34 Christmas quiz questions to get you in the festive spirit

Sophie Charlotte Thompson
·4-min read
Photo credit: Alice Cowling
Photo credit: Alice Cowling

From Cosmopolitan

Photo credit: Alice Cowling
Photo credit: Alice Cowling

We’re finally on the home-stretch to Christmas, and while we patiently wait for the fridge to be piled high with pigs in blankets ready for the big day, we’re already looking at other ways we can kick the festivities off.

Our favourite Christmas movies are queued, our winter wardrobe is in full-swing, and we find ourselves frequently asking the question: “How early is too early for mulled wine?”

And despite things looking very different this year, we’re still determined to make it a jolly old time, and there’s one activity that is yet to let us down: a good old quiz.

You’ve probably already spent two whole lockdowns on Zoom screaming out your best general knowledge, so it’s only fair that we carry on the tradition... but make it festive.

So, to give you a little helping hand when it’s your turn to become quiz master, we’ve compiled a list of the greatest Christmas quiz questions (and answers), so you look like you’ve done your research.

Merry Christmas!

The best Christmas quiz questions

  1. Which country started the tradition of putting up a Christmas tree?

  2. How many ghosts show up in A Christmas Carol?

  3. In Home Alone, where are the McCallisters going on holiday when they leave Kevin behind?

  4. Which country did eggnog originate?

  5. How many gifts were given in total in 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' song?

  6. What year did Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ come out?

  7. In which Christmas movie does Tom Hanks play 6 of the characters?

  8. In which country is it tradition to eat KFC for Christmas dinner?

  9. In the movie Love Actually, which character sang ‘Christmas Is All Around’?

  10. How many of Rudolph's fellow reindeers' names start with 'D'?

  11. What is traditionally hidden inside a Christmas pudding?

  12. Which city has been donating Trafalgar Square’s Christmas tree to London every year since 1947?

  13. If you’re born on Christmas day, what’s your star sign?

  14. What is the best-selling Christmas single of all time?

  15. UK sitcom Gavin and Stacey returned to TV for a Christmas special in 2019. How many years has it been off-air before the reunion?

  16. In the episode of Friends ‘The One with the Holiday Armadillo’, who dresses up as an armadillo?

  17. In Mean Girls, which Christmas song do the plastics get up on stage to perform?

  18. What time is the Queen’s speech traditionally broadcast on Christmas Day?

  19. What colour are mistletoe berries?

  20. In Home Alone 2, who does Kevin run into in the hotel lobby?

  21. What colour suit did Santa wear until Coca Cola rebranded him in red?

  22. What decoration do elves traditionally have on their shoes?

  23. Miracle On 34th Street centres on what real-life department store?

  24. Which Christmassy song plays at the end of the 1988 film Die Hard?

  25. What is the opening line to Shakin' Stevens' 'Merry Christmas Everyone'?

  26. What was the UK Christmas number one in 2010?

  27. When do the 12 days of Christmas start?

  28. According to Buddy the Elf, what are the four food groups elves can eat?

  29. What fruit is traditionally put inside a Christmas stocking?

  30. According to tradition, when should you have your Christmas decorations down by?

  31. Traditionally, when should you start making a Christmas pudding?

  32. Who was killed off in the 2012 Downton Abbey Christmas special cliffhanger?

  33. In Elf, what’s the first rule in the Code of The Elves?

  34. What gift did Harry Potter receive from the Dursleys during his first Christmas at Hogwarts?

The best Christmas quiz answers

  1. Germany

  2. Four: former business partner Jacob Marley, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

  3. Paris

  4. Britain

  5. 364

  6. 1994

  7. The Polar Express. He plays Hero Boy, Father, Conductor, Hobo, Scrooge and Santa Claus.

  8. Japan

  9. Billy Mack, played by Bill Nighy

  10. Three - Dancer, Dasher, Donner.

  11. A coin

  12. Oslo, Norway

  13. Capricorn

  14. Bing Crosby - 'White Christmas', according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

  15. Nine years - the last episode aired on 1 January 2010

  16. Ross Geller

  17. Bobby Helms - 'Jingle Bell Rock'

  18. 3pm

  19. White

  20. Donald Trump

  21. Green

  22. Bells

  23. Macy's

  24. Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne - 'Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!'

  25. "Snow is falling, all around me"

  26. When We Collide by Matt Cardle

  27. Christmas Day

  28. Candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup

  29. Orange or tangerine

  30. January 5th

  31. On a Sunday, five weeks before Christmas

  32. Matthew Crawley [Dan Steves]

  33. Treat every day like Christmas

  34. A 50-pence piece

Let us know how you get on!

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