'Christmas Time, Mistletoe And Wine' - Bumper Music Quiz

Here is the final CST activities page for 'Christmas Time'. It's a 36 or 50 item music and picture quiz, with some singalongs and readings added in, in case you wanted to run the session as a cognitive stimulation therapy group, rather than complete it with your family.

There are:


(Plus a bonus round of 14 songs and questions if you have time or want to split the session.)

(Play as many songs as you have time for, or as members choose them to listen to.)

5 SINGALONGS - One For Each Round (Included in the 36 questions)

5 READINGS - One For Each Round (This will make it feel more like a 'Carol Concert', but noting many secular songs and pop records are included.)

(I've tried to include as many lyric videos as possible throughout, so that people can singalong.)

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Round 1. Advent

1. 'Driving Home For Christmas', Chris Rea - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSjq7x67kzM

What are the four weeks before Christmas known as?

Chris Rea had another hit single about driving. What was it?

2. '2000 Miles', The Pretenders - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEyGZlBdkaA

In the video for this Christmas song, lead singer Christie Hynde is dressed in a Salvation Army uniform. Who was the founder?

What is their motto?

3. ''It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas', Michael Buble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUiHsJrRNGE

Which high-end department store used this song in their Christmas advert several years running?

What is his nickname?

4. 'Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree', Brenda Lee - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qYz7rfgLWE

Which country gives Trafalgar Square its Christmas tree each year, as a 'Thank you!' for Britain's support during the Second World War in preserving its liberty?

What type of tree is it?

5. 'The Christmas Song', Nat King Cole - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpE_Q_p2G7w

‘Folks dressed up like Eskimos...’ What is the correct name for the indigenous Eskimo people?

Where would you find them?

6. SINGALONG. 'Twelve Days Of Christmas', The Spinners - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX0ehZan4lk

How many birds are there in the final verse?

READING. 'A Child's Christmas In Wales'. By Dylan Thomas - https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-child-s-christmas-in-wales/

(A short extract was read.)

Round 2. Christmas Past

7. 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen', The Chieftains - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc06r7h9QAc

In Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol', which four ghosts visited Scrooge?

8. 'Pipes Of Peace', Paul McCartney - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4DkelBDBJ4

On Christmas Day in 1914, peace broke out in 'no mans land'. What carol did both sides sing?

9. 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing', Kings College - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLz4LbhS4_M

In the Frank Cappra film, 'Its A Wonderful Life', complete the line "Teacher says every time a bell rings an ..... .... ... ....."?

What was the name of the angel?

10. 'Stop The Cavalry', Jona Lewie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HkJHApgKqw

What year was this Christmas number 3 (beaten by two re-issued John Lennon songs)?

According to his other hit single, where would you find Jona Lewie at a party?

11. 'Walking In The Air', Aled Jones - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KzKa6erJRo

Which author wrote the book 'The Snowman'?

How old is Aled Jones now?

12. SINGALONG. 'Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer', The Crystals - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDVp18upTcs

What were the names of the other reindeer, in the poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’?

READING: 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'. By Clement Clarke Moore - https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43171/a-visit-from-st-nicholas

Round 3. The Nativity

13. 'The Power Of Love', Frankie Goes To Hollywood - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyoTvgPn0rU

The video for this song was based on The Nativity, or birth of Jesus Christ. What gifts did the Three Wise Men bring to Bethlehem?

14. 'When A Child Is Born', Johnny Mathis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF-NmJ80jEU

What date is the feast of 'The Epiphany' (early Christians celebrated this as Jesus’s birthday)?

15. 'Mary’s Boy Child', Boney M - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHTCldo7uw4

What name is given to the event, nine months before the birth of Jesus, in which an angel tells Mary, "Fear not, thou hast found favour with God”?

16. 'The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth', David Bowie & Bing Crosby - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnmzJgSLHg4

Which Saint's day is 'Boxing Day'?

17. 'While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks', Kings College Choir - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvegJ3wRLFE

What is a model of the stable and manger, that many of us display at Christmas, called?

What 'light shining in the darkness' are the shepherds pointing at?

18. SINGALONG. 'Away In A Manger', Vera Lynn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MptEVh_Cx84

Nearest guesses. When was the first Christmas Card sent?

How many are sent in the UK?

READING. 'The First Christmas', Marian Swinger

Round 4. Christmas Hits

19. 'All I Want For Christmas Is You', Mariah Carey - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9eo-Dgf1EA

This song featured in the film 'Love Actually'. Who played the newly elected Prime Minister in that film?

20. 'Mistletoe And Wine', Cliff Richard - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZCEBibnRM8

True or False. Mistletoe is a poisonous parasite, growing on host trees and robbing them of water and nutrients?

21. 'Mull Of Kintyre', Wings - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bipC8jvgLtw

How many weeks did this song stay at number one in the UK charts in 1977?

22. 'Do They Know It’s Christmas', Band Aid - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS7bn_gm9o0

Who originally reported on the famine in Ethiopia, which led to this fundraising single?

23. 'Fairytale Of New York', The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcjgIohcs3w

‘The boys of the NYPD Choir...’ What does NYPD stand for?

24. SINGALONG. 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas', Traditional - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-OF7KGyDis

What year did Queen Elizabeth II deliver her first 'televised Christmas message to the nation'?

READING. 'Living Christmas Each Day' Author Unknown

Round 5. Top 10 Best Christmas Songs Ever

25. 'Wonderful Christmas', Paul McCartney - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94Ye-3C1FC8

Name as many Christmas drinks as you can?

26. 'Merry Christmas Everyone', Shakin’ Stevens - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-PyWfVkjZc

In his other hit, what colour door is there an old piano playing behind?

27. 'Merry Xmas Everybody', Slade - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpfHSqLXePI

Traditionally, what are usual Christmas stocking fillers?

28. 'I Believe In Father Christmas', Greg Lake - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfY4b1NszpY

What are the three other names commonly used for 'Father Christmas'?

29. 'Somewhere In My Memory', John Williams - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJlA0b96LpI

Who was left at home in the film 'Home Alone'?

30. 'December Will Be Magic Again', Kate Bush - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfD7FzcjVyQ

Was was her only number 1 UK hit, about a wild and windy moor?

31. 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day', Wizzard - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJPc7esgvsA

Who founded Wizzard and was their lead singer (he also co-founded E.L.O.)?

32. 'Last Christmas', Wham - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8gmARGvPlI

What are 'Merry Christmas' and 'Happy New Year' in Welsh?

33. 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)', John Lennon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flA5ndOyZbI

John Lennon’s wife co-wrote this song. What was her name?

34. SINGALONG. 'White Christmas', Bing Crosby - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3ZC45Q82pg

Who wrote the songs for the 1954 film 'White Christmas', including this one?

True or False. This is the best selling Christmas single of all time?

35. SINGALONG. 'Silent Night', Ella Fitzgerald - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WQdb3JFgYk

In what decade did N.O.R.A.D. (North American Aerospace Defence Command) start tracking Santa on Christmas Eve?

READING. 'A New Year's Poem On Life', Author Unknown

36. FINAL SINGALONG. 'Auld Langs Syne', Andy Stewart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnpGUocGMnk

What is the meaning of 'Auld Langs Syne'?

(NB If you are adding in the next bonus round, save this song and question, and the above reading, for the very end.)


37. 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', Judy Garland - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CreWsnhQwzY

Which 1944 movie did this song feature in?

38. 'Little Donkey', The Beverley Sisters - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjTI12iE4cI

What do you call a male and a female donkey?

39. 'Blue Christmas', Elvis Presley - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KK6sMo8NBY

What other hit did Elvis have with the word 'Blue' in its title?

40. 'Santa Baby', Eartha Kitt - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTCFi4l3nkY

Eartha Kitt starred in the TV series Batman in the late 1960s in which role?

41. 'Step Into Christmas', Elton John - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjXNNp-5aWw

How many months have 28 days?

42. 'A Winter's Tale', David Essex - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3c18V3ChIs

When is the Winter Solstice (the shortest day)?

43. 'A Spaceman Came Travelling', Chris de Burgh - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmZg7tvGN9o

What star sign would Jesus have been?

44. 'Stay Another Day', East 17 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wNhdjoF-6M

'East 17' is a postcode in which city?

45. SINGALONG. 'Jingle Bells', Frank Sinatra - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLf0-lro8X8

What was the name of 'The Simpsons' dog, who was rescued on Christmas Day?

46. 'O Come All Ye Faithful', The Chieftains - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJSMr239C1c

List the ingredients of a Christmas (or Plum) Pudding?

47. 'Feliz Navidad', Jose Feliciano - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTtc2pM1boE

In which language is 'Feliz Navidad' 'Happy Christmas'??

48. 'Frosty The Snowman', The Ronettes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCGWvYmCO8E

Where is the 2022 'Winter Olympics' being held?


Included because they are just brilliant ....

49. 'Christmas Lights', Coldplay - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1rYmzQ8C9Q

What was their first UK Top 10 hit, in 2000 (it was something to do with a colour!)?

50. 'December Song', George Michael - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-xzyD00_fI

Name any of his six UK Number Ones?


1. Advent / 'Road To Hell'

2. William Booth / 'Blood And Fire'

3. John Lewis / 'Mickey Bubbles'

4. Norway / Spruce

5. Inuit / Greenland, Alaska and artic Canada

6. Twenty-Three - A Partridge, Two Turtle Doves, Three French Hens, Four Calling Birds, Six Geese A Laying & Seven Swans A Swimming

7. Jacob Marley & The Ghosts Of Christmas Past, Present & Yet To Come

8. Silent Night / Stille Nacht

9. "An angel gets his wings." / Clarence

10. 1980 / In The Kitchen

11. Raymond Briggs / 49

12. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Cupid, Vixen, Blitzen & Donna

13. Gold, Frankincense & Myrhh

('The Magi Of Bethlehem' were Balthasar of Arabia, Melchior of Persia, and Gaspar of India.)

14. 6th January

15. The Annunciation

16. Saint Stephen (The first Christian martyr.)

(The Oxford English Dictionary gives the earliest attestations from Britain in the 1830s, defining it as "the first weekday after Christmas day, observed as a holiday on which postmen, errand boys, and servants of various kinds expect to receive a Christmas box".)