Round 1: Christmas general knowledge
Q1: ‘Chionophobia’ is a fear of what?
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’?
Q4: What is the period leading up to Christmas known as?
Q5: In which year was the Queen’s Christmas message first televised?
Q6: What colour are the berries on mistletoe?
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?
Q2: Which country does eggnog originate from?
Q3: In which country is it tradition to eat KFC for Christmas dinner?
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?
Q7: In which country do 14,700 people end up in A&E each year after putting up decorations?
Q8: Where does the Krampus, a horned figure that punishes naughty children at Christmas, originate from?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Round 4: Christmas numbers
Q1: How many gifts are given in total in ‘The 12 days of Christmas’?
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?
Q4: How many sizes too small is the Grinch’s heart?
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?
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?
Q2: Which company has used Santa in its advertising since 1931?
Q3: What are you eating if you are enjoying ’March Bread’?
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
Q6: Which spice, found in many Christmas dish’s or drinks, originally comes from the Moloken spice islands?
Q7: What fruit is used to make a Christingle?
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?
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