Christmas Trivia: Learn Something New About Your Favorite Holiday

There are so many fantastic ways to be entertained during the holiday season, and Christmas trivia is just one of those ways. Whether you are home with family or out with friends, you’re bound to need some fun activities between eating and opening presents. Christmas jokes can be used at any time but to truly impress those around you break out the Christmas trivia!

Christmas Trivia to Impress Santa

How do you say Merry Christmas in Hawaiian? Mele Kalikimaka.

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

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer started off as a marketing gimmick for what store? Montgomery Ward.

What is the best-selling Christmas song ever? “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby.

In Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” what was Mr. Scrooge’s first name? Ebenezer.

In the song “Frosty the Snowman,” what made Frosty come to life? An old silk hat.

According to legend, what holiday goodies were shaped to resemble a shepherd’s staff? Candy canes.

How many ghosts are there in A Christmas Carol? Four.

In the song “Winter Wonderland,” what do we call the snowman? Parson Brown.

What Christmas beverage is also known as “milk punch”? Eggnog.

In the 1964 tv show Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, who helped Rudolph after he left the North Pole? Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius.

What country has the tradition of filling children’s clogs with candy and treats on December 5? The Netherlands.

What figure from English folklore came to be associated with Santa Claus? Father Christmas.

What alcohol is used to “spike” eggnog? Rum.

How long does it take for a tree to reach the average, ideal “Christmas tree” height? 15 years.

What traditional Christmas decoration is actually a parasitic plant? Mistletoe.

What does Santa say at the end of A Visit from St. Nicholas book? “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

How many gifts in total were given in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song? 364.

What well-known Christmas carol became the first song ever broadcast from space in 1965? “Jingle Bells.”

What Christmas decoration was originally made from strands of silver? Tinsel.

Three of Santa’s reindeer’s names begin with the letter “D.” What are those names? Dancer, Dasher, and Donner.

The red and white costume of Santa was allegedly first introduced by which drink manufacturer? Coca-Cola.

More Christmas Trivia Below

According to the folklore of Austria and other countries, what horned figure punishes naughty children at Christmastime? Krampus.

What is the most recorded Christmas song of all time? “Silent Night.”

What Christmas-themed ballet premiered in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1892? The Nutcracker.

What three words best describe the Grinch? Stink, stank, stunk.

In which direction should you stir mincemeat for good luck? Clockwise.

Elvis isn’t going to have a white Christmas he’s going to have a Christmas of what color? Blue Christmas.

Which popular holiday plant is known to be an aphrodisiac? Mistletoe.

Which spirit is traditionally added to butter and served with Christmas pudding? Brandy.

“And on every street corner, you hear,” what? Silver bells.

When gold was dropped down the chimney of the home of three poor sisters, it created what Christmas tradition? Stockings by the fireplace! (The gold was dropped down to help the sisters fulfill their dowry.)

What did the other reindeer not let Rudolph do because of his shiny red nose? Join in any reindeer games.

Stollen is the traditional fruit cake of which country? Germany.

What is the significance of a Yule Log? The popular cake symbolizes the log you should burn on Christmas Eve. If the log goes out before the morning, it is believed you will face bad luck in the new year.

Which U.S. state was the first to declare Christmas an official holiday? Oklahoma.

Which country has a tradition of a witch dropping gifts for children through the chimney at Christmas? Italy.

What entrepreneur was the first person to dress up as Santa in his department store and started the tradition of department store/mall Santas? James Edgar.

In what decade did NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command, formerly CONAD) start tracking Santa on Christmas Eve? The 1950’s (specifically 1955).

In the song “Twelve Days of Christmas,” what is given on the 7th day? Swans a-swimming.

What was the original title for The Little Drummer Boy? Carol of the Drum.

Who came up with the Elf on the Shelf game? Carol Aebersold and her daughters, Chanda Bell and Christa Pitts.

Christmas Trivia – Movie Edition

How many lights were on the Griswold’s house in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? 25,000.

Finish this line from How the Grinch Stole Christmas: “It came without packages, boxes or ______.” Bags.

In A Christmas Story, what Christmas gift does Ralphie receive from his aunt? A pink bunny suit.

Finally, finish this iconic line from It’s a Wonderful Life: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his _____.” Wings.

Who tries to stop Christmas from coming, by stealing all things of Christmas from “the Who’s”? The Grinch.

How many reindeer were in the story Twas the Night Before Christmas? Eight. Rudolph wasn’t in the story.

What bad guy did Rudolph have to avoid? The Abominable Snowman.

Why couldn’t Ralphie have a BB gun in A Christmas Story? “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”

Which scene in White Christmas wasn’t originally slated to be in the film? Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye singing “Sisters.”

What’s the highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time? Home Alone.

What is Ralphie’s little brother’s name in the movie A Christmas Story? Randy.

What is the name of George Bailey’s guardian angel in It’s A Wonderful Life? Clarence Odbody.

In order to get enough frames to make the entire Nightmare Before Christmas film, how many frames were needed? 110,000 (that’s 24 frames per second).

What’s the name of the main villain in The Nightmare Before Christmas? Oogie Boogie.

Which famous choreographer went uncredited on White Christmas? Bob Fosse.

In the movie Elf, what was the first rule of The Code of Elves? Treat every day like Christmas.

Who played George Bailey in the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life? Jimmy Stewart.

Miracle on 34th Street centers on what real-life department store? Macy’s.

Do you have some fascinating Christmas trivia that didn’t make our list? Please be sure to share it in the comments below as we are constantly adding more Christmas trivia to our list!


  • Rusty Griswold

    Since 2015, I have been building my light display to celebrate the holiday season and experimenting with various recipes to bring people together around the table. I have learned many do's and don'ts in both areas along the way, and share them with everyone via the website. M Mike
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