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
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 Movies and Books
- Who was the star of the Christmas movie Jingle All the Way?
- Who tries to stop Christmas from coming, by stealing all things of Christmas from “the Who’s”?
- Who was the star of the movie titled White Christmas?
- What is the first name of Scrooge, the principal character of the novel, A Christmas Carol?
- Who was the author of A Christmas Carol?
- How many ghosts are there in A Christmas Carol?
- What was the name of the animated Christmas movie featuring Tom Hanks?
- What made Frosty come to life in the movie “Frosty the Snowman?”
- Why did the other reindeer pick on Rudolph?
- How many reindeer were in the story “Twas the Night Before Christmas?”
- Who helped Rudolph after he left the North Pole?
- What bad guy did Rudolph have to avoid?
- Who played George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life?
- Who spies on kids and reports back to Santa?
- What toy has magical powers that go on a new adventure every night after the kids go to sleep?
- Why couldn’t Ralphie have a bb gun in A Christmas Story?
- What happens when you stick your wet tongue to a frozen pole, like in A Christmas Story?
- What were the names of the Ghosts in A Christmas Carol?
- What animated film depicted a train that took kids to the North Pole on Christmas Eve?
- What does Santa say at the end of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” book?
- What Bing Cosby song is the best-selling single ever?
- What was the real department store featured in a Christmas movie? What movie?
- 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?
- 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?
- What is a female turkey called?
- 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?
- Approximately how many turkeys were purchased at Christmas 2013 in the UK; 1 million, 10 million, or 20 million?
- What is a ‘Bûche de Noël’, commonly eaten in France at Christmas?
- What would you be drinking if you had ‘Glühwein’?
- Which type of sweet bread loaf, which originated in Milan, is traditionally eaten at Christmas in Italy and many other European countries?
- Which Christmas food is it considered good luck to eat one of on each of the 12 days of Christmas?
- 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?
- What beverage is known as milk punch?
- What is the main course for a traditional Christmas dinner?
- What are the most common sides for Christmas dinner?
- How many turkeys are cooked each Christmas?
- What dish was served by Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol? Also mentioned in the song We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- What is the significance of a Yule Log or Bûche de Noël?
- What do you leave for Santa?
- What do you leave for reindeer?
- What food has a long shelf life but many people don’t like it?
- Where did eggnog start?
- Why are candy canes shaped like shepherd’s canes?
- What type of craft house is popular to make and eat for Christmas?
- What Christmas treat popular in England has dried fruit and spices and once contained meat?
- Where did gingerbread houses start? Bonus points for when.
- What fairy tale inspired gingerbread houses?
- What soda company often uses Santa Claus in their Christmas advertising?
- When did Coca-Cola start featuring Santa in their ads?
- When was the first Christmas card sent? Who designed it?
- Canada, The U.K., and most other Commonwealth countries officially celebrate the day after Christmas as what holiday?
- How do you say “Merry Christmas” in Spanish?
- 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?
- 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?
- Who created Rudolph, the most popular reindeer of Santa Claus?
- How many reindeer drive Santa Claus’ sleigh (counting Rudolph)?
- Who once stole Christmas?
- Which country was the first to use the tradition of Christmas trees?
- Who invented electric Christmas lights?
- The legend of Santa Claus is associated with which saint or monk?
- 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?
- Which country is the largest exporter of Christmas trees?
- Which American President banned Christmas trees in the White House?
- 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?
- Who was the first person to wear a tailored Santa costume and walk around the store, distributing gifts?
- Is there a Mrs. Santa Claus?
- December 26th, the day after Christmas is celebrated as ___________?
- Why are Christmas candy canes red and white in color?
- Who helps Santa Claus in making his gifts?
- 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?
- When did the tradition of Christmas Cookies begin?
- What Christmas tradition started with decorations made of strands of silver?
- What reindeer shares a name with the celebrity of Valentine’s Day?
- What Christmas decoration is made from a parasitic plant?
- What holds a place at the top of the Christmas Tree?
- Where was St. Nicholas born?
- Where did Puritans ban Christmas? Bonus points for when.
- What happens if you stand under mistletoe with someone?
- What did Noel mean in Latin before being used for Christmas?
- What Roman holiday-inspired Christmas celebrations? Bonus points for when.
- What’s the most popular Christmas play featuring toys that come to life?
- Where did The Nutcracker start? Bonus points for when.
- What song talks about multiple days of the Christmas celebration?
- Who got ran over by a reindeer? Bonus points for when
- What political cartoonist created Santa’s look? Bonus points for when.
- When was Christmas celebrated initially by Christians in the East?
- When was the term “Xmas” started?
- How did Xmas begin?
- Where did the tradition of candles in the windows start?
Christmas Trivia for Kids
Kids love Christmas, and it is not just getting gifts. We have selected trivia items most kids will be familiar with. The questions and answers are listed separately to provide a bit of a challenge:
- What animated film is about a train taking kids to the North Pole on Christmas Eve?
- What are adults supposed to do if they find themselves under the mistletoe?
- What do you leave for reindeer on Christmas Eve?
- What do you leave for Santa on Christmas Eve?
- What food is often given at Christmas, comes in a tin can, has fruit and nuts in it, has a long shelf life, but many people do not like it?
- In the song “The Little Drummer Boy,” what gift did the little boy give to the newborn Christ?
- What small toy has magical powers, goes on a new adventure every night, and reports on the behavior of kids to Santa?
- What two words almost always appear on Christmas gift tags?
- At Christmas, it is fun to create a small house made out of what kind of dough?
- Where was the baby Jesus born?
- Who tries to stop Christmas from coming, by stealing all the things of Christmas from the Who’s in Whoville?
- Why did all the other reindeer pick on Rudolph?
- What was Frosty the Snowman’s nose made out in the animated film?
- In the song “Silent Night” what words come next?
- In the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” what kind of tree is the partridge sitting in?
- The Polar Express
- They are supposed to kiss.
- We leave carrots and oats for reindeer.
- We leave milk and cookies for Santa.
- The little drummer boy played a song for him on his drums.
- Elf on a Shelf
- Two words appearing on Christmas gift tags are “To” and “From.”
- Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
- The Grinch
- The other reindeer picked on Rudolph because of his ruby red nose.
- A button
- “Holy night”
- A pear tree
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?
- Where is the world’s largest nativity scene?
- Who tracks Santa’s location on Christmas Eve? Bonus points for when it started.
- When was the first tree put up at the Rockefeller Center?
- What was the tallest Christmas Tree ever put up? Where?
- Who was the first President to have a tree in the White House?
- What President established Christmas as a national holiday?
- Which President objected to a Christmas tree in the White House?
- Why are Christmas lights used on trees?
- How many candles are on an Advent wreath?
- What do Christians associate with the wreath?
- What do advent wreaths symbolize?
- What do you hang above the fireplace for Santa to stuff with goods?
Christmas Trivia for Seniors
It is fun to remember past Christmases and the fun we had celebrating. Our Christmas Trivia for Seniors is sure to remind you of your Christmas celebrations as a child and growing up in the ‘40s through the ‘90s.
- In 1947, Gene Autry recorded “Here Comes Santa Claus,” which advised listeners to, “Hang your stockings and say your prayers ’cause Santa Claus is comin’ tonight.”
- In 1948, “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” was released by Spike Jones and the City Slickers;
- In 1949, Gene Autry recorded “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”
- In 1953, Bing Crosby sang “Silent Night,” originally called “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” in German.
- In 1953, Eartha Kitt recorded the biggest hit of her career, “Santa Baby”
- Elvis Presley recorded “Blue Christmas” in 1957.
- The animated television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” first aired in 1965 and was the first Peanuts TV special.
- In 1968, the Apollo 8 mission astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders spent the night before Christmas orbiting the moon.
- In 1975, Atari partnered with Sears and released the $100 PONG game system.
- Your 1970 Christmas memories probably include the annual Sears Christmas Wish Book
- Some of the most sought-after toys of the 1980s were My Little Pony, Rubik’s Cube, Care Bears, and He-Man.
- Lite-Brite was introduced in the ’60s, but it did not become the must-have toy until the ‘80s.
- A Christmas Story hit theaters on November 18, 1983, depicting Ralphie’s desire to have a bb gun. “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”
- Tickle Me Elmo was the must-have children’s toy of Christmas 1996.
- The ‘90s saw home computers as a big Christmas gift.
- On November 16, 1990, Home Alone was released, the highest-grossing Christmas movie ever.
- In 1992, the Muppets released The Muppet Christmas Carol, their take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with Michael Caine as Scrooge.
Christmas Trivia Facts
You probably know more about Christmas than you realize. However, there is always more to learn about this unique and fun-filled holiday. Our Christmas Trivia Facts will give you some good conversation starters. They also work well if you enjoy playing a game of Christmas Trivia. See how many you know and then test your family and friends.
- Santa Claus is based upon the real-life Christian bishop St. Nicholas.
- President Teddy D. Roosevelt objected to a Christmas tree in the White House because he thought it was wrong to cut down trees for decorations. He established the U. S. Forest Service to protect nature.
- President Benjamin Harrison was the first President to have a tree in the White House in 1889.
- Thomas Edison is credited with inventing Christmas lights in 1880.
- In the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a total of 364 gifts was given!
- In the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, every time a bell rang an angel got his wings.
- The best-selling Christmas song ever is “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby.
- NORAD – North American Aerospace Defense Command – tracks Santa’s location on Christmas Eve, a tradition started in 1955.
- Rudolph was created by Robert L. May in 1939, when he wrote a Christmas story for a coloring book to attract customers to Montgomery Ward department store.
- Christmas was declared as a federal holiday in the United States in 1870 by President Ulysses S. Grant.
- The first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was erected in 1933.
- Gingerbread houses started in the 16th century in Germany.
- Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows on broadleaf trees, has a white berry, and is used as a Christmas decoration. American mistletoe is poisonous, but European mistletoe has many health benefits.
- The first Christmas card was sent in 1843 and was designed by John Horsley.
- Two other popular names for Santa Claus are Kris Kringle and Saint Nick.
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?
- In “O little town of Bethlehem” where do the silent stars go by?
- On the tenth day of Christmas, what does my true love give to me?
- Which is the most famous Christmas ballet of all time?
- Which song begins with “Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!”?
- Which Christmas song’s second verse begins with “The cattle are lowing”?
- In 1949, Gene Autry recorded a song about a famous reindeer. What is the name of this song?
- What song does Lucy ask Schroeder to play on his piano in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”?
- Which popular Christmas carol also moonlights as a lullaby?
- Which carol, other than “Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer,” is based on children?
- What color was the Christmas that Elvis “The King” Presley had?
- What song does Lucy ask Schroeder to play on his piano in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”?
- Of all the popular Christmas songs, which is the best-selling single of all time?
- Which hymn’s second verse begins with “Christ by highest heaven adored”?
- Which Christmas song’s second verse begins with “Still through the cloven skies they come”?
- Which Christmas hymn’s second verse begins with “O sing, choirs of angels”?
- Which Christmas hymn’s second verse begins with “For Christ is born of Mary”?
- Which Christmas hymn’s second verse begins with “Born a king on Bethlehem’s plain”?
- Which song’s second line begins with, “They looked up and saw a star”?
- 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. . .”?
- In the carol, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas”, what is the prettiest sight to see?
- In the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” underneath the mistletoe, where did mommy tickle Santa Claus?
- In the carol, “We three Kings,” which way is the star of wonder and star of light leading them?
- What Christmas song has the line, “I don’t know if there’ll be snow, but have a cup of cheer?”
- Which Christmas song’s second verse begins with, “See the blazing Yule before us”?
- Which song’s second line begins with, “Led by the light of faith serenely beaming”?
- 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?
- In the song “The Little Drummer Boy” kept time. Who accompanied him?
- In 1953, this Christmas song was Eartha Kitt’s biggest hit of her career.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- In 1948, what song was released by Spike Jones and the City Slickers?
- On which ‘feast’ did Good King Wenceslas step out, according to the well-known hymn?
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!
Susan majored in English with a double minor in Humanities and Business at Arizona State University and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Liberty University. She taught grades four through twelve in both public and private schools. Subjects included English, U.S. and world history and geography, math, earth and physical science, Bible, information technologies, and creative writing.
Susan has been freelance writing for over ten years, during which time she has written and edited books, newspaper articles, biographies, book reviews, guidelines, neighborhood descriptions for realtors, Power Point presentations, resumes, and numerous other projects.
These are great questions for a family party. Great educations for the kids.
Thanks for ideal these make great question for my family Christmas party. Very educational.
well done a great selection of questions.will be most useful over Christmas.
Wonderful selection of Christmas fun
The first Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia – the Wikipedia article is false 😉 but ty for the questions 🙂 Perfect.
Greetings from Latvia
I’m looking forward to the holiday parties!
thank you for sharing these fun games my family has enjoyed them for several years and we like having something to do as a family after we have opened all the gifts I buy several extra for the ones who can answer the most questions
I believe the country that exports the most Xmas trees is Canada not Denmark!
Thank you Mike, you are correct. We fixed the article 🙂
this is amazing
Thanks for having the answers along with the questions. Every other websites I been on makes me take a quiz before I get the answers
Omg thank you for having the answers along with the questions. Been looking for a website like this
thank you for sharing these fun games me and my cousins enjoyed playing them
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR HAVE A GREAT TIME
Thank you so much, I look forward to someone doing the work for me every year! Thanks so much!
I text two questions each day to my granddaughters for a week leading up to Christmas. They love playing Christmas trivia. I do the same preceding Thanksgiving and Easter. Thanks for compiling these. Great mix of easy and hard for different ages.
We made a game like Family Feud out of this at a party I went to. Lots of fun! Thanks.
I love these! I used them for school party!
Thanks a lot. Now I have questions for my program tomorrow.
Thank you. Merry Christmas and God bless.
These are awesome! Using them with my high school students for a trivia game on our last day before the holidays!
Awesome questions this is great for family events.
This is excellent material for a family Christmas! We will enjoy the quizzes and questions when we gather for our special day. They really make you stop and think, even though we’ve had our family traditions for many years>
We enjoy the question and I THINK I known some things
The original reindeers name was Donder, it was changed to Donner more recently! 🙂 Thanks for the list!