Christmas Trivia for kids is a fun way to challenge each other to a battle of wits. Enjoy the season and learn together!
Where did the trend of decorating Christmas trees originate? Why were candy canes invented? Which carol inspired the impromptu Christmas truce during World War I?
This is a game of fun facts and trivia about one of the most beloved holidays in the world—Christmas!
With a focus on celebrations through history and around the world, the Christmas Trivia game will give you a completely new perspective on a familiar holiday.
What would you not see on an Italian table at Christmas Eve? What kind of presents are traditionally exchanged in Iceland? Which restaurant do people in Japan frequent for Christmas?
The game is not just about Christmas either! Since it is hardly ever celebrated for one day only, this game is also about all the other holidays that create a month of festivities that happen in different countries.
Get ready to find out why children polish their shoes before Saint Nicholas Day (December 6) in Germany and what kind of buns they bake on Saint Lucia Day (December 13) in Sweden.
Christmas Trivia for kids is great for making the holiday season a part of your educational focus, while also talking about history, geography and cultural diversity. My kids love trivia games! They either have a confidence boost when they answer correctly, or they learn something new. The fact that we play along with them and also don’t get everything right only makes it more fun.
The printable Christmas Trivia game packs nicely into a stack of cards that you can easily take along if you are going somewhere, like on a long drive. You can also tie it with a string and slip into a stocking as a Christmas present. I’m planning to share a few with friends this year. After all, it is easy to print more copies!
Christmas Trivia for Kids Features
The Christmas Trivia for kids includes:
- 24 cards with 6 questions each (144 questions total) on a variety of subjects, such as literature, music, decorations, food, Santa Claus, and celebrations in different countries (Austria, Australia, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden)
- a die template (or you can use a standard d6 die)
- printable templates for a game cover and rule booklet
Some questions you may be wondering about…
Will this game spoil the Santa Claus secret for the kids?
All in all, it shouldn’t. One of the questions is about “when Santa Claus was first mentioned in print”, but it doesn’t question his existance before or after. It also mentions a variety of gift-bringers all over the world, but it doesn’t question their existence either.
Is this pack religiously-oriented or secular-oriented?
This material presents the traditions in different cultures without much examination of the belief-systems behind them. Some traditions have Christian roots (nativity scenes in Spain, posada in Mexico), while others have pagan (yule goats in Sweden) or secular origins (jolabokaflod in Iceland).
Is this game only about Christmas?
While most questions are related to Christmas, this game is about all kinds of winter holidays around the world (Saint Nicholas Day, Saint Lucia Day, Christmas, New Year, Epiphany, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa).
How to Play the Christmas Trivia Game
Print 26 double-sided trivia cards and cut them out.
Each card comes with six questions – three easy and three hard. Players can choose whether they want to answer an easy or a hard question. The easy questions come with multiple-choice answers and are worth one point; the hard questions are open-ended and are worth two points. Rolling the die determines which of the three questions of that difficulty gets asked.
A die template is included, but it is also possible to use a standard d6 die and substitute rolls of 4, 5, and 6 as 1, 2, and 3.
The player is being read the question by the player on their right. When playing with beginning readers, a parent or a teacher can read all the questions. In case the reading adults also want to play and score, it is easy for them to cover the answer at the bottom of the card.
If the player answers the question correctly, they get the card and keep it. If not, the card goes back to the bottom of the pile, so someone else will have to answer it in the future.
The game ends when all the cards are gone, and the player with the most points wins.
You can easily adapt the game for the classroom. One possible variant would be eliminating taking turns. The teacher would have to read all the cards, and the students would have to venture guesses. Another variant would be playing in small groups.
More Christmas Activities
Play a Christmas Guess Who Game of festive deduction, while learning about twenty regional Christmas characters and Christmas traditions around the world!
Engage in festive writing while using one of 10 free Christmas writing prompts for kids. Use a Santa letter writing template, play a Christmas would-you-rather game on paper, write a holiday acrostic, and more!
Thanks for reading!