'Twas The Night Before Christmas Trivia

So you think you know Clement Clarke Moore's famous poem? Think again. This Night Before Christmas trivia will seriously challenge your memory of the lines we hear repeated year after year.

Nightmare Before Christmas Trivia Game

A printable copy of this game and the answers is available below.



The Night Before Christmas Trivia Questions

  1. What were St. Nick's courses more rapid than?

  2. What reindeer name was mentioned first?

  3. What size was the old driver of the sleigh?

  4. What was St. Nick dressed in from head to foot? 

  5. What were St. Nick's cheeks like?

  6. What part of a pipe did St Nick hold in his teeth? 

  7. What encircled St. Nick's head? 

  8. What did St. Nick do JUST before he rose up the chimney?

  9. What kind of noise arose on the lawn? 

10. What got torn open? 

11. What was mamma wearing? 

12. How did the poem's main character get out of bed? 

13. Where did he fly like a flash? 

14. What did the moon give the lustre of midday to? 

15. What did the poem's main character throw up?

16. What size were the reindeer?

17. The sleigh's driver was quick and what?

18. How long did it take for the main character to know the  sleigh driver was St. Nick?

19. How were the children nestled in their beds?

20. What was the main character in the play wearing?

The Night Before Christmas Trivia ANSWERS

  1. Eagles

  2. Dasher

  3. Little

  4. Fur

  5. Roses

   6. The stump

  7. Smoke

  8. Gave a nod

  9. A clatter

10. The shutters

11. A kerchief

12. He sprang

13. To the window

14. Objects below

15. The sash

16. Tiny

17. Lively

18. A moment

19. All snug

20. A cap

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'Twas The Night Before Christmas POEM
BY CLEMENT CLARK MOORE

Answers to the above trivia underlined in the poem below to provide context for the answers.

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

Night Before Christmas Trivia

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a Good-Night!”




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