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BIG English Christmas Music Quiz + Picture Round (50 Questions & Answers)

We love a Christmas music quiz, and all the better when it’s an ENGLISH Christmas music quiz. Let’s see how well you fare on this quiz, complete with a Christmas music picture round too!

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Christmas music is such an important part of Christmas, when those first few chords of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas gets going, you know it’s starting! But we’re not here to talk about Mariah today, we’re here to look at the best of the English Christmas music, and how well you know it.

We wanted to put together a 50-question English Christmas music quiz. With 50 Christmas music trivia questions and answers, all about festive music in England, I guarantee you’ll get at least 10 right.

Hopefully.

If you want English Christmas music questions and answers, then this is the one from you. Do you know your Christmas carols from your Christmas nursery rhymes?

Well step right up, here’s the BIG England Christmas music quiz – WITH a picture round!

English Christmas Music Questions & Answers

There are five rounds to this England Christmas music quiz:


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Round 1: English Christmas Carols

1. How many sailing vessels were seen come sailing in according to this classic carol published in 1833 by William Sandy’s?

2. In this classic song a group are demanding pudding as well as hoping everyone enjoys the season. What song is it?

3. This famous old song gets a mention in the holiday classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens when the central character, Ebenezer Scrooge chases a caroller, what is the song?

4. Here we come a-wassailing is an English classic carol evoking images of people going door to door singing and wishing good health, but what fruit provided the spiced refreshment the song also refers too?

5. The music to this song, in which we hear Angel’s using their vocal chords, may be by Mendelssohn, but everything else about this classic is English. What is it called? 

6. This traditional English carol is also known as Sweet Chiming Bells from its chorus, is often better known by what name when it is sung without the chorus by school children?

7. Which city in the west midlands lends its name to a carol? 

8. This carol started life as a poem written by English poet Christina Rossetti talking about a miserable day in wintertime, but became a carol when composer Gustav Holtz put it to music creating the English Carol, what is it called? 

9. This hymn first started out in Hymns for Little Children and was yet another poem set to music, focusing on once upon a time in a Regal City. What is the song? 

10. This carol, known to children everywhere, was written in 1959 by Eric Boswell and charts the tale of one creature plodding with a precious load, what is it called? 


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Round 2: Great British Christmas Duets

11. The Christmas number one in 2001 was a duet of ‘Something Stupid’ by actress Nicole Kidman and which UK singer?

12. David Bowie and Bing Crosby performed a duet of which Christmas song together?

13. ‘Rockin Around the Christmas Tree’ was originally released by US artist Brenda Lee, but was performed in 1987 by which British duo?

14.Which singer added her voice to the Pogues ‘Fairy-tale of New York’

15. Cerys Matthews teamed up with which famous Welsh singer to record a version of ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside‘?

16. Which English tenor and actor teamed up with west end alum, singer and presenter Michael Ball to perform a series of Christmas duets on the album ‘Together at Christmas‘? 

17. Which married couple sang together performing ‘Happy Christmas, War is Over’?

18. In 2000 which singer-songwriter of Wizard fame sang ‘I Wish It Could Be a Wombling Merry Christmas Everyday’ alongside the recycling Wimbledon dwellers? 

19. Which Eurovision legend and famous presenter teamed up with Aled Jones to test his singing ability and sing ‘Silver Bells’ in 2009? 

20. English soprano Lesley Garrett teamed up with Amanda Thompson to record this Hail Mary? 


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Round 3: Modern Christmas Classics

21. Which 80s act gave their heart away ‘Last Christmas‘? 

22. Sir Cliff Richard has done many a Christmas song, but which one focused on beverages and foliage?

23. Which British Rock band sang about Christmas and not wanting the bells to end?

24. Which song, according to the Pogues, is sung by the NYPD choir in ‘Fairytale of New York‘?

25. In 1984 a group of musically talented folk performed under Band Aid to perform ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas‘, they raised money for anti famine efforts in which country?

26. Rock band Queen had the Christmas number one on two occasions with the same song, one of their most famous, in 1975 and 1991 alongside ‘These Are the Days’, what was the song? 

27. In 1980 St Winifred’s Primary School choir had a Christmas number one singing about which relative? 

28. In 1985 Michael Barrett sang Merry Christmas Everyone, but what name did he perform it under? 

29. Who wanted to ‘Stop the Cavalry’ in 1980?

30. Who wanted us to ‘Step into Christmas’?


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Round 4: Christmas Lyrics

31. Who sang ‘A spaceman came traveling on his ship from afar‘, in his Christmas song?

32. Which rock band sang ‘It’s the time that every Santa has a ball’? 

33. According to the songs lyrics which feast does Good King Wenceslas look out on?

34. George Ratcliffe Woodward used the Latin lyrics Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis! As part of this famous carol, what is it? 

35. In this classic carol certain poor shepherds, in fields where they lay, on a cold winters night are addressed by an angel, what is the carol? 

36. According to Gregg Lake They said there’ll be snow at Christmas, They said there’ll be peace on earth.  But what song did They say it in?

37. Chris Rea said I can’t wait to see those faces as he was moving down that line in which song? 

38. Which British band sang ‘When you’re still waiting for the snow to fall / Doesn’t really feel like Christmas at all’ in their song Christmas Lights?

39. Which British singer known for her theatrical performances, sang ‘December will be magic again. Take a husky to the ice.  While Bing Crosby sings White Christmas. He makes you feel nice’.

40. Anglo-American band The Pretenders formed in 1978 and had a Christmas hit with this song, that included the lyrics, ‘The children will sing / He’ll be back at Christmastime’, what was the song called?

Round 5: Picture Round

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41. What flying song is associated with this carrot-nosed fella?

42. This rabbit and the mastermixers teamed up to cover Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, who is he?

43. Which Christmas song do these items come from?

44. This individual did a novelty Christmas song that was number 1 in 1993, who is he?

45. Name that song?

46. What is this song?

47. This band had a Christmas number one with stay another day, who are they?  

48. David Essex performed this song?   

49. Which song did this man sing?

50. Guess the song?


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Answers to the BIG English Christmas Music Quiz

WARNING: Spoilers

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Here are all the answers to the Christmas music trivia

Round 1: English Christmas Carols

1. How many sailing vessels were seen come sailing in according to this classic carol published in 1833 by William Sandy’s?

3

2. In this classic song a group are demanding pudding as well as hoping everyone enjoys the season. What song is it?

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

3. This famous old song gets a mention in the holiday classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens when the central character, Ebenezer Scrooge chases a caroller, what is the song?

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

4. Here we come a-wassailing is an English classic carol evoking images of people going door to door singing and wishing good health, but what fruit provided the spiced refreshment the song also refers too?

Apples

5. The music to this song, in which we hear Angel’s using their vocal chords, may be by Mendelssohn, but everything else about this classic is English.  What is it called? 

Hark The Herald Angel’s Sing

6. This traditional English carol is also known as Sweet Chiming Bells from its chorus, is often better known by what name when it is sung without the chorus by school children?

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

7. Which city in the west midlands lends its name to a carol? 

Coventry

8. This carol started life as a poem written by English poet Christina Rossetti talking about a miserable day in wintertime, but became a carol when composer Gustav Holtz put it to music creating the English Carol, what is it called? 

In The Bleak Midwinter

9. This hymn first started out in Hymns for Little Children and was yet another poem set to music, focusing on once upon a time in a Regal City. What is the song? 

Once in Royal David’s City

10. This carol, known to children everywhere, was written in 1959 by Eric Boswell and charts the tale of one creature plodding with a precious load, what is it called? 

Little Donkey


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Round 2: Great British Christmas Duets

11. The Christmas number one in 2001 was a duet of ‘Something Stupid’ by actress Nicole Kidman and which UK singer?

Robbie Williams 

12. David Bowie and Bing Crosby performed a duet of which Christmas song together?

Little Drummer Boy

13. ‘Rockin Around the Christmas Tree’ was originally released by US artist Brenda Lee, but was performed in 1987 by which British duo?

Mel Smith and Kim Wilde

14.Which singer added her voice to the Pogues ‘Fairy-tale of New York’

Kirsty McColl

15. Cerys Matthews teamed up with which famous Welsh singer to record a version of ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside‘?

Tom Jones

16. Which English tenor and actor teamed up with west end alum, singer and presenter Michael Ball to perform a series of Christmas duets on the album ‘Together at Christmas‘? 

Alfie Boe

17. Which married couple sang together performing ‘Happy Christmas, War is Over’?

John Lennon and Yoko Ono

18. In 2000 which singer-songwriter of Wizard fame sang ‘I Wish It Could Be a Wombling Merry Christmas Everyday’ alongside the recycling Wimbledon dwellers? 

Roy Wood

19. Which Eurovision legend and famous presenter teamed up with Aled Jones to test his singing ability and sing ‘Silver Bells’ in 2009? 

Terry Wogan

20. English soprano Lesley Garrett teamed up with Amanda Thompson to record this Hail Mary? 

Ave Maria


Round 3: Modern Christmas Classics

21. Which 80s act gave their heart away ‘Last Christmas‘? 

WHAM 

22. Sir Cliff Richard has done many a Christmas song, but which one focused on beverages and foliage?

Mistletoe and Wine

23. Which British Rock band sang about Christmas and not wanting the bells to end?

The Darkness

24. Which song, according to the Pogues, is sung by the NYPD choir in ‘Fairytale of New York‘?

Galway Bay

25. In 1984 a group of musically talented folk performed under Band Aid to perform ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas‘, they raised money for anti famine efforts in which country?

Ethiopia

26. Rock band Queen had the Christmas number one on two occasions with the same song, one of their most famous, in 1975 and 1991 alongside ‘These Are the Days’, what was the song? 

Bohemian Rhapsody

27. In 1980 St Winifred’s Primary School choir had a Christmas number one singing about which relative? 

Grandma

28. In 1985 Michael Barrett sang Merry Christmas Everyone, but what name did he perform it under? 

Shakin Stevens

29. Who wanted to ‘Stop the Cavalry’ in 1980?

Jona Lewie

30. Who wanted us to ‘Step into Christmas’?

Elton John


Round 4: Christmas Lyrics

31. Who sang ‘A spaceman came traveling on his ship from afar‘, in his Christmas song?

Chris de Burgh

32. Which rock band sang ‘It’s the time that every Santa has a ball’? 

Slade

33. According to the songs lyrics which feast does Good King Wenceslas look out on?

The Feast of Stephen

34. George Ratcliffe Woodward used the Latin lyrics Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis! As part of this famous carol, what it is? 

Ding Dong Merrily on High.

35. In this classic carol certain poor shepherds, in fields where they lay, on a cold winters night are addressed by an angel, what is the carol? 

The First Noel

36. According to Gregg Lake They said there’ll be snow at Christmas, They said there’ll be peace on earth.  But what song did They say it in?

I Believe In Father Christmas

37. Chris Rea said I can’t wait to see those faces as he was moving down that line in which song? 

Driving Home for Christmas

38. Which British band sang ‘When you’re still waiting for the snow to fall / Doesn’t really feel like Christmas at all’ in their song Christmas Lights?

Coldplay

39. Which British singer known for her theatrical performances, sang ‘December will be magic again. Take a husky to the ice.  While Bing Crosby sings White Christmas. He makes you feel nice’.

Kate Bush

40. Anglo-American band The Pretenders formed in 1978 and had a Christmas hit with this song, that included the lyrics, ‘The children will sing / He’ll be back at Christmastime’, what was the song called?

2000 Miles

Round 5: Picture Round

41. What song is associated with this carrot-nosed fella?

We’re Walking in the Air

42. This rabbit and the mastermixers teamed up to cover Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, who is he?

Jive bunny

43. Which Christmas song do these items come from?

12 Days of Christmas

44. This individual did a novelty Christmas song that was number 1 in 1993, who is he?

Mr Blobby

45. What is the song?

Mistletoe and Wine

46. What is this song?

The Holly and The Ivy

47. This band had a Christmas number one with stay another day, who are they?  

East 17

48. David Essex performed this song?   

A Winter’s Tale

49. Which song did this man sing?

I Wish It Could Be Christmas

50. Guess the song?

Rockin Around the Christmas Tree

All the answers to the England Christmas music quiz!

So much good Christmas music in England!

This Christmas music quiz has really got me in the mood for Crimbo! I need to listen to some English festive tunes right now. Hope you’ve enjoyed these Christmas music trivia questions and answers. If you want to know more about Christmas in England, then check out these great Christmas days out in Hampshire and the Cotswolds, and our best Christmas days out in England too.

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