Round 1: Christmas general knowledge

Q1: ‘Chionophobia’ is a fear of what?

A1: snow

Q2: What recent holiday tradition sees a spy hide around the house to report back to Santa?

A2: Elf on a Shelf

Q3: Which plant has the Latin name ‘Viscum Album’?

A3: Mistletoe

Q4: What is the period leading up to Christmas known as?

A4: advent

Q5: In which year was the Queen’s Christmas message first televised?

A5: 1957

Q6: What colour are the berries on mistletoe?

A6: white

Q7: In what decade was the first Christmas card sent? Bonus point if you know who sent it.

A7: 1840s, sent in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole

Q8: What did confectioner Tom Smith invent in 1846?

A8: the Christmas cracker


Round 2: Christmas places

Q1: Which country started the tradition of putting up a Christmas tree?

A1: Germany

Q2: Which country does eggnog originate from?

A2: Britain

Q3: In which country is it tradition to eat KFC for Christmas dinner?

A3: Japan

Q4: Which city has donated a tree to Trafalgar Square every year since 1947?

A4: Oslo, Norway

Q5: Which ballet premiered in Saint Petersburg in Russia in 1892?

A5: The Nutcracker

Q6: In which modern-day country was Saint Nicholas born?

A6: Turkey

Q7: In which country do 14,700 people end up in A&E each year after putting up decorations?

A7: America

Q8: Where does the Krampus, a horned figure that punishes naughty children at Christmas, originate from?

A8: Germany


Round 3: Christmas movies

Q1: In Home Alone 2, who does Kevin McCallister meet in the hotel lobby?

A1: Donald Trump

Q2: Miracle on 34th Street centres on which real-life department store?

A2: Macy’s

Q3: What is the name of the policeman in Die Hard?

A3: Sergeant Al Powell

Q4: What is the name of The Grinch’s dog?

A4: Max

Q5: How many characters does Tom Hanks voice in The Polar Express?

A5: 6 – the boy, father, conductor, hobo, Scrooge, Santa Claus

Q6: The Snowman was shown on TV for the first time on Boxing Day of which year?

A6: 1982

Q7: What is the name of the main baddie in The Nightmare Before Christmas?

A7: Oogie Boogie

Q8: What is Will Farrell’s character called in Elf?

A8: Buddy


Round 4: Christmas numbers

Q1: How many gifts are given in total in ‘The 12 days of Christmas’?

A1: 364

Q2: How many of Rudolph’s fellow reindeers’ names begin with ‘D’?

A2: 3 – Dasher, Dancer, Donner

Q3: There are 365 days in a year. What number day is Christmas Day?

A3: 359

Q4: How many sizes too small is the Grinch’s heart?

A4: 3

Q5: According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, Santa delivers gifts to 1.6 billion children over a 32-hour period (due to different time zones and the rotation of the Earth). How many homes does he visit per second to deliver all the gifts on time?

A5: 5,556 homes

Q6: How many wise men bought gifts to Jesus?

A6: 3

Q7: How many copies were produced in the first print run of ‘A Christmas Carol’? a) 4,000 b) 6,000 c) 8000

A7: b – 6,000

Q8: How many letters were in the first ever king’s Christmas message? Bonus point if you can say who wrote it.

A8: 251, Rudyard Kipling


Round 5: Christmas food & drink

Q1: Which Italian cake is popular at Christmas?

A1: Panettone

Q2: Which company has used Santa in its advertising since 1931?

A2: Coca-Cola

Q3: What are you eating if you are enjoying ’March Bread’?

A3: marzipan

Q4: What unusual ingredient did Victorians use in mince pies?

A4: minced meat

Q5: Approximately how many calories do we consume on Christmas Day? a) 2,000 b) 4,000 c) 6,000

A5: 6,000

Q6: Which spice, found in many Christmas dish’s or drinks, originally comes from the Moloken spice islands?

A6: clove

Q7: What fruit is used to make a Christingle?

A7: Orange

Q8: In ‘The Night Before Christmas’, what did the children have visions of?

A8: sugar plums


Round 6: Christmas music

Q1: What is the best-selling Christmas single of all time?

A1: White Christmas, Bing Crosby

Q2: Which Christmas hit, originally released in 1984, has been number 1 in the UK charts 3 times?

A2: Do they know it’s Christmas?, Band Aid

Q3: Which UK Christmas number 1 features the line, “Don’t leave me alone like this, don’t say it’s the final kiss”?

A3: Stay, East 17

Q4: Which band beat X Factor’s Joe McElderry to the Christmas number 1 spot in 2009 after a successful social media campaign?

A4: Rage Against the Machine

Q5: What is the next line from the classic Wham! Hit, Last Christmas – “Once bitten and twice shy, I keep my distance”?

A5: But you still catch my eye

Q6: Which Christmas song was the first song broadcast from space in 1965?

A6: Jingle Bells

Q7: What was the first ever Christmas number 1?

A7: Here in my heart, Al Martino

Q8: For how many years did the Spice Girls have consecutive Christmas number 1s?

A8: 3 – 2 Become 1 in 1996, Too Much in 1997, Goodbye in 1998.


Round 7: Christmas crackers

Q1: What kind of motorbike does Santa ride?

A1: a Holly Davidson

Q2: What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?

A2: Claus-trophobia

Q3: Who is Santa’s favourite singer?

A3: Elf-is Presley

Q4: What do Santa’s little helpers learn at school?

A4: the elf-abet

Q5: Why was the turkey in the band?

A5: because he was the only one with drumsticks

Q6: Why couldn’t the skeleton go to the Christmas party?

A6: because he had no body to go with

Q7: Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?

A7: a mince spy

Q8: Why is it getting harder to buy advent calendars?

A8: because their days are numbered