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50 Christmas Trivia Questions That Test Your Holiday Knowledge

Put your holiday knowledge to the test by answering as many of these Christmas trivia questions as you can. No calling the North Pole for hints!

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Test your festive IQ with these Christmas trivia questions

Christmas is many people’s favorite holiday. People look forward to having a merry celebration with loved ones, exchanging gifts, and participating in fun Christmas activities together. If you’re a Christmas enthusiast, why not put your knowledge to the test and see how many Christmas trivia questions you can answer correctly?

The questions below are divided into categories that test your knowledge of Christmas traditionsChristmas symbols, the best Christmas movies, and more. Now, let’s see how many you (and your friends and family) can get right. Best of luck!

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Christmas history trivia

Question: What is the name of the Turkish-born monk for whom Santa Claus is based on?

Answer: St. Nicholas

Question: During which war was there a short-lived Christmas truce?

Answer: World War I

Question: When was the first historical reference to candy canes made in the United States?

Answer: 1847

Question: Where was Jesus born?

Answer: Bethlehem

Question: Which British monarch is credited with establishing the Christmas tree tradition in England?

Answer: Queen Victoria

Question: Who wrote the famous poem A Visit from St. Nicholas?

Answer: Clement Clarke Moore

Question: What famous event of the Revolutionary War happened on December 25, 1776?

Answer: George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River to surprise British troops

Question: When was Mrs. Claus first introduced to the world?

Answer: 1849

Question: What gift did General Sherman give President Abraham Lincoln during Christmas 1864?

Answer: The city of Savannah, Georgia

Question: Which religious group banned Christmas in the 17th century?

Answer: The Puritans

Interesting, right? These Christmas quotes are interesting, too, and truly capture the meaning of the season.

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Christmas traditions trivia

Question: Where did the tradition of hanging Christmas wreaths come from?

Answer: Ancient Rome

Question: When did people in the United States start decorating Christmas trees?

Answer: The 1890s

Question: When and where was the first Christmas card sent?

Answer: 1843 in the United Kingdom

Question: According to legend, what happens if you refuse a kiss under the mistletoe?

Answer: You get bad luck

Question: In which country did making gingerbread houses originate?

Answer: Germany

Question: What is known as Christmas caroling today actually started in Europe thousands of years ago when people sang pagan songs to celebrate which event?

Answer: The Winter Solstice

Question: Leaving milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve became popular in the United States during which time?

Answer: The Great Depression

Question: Where did the tradition of using poinsettias for Christmas decorations begin?

Answer: Mexico

Question: What new Christmas tradition involves an elf being placed in your home to monitor if a child is behaving or not?

Answer: Elf on a Shelf

Question: Who is believed to be the first person to put lighted candles in a Christmas tree?

Answer: Martin Luther

Another tradition to get behind during the holidays? Snuggling on the couch and reading the best Christmas books.

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Christmas movie trivia

Question: Who narrated the animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas? 

Answer: Boris Karloff

Question: In which year did Santa Claus make his film debut?

Answer: 1898

Question: How many movies are in The Santa Clause franchise?

Answer: 3

Question: Which Christmas movie centers around a young boy who takes a magical train ride to the North Pole?

Answer: The Polar Express

Question: What Christmas movie does Arnold Schwarzenegger star in?

Answer: Jingle All the Way

Loving these trivia questions? Check out our full list of Christmas movie trivia.

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Christmas song trivia

Question: Who sings the original “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”?

Answer: Brenda Lee

Question: What is the best-selling Christmas song of all time?

Answer: “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby

Question: Complete the lyrics: “What a bright time, it’s the right time…”

Answer: “To rock the night away”

Question: What is the most covered Christmas song?

Answer: “Silent Night”

Question: Which two members of The Beatles released their own Christmas songs?

Answer: Paul McCartney and John Lennon

Question: According to the beloved song, what are Frosty the Snowman’s eyes made of?

Answer: Coal

Question: According to the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, what gift was given on the twelfth day of Christmas?

Answer: 12 drummers drumming

Question: “Do You Hear What I Hear” was written as a call for peace during which historic event?

Answer: The Cuban Missile Crisis

Question: What year did Mariah Carey release “All I Want for Christmas is You”?

Answer: 1994

Question: Which ’80s group performs the Christmas hit “Last Christmas”?

Answer: Wham!

Add the songs mentioned above (and these other great Christmas songs) to your holiday playlist; everyone will be rocking around the Christmas tree before you know it.

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Christmas food trivia

Question: Where did fruitcake originate?

Answer: Ancient Rome

Question: In Japan, it’s a tradition to eat food from which fast-food restaurant at Christmas?

Answer: KFC

Question: How many candy canes are made each year?

Answer: More than 1.76 billion

Question: Yule Log is typically made of what common dessert?

Answer: Cake

Question: Where did eggnog originate?

Answer: Britain

Question: Which popular snack (which had a string on its box) was introduced around Christmastime in 1902?

Answer: Barnum’s Animal Crackers

Question: What is the name of the English pastries stuffed with dried fruit and spices (and were once stuffed with meat) traditionally served at Christmas?

Answer: Mince pies

Question: What type of poultry is typically cooked at Christmas dinner?

Answer: Turkey

Question: What is the name of the staple soup traditionally served at Mexican Christmas dinners?

Answer: Pozole

Question: What kind of pudding is mentioned in the song “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”?

Answer: Figgy pudding

Don’t forget to check out these Christmas appetizers everyone will love.

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Christmas legend trivia

Question: What is Santa rumored to give children on the naughty list?

Answer: Coal

Question: What is the name of the scary figure from European folklore who scares misbehaving children?

Answer: Krampus

Question: According to legend, how does Santa get into a house on Christmas Eve?

Answer: He goes down the chimney

Question: According to ZuZu in It’s a Wonderful Life, what happens when a bell rings?

Answer: An angel gets its wings

Question: According to the story, why was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer selected to guide Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve?

Answer: His red nose would light the way in foggy weather

Next, keep the fun trivia competition going by asking these trivia questions for kids.


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