Levins’s First Annual Christmas Movie Trivia Extravaganza

Originally published by Two Thousand in 2014

Die HardGremlinsLethal WeaponHome Alone. What do these four movies have in common besides being AWESOME? They’re all set during Christmas!

For the past two decades of my life I have spent every Christmas Eve successfully convincing my family that watching Home Alone for the ninetieth time is way more important to our beliefs than going to midnight mass. I can quote that movie from start to finish and then immediately go into the sequel. My wife can do that with her favourite Christmas movie, Die Hard. An alarmingly large amount of my favourite movies are set during Christmas, and nothing warms my heart more than watching them all, one after the other, in the lead up to Christmas Day. Imagine an advent calendar where every window is actually a DVD case containing a Christmas classic, and on the 24th you finally open Home Alone. Beautiful.

Last night I hosted a Christmas movie trivia night at Sydney’s Goodgod Small Club. It wasn’t just any old trivia night though, it was my First Annual Christmas Movie Trivia Extravaganza, and it was so glorious that I had to let it live on in this festive issue.

There are three rounds of ten Christmas movie questions. Some of them are obscenely hard. The team that won got 25 out of 30. If you beat their score shoot me an email and I’ll give you a shitty prize, the greatest gift of all.

Questions are on this page, answers can be found over here. No cheating, ya filthy animal.


  1. In Jingle all the Way, what toy does Jaime (and every other kid in the country) want?
  2. And what is the name of that toy’s arch enemy?
  3. What is the name of the department store that Jovie works at in Elf?
  4. What is Santa’s gift to Halloween Town at the end of The Nightmare Before Christmas?
  5. Who plays Charles Dickens in The Muppet Christmas Carol?
  6. Which Christmas movie also happens to be the last movie that John Ritter ever starred in?
  7. In Gremlins, What are the three specific instructions for looking after a Mogwai?
  8. What is the name of the black & white gangster movie Kevin watches by himself in Home Alone?
  9. What does John McClane write on the sweater of the first terrorist he kills in Die Hard?
  10. How many Tim Burton movies are set during Christmas?

Ok, round one is over. I’m sure you did great. There’s a stack of Home Alone questions in the next round. Go fix yourself some mac and cheese and prepare yourself for…


  1. Besides Batman Returns, what other superhero movie sequel is set during Christmas?
  2. Homicide Sergeant Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is ‘too old for this shit’. How old does he turn at the start of the first Lethal Weapon?
  3. What is the name of John McClane’s limousine driver in Die Hard?
  4. What is the name of the town that Gremlins is set in?
  5. How many of the 5 (!) Home Alone movies are set during Christmas?
  6. In the first Home Alone, what gift does does Santa give Kevin when he visits him before Christmas?
  7. In Home Alone, John Candy plays Gus Polinski, the polka king of the Midwest. What is the name of his band?
  8. What is the last line of dialogue in Home Alone?
  9. In Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, what song does Uncle Frank sing in the shower?
  10. What is the last line of dialogue in Home Alone 2?

Ok, we’re nearly done. This next round is a goddamn doozy with a bunch of Die Hardquestions. Yippee ki-yay, motherfucker!


  1. In Bad Santa, what gift does Thurman (Brett Kelly) give Willie (Billy Bob Thornton)?
  2. Besides John and Holly McClane, which characters from the first Die Hard are in Die Hard 2?
  3. What is the name of the novel that Die Hard was based on?
  4. The building used for The Nakatomi Tower in Die Hard is actually the headquarters of which movie studio?
  5. Besides being set during Christmas, what do Lethal WeaponThe Long Kiss GoodnightKiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 all have in common?
  6. Which 1996 Christmas comedy only just got its straight-to-video sequel in 2014?
  7. What movie are the gremlins watching in the cinema before Billy and Kate blow them up at the end of Gremlins?
  8. In Lethal Weapon, what gift does Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) give Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) for Christmas?
  9. In Scrooged, who plays the ghost of Christmas present?
  10. What is the worst Christmas movie of all time?

You made it to the end! It’s a Christmas miracle! Hand over your answer sheets and let’s see how you scored.


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