76 Christmas Trivia Questions

Christmas trivia is a delightful way to spread holiday cheer and test your knowledge of this festive season. 

As we gather with friends and family, what better way to add a sprinkle of joy and a dash of competition than with a fun Christmas trivia quiz? 

From historical customs to modern traditions, these Christmas trivia questions are sure to challenge and amuse, creating memorable moments and new holiday traditions. 

Let’s begin exploring them, one at a time

Christmas Trivia Questions

  1. Origin of Christmas: What pagan holiday did Christmas originate from, and how did it transition into a Christian celebration?

  2. Santa’s Reindeer: Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer, as mentioned in the poem “The Night Before Christmas”?

  3. Christmas Tree Tradition: Where and when did the tradition of decorating Christmas trees originate, and who popularized it in England?

  4. Famous Christmas Song: Which Christmas song, originally written for the movie “Holiday Inn,” won an Academy Award?

  5. A Christmas Carol: In Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” who was Scrooge’s deceased business partner?

  6. Nutcracker Ballet: Who composed the music for the “Nutcracker” ballet, and in what year was it first performed?

  7. Christmas in Space: What was the first Christmas song played in space, and which astronauts played it?

  8. Presidential Christmas Tree: Which U.S. president started the tradition of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, and in what year?

  9. Christmas Movie Classic: In the film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” what is the name of George Bailey’s guardian angel?

  10. Christmas Around the World: What unique tradition is observed in Japan during Christmas, particularly regarding a certain fast-food chain?

  11. Oldest Christmas Carol: What is considered the oldest Christmas carol still sung today, and around what year was it composed?

  12. White House Christmas Decorations: Who was the first U.S. First Lady to officially decorate the White House for Christmas, and in what year?

  13. Boxing Day Origins: What is the origin of Boxing Day, celebrated the day after Christmas in many countries?

  14. Christmas Stamp: Which country issued the first Christmas postage stamp, and in what year?

  15. Christmas Cracker Invention: Who invented the Christmas cracker, and in what year was it first created?

  16. Holiday Plant: What is the origin of kissing under the mistletoe during Christmas?

  17. Famous Christmas Ballet: “The Nutcracker” is set on which holiday, and what is the name of the young girl who is the main character?

  18. Christmas Number Ones: Which band holds the record for the most Christmas Number One hits in the UK?

  19. First Artificial Christmas Tree: What were the first artificial Christmas trees made from, and why?

  20. Silent Night’ Origins: In which country was the Christmas carol “Silent Night” first performed, and what year?

  21. Christmas in Literature: In the book “Little Women,” what Christmas gift does the character Jo March give to her mother?

  22. Christmas Carol Origins: What is the origin of the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas,” and what does it narrate?

  23. Historic Christmas Broadcast: Who delivered the first Christmas message broadcast by radio, and in what year?

  24. Coca-Cola and Santa Claus: How did Coca-Cola influence the modern image of Santa Claus?

  25. Christmas Movies: In the movie “Miracle on 34th Street,” what real-life department store is featured prominently?

  26. Yule Log Tradition: What is the origin of the Yule log tradition, and how is it celebrated in modern times?

  27. Christmas Wreath Symbolism: What does the Christmas wreath symbolize, and what are its historical origins?

  28. Twelve Days of Christmas: What is the significance of the Twelve Days of Christmas, and when do they start and end?

  29. Christmas in Space: Which was the first crewed spacecraft to orbit the moon on Christmas Eve, and what year was it?

  30. Christmas Trees Worldwide: Which country is known for donating the Christmas tree in London’s Trafalgar Square each year?

  31. Saint Nicholas: In which country did the historical Saint Nicholas live, and what are some legends associated with him?

  32. First Christmas Card: Who commissioned the first Christmas card, and in what year was it sent?

  33. Christmas Shopping Season: What event traditionally marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the USA?

  34. Christmas in Film: In the film “Home Alone,” where is the McCallister family planning to spend Christmas when Kevin is accidentally left behind?

  35. World’s Largest Christmas Present: What was the world’s largest Christmas present, who gave it, and to whom?

  36. ‘Jingle Bells’ Original Purpose: For what occasion was the song “Jingle Bells” originally written?

  37. Christmas Crackers: What is traditionally found inside a Christmas cracker?

  38. Christmas Eve Traditions: What is a common Christmas Eve tradition in Italy, particularly in terms of food?

  39. First Electric Christmas Lights: Who invented the first electric Christmas lights, and when were they first used?

  40. Christmas and Literature: Which famous English author wrote the novella “The Chimes,” often considered a follow-up to “A Christmas Carol”?

  41. Christmas Trees in the White House: Who was the first U.S. president to place a Christmas tree in the White House, and in what year?

  42. Christmas Bestseller Book: Which famous Christmas-themed book holds the record for being one of the best-selling novels of all time, and who is the author?

  43. Christmas in Film: In the movie “Elf,” what is the name of the main character played by Will Ferrell?

  44. First Christmas in Space: When was Christmas first celebrated on the moon, and by which astronauts?

  45. Oldest Christmas Market: Where is the oldest Christmas market in the world located, and how far back does its history go?

  46. Famous Christmas Painting: Name a famous Christmas-themed painting by a renowned artist and describe its main features.

  47. Christmas Lights Record: Which country holds the record for the largest display of Christmas lights on an artificial tree, and how many lights were used?

  48. Santa Claus Around the World: What is Santa Claus called in Italy, and what unique tradition accompanies his arrival?

  49. Christmas and Shakespeare: Did William Shakespeare ever write about Christmas in his plays, and if so, in which one(s)?

  50. Christmas Symbol: What is the origin and symbolism of the Christmas star?

  51. Christmas and the United Nations: Which Christmas-related item was banned by the United Nations for environmental reasons, and when?

  52. Poinsettia and Christmas: Where does the poinsettia plant originate from, and how did it become associated with Christmas?

  53. Famous Christmas Ballet: What is the name of the king of the mice in Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”?

  54. Christmas Song Facts: Which Christmas song was the first to be broadcast from space, and by whom?

  55. Christmas Food Tradition: What is a traditional Christmas dessert in Australia, and what are its main ingredients?

  56. Christmas Carol History: What historical event inspired the creation of the carol “Silent Night”?

  57. Christmas Movie Trivia: In the Christmas movie “Love Actually,” how many interlinked stories are there, and what is a common theme among them?

  58. Unique Christmas Celebrations: What unique Christmas tradition is observed in Venezuela, specifically in its capital city?

  59. Famous Christmas Song Inspiration: What real-life event inspired the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and who were the key musicians involved in its creation?

  60. Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center: When did the tradition of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree begin, and what was unique about the first tree?

  61. ‘Silent Night’ in Different Languages: In how many languages has the carol “Silent Night” been translated?

  62. Christmas Flower: Aside from the poinsettia, what other plant is commonly associated with Christmas and is known for blooming in winter?

  63. Christmas Characters: What are the names of the two burglars in the movie “Home Alone”?

  64. A Christmas Carol: What are the names of the three ghosts that visit Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol”?

  65. Christmas in the Harry Potter Series: What gift does Harry Potter receive during his first Christmas at Hogwarts?

  66. Christmas and the Animal Kingdom: In Nordic folklore, what animal is said to accompany Santa Claus or his equivalent?

  67. Christmas Commercial Success: What is the highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time?

  68. Christmas and Charles Dickens: Besides “A Christmas Carol,” name another Christmas-themed story written by Charles Dickens.

  69. Christmas Music Milestone: Which Christmas song was the first to be broadcast from the radio, and in what year?

  70. Christmas Stamp Trivia: Which was the first U.S. Christmas stamp, and what did it depict?

  71. Christmas Day in History: What significant event happened on Christmas Day in 1991, marking an end of an era in world politics?

  72. Epiphany and Christmas: What is Epiphany, and how is it related to the Christmas season?

  73. Christmas in Space: What was the first object decorated as a Christmas tree in space?

  74. World Record for Christmas Lights: Where was the world record for the most Christmas lights on a residential property set, and how many lights were there?

  75. Christmas and Literature: In which famous novel is Christmas banned, and who is the author?

  76. Famous Christmas Tree: Where is the United States’ National Christmas Tree located, and what is its significance?

Answers

  1. Christmas originated from the pagan holiday Saturnalia, a winter solstice festival. It transitioned into a Christian celebration to honor the birth of Jesus Christ.

  2. Santa’s reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph.

  3. The tradition of decorating Christmas trees originated in Germany in the 16th century. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert popularized it in England in the 19th century.

  4. “White Christmas,” written by Irving Berlin for the movie “Holiday Inn,” won an Academy Award.

  5. Scrooge’s deceased business partner in “A Christmas Carol” is Jacob Marley.

  6. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed the music for the “Nutcracker” ballet, first performed in 1892.

  7. The first Christmas song played in space was “Jingle Bells,” played by astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra on Gemini 6 in 1965.

  8. President Calvin Coolidge started the tradition of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in 1923.

  9. In “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George Bailey’s guardian angel is named Clarence.

  10. A unique tradition in Japan during Christmas is eating KFC, or Kentucky Fried Chicken.

  11. The oldest Christmas carol still sung today is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” believed to be composed around the 8th or 9th century.

  12. First Lady Lou Henry Hoover officially decorated the White House for Christmas in 1929.

  13. Boxing Day originated as a day when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their employers, known as a “Christmas box.”

  14. Canada issued the first Christmas postage stamp in 1898.

  15. The Christmas cracker was invented by Tom Smith in 1847.

  16. Kissing under the mistletoe during Christmas originates from ancient Norse mythology, symbolizing love and friendship.

  17. “The Nutcracker” is set on Christmas Eve, and the young girl’s name is Clara.

  18. The Beatles hold the record for the most Christmas Number One hits in the UK.

  19. The first artificial Christmas trees were made from dyed goose feathers, designed to look like snow-covered evergreens.

  20. “Silent Night” was first performed in Austria in 1818.

  21. In “Little Women,” Jo March gives her mother, Marmee, her hair, which she sold to buy a gift.

  22. “Good King Wenceslas” narrates the story of a Bohemian king braving harsh winter to give alms to the poor, symbolizing the spirit of Christmas giving.

  23. King George V delivered the first Christmas message broadcast by radio in 1932.

  24. Coca-Cola’s advertising in the 1930s helped popularize the modern image of Santa Claus as a jolly, rotund, red-suited figure.

  25. The department store featured in “Miracle on 34th Street” is Macy’s in New York City.

  26. The Yule log tradition originates from various European winter solstice rituals. It is now often symbolized by a cake shaped like a log.

  27. The Christmas wreath symbolizes eternal life, with its circular shape representing no beginning or end. Its origins trace back to ancient Greco-Roman times.

  28. The Twelve Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day, December 25, and end on January 5, representing the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi.

  29. Apollo 8 was the first crewed spacecraft to orbit the moon on Christmas Eve, in 1968.

  30. Norway donates the Christmas tree in London’s Trafalgar Square each year as a thank you for British support during World War II.

  31. The historical Saint Nicholas lived in what is now Turkey, and he is famed for his generous gifts to the poor.

  32. Sir Henry Cole commissioned the first Christmas card in 1843.

  33. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the USA.

  34. In “Home Alone,” the McCallister family plans to spend Christmas in Paris.

  35. The world’s largest Christmas present was the Statue of Liberty, given by France to the United States in 1886.

  36. “Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving.

  37. A Christmas cracker traditionally contains a small toy, a joke, and a paper crown.

  38. A common Christmas Eve tradition in Italy is the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a meal featuring various seafood dishes.

  39. Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, invented the first electric Christmas lights, first used in 1882.

  40. Charles Dickens wrote “The Chimes” as a follow-up to “A Christmas Carol”.

  41. President Benjamin Harrison first placed a Christmas tree in the White House in 1889.

  42. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is one of the best-selling novels of all time.

  43. In “Elf,” Will Ferrell’s character is named Buddy.

  44. Christmas was first celebrated on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972 by astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.

  45. The oldest Christmas market is located in Dresden, Germany, dating back to 1434.

  46. One famous Christmas painting is “Adoration of the Magi” by Leonardo da Vinci, featuring the Three Wise Men visiting the newborn Jesus.

  47. Australia holds the record for the largest display of Christmas lights on an artificial tree, with over 500,000 lights.

  48. In Italy, Santa Claus is called “Babbo Natale,” and children leave out shoes for gifts to be placed in.

  49. William Shakespeare mentions Christmas in plays like “Hamlet” and “Twelfth Night.”

  50. The Christmas star symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem, which according to the New Testament, guided the Wise Men to Jesus.

  51. The United Nations banned the use of lead in Christmas decorations in 1970 for environmental and health reasons.

  52. The poinsettia originates from Mexico and became associated with Christmas in the 16th century.

  53. The king of the mice in “The Nutcracker” is named King Rat.

  54. “Jingle Bells” was the first Christmas song broadcast from space, played by astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra on Gemini 6.

  55. A traditional Christmas dessert in Australia is Pavlova, made with meringue, whipped cream, and fresh fruit.

  56. “Silent Night” was inspired by the need for a new carol during a Christmas Eve mass in 1818 when the organ at St. Nicholas Church in Austria was broken.

  57. In “Love Actually,” there are ten interlinked stories, with the common theme of different aspects of love.

  58. In Venezuela, a unique Christmas tradition in Caracas is that people roller-skate to early morning Christmas Masses.

  59. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was inspired by the 1984 Ethiopian famine. Key musicians involved were Bob Geldof and Midge Ure.

  60. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition began in 1931. The first tree was a modest, undecorated tree erected by construction workers.

  61. “Silent Night” has been translated into over 300 languages.

  62. The Christmas Cactus is another plant commonly associated with Christmas, known for its winter bloom.

  63. The burglars in “Home Alone” are Harry and Marv, known as the “Wet Bandits.”

  64. The three ghosts in “A Christmas Carol” are the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

  65. Harry Potter receives an Invisibility Cloak during his first Christmas at Hogwarts.

  66. In Nordic folklore, a Yule Goat is said to accompany Santa Claus.

  67. The highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time is “Home Alone.”

  68. Another Christmas-themed story by Charles Dickens is “The Chimes.”

  69. The first Christmas song broadcast from the radio was “O Holy Night” in 1906.

  70. The first U.S. Christmas stamp was issued in 1962, depicting a wreath and two candles.

  71. On Christmas Day 1991, the Soviet Union was officially dissolved.

  72. Epiphany, celebrated on January 6, marks the visit of the Magi to the Christ child and the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

  73. The first object decorated as a Christmas tree in space was a small aluminum tree on the Apollo 8 mission in 1968.

  74. The world record for the most lights on a residential property was set in Canberra, Australia, with over 1.2 million lights.

  75. In George Orwell’s novel “1984,” Christmas is essentially banned.

  76. The United States’ National Christmas Tree is located on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, D.C., symbolizing a nation-wide celebration of the holiday season.
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