With the holiday season in full swing, what better way to enjoy your corporate gatherings, virtual/office holiday parties, or team-building events than immersing yourselves in Christmas trivia questions?
Hosting a Christmas trivia game is bound to get your employees in a competitive, yet playful and fun state of mind. That’s why, in this article, we bring you the 101 best Christmas trivia questions so you don’t have to compile a list yourself. Some of them are quite short and straightforward, whereas others are much more specific and slightly more difficult to answer.
All in all, we promise you’ll have a great time. You may even decide to give out prizes (first, second, third, and so on), based on how many questions your team got right, to make it even more exciting.
Now, let the Christmas trivia games begin!
Christmas Carols And Songs Questions
The spirit of Christmas exists in harmonious carols
like those sung by angels on the day of Christ’s birth.
Christmas carols are often seen as a subset of the broader category of Christmas music. They’re usually a bit religious in nature, and revolve around nativity themes, Jesus’ birth, and Christmas. Many of them have medieval vibes and lyrics, too.
Christmas songs, on the other hand, are songs which document the overall Christmas experience. They may talk about the Christmas period, someone’s individual stance on Christmas, and so on.
Regardless of whether you’re more fond of carols or songs, one thing is certain - we all have a sweet spot for them.
After all, they’re all “about homecoming, nostalgia, looking back to a more innocent time in one’s life or cultural history.”
Also, that’s why we included them as part of our Christmas trivia questions.
- In total, how many gifts were given in “The Twelve Days of Christmas”?
- Who wrote the popular Christmas song “Frosty The Snowman”?
Answer: Walter Rollins and Steve Nelson.
- What was the original title for “The Little Drummer Boy”?
Answer: “Carol of the Drum”.
- In the song "Twelve Days of Christmas," what is given on the seventh day?
Answer: Swans a-swimming.
- In the song “Last Christmas”, who does the singer give their heart to?
Answer: Someone special.
- If Elvis isn’t going to have a white Christmas, what type of Christmas is he going to have?
Answer: Blue Christmas.
- What famous Christmas carol became the first song ever broadcast from space?
Answer: “Jingle Bells”.
- Which Christmas carol includes these lines: "The stars in the sky / Look down where He lay / The little Lord Jesus / Asleep on the hay"?
Answer: “Away in a Manger”.
- The following line "Let earth receive her King / Let every heart / Prepare Him room / And heaven and nature sing" is taken from which carol?
Answer: “Joy to the World”.
Christmas Food Questions
“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.”
Christmas food isn’t (just) about the act of eating itself and enjoying rich and substantial meals. It’s about sharing it with our loved ones, as well as appreciating the time we get to spend together.
That said, certain types of food and Christmas snacks do have the power to ignite the Christmas fire within us. And enjoying them is enough to set us in proper Christmas mood celebration.
While the following Christmas trivia questions don’t include all the foods we tend to eat during the holiday season, it’s still more than enough to get you started.
- Where can people eat a “Wigilia supper” at Christmas?
- Which country came up with the dessert ”White Christmas” made from coconut oil and dried fruit?
- What is ”Moro de guandules con coco” and where does it come from?
Answer: It’s a dish from the Dominican Republic and it consists of rice, pigeon peas, and coconut milk.
- What shape do people in Belgium make the festive bread ”Cougnou” into?
Answer: Baby Jesus.
- Ikea allegedly made the largest gingerbread man - true or false?
- Which fairy tale served as an inspiration for the first gingerbread houses?
Answer: Hansel and Gretel.
- When and where were gingerbread houses invented?
Answer: In Germany during the 16th century.
- Where do candy canes come from?
- Why are Christmas candy canes red and white in color?
Answer: The white of the cane allegedly represents the purity of Jesus Christ. The red stripes, on the other hand, are for the blood he shed when he died on the cross.
- In the UK, what do well-behaved kids get in their stockings?
Christmas Drinks Questions
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You can’t have Christmas food without Christmas drinks.
That means you can’t have Christmas food questions without including Christmas drinks questions as well.
From sherry, advocaat, and mulled wine, all the way to eggnog, Coca-Cola, and other seasonal festive drinks - we have you covered.
- Which alcohol is usually added to the base of Christmas trifles?
- Which drinks manufacturer is said to have popularized Santa’s red and white costume?
- Which country does Eggnog, a Christmas drink, originate from?
- Which country usually begins the festive season with a glass of Bombardino, a mixture of brandy and advocaat?
- Which alcoholic ingredient is used in a Snowball cocktail?
- What does the milky Chilean Christmas drink “Cola de Mono” mean?
Answer: The literal translation of Cola de Mono is “monkey’s tail.”
- Julmust, a traditional, sweet, stout-like, Christmas soft drink, comes from which country?
- This Christmas drink, which is highly popular in the UK, is made from apple cider, lemons, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg and is known as…?
- What is mulled wine made from?
Answer: red wine, sugar, and spices.
- Which spirit is usually added to butter and served with Christmas Pudding?
Christmas Traditions Questions
"For Christmas is tradition time— Traditions that recall The precious memories down the years, The sameness of them all."
Singing carols, spending the evening decorating your Christmas tree, buying a Christmas wreath, sending Christmas cards, putting a stocking by the fireplace, buying an advent calendar, attending church, and so on - these are some of the most common Christmas traditions that people stick to each year as the Christmas period approaches.
You may not resonate with all of them - it’s up to each person and family to pick what works for them. However, there’s a sense of warmth and happiness in picking a few and doing them.
The same applies to our Christmas trivia questions too - so, we invite you to find the ones that you and your team are fond of, and enjoy answering them.
- Which ornament is traditionally placed on the top of our Christmas trees?
Answer: A star or an angel.
- When was the first Christmas tree lit up in the Rockefeller Center?
Answer: In 1933.
- Throughout the holiday season, under which type of plant are people supposed to kiss?
- In which country do people celebrate Christmas by gathering on the beach?
- Which country is known to have a tradition of a witch dropping gifts for children through the chimney at Christmas?
- Which country started the tradition of putting up a Christmas tree first?
- When was the first Christmas card sent and who created it?
Answer: In 1843 (the card was designed by John Horsley, an English academic painter, illustrator, and designer).
- What country has the tradition of filling children's clogs with treats and candies on December 5th?
Answer: The Netherlands.
- When gold was dropped down the chimney of the home of three poor sisters, it created the Christmas tradition known as….?
Answer: Stockings by the fireplace (the gold was allegedly dropped down to help the sisters fulfill their dowry).
- What type of bird often appears on Christmas cards?
- It is believed that naughty kids will receive coal from Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Is this true or false?
We are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen and Comet, We are Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph. We are also modern day Nick, Chris and Eckhart, By our love and oneness let the world be engulfed! Twelve days ain't enough to celebrate Christmas. As humans we must live each day helping others.
To put some extra cheer in your team bonding or Christmas celebration, we included some reindeer Christmas trivia, too.
We found it highly important to include reindeer in our Christmas trivia, as they’re some of the most significant symbols throughout the whole holiday season. Namely, they’re said to represent “journeying, wandering, safe travels, strength, and endurance”.
And one of the most well-known reindeer, Rudolph, shows us how important it is to stand out from the crowd, embrace your individuality and authenticity, and be revolutionary.
Apart from answering the questions below, we invite you to think about you and your team in reindeer terms, too. In other words, who’s pulling the sleigh in your office? Who stands out like Rudolph? Who works well in a team?
You see, Christmas trivia paves the way for many other interesting questions and discussions.
- Which reindeer is named after thunder?
Answer: Donner (the German word for “thunder”).
- What vegetable allows Santa's reindeer to fly?
- Which department store is said to have created Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
Answer: Rudolph was created in 1939 by Robert L. May as an advertising gimmick for Montgomery Ward.
- How many reindeer pull Santa's sleigh?
- Can you name some of them?
Answer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.
- Why do the other reindeer tease Rudolph?
Answer: Because of his red nose.
- Which poem was the first publication to mention Santa's reindeer?
Answer: "Old Santeclaus with Much Delight”.
- What is the name of Rudolph's son?
Answer: Robbie the Reindeer.
- Which mountains in Canada are named after the eight original reindeer?
Answer: The Christmas Mountains.
- In 1979, women’s groups, politician’s and seniors’ organizations protested which Christmas song?
Answer: “Grandma got ran over by a reindeer”.
Santa Claus Questions
This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back. No toys, nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And if he has time, my Uncle Frank. Okay?
Upon growing up, we all tend to associate the concept of Santa Claus, also referred to as Saint Nick, St Nicholas, Father Christmas, or just Santa, with the gifts we received and the letters we used to write. From an adult perspective, however, things are certainly different nowadays.
That said, although we may not write such letters anymore, we still have dreams and wishes. The same probably applies to you and your team.
And while you’re not expected to be your employees’ Santa, you might as well use these Santa Claus questions to not only learn about Santa himself, but about your teams’ wishes, desires, and opinions too.
- What year was Santa born?
Answer: 270 AD.
- Which real-life person is Santa Claus based on?
Answer: The Christian bishop St. Nicholas.
- What does Santa's belly shake like?
Answer: A bowl full of jelly.
- What do they call Santa Claus in Italy?
Answer: Babbo Natale.
- Where does Santa Claus live?
Answer: The North Pole.
- What should we leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve?
Answer: Milk and cookies.
- What do Swedish children leave for Santa Claus?
Answer: Coffee (in case he’s feeling tired from delivering all the presents).
- In early illustrations of Santa Claus, what is he often seen holding?
Answer: A birch rod.
- Which U.S. state has a town called Santa Claus?
- How many times does Santa check his list before making deliveries?
Christmas Movies Questions
That's what Christmas memories are made from, they're not planned, they're not scheduled, nobody puts them in their Blackberry, they just happen.
Can you say you’ve properly experienced Christmas if you haven’t watched Home Alone with a hot chocolate with marshmallows next to you? If you haven’t “met” the Grinch from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas? Or if you haven’t gotten completely immersed in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas?
Some of your employees may recall their childhoods, others may have fresh memories with their families and kids. However, discussing such movies and asking movie trivia questions will definitely “force” all of you to jog your memory and see how much you do (not) know about Christmas movies.
Here are the questions to help you do so:
- What’s the highest grossing Christmas movie of all time?
Answer: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
- In Home Alone, where are the McCallisters going on vacation when they leave Kevin behind?
- How is Kevin punished after getting into a fight with this brother Buzz?
Answer: He’s sent to the attic.
- How many siblings does Kevin have?
- In the opening scene of A Charlie Brown Christmas, the characters are seen doing which well-known winter activity?
Answer: Ice skating.
- In the Nightmare Before Christmas, what are the names of the three trick-or-treaters (also referred to as Boogie’s Boys) who kidnap Santa Claus?
Answer: Lock, Shock, and Barrel.
- What is the name of George Bailey’s guardian angel in It’s A Wonderful Life?
Answer: Clarence Odbody.
- In The Santa Clause, why should Scott take over the role of Santa Claus?
Answer: Because Santa Claus dies after falling off his roof
- In Elf, which actor plays Buddy the Elf?
Answer: Will Ferrell.
- What’s the name of the comedian who plays the Grinch in How The Grinch Stole Christmas?
Answer: Jim Carrey.
- Where was A Christmas Prince filmed?
Boxing Day Questions
Wisdom of the Ages: Boxing Day In the UK, the day after Christmas is named after the first activity that takes place between husband and wife after the Christmas receipts are added up.
If you haven’t heard about Boxing Day, you’ll probably never connect the day with the Christmas season, as the wording is very misleading.
Boxing Day is a holiday typically celebrated after Christmas day. The holiday is from the time (Queen Victoria’s time, that is) when rich people gave gifts to their servants. The servants would go home to their families and deliver those Christmas boxes to their family members.
That said, nowadays Boxing Day is referred to as a shopping day.
Regardless of whether you and your employees celebrate it (as it’s not celebrated everywhere), it could be fun to test yourselves and see how much you know about this rather significant holiday. For instance, do you know that retail stores expect record revenue for Boxing day sales?
- In which country did "Boxing Day" originate as a holiday?
Answer: United Kingdom.
- What major holiday does Boxing Day follow?
- What did Christmas boxes typically contain?
Answer: Presents, money, or food.
- Apart from the United Kingdom, in which of these countries is Boxing Day also celebrated?
Answer: Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
- On Boxing Day, what type of activity is fairly common in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand?
- What does the term "Boxing Week" refer to?
Answer: It’s basically an extended version of Boxing Day.
- What sport was traditionally played on Boxing Day before it was banned?
Answer: Fox hunting.
On Boxing Day, it is traditional to give presents to those who have rendered service in the past year. So, people who work in which of the following professions would not be given a present on Boxing Day then?
- Boxing Day falls on the Feast of Saint Stephens and which other holiday?
- What major race starts each year on Boxing Day in Sydney, Australia?
Answer: Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Christmas Nativity Questions
Christ was born in Bethlehem as Heaven sang with joy. Roaming shepherds came to see the Infant, swaddled boy. Several wisemen sought him out, Traveling from afar.
The original Christmas story is all about the celebration of Jesus’ birth— the silent night where true love came alive through the birth of a Savior. In Latin, the word “natal” denotes birth, and that’s where the word nativity comes from.
This is also why we hear a lot about nativity plays, for instance. These are plays which depict the birth of Jesus.
And when it comes to Christmas nativity questions, of course, these are questions which revolve around the birth of Jesus.
We must add, these questions are quite useful when it comes to upgrading your Christmas nativity knowledge too, and not just having fun or bonding with your team.
- Where was Jesus born?
Answer: In Bethlehem.
- Who gave birth to Jesus?
- In the Bible, where do we read about the Birth of Jesus?
Answer: Luke 2.
- What gifts did the wise men bring to baby Jesus?
Answer: Gold, incense, and myrrh.
- What was the name of the angel that told Virgin Mary she would have a child?
- What does Jesus’ other name, “Immanuel”, mean?
a) God with us
b) Son of God
c) He who is God
d) Chosen One
Answer: a) God with us.
- Who spread the news about baby Jesus in Bethlehem?
Answer: The shepherds.
- Why did King Herod want to kill Jesus and all the children in Bethlehem?
Answer: He was worried that his sovereignty as King was threatened.
- Where does the Bible say Jesus was born?
a) In a stable
b) In hay
c) In a manger
Answer: c) In a manger.
- Where did Jesus’ family flee to from Bethlehem?
Christmas Colors Questions
Snowflakes fall from high. Flurries lift and twirl below. The world has turned white.
Christmas colors are so much more than red and white. And although they are certainly the main ones, there are other colors used in different contexts.
How about a blue Christmas? A golden shining star? The green Grinch?
We cover some of them in the following Christmas trivia questions:
- Which two colors are usually associated with Christmas?
Answer: Red and green.
- What color is Rudolph's nose?
What colors are the candy canes? Answer: Red and white.
What color is the Grinch? Answer: Green.
What color is usually the shining star placed on top of Christmas trees?
- What color is Santa Claus’ costume?
Answer: Red and white.
- In Bing Crosby's biggest musical hit, he dreams of what kind of Christmas?
- "The Holly and the Ivy" lyrics mention red and white, however, they don’t mention green at all. Is this true or false?
- In "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas", Santa comes "down the chimney broad and ______".
- What two colors are mentioned in "Must be Santa"?
Answer: Red and white.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What can I use such Christmas questions for?
These Christmas trivia questions should obviously be used throughout the holiday season. But, how can you use them? Should it involve a neutral setting, as engaging in Christmas trivia in a formal setting seems somewhat weird? Then, should it involve all employees? Next, should you divide your employees into groups?
It’s not like there’s a single correct answer when it comes to how to approach trivia within a corporate setting. However, there are certain events and situations which allow employees to have fun and relax.
One of the most common events where you can use Christmas trivia are holiday parties (both physical and virtual ones). You might make the trivia game the main event of the evening, or you might opt for several options instead (it all really depends on how you’ve envisioned the holiday party to look like).
Next, there are team-building events. Of course, since we’re dealing with Christmas trivia, this would need to include team-building events which happen around that time. It’d make no sense to host a Christmas trivia game during your summer team-building weekends, for instance. So, you could host a trivia game in between breaks, during a night gathering, or whenever you find it suitable.
Also, such trivia games are fun to engage in during office breaks. That said, you wish to be careful with the activities you propose to your employees during breaks - after all, they should do as they please during their break (although you’re not suggesting hard work by asking them to engage in trivia games). Still, even if you do suggest it, it shouldn’t become a habit.
Finally, you may use Christmas trivia as a warming-up activity before a main event or before another activity takes place. For instance, let’s say you’re hosting a virtual escape room party around Christmas. The escape game you’ve chosen to play is Christmas-related, but before you actually divide your attendees (employees) into groups and play the game, you decide to engage in a Christmas trivia game to set the tone for the party.
- How do I pick the right Christmas questions for my team?
There are no specific or general criteria you should follow when it comes to choosing the right Christmas trivia for your team. It all comes down to the Christmas themes, symbols, and celebration aspects you and your employees resonate with.
For instance, if you have employees who celebrate Boxing Day (your office may be quite an international one, for instance), you may include some of those, and see how much they know about it, and what additional information they’re willing to share with the rest of their peers.
Or if you have workers from various countries and they celebrate Christmas in a distinct manner and have different traditions, it’d be cool to include the Christmas traditions questions.
Also, think about what types of questions will keep your employees engaged. Would they be interested in answering questions about Christmas colors or food and drinks? Or if you have a lot of movie buffs in your office, it will probably be a good idea to include Christmas movies trivia too. After all, they’ve probably seen some of those movies (or are at least acquainted with them).
Finally, you may even test the waters by asking your team directly about the type of Christmas subjects they are interested in. Of course, you don’t need to share specific categories or the actual questions with them beforehand - it’s enough to talk to them and see where the discussion leads you. Then, you can draw a conclusion based on what they say and how they responded to your suggestions.
Remember, Christmas trivia is all about enjoying the holiday season, so don’t focus on this way too much than it’s actually necessary - whichever questions you opt for, you and your team will definitely have fun!
All in all, Christmas trivia questions are a great way to not only have fun with your team, but to learn something new about the holiday season we all love.
Roy L. Smith stated that: “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”And while we truly hope you and your team already “have” Christmas in your hearts, we also wish you’ve managed to find some of its “vibes” in our Christmas trivia article, too.