The List's Big Christmas Quiz

The Muppet Christmas Carol.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Get your Christmas party started with rounds on TV, films and general knowledge

2020 was the year everybody became a semi-professional quizmaster for their own Zoom congregation. It looks like we might have to get through the winter without the pub, the club, and piling round to somebody's gaff, so we've written up a massive Christmas themed quiz for you to play with your housemates, remotely with family, or even just with yourself if you're so inclined.

We've given you 50 questions (with the answers discreetly at the bottom), and we're all grown-ups so you can figure out if you want to dish out half points for answers that are nearly there, or if you want to run a strict ship.

Let the games begin!

Round 1: A Christmas Carol

  1. Which former Eastenders actor played Eddie Scrooge in an ITV adaption of the story that first aired in the year 2000?

  2. What is the name of Scrooge's deceased business partner who appears in the story as a ghost?

  3. Which puppet takes the role of Dickens in The Muppet Christmas Carol?

  4. Best known for his leading role in a hugely popular sitcom, who played Scrooge in a 2004 American TV musical?

  5. How many copies were produced in the first print run of A Christmas Carol?
        a) 4000
        b) 6000
        c) 8000

  6. Which Actress reached number #6 in the UK charts back in 2001 with 'What If,' taken from the live action film Christmas Carol: The Movie?

  7. What name did Charles Dickens use instead of 'chapter' for the five sections of A Christmas Carol?

  8. When the Ghost of Christmas Past visits Ebenezer Scrooge, what time is it? Maurice Micklewhite is the real name of which actor, who has played Scrooge on the big screen?

  9. In which modern south coast city was Charles Dickens born?

  10. Which actor, who depicted Scrooge in a 1970 film, also had roles in Miller's Crossing, Erin Brockovich and Big Fish?

Rafe Spall in Black Mirror.

Rafe Spall in Black Mirror / credit: Hal Shinnie

Round 2: Christmas on the TV

  1. In the festive Friends episode 'The One With All The Candy', what does Ross teach Phoebe how to do?

  2. In EastEnders, what unwanted gift did Dirty Den give Angie on Christmas Day, 1986?

  3. In which Christmas Special from 1996 did two lead characters dress up as Batman and Robin to go to a wake?

  4. Who punched the Commissioning Editor of the BBC in a 1995 Christmas Special?

  5. Making its first appearance on a 1997 Christmas Special of South Park, which character reached number 4 in the UK charts in 1999?

  6. Which classic Christmas song is Rafe Spall's character forced to hear on loop for eternity in Black Mirror's 'White Christmas' episode?
        a) Shakin Stevens' 'Merry Christmas Everyone'
        b) Wizzard's 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday'
        c) Jona Lewie's 'Stop The Cavalry'

  7. Which sitcom popularised the alternative Christmas holiday 'Festivus'?

  8. On a short film first broadcast on Christmas Eve 1995, who was framed for the crime of sheep rustling?

  9. What message accompanies Tim's Secret Santa gift to Dawn in The Office Christmas Special?
        a) Never Give Up
        b) Keep Dreaming
        c) You Can Do It

  10. In 'A Christmassy Ted', where do Father Ted and his fellow priests get lost?

Round 3: General Christmas Knowledge

  1. Born on Christmas Day 1971, who is the only artist to have two albums featured in the list of the top 10 best selling records of the noughties in the UK?

  2. In which American state would you find the city of Bethlehem?

  3. 'God rest ye merry Gentlemen' is the first line of the carol of the same name. What is the second line?

  4. What was the name of the Grinch's faithful dog?

  5. Only one record has been Christmas number one on two occasions in the UK, in 1975 and 1991. What was it?

  6. Who resigned as President of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991?

  7. What are the names of the three wise men from the nativity?

  8. The Father Christmas Letters were first published in 1976, three years after their writer's death. Who wrote them?

  9. Who composed the music for the popular festive ballet The Nutcracker?

  10. Which Christmas accessory is Tom Smith - a confectioner from London - credited with inventing in 1846?

It's a Wonderful Life.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Round 4: Christmas Films

  1. What is the name of George Bailey's guardian angel in It's a Wonderful Life?

  2. In the first Home Alone film, Kevin is left 'alone' in his family home, which is in the suburbs of which American city?

  3. Which two-time Oscar winner played Kris Kringle in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street?

  4. In which James Bond film does the character Dr Christmas Jones appear

  5. The character of Billy Mack records a Christmas number one single in which 2004 film?

  6. 'Jingle Bell Rock' opens which 1987 action comedy movie?

  7. Spoken by one of the film's villains, which 1992 film - set at Christmas - includes the line: 'Ah, the direct approach. I admire that in a man in a mask'?

  8. In which 2005 film do Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer investigate a Los Angeles murder at Christmas time?

  9. Which Christmas film from 2003 features the following dialogue: 'I beat the shit out of some kids today. But it was for a purpose. It made me feel good about myself. It was like I did something constructive with my life or something, I dunno, like I accomplished something.'

  10. From 2001, which romantic comedy begins as follows? A chance encounter between two strangers (played by John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale) in a Bloomingdale's department store at Christmas.

Santa Claus.

Round 5: General Christmas Knowledge II

  1. Across the entirety of the traditional song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' how many guests are presented from the song's true love?

  2. Which novel starts with the line: 'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents'?

  3. The communist dictatorship of which European country came to a bloody end on Christmas Day 1989?

  4. Name all three of Santa's reindeer whose names begin with the letter D?

  5. Who wrote the book that inspired the 1983 animated film The Snowman?

  6. What novel is this quote taken from? 'One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.'

  7. Where was it 'always winter but never Christmas'?

  8. Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean is a territory of what country?

  9. Reinstated to commemorate a papal visit, Christmas was banned in what country from 1960 until 1997?

  10. Who wrote the Bing Crosby hit 'White Christmas'?

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Round 1: A Christmas Carol
1. Ross Kemp 2. Jacob Marley 3. Gonzo 4. Kelsey Grammer 5. b) 6000 6. Kate Winslet 7. Stave 8. Michael Caine 9. Portsmouth 10. Albert Finney

Round 2: Christmas on the TV
1. Ride a bike 2. Divorce papers 3. Only Fools and Horses 4. Alan Partridge 5. Mr Hankey, the Christmas Poo 6. b) Wizzard's 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' 7. Seinfeld 8. Gromit 9. a) Never Give Up 10. Ireland's largest lingerie section

Round 3: General Christmas Knowledge
1. Dido 2. Pennsylvania 3. Let Nothing You Dismay 4. Max 5. Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' 6. Mikhael Gorbachev 7. Balthazar, Caspar and Melchior 8. J.R.R Tolkien 9. Piotr Tchaikovsky 10. Christmas cracker

Round 4: Christmas Films
1. Clarence Odbody 2. Chicago 3. Richard Attenborough 4. The World Is Not Enough 5. Love Actually 6. Lethal Weapon 7. Batman Returns 8. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 9. Bad Santa 10. Serendipity

Round 5: General Christmas Knowledge II
1. 364 2. Little Women 3. Romania 4. Dasher, Dancer and Donner 5. Raymond Briggs 6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 7. Narnia 8. Australia 9. Cuba 10. Irving Berlin