How Much of A Christmas Movie Expert Are You?



By: Olivia Cantor

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

'Tis the season to be jolly, and to do a movie marathon of Christmas-themed movies. Who knew there were so many of them? If you think you're an expert on the genre, we challenge you to take this quiz! Ho-ho-ho, merry answering!

The one about a man who thinks his life has no relevance, and an angel who proves him wrong, in the process earning his wings.

It’s A Wonderful Life is a classic Christmas film. Its hopeful tone sends warmth during the cold yuletide season.


The one where Ebenezer Scrooge originally says "Bah humbug!"

A Christmas Carol is the quintessential Christmas story, from book to film. It has been filmed several times, from 1938 to 1951 to 2009.


The one about some department store Santa in New York City.

Miracle on 34th Street was made in 1944. But a remake was made in 1994.


The one about a kid left behind, while burglars try to steal from his house.

Home Alone made Macaulay Culkin a household name. Even if he’s all grown up now, this is still how the world remembers him, especially during Christmas season.


The one about a train heading toward Santa’s place on Christmas Eve.

The Polar Express is a 2004 3D animated film. Tom hanks voiced many of the characters.


The one about different sets of London couples finding romance in many forms, during Christmas season.

Love Actually has a great ensemble for a cast, and the storylines intertwining keeps audiences hooked. This became an instant Christmas classic for modern-day people.


The one about Halloween hijacking Christmas.

The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the tale of Halloween characters who took over Christmas. They kidnapped Santa!


The one about a green creature that hates the season so much, as written by Dr. Seuss.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas is the 2000 film version of the beloved Dr. Seuss book. But they stretched it a bit to fit a film-length story, since it’s originally from a children's book-length story only.


The one about a suburban man doing Santa’s duties when the jolly red one had an accident on their roof.

The Santa Clause is a funny 1994 Christmas-themed film. It had two more sequels, but they’re not as funny as the original.


The one where Jim Henson’s beloved creations recreate a Charles Dickens classic.

The Muppet Christmas Carol is a musical and comedic retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It’s always funny to see the Muppets gang role-play this way.


The one about a family and a crazy vacay and some hilarious misadventures during Christmas time.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation came out in 1989. While Chevy Chase supplied the fatherly laughs, his kid there might be more popular with kids today, because it’s Johnny Galecki — or Leonard in The Big Bang Theory.


The one about a particular Santa helper who turns out to be human.

Elf was directed by Jon Favreau. Would you believe there’s a musical version of this film?


The one about Mother Goose telling a play featuring certain playthings.

Babes in Toyland is an early live action Christmas-themed Disney production. It starred Annette Funicello in 1961.


The one about a hobo living in a mansion on a New York street.

It Happened on 5th Avenue is a 1947 Christmas-themed film that became another classic fare to watch during the season. It was nominated at the Academy Awards for its story.


The one that’s really a rom-com set during Christmas, between co-workers who secretly write letters to each other anonymously.

The Shop Around The Corner is actually based on a play. The storyline is also an inspiration for the newer film You’ve Got Mail.


The one about Bing Crosby crooning Christmasy songs in a story set during World War II.

White Christmas is set during Christmas time alright, but the World War II storyline there is also interesting. Crosby had to show off his singing skills, of course.


The one where Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to go all terminator-like in joining the Christmas toy-buying rush.

Jingle All The Way starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad as suburban fathers who join in on the Christmas rush. It’s actually a good film that speaks of how commercialized Christmas became.


The one about a very charming angel who took on a mission to help a clergyman with his church and wife woes.

The Bishop’s Wife is actually another rom-com set during the yuletide season. Whitney Houston starred in a remake of this 1947 film entitled The Preacher’s Wife, with that one released back in 1996.


The one where rapper-actor-filmmaker Ice Cube sets his successful day-themed film in a Christmas sequel of sorts.

Friday After Next stars Ice Cube and Mike Epps. This Christmas edition is actually the third sequel of his original successful film called Friday.


The one about a boy who badly wants a red BB gun for Christmas.

A Christmas Story is a comedy film made in 1983. Not sure if its gun-buying and gun-shooting themes would fly today, but hey, it’s Christmas, so let’s just be merry?


The one where the Charles Dickens Christmas Carol classic gets reworked, yet again, this time featuring a TV executive as the one visited by the yuletide ghosts.

Scrooged was a vehicle for Bill Murray at the time when he just came off of the success of the original Ghostbusters film. He is backed up by a formidable cast here, like Alfre Woodard, Carol Kane, Karen Allen and Robert Mitchum.


The one where the film comedically investigates all the facts behind Santa and his workings, from his humble beginnings to becoming the icon that he is.

Santa Claus: The Movie is a 1985 film produced by the same team behind the Superman film series starring Christopher Reeve. This time, it’s another man in a red suit flying all over earth.


The one where the comedic working-class guy tries to earnestly help a senior citizen of a Santa.

Ernest Saves Christmas is a 1998 Christmas film that follows the vein of Jim Varney’s other Ernest movies. There’s Ernest Goes To Camp, Ernest Goes to Jail, and other Ernest comedy films.


The one that follows a Prince and the Pauper switcheroo between a white New York stock broker and a black homeless guy.

Trading Places is a Christmas comedy made in 1983. The switcheroo storyline centers on a bet between two old businessmen who orchestrate the social status switching of the characters portrayed by Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.


The one that’s based on a famous ballet suite and has kids and toys as its central characters.

The 1993 Christmas-set film The Nutcracker is based on the older ballet suite and storyline that features a wooden nutcracker in the storyline. This version is also a musical and has Macaulay Culkin in it.


The one where a guy gets reincarnated as a snowman, a famous one with a famous name at that.

Jack Frost is a 1998 comedy that features the Jack Frost snowman character associated with Christmas. There have been many other Jack Frost films, but this reincarnation thing is quite funny.


The one where a New York policeman comes to Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his family, only to spend Christmas Eve fighting terrorists who took over a building.

Yes, the original Die Hard film was actually set on Christmas Eve. Some folks tend to forget that important detail.


The one about two goofy former roommates and best friends who kinda mature a bit here, and encounter family-related Christmas woes.

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas is the third sequel in the Harold and Kumar film series. This one guest stars Neil Patrick Harris, and is as hilarious as the previous ones.


The one where Judy Garland sings “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Meet Me in St. Louis is a musical that features Judy Garland debuting many songs that are now classics. One of them is this particular Christmas song called “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”


The one featuring Irvin Berling’s classic compositions, as Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire sing and dance to them.

Holiday Inn is a classic 1942 Christmas-themed film. Irvin Berling’s “White Christmas” first got featured here, before becoming a stand-alone film later on.


The one about two women taking a vacay from heartache during the yuletide season, only to meet two men in the process.

The Holiday also stars Jack Black partnered with Kate Winslet and Jude Law partnered with Cameron Diaz. It’s really a rom-com, people!


The one with an ensemble cast where a man takes home his fiancée for Christmas to meet the family, in the process planning to propose to her — until all comedic hell breaks loose.

The Family Stone is yet another ensemble cast film set during Christmas. Family holiday films are always blunder-filled, and makes for good Hollywood fare.


The one where a man falls into a coma and a woman pretends to be his fiancée while knocked out — set during Christmas time again, of course.

While You Were Sleeping amplifies the loneliness that single people feel during Christmas time. It’s funny, heartwarming, but also all too real for some singles during yuletide seasons — no wonder this was a hit back in 1995!


The one about the dramatic retelling of how Mary and Joseph traveled far before Jesus came.

The Nativity Story might be too dramatic for a Christmas movie, but this tells the story of how Jesus came to be, and what his parents underwent before that. After all, Christmas is about Him, right?


The one about that boy left behind again, this time in the Big Apple, who came face to face again with the old burglars turned bandits.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York now finds little Kevin lost in New York, after boarding the wrong plane, when his family decided to go on vacation during the yuletide season. But he has his parents’ credit card, so ho-ho-hoooo!


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