50 New Years Trivia Questions

Last Updated on March 2, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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New Year’s Trivia Questions

There’s something so special about a new year coming. Life feels so fresh and there’s a new excitement about trying new things and setting goals.

And now it’s even better with these New Years Trivia questions!

Gather around with your favorite friends or family members, because New Years Trivia is the best activity to do with a group! And while you’re at it, grab my New Year’s Bingo and This or That games for an unforgettable New Year’s party!

But be prepared, it’s about to get really competitive!

How to Play New Year’s Trivia

There’s no wrong way to use these new year questions, but here are a few tips for having fun with this list.

If you have a small enough group, read off the New Year’s trivia questions one at a time and whoever answers first gets a point. If the group is larger enough, you can split into teams and pick a person on each team to go each round.

Whoever answers the most New Years trivia questions correctly wins!

If you’re really into trivia like we are, you have to grab one of these sets of buzzer buttons. It’ll feel like you’re in the middle of a game show and it’s so much more fun!

50 New Year’s Trivia Questions

Ready to play? Find your New Years trivia questions here!

Q. When did the New Year’s Eve Ball first drop in Times Square?

A. 1907

Q. “Auld Lang Syne” is the song most associated with New Year’s Eve. Who wrote it?

A. Robert Burns wrote “Auld Lang Syne” in Scotland in the year 1788.

Q. How large is the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball in diameter?

A. 12 feet

Q. When did partiers first celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square?

A. 1904

Q. How many versions of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball have there been to date?

A. Seven

Q. What materials made up the first-ever Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball?

A. Iron and wood

Q. What do the words “Auld Lang Syne” mean?

A. “Auld Lang Syne” means for old times’ sake.

Q. How much did the first Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball weigh?

A. 700 pounds

Q. What custom do many Americans stick to when the ball drops?

A. Americans usually kiss after the ball drops.

Q. How many light bulbs covered the first Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball?

A. 100

Q. When did LED lights first appear on the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball?

A. 2007

Q. How many colors can the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball display?

A. 16 million

Q. Does the current Times Square Ball weigh more or less than 10,000 pounds?

A. More. It weighs 11,875 pounds!

Q. True or False. There are more than 30,000 LED lights in the Times Square ball?

A. True! There are 32,256!

Q. When was the second Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball introduced?

A. 1920

Q. What famous group failed to pass an audition for Decca Records on January 1?

A. The Beatles!

Q. What metal replaced iron in the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball?

A. Aluminum

Q. When were computer controls introduced to the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball?

A. 1995

Q. In one country people wear red underwear on New Years to bring themselves good luck all year. Name that country.

A. Italy

Q. When did the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball debut?

A. 1999

Q. One of the largest New Year celebrations is held in what Australian city?

A. Sydney, Australia

Q. Who hosted the New York City New Year’s Eve festivities until the early 1970s?

A. Guy Lombardo

Q. Where is the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball located?

A. One Times Square

Q. What famous person took over the New York City festivities in the 1970s?

A. Dick Clark took over for host Guy Lombardo in 1972.

Q. How tall are the numbers on the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball?

A. 7 feet

Q. The highest box office sales for a movie shown on a New Year’s Day were for which movie?

A. James Cameron’s Avatar 

Q. How much does Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball weigh?

A. About six tons (12,000 pounds)

Q. What was the first year there were fireworks at the New York New Year’s Eve celebration?

A. 1904

Q. When was the first “time ball” drop on record?

A. 1833

Q. Who decided January 1st would be the first day of the new year?

A. Julius Caeser

Q. What newspaper sponsored the first-ever Times Square New Year’s Eve party?

A. The New York Times

Q. What calendar determines the date of the Chinese New Year?

A. Lunar

Q. What two years did the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball not drop?

A. 1942 and 1943

Q. How much confetti is dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve?

A. About one ton

Q. How many people tune watch the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball drop each year?

A. About one billion

Q. Who is credited with writing the poem “Auld Lang Syne?”

A. Robert Burns

Q. What was the most popular reported 2020 New Year’s resolution?

A. To exercise more

Q. In Scottish traditions, who do you kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve?

A. Everyone in the room

Q. In what year was January 1 officially declared the first day of the new year?

A. 46 B.C.

Q. When was the Gregorian calendar first officially used in Western countries?

A. 1582

Q. The Dutch believe eating what on New Year’s Day will bring good luck?

A. Donuts

Q. Which place was the last to celebrate the new millennium on Jan. 1, 2000?

A. Hawaii

Q. In Spain, 12 of what type of food is eaten at midnight on New Year’s Eve for good luck?

A. Grapes

Q. “January” gets its name from what Roman god?

A. Janus, the god of doors and gates

Q. What do people in the Southern United States eat for good luck on New Year’s Eve?

A. Black-eyed peas

Q. According to the Lunar Calendar, when is the New Year?

A. The exact date is not fixed, it can fall between January 21 to February 21

Q. About how many glasses of bubbly are consumed on New Year’s Eve?

A. 360 million

Q. Smashing a peppermint version of what animal is considered good luck in New York?

A. Pig

Q. Which country celebrates New Years first each year?

A. Tonga

I hope you and your family enjoyed these New Years Trivia questions! Who knew the most in your group? Let us know in the comments?

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