The Ultimate Winter Trivia Quiz For Those Cold Nights

Isobel Murphy
Dec 12, 2023 By Isobel Murphy
Originally Published on Jan 22, 2021
Funny little girl holding snow heart in beautiful winter park during snowfall

We love winter, but how much do we know about this season??

This winter trivia will put your knowledge to the test and perhaps teach you some new interesting, fun facts about winter too! Winter is the coldest time of the year when the temperature falls, as have the leaves from trees, days become shorter and nights longer, and beautiful snow blankets everything in many places.

 Test yourself with this winter holiday trivia and find out! You may also find answers here to any questions about winter you may have.

You can play this holiday trivia for kids with the whole family, teaching lots of cool facts about winter for kids through play. Take this winter quiz with your family and friends, or also try our summer trivia and spring trivia and have a fun season-themed trivia party!

All About Winter

Let's start by testing your knowledge of winter season and cold weather facts. As winter is the season when we prefer to stay indoors, warm and cozy, and spend time with the family, why not make this a fun learning experience for the kids with these easy winter trivia questions and answers?

They are full of fun facts about cold weather and winter fun facts for kids. Here you go, some cold weather trivia is coming your way!

1. Question: The word 'winter' comes from an old germanic word, 'wintar'. What does it mean?

Answer: The wet season.

2. Question: Which hemisphere experiences a colder winter season than the other?

Answer: Northern hemisphere.

3. Question: What is the shortest day of the year called?

Answer: Winter solstice.

4. Question: What is the name of the medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it and the body's temperature gets dangerously low?

Answer: Hypothermia.

5. Question: Which months mark the winter season's beginning and end, respectively?

Answer: December and February.

6. Question: During which season in the Northern hemisphere does the earth reach the point in its orbit where it is closest to the sun?

Answer: Winter.

7. Question: What is the lowest temperature ever recorded in the United States of America?

Answer: -80 F(-26.66 C).

8. Question: What is the coldest state in the United States of America?

Answer: Alaska.

9. Question: True or False? The Arctic Fox turns white during winter and then changes back to its grey color when it is over.

Answer: True.

10. Question: True or False? When animals hide away during the winter season and emerge when it is over, it's called migration. When birds and animals travel to warmer places when it is cold in their natural habitat, it's called hibernation.

Answer: False, it is the other way around.

Know Your Snow Trivia

Snow is considered to be the most beautiful and fun part of winter by any person who has experienced it. There is 'snow' way someone will say it wasn't love at 'frost' sight (winter wonderland or winter pun-derland?)!

Full of more interesting winter weather facts, here is some snow trivia for kids and families, and perhaps some snowflake trivia too. Good luck!

11. Question: What is the fear of snow called?

Answer: Chionophobia.

12. Question: Where is the snowiest place in the United States?

Answer: Stampede Pass in Washington State.

13. Question: What are heavy snowfalls with winds over 35 miles per hour with limited visibility called?

Answer: Blizzards.

14. Question: How much of the world's freshwater supply comes from snow and ice?

Answer: around 68%

15. Question: Is it possible for snow to fall over a desert?

Answer: Yes.

16. Question: How many sides do snowflakes have?

Answer: Six sides.

17. Question: What is the average speed at which snowflakes fall from the sky?

Answer: 3.5 ft per second (1.06 m per sec).

18. Question: What is the largest width ever recorded of a snowflake?

Answer: 15 in (38 cm).

19. Question: What causes the red color of watermelon snow, which is most commonly found in the Canadian Rockies?

Answer: Algae.

20. Question: The most snow to fall within 24 hours ever recorded was 76 inches. Where was this?

Answer: Silver Lake Colorado.

Winter Sports Quiz

Every year, countless people wait for the arrival of winter with skis and ice skates in hand. And those who don't play, love watching others do it. So, when it comes to trivia about winter, how can our fun winter questions be complete without some winter sports and Winter Olympic trivia?

21. Question: Which city in the United States became the first US city to host the Winter Olympics twice?

Answer: Lake Placid.

22. Question: True or False? No country in the Southern hemisphere has ever hosted the Winter Olympics

Answer: True.

23. Question: Which sport involves acro, aerials and moguls?

Answer: Freestyle skiing.

24. Question: Which winter sport evolved from skateboarding and surfing?

Answer: Snowboarding.

25. Question: In which country did speed skating originate?

Answer: The Netherlands.

26. Question: What was the first international winter sports competition to be organized?

Answer: Nordic Games.

27. Question: Which game played on ice is similar to lawn bowls?

Answer: Curling.

28. Question: Which alpine skier won the men's Giant Slalom in the Winter Olympics in the years 1988 and 1992 ?

Answer: Alberto Tomba from Italy.

29. Question: Who was the first player to compete in the Winter Olympics after having played in the National Hockey League?

Answer: George Geran.

30. Question: Who became the first woman to win four Olympic gold medals in alpine skiing?

Answer:  Janica Kostelić.

Winter Around The World

The climatic conditions of a place depend on many factors, including altitude, distance from the sea, and distance from the equator. Hence, countries worldwide experience winter in many different ways, all with their own winter festivals and traditions.

At some places, like tropical islands, the residents barely experience any cold, while countries like Greenland experience plenty of extreme cold conditions. In fact, winter in Russia can get so severely cold that the cold weather has even been used as a defensive measure against invaders at many points in history.

There are so many winter holiday fun facts out there! How many of these winter facts around the world do you know?

31. Question: Which is the snowiest city in the world?

Answer: Aomori City in Japan.

32. Question: What is the Ukrainian New Year, which is celebrated in mid-January and is famous for its rowdy and masquerade-like traditions, called?

Answer: Malanka.

33. Question: What is the name of Winter Solstice celebrations in Iran?

Answer: Yalda Night or Chelle Night.

34. Question: Austria has its own version of Santa Claus, but he is a little more strict. He not only comes to reward nice children but also to punish naughty ones. What is he called?

Answer: Krampus.

35. Question: Which country's version of Santa Claus is a group of 13 dwarf-like lads who each have their own name and are called the Yule Lads together?

Answer: Iceland.

36. Question: Where is the event called Night of the Radishes, a three-day festival starting on 23 December, celebrated?

Answer: Oaxaca in Mexico.

37. Question: In which country is Saint Lucia Day celebrated, where on 13 December the youngest girl from each family dresses up as the martyr Saint Lucy of Syracuse?

Answer: Sweden.

38. Question: Which Chinese Festival is celebrated in January or February, depending on the lunar calendar?

Answer: Chinese New Year.

39. Question: What is the ancient African harvest festival, celebrated between 26 December and 1 January, whose name means "first fruits" called?

Answer: Kwanzaa.

40. Question: The Kureri tradition is thousands of years old, men and women put on masks that appear like monsters and costumes and dance around to scare evil spirits away. To which country does this Kukeri tradition belong?

Answer: Bulgaria.

Winter Safety Questions

With great winter fun, can come great potentially dangerous weather and situations. Remember to teach your kids about winter safety; you can make it a fun activity with these interesting winter facts. So, how much do you already know? There is only one way to find out! Here's some winter safety trivia questions.

41. Question: What is the most common problem after exposure to severe cold?

Answer: Hypothermia.

42. Question: At what temperature can the body start going into hypothermia?

Answer: 95 F (35C).

43. Question: Which dangerous gas can be released if you don't get your furnace serviced regularly?

Answer: Carbon Monoxide.

44. Question: How thick can ice be skated on safely?

Answer: 4 in (10.16 cm).

45. Question: A person is showing symptoms of frostbite on their finger after being subjected to severe cold exposure. What would your first step towards helping them be?

Answer: Dipping the finger in warm water.

46. Question: True or False? Treating hypothermia should be the priority if a person has frostbite and hypothermia.

Answer: True.

47. Question: True or False? There should be a kit of emergency supplies in your vehicle at all times in case you get stranded because of extreme weather conditions.

Answer: True.

48. Question: True or False? It is okay to not keep much distance between two vehicles while driving.

Answer: False.

49. Question: True or False? Heels are a safe footwear choice for going out in the snow if one knows how to walk in them properly.

Answer: False.

Guess The Famous Quotes About Winter

Can you recognize who these famous lines about winter are from? Apart from the snow trivia lets see how well you can answer these winter wonderland trivia questions on who said what!

50. Question: "Nothing burns like the cold."

Answer: George R.R. Martin.

51. Question: "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."

Answer: Albert Camus.

52. Question: "I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'"

Answer: Lewis Carroll.

53. Question: "O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?"

Answer: Percy Bysshe Shelley.

54. Question: "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."

Answer: Charles Dickens.

55. Question: "Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart."

Answer: Victor Hugo.

56. Question: "Advice is like the snow. The softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind."

Answer: Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

57. Question: "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn."

Answer: Hal Borland.

58. Question: "Blow, blow, thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man's ingratitude."

Answer: William Shakespeare.

59. Question: "Winter forms our character and brings out our best."

Answer: Tom Allen.

60. Question: "The hard soil and four months of snow make the inhabitants of the northern temperate zone wiser and abler than his fellow who enjoys the fixed smile of the tropics."

Answer: Ralph Waldo Emerson.

61. Question: "In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy."

Answer: William Blake.

Winter Miscellaneous Trivia Questions

This winter trivia for kids is full of interesting facts about winter; it even has some trivia questions about the beautiful animals that live in the cold. Here we go. Let's see how many of these winter questions you can get right and how well you know the clothes and food of winter!

62. Question: What does George promise Mary in 'It's A Wonderful Life'?

Answer: The Moon.

63. Question: In 'A Christmas Carol', who is the antagonist?

Answer: Ebenezer Scrooge

64. Question: What kind of pizza does Kevin dream of having all to himself in 'Home Alone'?

Answer: Cheese.

65. Question: Name the Disney movie in which a princess, the elder of two sisters, has the power to create and manipulate snow?

Answer: 'Frozen'.

66. Question: Eggnog was first introduced in which country?

Answer: The United Kingdom.

67. Question: What does the muskox do to prepare itself for the severe cold?

Answer: Grows a second coat of fur.

68. Question: Traditionally, what is hidden inside a Christmas pudding?

Answer: A silver coin.

69. Question: What does Sam bring back from Alaska to his friend George in Seattle in 'North To Alaska' (1960)?

Answer: George's fiancé.

70. Question: How many children travel to Narnia in 'The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe' (2005) to help a lion?

Answer: Four.

71. Question: It is now traditional to eat a KFC for Christmas dinner in this country. Can you name the country?

Answer: Japan.

72. Question: What is the famous Russian fur hat worn in winter called?

Answer: Ushanka.

73. Question: In what TV series is the term 'Winter is coming' notorious?

Answer: Game of Thrones.

74. Question: What day is National Eggnog Day?

Answer: December 24th.

75. Question: What color was the snow covering 1,500 square kilometers in Siberia on 2 February 2007?

Answer: Orange.

76. Question: What is the name of a famous winter festival in Miami Beach?

Answer: Winter Party Festival in Miami Beach.

77. Question: Which Christmas song is based on a poem by Christina Rossetti, an English poet?

Answer: In the Bleak Midwinter.

78. Question: Winter Jazz Festival (Vinterjazz) takes place in which country during winter?

Answer: Denmark.

79. Question: Where is the snowiest place in the United States?

Answer: Stampede Pass in Washington State.

80. Question: What was the first international winter sports competition to be organized?

Answer: Nordic Games.

81. Question: What is the average temperature in the North Pole during winter?

Answer: -40 degrees.

82. Question: At what temperature can a person begin to see their breath outside?

From -10 degrees Celsius, if it's not that cold, it has to be cold AND wet AND it depends on your body's temperature.

83. Question: Is the Earth closer or further away from the Sun during winter?

Answer: Closer.

84. Question: In Russia, children are not given presents on Christmas Day but on which other day?

Answer: New Year's Day.

85. Question: Where was the first Winter Olympics held?

Answer: Chamonix, France.

86. Question: Who was the world's youngest Olympic skier?

Answer: Seba Johnson, age 14.

87. Question: What is the name of the dogsled race from Anchorage to Nome in early March?

Answer: The Iditarod.

88. Question: How many sides does a snowflake have?

Answer: Six sides.

89. Question: How warm can the inside of an igloo be compared to the outside air?

Answer: 70 degrees warmer.

90. Question: How many versions of the Times Square New Year's Eve ball have there been to date?

Answer: Seven.

91. Question: What is the poet's name who recorded the New Year's ballad "Aud Lang Syne?"

Answer: Robert Burns.

92. Question: What is the name of the traditional winter sweet fruit bread from Germany?

Answer: Stollen.

93. Question: In what country was the first snowmobile patented?

Answer: Canada.

94. Question: In what country would you find the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival?

Answer: Iceland.

95. Question: Which ancient stone monument is aligned with the winter solstice sunset?

Answer: Stonehenge.

96. Question: During the Winter Solstice, on what date, the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth?

Answer: December 21, 1620.

97. Question: Where is the event called Night of the Radishes, which is a three-day festival starting on 23 December, celebrated?

Answer: Oaxaca in Mexico.

98. Question: Which country did eggnog come from?

Answer: England.

99. Question: According to Austrian folklore, what horned figure punishes naughty children during the holiday season?

Answer: Krampus.

100. Question: What Christmas-themed ballet premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1892?

Answer: The Nutcracker.

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Written by Isobel Murphy

Bachelor of Arts specializing in History

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Isobel MurphyBachelor of Arts specializing in History

With a love for exploring cities and finding outdoor spaces to enjoy, Isobel has spent her life exploring various cities in the UK, from her hometown of Surrey to Birmingham where she studied history for three years. She is passionate about sports and enjoys watching and playing, as well as baking and spending quality time with her loved ones.

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