100 Winter Trivia Questions And Answers To Spark Excitement!

Winter, with its frosty charm and cozy atmosphere, is the perfect time to gather friends and family for a delightful winter trivia night.


Written by Ann Mifsud

Last Updated: May 30, 2024  |  7 min Read


Winter Sports Trivia


1. In the Winter Olympics, what sport involves racing down an icy track, often at high speeds, while lying face down on a small sled?

a) Bobsleigh

b) Luge

c) Skeleton

d) Ice Hockey

2. Which country is known for its dominance in cross-country skiing, regularly securing top positions in Winter Olympic competitions?

a) Canada

b) Norway

c) Switzerland

d) Sweden

3. What is the object of the sport of curling?

a) Sliding down a snowy hill on a sled

b) Hitting a target with a snowball

c) Propelling a stone towards a target on ice

d) Skiing through a slalom course

4. In the sport of biathlon, athletes combine cross-country skiing with what other activity?

a) Ice Skating

b) Rifle Shooting

c) Snowboarding

d) Ski Jumping

5. Which winter sport involves athletes performing acrobatic flips and twists while skiing down a slope?

a) Figure Skating

b) Ski Jumping

c) Freestyle Skiing

d) Snowboarding

6. In snowboarding, what is the term for any jump or leap where the rider lifts off the ground?

a) Barrel Roll

b) Backflip

c) 360 Spin

d) Aerial

7. Which Winter Olympic sport features a small, high-speed sled that descends a twisting, narrow, ice-covered track?

a) Ice Hockey

b) Bobsleigh

c) Speed Skating

d) Nordic Combined

8. What is the primary objective of the sport of ice hockey?

a) Scoring goals with a puck

b) Completing figure skating routines

c) Speed skating around a rink

d) Performing acrobatic jumps on ice

9. In the Winter Paralympics, athletes with physical disabilities compete in which sport that combines skiing and shooting?

a) Para Snowboarding

b) Para Ice Hockey

c) Para Biathlon

d) Para Alpine Skiing

10. Which winter sport involves athletes gliding down a slope on skis, navigating a course marked with a series of gates?

a) Snowboarding Halfpipe

b) Alpine Skiing

c) Ski Cross

d) Nordic Combined

Winter Food Trivia


11. What popular winter beverage is made from red wine, spices, and citrus fruits and is often served warm?

a) Hot Chocolate

b) Mulled Wine

c) Eggnog

d) Cider

12. In Scandinavian cuisine, what is lutefisk made from?

a) Smoked Salmon

b) Pickled Herring

c) Dried Codfish

d) Spiced Meatballs

13. What is the main ingredient in the traditional French dish “Raclette”?

a) Melted Cheese

b) Beef Bourguignon

c) Potato Gratin

d) Escargot

14. Which winter dessert is a deep-dish fruit pie, often associated with Southern cuisine in the United States?

a) Pumpkin Pie

b) Pecan Pie

c) Apple Crisp

d) Sweet Potato Pie

15. What type of soup, originating from Russia, is commonly made with beets, cabbage, and a dollop of sour cream?

a) Clam Chowder

b) Borscht

c) French Onion Soup

d) Minestrone

16. In Japanese cuisine, what is “nabe”?

a) Sushi Rolls

b) Ramen Noodles

c) Hot Pot

d) Miso Soup

17. What nut is a key ingredient in the classic winter dessert, pecan pie?

a) Almonds

b) Walnuts

c) Pecans

d) Hazelnuts

18. What traditional Mexican dish is made with a hot chocolate-based sauce and served with turkey or chicken?

a) Tamales

b) Enchiladas

c) Mole Poblano

d) Churros

19. Which pastry, often enjoyed during the Christmas season, is made of layers of puff pastry and almond paste?

a) Fruitcake

b) Yule Log

c) Stollen

d) Marzipan Croissant

20. What type of dumpling is a staple in Eastern European winter cuisine, usually served with sour cream or butter?

a) Potstickers

b) Gyoza

c) Pierogi

d) Ravioli

Winter Weather Trivia


21. What meteorological term describes the process by which water vapor changes directly into ice without first becoming a liquid?

a) Sublimation

b) Condensation

c) Freezing

d) Frosting

22. In the Northern Hemisphere, during which month does the winter solstice occur?

a) December

b) January

c) February

d) November

23. What is the name for the small, feathery ice crystals that form on surfaces when the air is cold and moist?

a) Snowflakes

b) Sleet

c) Hail

d) Graupel

24. Which winter weather event is characterized by freezing rain that forms a layer of ice on surfaces, creating hazardous conditions?

a) Blizzard

b) Ice Storm

c) Snow Squall

d) Polar Vortex

25. What is the term for a winter storm with sustained winds of at least 35 miles per hour and blowing snow, reducing visibility?

a) Blizzard

b) Nor’easter

c) Cyclone

d) Polar Vortex

26. Which atmospheric phenomenon is responsible for the vibrant colors often seen in the sky during sunrise and sunset on cold winter days?

a) Aurora Borealis

b) Halos

c) Sundogs

d) Fata Morgana

27. What is the name for the condition in which freezing temperatures persist for an extended period, causing bodies of water to freeze?

a) Frostbite

b) Cold Snap

c) Permafrost

d) Glacial Freeze

28. Which type of precipitation consists of small ice pellets that form when supercooled raindrops freeze before reaching the ground?

a) Snow

b) Sleet

c) Hail

d) Freezing Rain

29. What weather condition occurs when warm, moist air rises over a layer of cold air, creating a mist or fog near the ground?

a) Hoarfrost

b) Rime Ice

c) Advection Fog

d) Freezing Fog

30. What is the term for the process by which snow and ice on the ground change directly into water vapor without melting first?

a) Melting

b) Evaporation

c) Thawing

d) Sublimation

Winter Movie Trivia


31. In the classic holiday film “Home Alone,” what is the name of the young boy accidentally left behind by his family during Christmas vacation?

a) Kevin

b) Harry

c) Marv

d) Buzz

32. Which animated film tells the story of a snowman brought to life by a magical hat and his quest to discover the true meaning of Christmas?

a) Frozen

b) The Polar Express

c) Frosty the Snowman

d) Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

33. In the movie “Frozen,” what is the name of Elsa’s magical snowman companion?

a) Sven

b) Kristoff

c) Olaf

d) Marshmallow

34. Which film, based on a Charles Dickens novella, features the character Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation on Christmas Eve after encounters with ghosts?

a) A Christmas Carol

b) It’s a Wonderful Life

c) The Holiday

d) Miracle on 34th Street

35. What Tim Burton film follows the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, as he discovers Christmas Town?

a) The Nightmare Before Christmas

b) Corpse Bride

c) Edward Scissorhands

d) Beetlejuice

36. In the movie “Elf,” what is the main character Buddy’s favorite syrup to put on everything?

a) Chocolate Syrup

b) Strawberry Syrup

c) Maple Syrup

d) Blueberry Syrup

37. Which film, featuring a magical train journey to the North Pole, is based on the children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg?

a) The Polar Express

b) Elf

c) Arthur Christmas

d) How the Grinch Stole Christmas

38. In the heartwarming winter movie “The Holiday,” what prompts Iris to exchange homes with Amanda, leading to unexpected romantic adventures?

a) A magical snowstorm

b) A lost Christmas ornament

c) A failed blind date

d) A disappointing work promotion

39. Which movie, set in a magical winter kingdom, follows the journey of two sisters, Elsa and Anna, dealing with Elsa’s ice powers?

a) Frozen II

b) Ice Princess

c) Snow Queen

d) Winter Wonderland

40. In the film “The Holiday,” Iris and Amanda swap homes for the Christmas season. Which actresses play the respective leading roles?

a) Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz

b) Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts

c) Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman

d) Emma Stone and Anne Hathaway

Winter Animal Trivia


41. What species of large, white, Arctic bird is known for its impressive wingspan and is often associated with the North Pole?

a) Arctic Tern

b) Snowy Owl

c) Albatross

d) Polar Bear

42. Which marine mammal, often seen in the cold waters of the Arctic and Antarctic, is known for its black-and-white coloration?

a) Walrus

b) Seal

c) Penguin

d) Orca (Killer Whale)

43. What small, burrowing mammal, with a thick fur coat that changes color in winter, is often associated with colder regions of North America and Eurasia?

a) Groundhog

b) Arctic Fox

c) Prairie Dog

d) Mole

44. Which bird species, known for its distinctive call and black and white plumage, is often considered a symbol of winter in many cultures?

a) Robin

b) Blue Jay

c) Cardinal

d) Chickadee

45. What cold-resistant, aquatic mammal is famous for its thick layer of blubber and is often found in the frigid waters of the Arctic and Antarctic?

a) Manatee

b) Beluga Whale

c) Narwhal

d) Elephant Seal

46. Which large herbivorous mammal, with a distinctive hump on its back, is adapted to surviving in extreme cold climates, including the Arctic?

a) Moose

b) Bison

c) Muskox

d) Caribou (Reindeer)

47. What flightless bird, native to Antarctica, is known for its unique adaptation of sliding on its belly across ice and snow?

a) Albatross

b) Emu

c) Kiwi

d) Penguin

48. Which small mammal, recognizable by its bushy tail and tendency to store food for the winter, is often seen in colder climates around the world?

a) Squirrel

b) Hedgehog

c) Chipmunk

d) Raccoon

49. What species of deer is native to the Arctic tundra and is known for its impressive antlers, which both males and females possess?

a) Elk

b) White-tailed Deer

c) Caribou (Reindeer)

d) Moose

50. Which large, carnivorous mammal is a powerful swimmer and is found in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, preying on seals and other marine animals?

a) Wolverine

b) Polar Bear

c) Grizzly Bear

d) Snow Leopard

Winter Geography Trivia


51. Which U.S. state is known as the “Last Frontier” and experiences harsh winter conditions, including subarctic and Arctic climates?

a) Alaska

b) Montana

c) Vermont

d) Maine

52. In which mountain range would you find the European Alps, known for their stunning winter landscapes and world-renowned ski resorts?

a) Rocky Mountains

b) Himalayas

c) Andes

d) Alps

53. What Canadian province is home to Banff and Jasper National Parks, offering picturesque winter scenes, including frozen lakes and snow-capped mountains?

a) Quebec

b) Ontario

c) British Columbia

d) Alberta

54. In which Scandinavian country would you find Lapland, known for its enchanting winter landscapes and as the official home of Santa Claus?

a) Norway

b) Sweden

c) Finland

d) Denmark

55. Which country, located in the Southern Hemisphere, experiences winter during June, July, and August?

a) Australia

b) South Africa

c) Brazil

d) India

56. What U.S. state is famous for its winter sports destinations, including Aspen and Vail, attracting skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts from around the world?

a) Colorado

b) Utah

c) Wyoming

d) Idaho

57. In which Asian country would you find the city of Sapporo, known for its annual Snow Festival and hosting the 1972 Winter Olympics?

a) China

b) Japan

c) South Korea

d) Russia

58. Which European country is home to the Arctic Circle and experiences extreme winter conditions, including polar nights and the Northern Lights?

a) Sweden

b) Norway

c) Iceland

d) Finland

59. What U.S. state, known for its diverse climate, features the Sonoran Desert but also boasts snowy winter conditions in its northern regions?

a) Arizona

b) New Mexico

c) Texas

d) California

60. Which Russian city, often associated with its iconic Red Square and the Kremlin, experiences cold winter temperatures, including snowy landscapes?

a) St. Petersburg

b) Moscow

c) Novosibirsk

d) Vladivostok

Winter Traditions Trivia


61. Which winter holiday is celebrated with a tradition involving a decorated tree, gifts, and a jolly man in a red suit known as Santa Claus?

a) Thanksgiving

b) Christmas

c) Hanukkah

d) Kwanzaa

62. In what European country did the tradition of the Yule Log originate, symbolizing the welcoming of longer days and the end of winter darkness?

a) France

b) Germany

c) England

d) Italy

63. Which Asian festival, known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated with the lighting of lamps, candles, and fireworks, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness?

a) Diwali

b) Chinese New Year

c) Songkran

d) Lunar New Year

64. What Scandinavian tradition involves a celebration on December 13th, with a procession of young girls wearing white robes and candles on their heads?

a) Oktoberfest

b) Midsummer

c) Saint Lucia’s Day

d) Walpurgis Night

65. Which winter celebration, observed by Jewish communities, involves the lighting of a nine-branched menorah and lasts for eight nights?

a) Passover

b) Rosh Hashanah

c) Hanukkah

d) Yom Kippur

66. In which country is the tradition of Hogmanay celebrated, marking the New Year with various customs, including the first footer bringing good luck?

a) Ireland

b) Scotland

c) Wales

d) England

67. Which winter tradition, originating in Germany, involves the opening of small numbered doors on an Advent calendar each day leading up to Christmas?

a) Epiphany

b) Oktoberfest

c) Advent Calendar

d) Krampusnacht

68. In what North American country is the tradition of Thanksgiving celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, involving a feast with family and friends?

a) Canada

b) United States

c) Mexico

d) Australia

69. Which winter festival marks the Lunar New Year with vibrant parades, dragon dances, and the exchange of red envelopes for good luck?

a) Chuseok

b) Tet

c) Diwali

d) Chinese New Year

70. What tradition, common in many cultures, involves making decisions for self-improvement at the start of the new year?

a) Groundhog Day

b) Valentine’s Day

c) New Year’s Resolutions

d) May Day

Winter Holidays Trivia


71. Which winter holiday, celebrated on December 25th, commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ and is marked by festive decorations, gift-giving, and feasts?

a) Hanukkah

b) Christmas

c) Diwali

d) Kwanzaa

72. In which country is the winter holiday of Boxing Day observed on December 26th, traditionally associated with giving gifts to service workers and the less fortunate?

a) United States

b) United Kingdom

c) Canada

d) Australia

73. Which winter holiday, also known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated by Jewish communities and involves the lighting of a nine-branched menorah for eight nights?

a) Hanukkah

b) Christmas

c) Ramadan

d) Eid al-Fitr

74. In which African-American and Pan-African holiday, observed from December 26th to January 1st, are seven principles known as Nguzo Saba emphasized each day?

a) Christmas

b) Hanukkah

c) Kwanzaa

d) Diwali

75. Which winter holiday, celebrated in Eastern Orthodox Christian traditions, falls on January 7th and commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ?

a) Epiphany

b) Christmas

c) St. Nicholas Day

d) Twelfth Night

76. In Japan, which winter holiday is not a public or religious celebration but is often marked by the exchange of gifts and elaborate light displays?

a) Hanukkah

b) Christmas

c) New Year’s Day

d) Winter Solstice

77. Which winter holiday, observed on November 11th, originated as Armistice Day to honor veterans and later evolved into a day of remembrance for all military personnel?

a) Thanksgiving

b) Memorial Day

c) Veterans Day

d) Independence Day

78. In Mexico and some other Latin American countries, which winter holiday is celebrated on January 6th, featuring the arrival of the Three Wise Men and the exchange of gifts?

a) Las Posadas

b) Dia de los Muertos

c) Cinco de Mayo

d) Epiphany

79. Which winter holiday, celebrated on February 14th, is associated with the exchange of love notes, cards, and gifts, often featuring the iconic symbol of the heart?

a) Thanksgiving

b) Christmas

c) Valentine’s Day

d) Halloween

80. In which Asian country is the winter holiday of Lunar New Year celebrated with vibrant parades, dragon dances, and the exchange of red envelopes for good luck?

a) Japan

b) China

c) South Korea

d) India

Winter Historical Events Trivia


81. In what year did the historic “Christmas Truce” occur during World War I, where soldiers from opposing sides briefly laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas together?

a) 1914

b) 1916

c) 1918

d) 1920

82. Which famous naval expedition, led by Ernest Shackleton, took place during the winter of 1914-1915, when the ship became trapped in the Antarctic ice?

a) Lewis and Clark Expedition

b) Magellan’s Circumnavigation

c) Endurance Expedition

d) Franklin’s Lost Expedition

83. In 1620, the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock, marking the beginning of the Plymouth Colony. In what month did they land, facing a harsh winter in the New World?

a) November

b) December

c) January

d) February

84. Which winter event in 1777-1778 saw General George Washington’s Continental Army endure extreme hardships, including a harsh winter at Valley Forge during the American Revolutionary War?

a) Battle of Saratoga

b) Battle of Yorktown

c) Battle of Bunker Hill

d) Valley Forge Encampment

85. In 1812, Napoleon’s Grand Army faced a devastating defeat during their retreat from Moscow, largely due to harsh winter conditions. What is this event commonly known as?

a) Battle of Leipzig

b) Battle of Waterloo

c) Retreat from Moscow

d) Battle of Austerlitz

86. During the winter of 1776-1777, General George Washington led a daring crossing of the icy Delaware River, resulting in a surprise attack on the enemy forces in what battle?

a) Battle of Saratoga

b) Battle of Trenton

c) Battle of Yorktown

d) Battle of Bunker Hill

87. In 1944, during World War II, the Battle of the Bulge took place, involving a surprise German offensive in the Ardennes region. In what month did this significant winter battle occur?

a) November

b) December

c) January

d) February

88. The infamous “March of the Penguins” took place in 1912 when Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team trekked to the South Pole during which ill-fated expedition?

a) Lewis and Clark Expedition

b) Scott’s Last Expedition

c) Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition

d) Amundsen’s South Pole Expedition

89. During the winter of 1775-1776, what American patriot published a pamphlet titled “Common Sense,” which played a crucial role in inspiring independence from British rule?

a) Thomas Jefferson

b) Samuel Adams

c) Benjamin Franklin

d) Thomas Paine

90. What winter event in 1940-1941 marked the heroic evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, France, during World War II?

a) Operation Overlord

b) Battle of the Bulge

c) Dunkirk Evacuation

d) Normandy Invasion

Winter Fun Facts Trivia


91. What natural phenomenon creates the breathtaking display of colors known as the Northern Lights, often visible during winter in polar regions?

a) Solar Flares

b) Atmospheric Pollution

c) Bioluminescent Bacteria

d) Earth’s Magnetic Field

92. In the winter, what unique property causes snow to squeak or crunch when walked upon, creating a distinctive sound underfoot?

a) Ice Crystals

b) Frozen Air Pockets

c) Snowflakes

d) Friction between Ice Particles

93. What common winter activity can help burn calories and keep you warm? On average, a person can burn about 314 calories per hour engaging in this activity.

a) Snowshoeing

b) Ice Skating

c) Building Snowmen

d) Shoveling Snow

94. Which month is associated with the highest number of birthdays, possibly due to increased socializing during the holiday season?

a) December

b) January

c) February

d) September

95. What term describes the atmospheric condition known for creating the illusion of a second sun, often seen as a bright spot on either side of the sun during cold winter days?

a) Sundogs

b) Moonbows

c) Halo Effect

d) Frost Halos

96. During extremely cold temperatures, what fascinating phenomenon occurs when hot water is thrown into the air, instantly turning into ice crystals before reaching the ground?

a) Frostbite

b) Snowfall

c) Diamond Dust

d) Instant Freezing

97. Which winter fruit is known for its high vitamin C content and was historically consumed by sailors to prevent scurvy during long, cold voyages?

a) Apple

b) Orange

c) Banana

d) Grapefruit

98. What quirky event takes place annually in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil predicts the weather by emerging from its burrow on February 2nd?

a) Winter Festival

b) Groundhog Day

c) Snow Sculpture Contest

d) Ice Fishing Tournament

99. Which winter sport was originally invented by Native Americans and involves gliding down snowy hills on a flat wooden board or plank?

a) Ice Hockey

b) Skiing

c) Snowboarding

d) Curling

100. What term describes the condition of frozen fog particles that create a delicate, feathery ice deposit on surfaces, especially on cold winter mornings?

a) Rime Ice

b) Frostbite

c) Ice Crystals

d) Glaze Ice

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