Are you ready to immerse yourself in the festive spirit and celebrate the joyous month of December?
We’ve curated a delightful mix of general knowledge, holiday-themed, and multiple-choice questions all about December that will put your brain to the ultimate test.
In this post, we will dive into the captivating world of December, exploring everything from historical events to quirky traditions.
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December Trivia: General Knowledge Questions
What is the birthstone for December?
If you were born on November 29, what would be your zodiac sign?
What is the zodiac sign for those born in December?
Answer: Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) and Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
What is the name of the famous reindeer that leads Santa’s sleigh?
December 21 or 22 marks the winter solstice, which is the shortest day and longest night of the year. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is known as what?
Answer: Summer solstice
True or false: December is National Pear Month.
What is the name of the annual holiday celebrated on December 26 by African Americans to honor their heritage?
Which fairy tale character famously lived in a gingerbread house?
Answer: Hansel and Gretel
What is the name of the annual parade that takes place on December 31 in New York City?
Answer: Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
In which state did the historic event known as the Boston Tea Party take place on December 16, 1773?
Answer: Massachusetts, United States
Can you describe what happened during the Boston Tea Party event?
Answer: American rebels disguised themselves as Indians and threw 342 chests of British Tea into the Boston Harbor, paving the way for the American Revolution.
What is the name of the annual holiday celebrated on December 1 to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS?
Answer: World AIDS Day
What is the name of the annual festival that takes place in December in Thailand to honor the king?
Answer: Thailand National Day (King Bhumibol’s Birthday)
What is the name of the annual festival that takes place in December in Mexico to honor the Virgin Mary?
Answer: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
What is the name of the annual holiday celebrated on December 7 to commemorate the historical event that occurred on December 7, 1941?
Answer: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
What is the name of the annual festival that takes place in December in Japan to celebrate the winter solstice?
What is the name of the annual holiday celebrated on December 17 to commemorate the first flight of the Wright brothers?
Answer: Wright Brothers Day
On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers made history by successfully conducting the first controlled and sustained flight of a powered aircraft. In which U.S. state did this historic flight take place?
Answer: North Carolina
Which famous scientist, known for his theory of relativity, was born on December 25, 1642?
Answer: Sir Isaac Newton
What is December 26th known as in Canada and the UK?
Answer: Boxing Day
On December 1, 1955, a significant event in the civil rights movement took place when a woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus. In which city did this event occur?
Answer: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
What is the name of the traditional Christmas dish made from roasted beef tenderloin wrapped in buttery puff pastry?
Answer: Beef Wellington
What is the traditional flower associated with the month of December?
Answer: Narcissus and holly
What is the scientific term for the phenomenon of snowflakes having unique patterns?
Answer: Snowflake Crystallography
In which Shakespearean play does the character Queen Titania mention “the summer still doth tend upon the winter’s tale”?
Answer: A Winter’s Tale
What is the name of the legendary figure who punishes children who misbehave during the holiday season, often associated with Krampusnacht?
Which alcoholic beverage is traditionally added to eggnog?
Answer: Rum or bourbon
What is the traditional shape of panettone?
What is the traditional shape of a snowflake?
Which ancient Roman festival, celebrated from December 17 to December 23, honored the god Saturn and was characterized by feasting, gift-giving, and role reversals?
What is the process called when water vapor directly turns into ice crystals without going through the liquid phase?
In which African country did the first democratic elections take place on December 27, 1994, marking the end of apartheid?
Answer: South Africa
The Nobel Prizes, including the Nobel Peace Prize, are awarded annually on December 10th in which country?
Which famous ballet set during the Christmas season features characters such as Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy?
Answer: The Nutcracker
Which famous author wrote the novel “A Christmas Carol,” which tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge?
Answer: Charles Dickens
Who is the creator of the iconic Marvel Comics who happens to be a December baby (born in December 1922)?
Answer: Stan Lee
What was typically done on Boxing Day during the Middle Ages?
Answer: Wealthy people would give gifts to their servants and workers on the day after Christmas. Today, Boxing Day is a time for discounted shopping, sports, relaxation, socializing, and giving back to others.
December Trivia: All About The Holidays
Fruitcake is a traditional dessert often associated with which holiday?
Which two of Santa’s reindeer share names with meteorological terms?
Answer: Donner and Blitzen (meaning ‘thunder’ and ‘lightning’ in German)
Which country was the first to use the tradition of the Christmas tree?
If there are 365 days in a year, what number day is Christmas Day?
Which fruit is traditionally associated with the Christmas season and is often used as a decoration or ingredient in holiday dishes?
The poinsettia plant originates from which country?
Which country is renowned for its traditional panettone, a sweet bread usually consumed during the Christmas season?
What is the name of the annual holiday that’s usually celebrated around December 21-22 to mark the beginning of winter?
Answer: Winter Solstice
Christmas was banned in which country for 13 years?
Why was Christmas banned in England for 13 years?
Christmas was banned in England for 13 years during the 17th century by the Puritan government under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell. The Puritans believed that Christmas was a pagan festival with no biblical justification and that it was a time of sin and excess. They also objected to the fact that Christmas was associated with the Catholic Church, which they considered to be corrupt.
As a result, the Puritans banned Christmas celebrations in 1647, and the ban remained in place until 1660, when the monarchy was restored and King Charles II lifted the ban. During this time, Christmas was not celebrated as a public holiday, and people were not allowed to attend church or engage in any festive activities on December 25th.
What are the main ingredients in eggnog?
Answer: Milk, cream, sugar, and beaten eggs
Santa Claus is known as ‘de Kerstman’ in which language?
Answer: Dutch (it translates to “the Christmas man”)
Santa Claus is known as ‘Père Noël’ in which language?
Answer: French (it translates to “Father Christmas”)
Which song begins with the lyrics “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”?
Answer: “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”
In which country did the tradition of exchanging fruitcakes during the holidays originate?
Answer: Ancient Rome
What is the name of the special nine-branched candelabrum used during Hanukkah?
What color are the berries of the mistletoe plant?
“Mele Kalikimaka” means Merry Christmas in which language?
The American states of Georgia, Arizona, and Indiana all have towns that share which same Christmas-related name?
Answer: Santa Claus
What 1996 Christmas movie features Arnold Schwarzenegger as a lead character?
Answer: Jingle all the Way
What is the wildly iconic 1957 Dr. Seuss book about Christmas called?
Answer: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
In which film does an angel named Clarence visit Bedford Falls?
Answer: It’s A Wonderful Life
“40 Stories Of Sheer Adventure!” is the tagline for which film?
Answer: Die Hard (1988)
Which 1988 American Christmas comedy film stars Bill Murray in a modern retelling of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens?
What is gifted to the singer on the tenth day in the song “12 Days of Christmas”?
Answer: Ten lords a-leaping
What is gifted to the singer on the fourth day in the song “12 Days of Christmas”?
Answer: Four calling birds
Who released the 2011 album Under the Mistletoe?
Answer: Justin Bieber
Name the song with the following lyrics: “A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots is the wish of Barney and Ben.”
Answer: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
December Trivia: Multiple-Choice Questions
At the beginning of the Victorian period, the children of the rich received handmade toys, while the children of the poor received stockings filled with ______.
- a) fruit and nuts
- b) dried fish
- c) colorful rocks
- d) practical cleaning tools
Answer: a) fruit and nuts
Which of the following is NOT a real song/artist combo?
- a) “December Song” by Kelly Clarkson
- b) “December” by Ariana Grande
- c) “Remember December” by Demi Lovato
- d) “Back to December” by Taylor Swift
Answer: a) “December Song” by Kelly Clarkson
On the Roman calendar, what month was December?
- a) 9th
- b) 10th
- c) 11th
- d) 12th
Which of these is NOT a national day that takes place in December?
- a) Eat a Red Apple Day
- b) National Bartender Day
- c) National Skip School Day
- d) National Thank God Its Monday Day
Answer: d) National Thank God Its Monday Day — this takes place in January!
Which of these is NOT a cultural awareness/appreciation event that takes place in December?
- a) Central African Republic Republic Day
- b) Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) month
- c) National Women Support Women Day
- d) Universal Human Rights Month
Answer: b) Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) month — that takes place in May.
Which American musician and member of The Doors was born on December 8, 1943?
- A) Jim Morrison
- B) Jimi Hendrix
- C) John Lennon
- D) Bob Dylan
Answer: A) Jim Morrison
Which male American actor, featured in Troy and Meet Joe Black was born on December 18, 1963?
- A) Brad Pitt
- B) Tom Cruise
- C) Johnny Depp
- D) Leonardo DiCaprio
Answer: A) Brad Pitt
The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year. How many hours is it shorter than the longest day of the year?
- a) 4 hours
- b) 5 hours
- c) 7 hours
- d) 9 hours
Answer: 9 hours
Which culture’s 12-day festival centered around the solstice has given birth to many of our most familiar Christmas traditions including the Christmas tree, the Yule log and the Christmas wreath?
- a) German
- b) Scandinavian
- c) Norwegian
- d) French
Answer: b) Scandinavian. These traditions come from the Scandinavian festival of Jul (aka Yule).
What is one defining feature of Krampus, the folklore character who punishes naughty children during the holiday season?
- a) it has a pig’s tail
- b) it has horns
- c) it carries a sack of coal
- d) it plays the flute to lure naughty children
Answer: b) it has horns
Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of __________.
- a) Candles
- b) Gratitude
- c) Gods
- d) Lights
Answer: d) Lights
How many nights does Hanukkah last?
- a) Three nights
- b) Seven nights
- c) Eight nights
- d) Twelve nights
Answer: c) Eight nights
St. Nicholas is the patron saint of ____.
- a) Gifts
- b) Reindeer
- c) Children
- d) Snow
Answer: c) Children
What is Boxing Day known as in Ireland?
- a) St. Stephens Day
- b) St. Nicolas Day
- c) Unboxing Day
- d) All Saints’ Day
Answer: a) St. Stephens Day
What iconic singer, known for his song “New York, New York”, was born on December 12th, 1915?
- a) Nat King Cole
- b) Louis Armstrong
- c) Frank Sinatra
- d) Billy Holiday
Answer: c) Frank Sinatra
During which war was Pearl Harbor attacked on Dec 7th 1941?
- a) WWI
- b) WWII
- c) Vietnam War
- d) American Revolution
Answer: b) WWII
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