Thanks to all who sent in answers. The highest scoring entry was from Nicola Stanhope, with 13½ out of 25.
Congratulations to Nicola, who lives in London. This was a tricky quiz, harder than last year's Christmas quiz (when the top score was 17½ out of 25) so any score over half marks is very impressive. Before researching it, I doubt I would have scored that well!
Although the quiz was purely for fun, and I know a number of people enjoyed going through it without sending in their answers, I would like to offer Nicola two free places on a London On The Ground walking tour in 2024.
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And now, to the answers (please scroll down).
The London On The Ground London Christmas Quiz 2023
1) Which building, of which the picture below is a detail, was declared officially complete by Parliament on 25 December 1711?
St Paul's Cathedral
2) Which song, recorded in London by London-based artists, was voted Londoners' favourite Christmas song by Time Out readers in 2018?
Fairy Tale of New York (by The Pogues & Kirsty McColl)
3) In which season did a London football club last fail to win England's Premier League title after being top of the table at Christmas? Which club?
2022/23. Arsenal (half a point for each part of the answer)
4) Which popular Christmas pantomime character is based on a real life medieval London merchant?
5) Which journalist and author, who has edited several tabloids and was born in Paddington on Christmas Day 1943, is mother to a well-known TV presenter, whose show has a Christmas special?
6) What Christmas event first took place in Hyde Park in 2005?
7) Which London Underground station name is also a traditional Christmas tree decoration?
8) In which year in the 1960s was the switching on of the Oxford Street lights postponed and why?
1963, out of respect for the assassination of US President John F Kennedy (half a point for each part of the answer)
9) In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, at which London building does Scrooge see people discussing his own death (as revealed by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come)?
The Royal Exchange
10) How many different kinds of bird went into a Tudor Christmas pie?
Five (pigeon, partridge, chicken, goose, turkey, encased in pastry, surrounded by hare and game!)
11) Which singer, who died on Christmas Day 2016 and was buried in Highgate Cemetery, appeared on both the number one and number two singles in the UK's Christmas chart of 1984.
12) Which band played their Christmas Show over 16 nights at the Astoria in Finsbury Park between 24 December 1963 and 11 January 1964?
13) In which year was the homeless charity Crisis at Christmas founded in London? (a) 1959, (b) 1967, (c) 1981.
14) The last time a game in the top division of English football was played on Christmas Day in London was in 1957. Who scored four goals for Chelsea in its 7-4 win over Portsmouth on that day?
15) In which year was the first documented performance of the pantomime 'Aladdin' staged at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden? (a) 1788, (b) 1823, (c) 1902.
16) Which popular children's fiction character first appeared by name in a short story published in London's The Evening News on Christmas Eve 1925?
17) Which poem, by the London-born creator of the character in question 16, starts with the line 'King John was not a good man'?
King John's Christmas
18) What was family name of 17th century master-carvers Gerard and his sons John and Mathias, who, among other things, produced figures for several Lord Mayor's Shows?
19) In Old St Paul's Cathedral, a choirboy was elected each year to serve in what capacity from 6-28 December (until the practice was stopped by Henry VIII)?
20) Which type of folk play, presented in some parts of the country at Easter or Halloween, is a feature of Christmas/Twelfth Night in the southeast of England?
21) Which film, set in London during the Christmas period and released 20 years ago, is now considered a modern Christmas classic?
22) Which London-born illustrator, who worked for Punch magazine, illustrated Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in 1843?
John Leech (look carefully at the illustration!)
23) Which film maker, who was born in Mumbai on Christmas Day 1936 and died in London in 2005, was one half of the longest partnership in independent cinema history?
24) In which year did central London first stage a major fireworks display to welcome the New Year (note, the answer should give the New Year and not the old one)?
25) From 1878 until World War II, where was London's main place for the public gathering on New Year's Eve?
Outside St Paul's Cathedral
I will also be one of the guides on a tour of the church and tower of St Mary Islington, which includes unrivalled panoramic views across London from the top of the tower, on 13 January at 2pm.
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Happy New Year!