If you're planning a festive quiz with family or friends this holiday season then RadioTimes.com has you covered.


It's no surprise that between prepping Christmas dinner, decorating and catching up on much-needed quality time with loved ones (and, let's be honest, a few naps), few of us have time to sit down and work out all the best questions and answers for a Christmas quiz. That's where we come in.

Whether you want to entertain the family, test your trivia knowledge or challenge your colleagues or friends to some quizzing fun, our Christmas quiz has everything you need to make your job an easy one.

We've got the ultimate list of tricky but fun festive TV, film and music questions – simply laid out to allow you to tick off the answers neatly too.

So, you think you’ve got what it takes to determine your Simpsons from your Scrooge and your Muppets from your mistletoe? Well it’s time to find out with our Christmas TV, film and music quizzes. Let’s get Christmas quizzing!

In the meantime, you can check out our verdict on the best Netflix Christmas movies right here.

The Snowman
The Snowman. Channel 4

Christmas TV quiz questions

  1. In what year did Raymond Briggs' classic The Snowman first air on TV in the UK?
  2. How many Christmas specials has Call the Midwife aired to date?
  3. What big news does Gavin have for his family in the 2008 Gavin & Stacey special?
  4. What was the first Julia Donaldson book to be adapted for a BBC Christmas day special?
  5. In the Peep Show episode Seasonal Beatings, what food item does Mark think Jez has forgotten?
  6. Which member of The Simpsons family delivered Channel 4's alternative Christmas message in 2004?
  7. On Christmas Day 2003, the final Christmas special of which show was aired, called Sleepless in Peckham?
  8. In Friends, what character does Ross invent to entertain his son Ben when he's unable to get his hands on a Santa outfit?
  9. The first dedicated Doctor Who Christmas special was broadcast in 2005, featuring which actor as the Doctor?
  10. Over 30 million people watched EastEnders on Christmas Day 1986 in an episode that culminated in Dirty Den handing Angie Watts what?
  11. In The Office Christmas specials, we learn that David Brent spent his entire redundancy payment on funding a cover version recording and video for which song?
  12. Carols from King's College has been a regular fixture of broadcasting on radio and TV every Christmas for many, many decades. But where is King's College?
  13. In which decade was the first televised Christmas address from a British monarch? BONUS: who gave the address?
  14. In the 1996 Christmas special of The Vicar of Dibley, what is Geraldine invited to four of on the same day?
  15. What is the Black Mirror Christmas special called?
  16. Who won the first ever Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special in 2004?
  17. Which beloved character died in the 2012 Downton Abbey Christmas special?

Christmas TV quiz answers

  1. 1982
  2. 10
  3. He's got a job in Cardiff
  4. The Gruffalo
  5. The turkey
  6. Marge Simpson
  7. Only Fools and Horses
  8. The Holiday Armadillo
  9. David Tennant
  10. Divorce papers
  11. If You Don't Know Me by Now
  12. Cambridge
  13. 1950s (1957) BONUS: Queen Elizabeth II
  14. Christmas lunches
  15. White Christmas
  16. Jill Halfpenny
  17. Matthew Crawley, played by Dan Stevens

Christmas film quiz questions

  1. What is the name of Will Ferrell's character in Elf?
  2. In which city's suburbs do the McCallister family live in Home Alone?
  3. Who had a 'Christmas Vacation' in a 1989 festive film?
  4. Who plays Kris Kringle in the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street?
  5. Which actor plays Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol?
  6. In which fictional Los Angeles skyscraper does the majority of Die Hard take place?
  7. In which classic Christmas film does Bill Murray play TV executive Frank Cross?
  8. It's a Wonderful Life is regularly voted the best Christmas film of all time. But in which fictional town is the James Stewart holiday classic set?
  9. Name the four principal stars of the 2006 festive romcom The Holiday.
  10. Which actor is credited as playing Hero Boy, Father, Conductor, Scrooge and Santa in 2004 film The Polar Express?
  11. Which actor narrates the 2000 Jim Carrey film How the Grinch Stole Christmas?
  12. Who directed The Nightmare Before Christmas?
  13. What's the name of Bill Nighy's character in Love, Actually?
  14. Which 2009 Christmas film's grand finale takes place in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral?
  15. What is the name of the town where Jesper gets stranded in 2019 Netflix film Klaus?
  16. Which Marvel Cinematic Universe film takes place around Christmas time?
  17. What is Scott Calvin's job at the start of The Santa Clause?

Christmas film quiz answers

  1. Buddy
  2. Chicago
  3. National Lampoon
  4. Richard Attenborough
  5. Michael Caine
  6. Nakatomi Plaza
  7. Scrooged
  8. Bedford Falls
  9. Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black, Jude Law
  10. Tom Hanks
  11. Anthony Hopkins
  12. Henry Selick
  13. Billy Mack
  14. Nativity
  15. Smeerensburg
  16. Iron Man 3
  17. Toy salesman

Christmas music quiz questions

  1. Who sang Let It Go in the snowy film favourite Frozen?
  2. In 1975 and 1991, the same song by the same artist went to Christmas number one, what was it?
  3. Complete the lyric: "He's making a list and checking it twice/ gonna find out who's naughty and nice..."
  4. The biggest-selling song of 1988 in the UK was a Christmas hit by Cliff Richard, can you name it?
  5. Complete the Wham! Christmas lyrics: "Last Christmas I gave you my heart/ But the very next day..."
  6. In one of the classic UK Christmas Number One showdowns, Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody beat Wizzard's I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday to the top spot in which year?
  7. Do They Know It's Christmas? has been recorded four times in the UK with different versions released in 1984, 1989, 2004 and 2014. It has two writers, who are they?
  8. In 2009 an online campaign to beat the X Factor winner to Christmas number one saw which band take the festive top spot?
  9. In 1971, John Lennon released a Christmas song with The Plastic Ono Band featuring the Harlem Community Choir that was also a protest song against the Vietnam War. Can you name it?
  10. "Baby if you've got to go away / don't think I could take the pain" are the opening lyrics the 1994 UK Christmas number one. Can you name the song and artist?
  11. Whose application to trademark the moniker "Queen of Christmas" was denied in 2022?
  12. What was named the UK's favourite Christmas carol in 2021 for the sixth year in a row?
  13. Who first released festive classic Driving Home for Christmas in 1986?
  14. In Fairytale of New York, what song were the boys of the NYPD choir singing?
  15. Which of The Beatles wrote the song Wonderful Christmastime?
  16. Kelly Clarkson's 2013 Christmas song is called Underneath the ___?
  17. How many Christmas number one singles has Michael Bublé had in the UK?

Christmas music quiz answers

  1. Idina Menzel
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  3. Santa Claus is coming to town
  4. Mistletoe and Wine
  5. You gave it away
  6. 1973
  7. Bob Geldof and Midge Ure
  8. Rage Against the Machine
  9. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  10. Stay Another Day by East 17
  11. Mariah Carey
  12. O Holy Night
  13. Chris Rea
  14. Galway Bay
  15. Paul McCartney
  16. Tree
  17. Zero

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