Can You Match the Christmas Tree to the Movie?



By: Lauren Lubas

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The tradition of putting up and decorating a tree for Christmas dates back to the holiday's pagan roots. People used to take boughs of trees and decorate them with candles. It wasn't necessarily the safest way to decorate, but it was what they had at the time. This tradition has morphed and grown over the years, and these days, absolutely no one can call themselves fans of the holiday without a tree that is decorated with ornaments, lights, tinsel, ribbon and, of course, a star or angel on top. That is why Christmas trees are a staple of Christmas movies.

Though this tradition doesn't have an end in sight, it's important to remember that not all Christmas trees are found in Christmas movies. As a matter of fact, you can spot a huge decorated tree in the non-traditional holiday flick, "Batman Returns" (1992). 

Luckily for you, we scoured the movie archives and found 40 Christmas trees in films, both Christmas-related and not. It's now time for you to tell us what movie that tree belongs in. This seems simple, right? Well, put on your Christmas goggles because this is going to be one wild ride through a forest of decorations, professional design and holiday cheer. 

Can you name this movie where the tree goes up in flames?

After the cat gets fried by the Christmas lights, Clark smells gas coming from the sewer. When Lewis lights a cigar, the entire tree bursts into flames. It's another step toward Clark's breaking point.


Though this movie might not be suitable for children, the Christmas tree is. Can you name the film?

"Bad Santa" is one of those movies that highlights the reality of the Christmas season. There are people out there who are just looking out for themselves, and they may just be around to get one final score.


In which movie would you find this Christmas tree?

"The Santa Clause" (1994), features a man (Tim Allen) who has to take over the duties of the big man himself. There's nothing like watching Tim Allen gain an unhealthy amount of weight in a short period of time. It's all magical, so he's probably going to be just fine.


In which Christmas movie is a lost child found under this giant tree?

As a sequel to one of the most memorable Christmas movies of all time, "Home Alone 2: Lost In New York" is all about Kevin McAllister learning about Christmas. His mother finds him under the Rockefeller Center tree, knowing that it is Kevin's favorite part of the holiday season.


This extremely large tree is seen in the Great Hall in which movie?

While every "Harry Potter" movie has a highlight of Christmas, the first installment of the series goes all out. We learn all about how the wizarding world delivers Christmas goodies and the magical things that can happen on this already magical day.


Can you name the animated film that has this Christmas tree in it?

While the animation for "The Polar Express" was way ahead of its time, it can also be a bit frightening at times. The story is just as good as the book, and the visuals are stunning.


Important characters swing off this tree decoration in what Christmas film?

When you think of Christmas shopping, the last thing you'd probably expect would be to fight with Arnold Schwarzenegger over a simple toy. However, the entire premise of "Jingle All The Way" gives us just that, and it's hilarious.


Can you name the Christmas comedy with this large tree in the background?

It may be possible that Santa Claus has a brother, and the movie, "Fred Claus," explores the possibility. However, Fred isn't nearly as responsible as his brother ... until he needs to be, that is.


Can you tell us the movie that features this Christmas tree?

People either love or hate Christmas music. If you are a hater of the music of the season, you probably won't enjoy "White Christmas" (1954) because it delivers some of the most fun songs of the season.


In 1986, Dolly Parton starred in this movie. Do you recognize the movie this tree comes from?

Witches and Christmas go hand in hand in this Christmas fantasy movie. In the film, Dolly Parton helps save seven runaways from the evils that lurk outside. She gives them the true Southern hospitality they deserve.


A young Sandra Bullock stars in the movie with this Christmas tree. Can you name the movie?

Though "While You Were Sleeping" isn't technically a Christmas movie, it does take place over the holidays. The Christmas tree is highlighted while the main character is trying to pull her tree through the window, it falls, and she has to file an insurance claim.


The tall tree in the background of this movie has people arguing that it's a Christmas movie. Do you know what flick we're talking about?

There has been a long debate as to whether or not people should consider "Die Hard" to be a Christmas movie. No matter your position, you can't deny that there are a lot of Christmas elements in the film.


Do you know the name of this movie that's a fantasy, horror and comedy all wrapped into one?

"Gremlins" is one of those movies that you may not watch around the holidays, but it could definitely be a part of your watchlist during Christmas break. There are stockings, trees and lights all around.


Can you name the Christmas classic with this tree in the background?

"It's a Wonderful Life" is arguably one of the most important movies ever made. It is about a man who is depressed during the holidays and contemplates suicide ... that is, until he learns what the world would be like without him.


Which movie does this tree come from?

If your neighbors don't like Christmas, you may find it best to leave them alone. That is not what happens to Luther and Nora Krank, who just want to go on a Caribbean cruise for the holidays.


This one's a remake. Can you name the movie?

While most adults don't believe in Santa, there are so many movies that prove he's real. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1994) shows us that with a little bit of faith, anything is possible, especially around the holidays.


What is the name of the famous stop-action film with this tree in it?

While it might not have the best animation or special effects, people still return to the original "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" to give them a sense of nostalgia and warmth every Christmas.


You'll find this Christmas tree next to a staircase in which movie?

If you're looking for a movie to cheer you up, make sure you watch "The Holiday" to the end. It is basically "Wife-Swap" but for the holidays ... and it's fiction. Though it didn't get the greatest reviews, you may find it lifts your spirits a bit.


Do you remember this movie that's a twist on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"?

In "Scrooged" (1989), Bill Murray plays Frank Cross. He's the kind of guy who is mean to everyone, from his secretary to his brother. Just like Ebenezer Scrooge, he's visited by spirits who show him the meaning of Christmas.


This classic is constantly on TV during the holidays. Can you name it if we show you a picture of the tree?

The success of "A Christmas Story" was so huge that to this day, it is still played during the holiday season. Some television stations even run it for 24 hours straight on Christmas Day.


This heavily decorated tree is in which Christmas movie starring Ben Affleck?

Some Christmas movies are a little far-fetched, but we love them anyway. In "Surviving Christmas" (2004), we watch Ben Affleck pay a family to allow him to get involved with their Christmas festivities. Everyone learns a little something over the course of the movie.


You'll see this Christmas tree in a comedy starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. What is the movie called?

Although this technically isn't a Christmas movie, many of the scenes refer to the holidays. The tree is seen in this movie during a party that Eddie Murphy's character is having with his friends.


This tree painted on a door is from what Christmas movie?

In "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993), we learn that there are multiple worlds, each celebrating a different holiday. When Jack opens the Christmas tree door, he ends up in the land of Christmas.


A tree is tucked behind a mirror in which movie about trading places?

If you're bored of being rich, all you have to do is find someone who looks exactly like you. Of course, in "The Princess Switch" (2018), things get a little crazy when the two women who switched places also switch lovers.


A girl stays up trying to catch Santa in front of this tree in which moive?

The Netflix original movie, "The Christmas Chronicles," is all about finding the Christmas spirit, even if much of the joy has left your life. A girl and her older brother learn the true meaning of the holiday when they meet Santa.


Can you name the scary movie this Christmas tree comes from?

What happens when there's a killer dressed like Santa Claus? Well, if you're in the middle of the holiday season, you may find he is much more difficult to catch. This tense mystery has everything you want to keep your children away from during Christmas.


This is one of the most famous trees in history. Do you know what movie this skinny tree comes from?

One of the most beloved Christmas specials is all about Charlie Brown. He learns the true meaning of Christmas and has a tree that people use to this day to help decorate their homes.


The giant tree doesn't fit in the house in which movie?

Buddy sure loves Christmas, so much so that he doesn't even consider size when he picks out a Christmas tree for his dad's house. The monster tree is about 2 feet too tall for the room.


Though it isn't a Christmas movie, you can spot Christopher Walken in front of a tree in which superhero movie?

"Batman Returns" might be a dark movie, but Gotham is a dark place. In this scene, the majority of the lighting comes from the Christmas tree, giving everyone a red glow.


Do you remember which movie this tree comes from?

Some consider this movie terrifying, while others consider it to be a true Christmas classic. Either way, "The Christmas Toy" has some great puppeteering and design by The Muppets' creator, Jim Henson


Do you know which movie this tree comes from?

Not everyone is perfect, but when you work for a help line, you get a few colorful characters. "Mixed Nuts" is filled with these characters, who are definitely a little more down around the holidays.


Do you recognize the movie that has this Christmas tree in it?

When you're married, sometimes the only thing you want is some alone time. However, when the main character in "A Dream of Christmas" wakes up to find her entire marriage never happened, things get a little weird.


You can find this tree in a movie that stars Mark Paul Gosselaar. Can you name the movie?

This made-for-TV movie has everything single people want to see on Christmas. It's all about how the stress of the holidays are magnified when you're single and pressure is put on you to couple up!


You'll find this Christmas tree in which love story?

When Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan got together in the '90s, nothing could go wrong. "You've Got Mail" has it all: Christmas, love and spring in New York City. While Meg Ryan is decorating her tree, she has a moment of reflection and decides what to do with her store.


In which Harry Potter film do we get to see a Christmas tree at Grimmauld Place?

The Harry Potter franchise always highlights Christmas in the wizarding world. In "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," we get to see a tree other than the ones that are shown at Hogwarts.


In which movie do you find this gorgeous Christmas tree?

"A Baby For Christmas" is all about finding the Christmas spirit when no one around you has any kind of joy in them. It doesn't take the main character long to figure out that there is, in fact, joy in the world.


What is the name of the Christmas horror movie that has this tree in it?

Not all Christmas movies are about capturing the spirit and magic. "Red Christmas" is a horror film about the holiday. It's especially made for those who miss Halloween so much, they need to be frightened again.


In which TV movie will you find this Christmas tree?

Like several Christmas movies, "A Song For Christmas" begins when a city lover winds up stranded in a small town over the holiday. As you might imagine, magic, Christmas spirit and love are all involved in the plot.


What Christmas movie involving a hostage situation has this Christmas tree in it?

Comedian Denis Leary plays a criminal who is ready to retire. However, he first has to rob one last house. Unfortunately, things don't go quite as planned, and he has to take a few hostages to ensure his safe escape.


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