festivities more fun with a game of Christmas trivia questions and answers or use our trivia lists for a Christmas trivia quiz. You can also become a Christmas expert with our selection of Christmas trivia. Start at the beginning of the article or choose a section covering your favorite Christmas trivia. We have also included some guidelines for using Christmas trivia games.
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Christmas Trivia Questions and Answers
- After leaving Bethlehem, to which country did Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel?
- Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December. Who is the patron saint remembered on the 26th of December?
- Every elf has this ornament on the tip of their shoes. Which ornament are we talking about?
- Everyone is familiar with the mistletoe tradition. What is the color of the berries of the plant?
- How does Santa Claus go back up the chimney to continue his journey of delivering gifts?
- How many points does a snowflake traditionally have?
- Name the eight original Reindeer.
- One of the most famous Cola companies in the world used to have advertisements featuring a happy, smiling Santa Claus. Name the company
- Red and green are the two colors most associated with Christmas. Which are the two other colors, according to Christmas holiday trivia, that are also extremely popular in this season?
- Traditionally, kids leave out snacks for Santa Claus. What are these snacks?
- Traditions of Christmas around the world will tell you that Santa Claus is known by many names. What is the French name for Santa Claus?
- Two of the reindeers are named after weather phenomenon. Name the reindeer.
- What are the gifts that the Three Wise Men gave baby Jesus, according to Christmas history?
- What is the name of Ebenezer Scrooge’s partner, from the play, A Christmas Carol?
- What two phrases will you almost always find on Christmas gift tags?
- When does the Russian Orthodox Church celebrate Christmas?
- Which country can be credited with the creation of the Christmas beverage, eggnog?
- Which country does St. Nicholas originally belong to?
- Which country gifts the Christmas tree that is placed at the Trafalgar Square in London, according to Christmas tradition?
- Which is the most popular ornament used to place at the top of the Christmas tree?
- Which was the first state in the United States to recognize Christmas as an official holiday?
- Which was the last state in the United States that declared Christmas a legal holiday?
- He places his finger on the side of his nose, gives a smile and a nod.
- Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Dancer, and Donner
- Coca Cola
- Gold and Silver
- Cookies and milk
- Pere Noel
- Donner, which means thunder in German, and Blitzen, which means lightning
- Gold, Myrrh, and Frankincense
- Jacob Marley
- To and From
- January 7th
Christmas Trivia Games
This holiday, challenge your friends and family to a few good-natured Christmas games of trivia. We give you the rules and fun variations for this holiday gathering favorite.
Christmas Trivia Game Rules
Use our Trivia Questions and Answers to play a trivia game. The easiest way to play is to divide your group into pairs or teams of three or more players. Have one person designated to call out questions. The caller can either ask a question letting teams or pairs take turns answering or call out a question and let the first person to respond answer. If you have a small group and people are playing individually, you can give each person a question in turn. Every right answer gets a point. You can set a predetermined number of points necessary for winning the game or simply play until you run out of questions and whoever has the most points wins the game.
Christmas Trivia Questions
Christmas Movies and Books
- Who was the star of the Christmas movie Jingle All the Way?
Answer: Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Who tries to stop Christmas from coming, by stealing all things of Christmas from “the Who’s”?
Answer: The Grinch
- Who was the star of the movie titled White Christmas?
Answer: Bing Crosby
- What is the first name of Scrooge, the principal character of the novel, A Christmas Carol?
- Who was the author of A Christmas Carol?
Answer: Charles Dickens
- How many ghosts are there in A Christmas Carol?
- What was the name of the animated Christmas movie featuring Tom Hanks?
Answer: The Polar Express
- Which milk-based beverage is available around the Christmas holidays and comes in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions?
- Stollen is the traditional fruit cake of which country?
- What name is given to small sausages wrapped in bacon, a staple at a British Christmas dinner?
Answer: Pigs in blankets
- The red and white costume of Father Christmas was allegedly first introduced by which drinks manufacturer?
- In which direction should you stir mincemeat for good luck; clockwise or anti-clockwise?
- What would you stick into an onion, when following a traditional bread sauce recipe?
- A swede is a cross between which two vegetables?
Answer: A cabbage and a turnip
- What is a female turkey called?
Answer: A hen
- What is the name of the skin that hangs from a turkey’s neck?
- Which spirit is traditionally added to butter and served with Christmas pudding?
- True or False: Before turkey, the traditional English Christmas dinner included a pig’s head smothered in mustard.
- Visions of which sweet foodstuff danced in children’s heads as they slept, according to Clement Clarke Moore’s poem “‘Twas the Night before Christmas”?
- In Oaxaca City, Mexico, Noche de rábanos is celebrated every 23rd December. Which food gives this festival its name?
Answer: Radish; Noche de rábanos is Night of the Radishes when Mexican craftsmen create carvings from root vegetables.
- Approximately how many turkeys were purchased at Christmas 2013 in the UK; 1 million, 10 million, or 20 million?
Answer: 10 million
- What is a ‘Bûche de Noël’, commonly eaten in France at Christmas?
Answer: Yule log (cake/chocolate log or similar acceptable)
- What would you be drinking if you had ‘Glühwein’?
Answer: Mulled wine
- Which type of sweet bread loaf, which originated in Milan, is traditionally eaten at Christmas in Italy and many other European countries?
Answer: Panettone ( a type of sweet bread)
- Which Christmas food is it considered good luck to eat one of on each of the 12 days of Christmas?
Answer: Mince Pies
- As the clock chimes midnight to ring in the New Year, a Spanish tradition involves eating twelve of what – one for each chime?
- Which type of tree was the partridge sitting in, according to a well-known Christmas song?
- When was the first Christmas card sent? Who designed it?
Answer: The first Christmas card was sent in 1843 and was designed by John Horsley.
- Canada, The U.K., and most other Commonwealth countries officially celebrate the day after Christmas as what holiday?
Answer: Boxing Day
- How do you say “Merry Christmas” in Spanish?
Answer: Feliz Navidad
- Similar to tinsel, these long strips of shiny foil are used to decorate a Christmas tree. What are they called?
- What are two other names for Santa Claus?
Answer: Saint Nick and Kris Kringle
- True or False: The first Christmas tree appeared in the United States.
- What country has the tradition of filling children’s clogs with candy and treats on December 5?
Answer: The Netherlands
- Who created Rudolph, the most popular reindeer of Santa Claus?
Answer: Robert L. May created Rudolph in 1939, when he wrote a Christmas-themed story-poem to attract customers in his department store.
- How many reindeer drive Santa Claus’ sleigh (counting Rudolph)?
- Who once stole Christmas?
Answer: The Grinch
- Which country was the first to use the tradition of Christmas trees?
- Who invented electric Christmas lights?
Answer: Thomas Edison in 1880
- The legend of Santa Claus is associated with which saint or monk?
Answer: Saint Nicholas
- Which was the last US state to declare an official holiday for Christmas?
- Which was the first country to issue a Christmas postage stamp?
- When was Christmas declared as a federal holiday in the United States?
- Which country has a tradition of a witch dropping gifts for children through the chimney at Christmas?
- What is Santa Claus called in France?
Answer: Père Noël
- Which country is the largest exporter of Christmas trees?
- Which American President banned Christmas trees in the White House?
Answer: Theodore Roosevelt
- How many days do we have between Christmas and the Epiphany?
- Which country follows the tradition to light candles on the graves of relatives on Christmas Eve?
- Where did the Nativity take place?
- Which of these was not a gift given by the ‘Wise Men’ to Baby Jesus – gold, silver, myrrh, or frankincense?
- Which company made the concept of Santa Claus popular worldwide?
- Which of Santa’s reindeer is named after another animal?
Answer: Vixen (a fox)
- Who was the first person to wear a tailored Santa costume and walk around the store, distributing gifts?
Answer: James Edgar, in 1890.
- Is there a Mrs. Santa Claus?
- December 26th, the day after Christmas is celebrated as ___________?
Answer: Boxing day, where gifts are given to employees by their bosses.
- Why are Christmas candy canes red and white in color?
Answer: The color white symbolizes the purity of Jesus, and the color red symbolizes the blood that Jesus shed for us.
- Who helps Santa Claus in making his gifts?
Answer: Elves and Mrs. Claus!
- According to the Holy Bible, Jesus Christ was born in a ___________.
- Should you believe us when we say that once upon a time, Christmas celebrations were banned in England?
- According to the Italian tradition, who delivers gifts to good children on the eve of Epiphany?
Answer: An old lady/witch named Befana
Christmas memories frequently are choreographed with remembered music. Not everyone will remember all of these songs – this Christmas trivia category may be best for adults. We have divided this selection into “Easy” – those that almost everyone knows, “Harder” – some songs are a bit more obscure, and “Hard” – a category only for experts on Christmas songs and music.
- In the carol, “Jingle Bells,” what kind of a sleigh is mentioned?
Answer: “A one-horse open sleigh”
- In “O little town of Bethlehem” where do the silent stars go by?
Answer: “Above the deep and dreamless sleep”.
- On the tenth day of Christmas, what does my true love give to me?
Answer: Lords a-leaping
- Which is the most famous Christmas ballet of all time?
Answer: The Nutcracker
- Which song begins with “Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!”?
Answer: “Joy to the World”
- Which Christmas song’s second verse begins with “The cattle are lowing”?
Answer: “Away In a Manger”
- In 1949, Gene Autry recorded a song about a famous reindeer. What is the name of this song?
Answer: “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”
- What song does Lucy ask Schroeder to play on his piano in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”?
Answer: “Jingle Bells”
- Which popular Christmas carol also moonlights as a lullaby?
Answer: “Away in a Manger”
- Which carol, other than “Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer,” is based on children?
Answer: “Frosty the Snowman”
- What color was the Christmas that Elvis “The King” Presley had?
Answer: “Blue Christmas”
- What song does Lucy ask Schroeder to play on his piano in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”?
Answer: “Jingle Bells”
- Of all the popular Christmas songs, which is the best-selling single of all time?
Answer: “White Christmas”
- Which hymn’s second verse begins with “Christ by highest heaven adored”?
Answer: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”
- Which Christmas song’s second verse begins with “Still through the cloven skies they come”?
Answer: “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”
- Which Christmas hymn’s second verse begins with “O sing, choirs of angels”?
Answer: “O Come All Ye Faithful”
- Which Christmas hymn’s second verse begins with “For Christ is born of Mary”?
Answer: “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”
- Which Christmas hymn’s second verse begins with “Born a king on Bethlehem’s plain”?
Answer: “We Three Kings”
- Which song’s second line begins with, “They looked up and saw a star”?
Answer: “The First Noel”
- What is the name of the song was recorded by Vaughn Monroe in 1945 that opens with the lines
“Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go. . .”?
Answer: “Let It Snow”
- In the carol, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas”, what is the prettiest sight to see?
Answer: “The holly that will be on your front door”.
- In the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” underneath the mistletoe, where did mommy tickle Santa Claus?
Answer: “Underneath his beard so snowy white”.
- In the carol, “We three Kings,” which way is the star of wonder and star of light leading them?
Answer: “Westward leading, still proceeding”.
- What Christmas song has the line, “I don’t know if there’ll be snow, but have a cup of cheer?”
Answer: “Holly Jolly Christmas”
- Which Christmas song’s second verse begins with, “See the blazing Yule before us”?
Answer: “Deck the Halls”
- Which song’s second line begins with, “Led by the light of faith serenely beaming”?
Answer: “O Holy Night”
- In the animated TV special, “Twas the Night before Christmas”, the townsfolk create a song to attract Santa back. According to the song, what is calling Santa?
Answer: Christmas Bells
- In the song “The Little Drummer Boy” kept time. Who accompanied him?
Answer: The ox and the lamb
- In 1953, this Christmas song was Eartha Kitt’s biggest hit of her career.
Answer: “Santa Baby”
- In 1946, Nat King Cole recorded a hit with a song about “chestnuts roasting over an open fire.” What is the name of this song?
Answer: “The Christmas Song”
- In 1947, Gene Autry recorded a song in which he told listeners to “Hang your stockings and say your prayers ’cause Santa Claus comes tonight. What is the name of this song?
Answer: “Here Comes Santa Claus”
- Jimmy Boyd was 12 years old in 1952 when he scored a hit with a song about something that happened under the mistletoe. What is the name of this song?
Answer: “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”
- In 1953, Bing Crosby had a huge hit with a song that is originally called “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” in German. What is the name of this song?
Answer: “Silent Night”
- In 1946, the Andrews Sister and Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadian Orchestra released a song in which they asked listeners if they would like to spend Christmas in this special location. What is the name of this special place?
Answer: “Christmas Island”
- In 1948, what song was released by Spike Jones and the City Slickers?
Answer: “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”
- On which ‘feast’ did Good King Wenceslas step out, according to the well-known hymn?
Answer: Feast of Stephen (St. Stephen’s Day/26th December in UK)
This Christmas, add fun to your holiday gathering with Christmas trivia. When you plan a trivia game, it is fun to play in teams, because what one team member does not know, another one may. Have a fun and memorable holiday with our collection of Christmas trivia games, quizzes, and questions!