The moment the first snowflake falls and you need grab your sweaters, the dreams of Christmas, building snowmen, sledding, and all the best winter things begin. But what should you do when it's too cold to go outside or just want to have indoor winter fun? Test your knowledge with some winter trivia for kids, of course!
See how much your kids know about the winter holidays and the season itself with these questions and answers about everything from animals in winter to winter weather. It's a great activity to keep their minds going and your kiddos learning something new about the season. You can even make it fun by having a Jeopardy-style game in your home or classroom.
Printable Winter Holiday Trivia Questions and Answers
Test your winter knowledge with printable quizzes for kids. These winter holiday trivia questions cover popular American and winter holidays celebrated worldwide. Click on the image of the document to download or print 20 winter trivia questions with answers on a separate page. You can use the trivia as a quiz, for Jeopardy-type game questions, or even to determine who gets to open their gifts first!
Winter Holiday Trivia for Kids
Many winter holidays revolve around light and warmth, two things everyone craves during this cold, dark season. Learn about all the different holidays that fall between December and March with holiday trivia.
Christmas Trivia for Kids
Older kids who are familiar with popular Christmas songs, TV shows, movies, and stories can learn Christmas facts or try to answer Christmas trivia as one of their many Christmas activities at school or at home during break.
- What was the traditional Christmas dinner in England?
Pig's head prepared with mustard
- Do you buy pets Christmas gifts?
Yes. Around 95 percent of surveyed pet owners say they buy their pets Christmas gifts.
- What was Charles Dickens' Christmas story success?
A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens wrote Christmas-themed stories every year on Christmas, but that was the only success.
- What state first recognized Christmas?
Alabama. In 1836, Alabama was the first U.S. state to recognize Christmas as a holiday.
- Why do Ukraine's hang spiders on Christmas?
In the Ukraine, finding a spider on the Christmas tree is considered good luck, so fake spider webs and spiders are common Christmas tree decorations in that country.
- What state has the most Christmas trees?
Oregon grows more Christmas trees than any other state in the country.
- What president decorated the first White House Christmas tree?
President Franklin Pierce
- When did Hallmark start writing Christmas cards?
- How many packages are processed the week before Christmas?
Three billion First-Class mailings
Hanukkah Trivia for Kids
Find out how much you know about Hanukkah with cool holiday trivia facts.
- What does Chanukah mean?
- Did Hanukkah always include gifts?
Gift giving was not originally part of the Hanukkah festival; however, the Christmas tradition of giving gifts has become part of the festival.
- When does Hanukkah begin?
Hanukkah always begins four days before the new moon. It can occur anywhere from mid-November to the beginning of January.
- How many candles are burnt on Menorah during Hanukkah?
One Menorah burns 44 candles during the eight nights of Hanukkah.
Kwanzaa Trivia for Kids
Kwanzaa is an African festival of family unity that is celebrated during December. Explore this unique holiday through interesting facts and trivia.
- When is Kwanzaa?
December 26 to January 1 every year
- When was Kwanzaa created?
1966 by a professor of black studies at California State University, Long Beach
- What are the seven symbols of Kwanzaa?
Faith, unity, collective responsibility, creativity, purpose, cooperative economics and self-determination
New Year's Trivia for Kids
- When did Babylonians celebrate the new year?
- Who established January 1 as start of the new year?
Julius Caesar. When Julius Caesar created the Julian calendar, he established January 1 as the start of the new year.
- What is the most popular New Year's resolution in the United States?
- What does the son Auld Lang Syne mean?
Old long ago
Use Winter-Themed Trivia for Kids to Uncover Fun Facts
Winter can encompass many topics, like winter weather and holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's Day. Fun facts about winter help kids understand and enjoy this unique season.
Fun Printable Winter Questions and Answers
Use the one-page printable below to use at home or in the classroom to quiz kids on a variety of fun winter trivia questions. Don't worry; the answers are included!
Winter Weather Trivia for Kids
- How warm can it be and still snow?
40 degrees. It can be as warm as 40 degrees on the ground and still snow.
- What was the biggest snowflake on record?
15 inches. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the biggest snowflake on record occurred in Montana in 1887. It was eight inches by 15 inches.
- What was the record for the most snowfall in a 24-hour period in U.S.?
6.4 inches of snow. The record for the most snowfall in a 24-hour period in the United States happened in Silver Lake, Colorado in 1921. During that 24-hour period, six feet and four inches of snow fell!
- At what temperature will snow not fall?
Snow can always fall. While you may have heard someone say, "It's too cold to snow," there is no truth to this. Snow can always fall if it is cold out and there is moisture in the air.
- What is the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth?
-128 degrees. The temperature was measured on Antarctica in 1983.
- How many sides does a snowflake have?
Every snowflake has six sides.
- Is there evidence of an abominable snowman?
No. The Abominable Snowman is more than an invention of a television Christmas special. While there is no proof that it exists, many people believe that the Yeti, or an abominable snowman, lives in the Himalayas in Nepal. The word Yeti means snow bear, and many people believe the Yeti is related to Bigfoot.
Fun Winter Movie Trivia for Kids
Kids' movie trivia questions from movies that feature winter weather, animals, and locations give kids backstage access to their favorite seasonal films.
- What are the tiny snowmen created every time Elsa sneezes in Frozen?
- What's Santa Claus's name in Rise of the Guardians?
- What is the Scroll of Invisible Wisdom in Smallfoot?
A roll of toilet paper
- How do the lemmings act natural in Norm of the North?
They start farting!
- Who has the mark in the shape of a bowtie in Happy Feet?
Mumble has a mark on his neck in the shape of a bow tie.
- What color was Grinch in the original story?
The Grinch was black and white in the original Dr. Seuss book.
- What number is on the tickets in The Polar Express?
The tickets have the number 1225 on them, which is the date of Christmas.
Winter Animal Trivia for Kids
Many animals around the world are uniquely adapted to survive and thrive in cold temperatures and feet of snow.
- How do snow monkeys stay warm in winter?
Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, keep warm through winter by soaking in the natural hot springs just like people relax in hot tubs.
- How long can Alpine swifts stay in the air?
200 days. Alpine swifts can stay in the air without touching down for 200 days as they migrate from Switzerland to West Africa in winter.
- What is the area between the snow and the ground called?
Subnivium. It is home to many winter animals like shrews.
- Why don't Alaskan frogs freeze?
Alaskan frogs have three unique chemicals inside their body that act like antifreeze in your car to keep the frogs from freezing in negative temperatures.
- What reptile doesn't breathe for weeks during the winter?
Freshwater turtles can live weeks without taking a breath during hibernation.
- How does the musk ox stay warm during the winter?
The musk ox grows two coats so it can keep warm in arctic winters.
- How far does the sooty shearwater and the artic tern migrate?
Two species of birds, the sooty shearwater and the arctic tern, travel over 40,000 miles during their winter migrations.
Weird But True Winter Facts
Winter is an interesting season, that's for sure. So many changes happen to the world around us in the winter months. Stump your friends with some of these winter trivia facts.
- Can snow be pink?
Yes, since snow is translucent, it can pink, purple or orange because of algae.
- How long is winter on Uranus?
- What is a thunderstorm called in the winter?
- What is a race with snow shovels called?
Shovel racing is a winter sport where people ride snow shovels down hills.
- What is snow composed mostly of?
Mostly of air and a dash of water
- Are all snowflakes unique?
Twin snowflakes can happen.
Fun and Interesting Questions About Winter
People have created amazing winter-related traditions, words, and machines from travel and celebrations to snow removal.
- What is the oldest seasonal festival for humans?
A Welsh festival known as Alban Arthan, or "Light of Winter" is the oldest seasonal festival for humans.
- When was the snowmobile invented?
In 1922, the snowmobile was invented by a 15-year-old boy.
- When was the first recorded use of skis?
Paleolithic era. An ancient cave painting shows the first recorded use of skis in the Paleolithic Era.
- When was a blizzard used to describe a snowstorm?
The word "blizzard" wasn't used to describe a snowstorm until the late 1800s.
- What is the "Snow Belt?"
The area of the U.S. that spans the great lakes and includes a path from Minnesota to Maine is called the "Snow Belt."
- When was the snowblower invented?
In 1950, the first human-powered snowblower was invented.
- How many snow shovel designs are there?
More than 100. There have been more than 100 patents granted for different snow shovel designs.
Fascinating Facts About December
December is a fascinating time of the year, literally. It's when winter begins and has a lot of interesting facts you might not know.
- What are the birth flowers of December?
Holly and narcissus
- How is December the first and last month?
It's the first month of winter and the last month of the year.
- What month was December in the Roman calender?
10th month in the Roman calendar. The word December comes from decem in Latin, meaning ten.
- What is the unluckiest day of the year?
December 28th is the unluckiest day of the year. And here, everyone thought it was Friday the 13th.
- When was Walt Disney born?
December 5th with the birth of Walt Disney.
- What day is December 31st on a leap year?
Unique Facts for Kids About January
You're entering a winter wonderland when January rolls around. Add a few fun facts to your January trivia.
- What months were not included in the Roman calendar?
January and February
- When is the wolf moon?
The first full moon in January.
- When is National Winnie the Pooh Day?
January 18th in celebration of the creator's birthday.
- What is unique about Janus, the god January is named for?
Janus has one head looking into the future and one head looking into the past.
- Why is Martin Luther King Day celebrated in January?
Martin Luther King Day is celebrated in January because he was born in January.
Winter Keeps You Guessing
In winter, you never know what you'll get. One minute, it's fun in the snow; the next, you're snowed in! Have some winter fun by learning all you can about this cold, white season with trivia questions for kids.