Woodblock print of snowy rural landscape snow with a horse and a person holding an umbrella.

Online event

Young Friends stay-at-home sleepover:
Christmas through time

Travel back in time and enjoy some festive fun with our Christmas online sleepover, bringing the magic of the British Museum to your home.

Enjoy a range of exciting festive activities, including constructing a gingerbread treasure box, midwinter storytelling, and crafting Victorian and Roman decorations. You can even put your detective skills to the test in a Christmas mystery.

See the schedule for our suggested order of how to plan out your evening.

The Young Friends sleepover schedule

Gingerbread treasure box.

1. Get creative with these wintry activities

Pick from a selection of fun crafts before you start Mystery at the Museum:

We'd love to see your crafty creations, you can email a picture of them to youngfriends@britishmuseum.org

Still from the event video showing the Lewis Chessmen have been stolen.

2. Take part in 'Mystery at the Museum'

Put your detective skills to the test in this Christmas mystery led by a Victorian detective, where you can team up to answer questions and crack the case! Play together or pit yourself against your friends and family and race to see who can find the thief first.

Start the activity

Ben Haggarty presenting midwinter tales against a black background.

3. Settle in with a bedtime story

Join storyteller Ben Haggarty as he tells the stories behind two of the great icons of the Middle Ages – one carved in stone, the other painted on gold.

Watch on YouTube