Christmas Song Trivia Questions

Christmas Song Trivia Questions

Christmastime is here! And, as Buddy the Elf always says: “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear!” Let’s brush up on some of our favorite songs to be ready to belt them out.

There is such an amazing variety when it comes to Christmas songs, and each song tells a story. Whether it’s heartwarming, jolly, sacred, or nostalgic, the stories told in Christmas songs provide depth and meaning to the most wonderful time of the year. We’ve compiled a list of trivia questions about Christmas songs to give insight into the stories told within them. Plus, this list can make your spirits bright as you test your Christmas knowledge against your family and friends! May you find the magic of Christmas hidden among the answers to these questions. But no peeking at the answers early!

  1. Who is the first reindeer named in “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”?


  1. According to the song, what is Frosty’s nose made of?

A Button

  1. What is the English translation of “O Tannenbaum”?

“O Christmas Tree”

  1. Which Christmas song talks about telling scary ghost stories?

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

  1. Who kept time for the little drummer boy?

The ox and lamb

  1. In “Holly Jolly Christmas,” the singer invites you to have a cup of what?


  1. Who wishes for “a pair of Hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots” in the song “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas”?

Barney and Ben

  1. What is Elvis Presley’s most famous Christmas song?

“Blue Christmas”

  1. What song by Leonard Cohen was made into a Christmas song after changing the lyrics?


  1. What language was “Silent Night” originally composed in?


  1. Who composed the oratorio “Messiah”?

George Frideric Handel

  1. What song do Charlie Brown and his friends sing around their Christmas tree at the end of the Charlie Brown Christmas special?

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing”

  1. Which singer says that all she wants for Christmas is you?

Mariah Carey

  1. What Wham! song has become a challenge to see how long you can go without hearing it during the Christmas season?

“Last Christmas”

  1. “I heard the ____ on Christmas Day”


  1. Which Christmas song has become controversial in regards to consent in romantic relationships?

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

  1. What song talks about wanting Santa to gift them with no more wars?

“Grown-up Christmas List”

  1. Which Christmas song has guests who refuse to leave until given figgy pudding?

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

  1. Which Christmas carol has the Latin chorus, “Gloria in excelsis Deo”?

“Angels We Have Heard on High”

  1. What year was “Jingle Bell Rock” released?


  1. What is the Hawaiian way to say Merry Christmas?

“Mele Kalikimaka”

  1. What is the English version of “Cantique de Noel”?

“O Holy Night”

  1. Who sang “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”: Chip and Dale; or Alvin, Simon, and Theodore?

Alvin, Simon, and Theodore

  1. “Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of ______”


  1. Who sang “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” in 1958?

Brenda Lee

  1. According to the song “Mr. Grinch,” what is in the Grinch’s smile?


  1. Who does the shepherd boy speak to in “Do You Hear What I Hear”?

The mighty king

  1. What children’s Christmas song, written in 1950, is about wanting a large animal?

“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”

  1. Jack Frost is doing what in “The Christmas Song”?

Nipping at your nose

  1. How many lords-a-leaping are given in “The Twelve Days of Christmas”?


  1. What is the name of the snowman who asks about your marital status in Winter Wonderland?

Parson Brown

  1. Which song was written in 1943 to honor soldiers overseas at Christmastime?

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

  1. Who sang the most popular version of “Let It Snow” in 1959?

Dean Martin

  1. Which Christmas carol combines a Ukrainian melody and English lyrics?

“Carol of the Bells”

  1. What does little Nell get in her stocking in the song “Up on the Housetop”?

A dolly

  1. What Bing Crosby Christmas song is featured in a film of the same name?

“White Christmas”

  1. What is the name of the song Cindy Lou Who sings, and Faith Hill covers, in the live-action film How the Grinch Stole Christmas?

“Where Are You Christmas?”

  1. Steve Tyler sings “Rockin’ on Top of the World” as an elf in what animated Christmas movie?

The Polar Express

  1. What song teaches the Spanish phrase to wish someone a Merry Christmas?

“Feliz Navidad”

  1. What type of carols are sung by a choir in “The Christmas Song”?


  1. What song was originally written to raise money for the famine in Ethiopia during the 1980s?

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

  1. Which song is about seducing Santa in exchange for luxury items?

“Santa Baby”

  1. What song was inspired by the bells rung by the Salvation Army and sidewalk Santas?

“Silver Bells”

  1. Which two Jewish singers collaborated on a Christmas album after starring together in the animated film Frozen?

Idina Menzel and Josh Gad

  1. What song discusses all of a boy’s misdeeds and being snitched on which lands him on Santa’s naughty list?

“Nuttin’ for Christmas”

  1. Which Christmas song was parodied as a Star Trek: The Next Generation tune by the name of “Make It So”?

“Let It Snow”

  1. What Scottish folk song, often used to commemorate a new year, is actually about two friends drinking?

“Auld Lang Syne”

  1. “Oh Little Town of _________”


  1. What band transformed “Carol of the Bells” with their use of electric guitars?

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

  1. How did Grandpa handle Grandma being run over by a reindeer?

He watched football, drank beer, and played cards with Cousin Belle

  1. What problem does Rudolph solve with his red nose on Christmas Eve?

He guides the sleigh through the fog

  1. “I Saw _____ Kissing Santa Claus”


  1. What made Frosty pause for a moment while leading the children through the town?

A traffic cop hollers “Stop!”

  1. Which Christmas hymn is more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ rather than His birth?

“Joy to the World”

  1. In which Christmas song do the children build a toy land around the Christmas tree?

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

  1. In “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” what date does the twelfth day of Christmas fall on?

January 5th

  1. Which two reindeer are mentioned in “Here Comes Santa Claus”?

Vixen and Blitzen

  1. Which song, featured in the Rankin-Bass Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, promotes vicarious smooching?

“Holly Jolly Christmas”

  1. In “Sleigh Ride,” what event at the home of Farmer Gray will be the perfect ending to a perfect day?

A birthday party

  1. What is the original title of the song “Here We Come A-Caroling”?

“Here We Come A-Wassailing”

  1. “We three kings of _____ are”


  1. Which Christmas song was originally performed by Judy Garland in 1943 and then rewritten for Frank Sinatra in 1957?

“Have Yourself a Merry Christmas”

  1. In “Mr Grinch,” what would the singer not touch the Grinch with?

A 39 and a half foot pole

  1. What is the name of the song that Josh Groban sang for The Polar Express soundtrack?


  1. Once in Royal _____ City


  1. What are they riding in during “Jingle Bells”?

A one-horse open sleigh

  1. What do we deck the halls with?

Boughs of holly

  1. How will Jolly Old Saint Nicholas know which stocking is yours?

“Mine will be the shortest one”

  1. Who are “they” in “The First Noel” when it says “they looked up and saw”?

The shepherds

  1. What Christmas song originated from the Broadway musical Mame?

“We Need a Little Christmas”

Thanks for playing! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Chelsea Thatcher