The Ultimate Christmas Sleepover Guide
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Last Modified 31 March 2023 First Added 23 October 2020
“Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality.” Or so believed Washington Irving. And what better way is there to do so than plan a Christmas sleepover? They are perfect for any time throughout December, but especially magical on Christmas Eve. The chance to enjoy a night with those you love is a wonderful experience.
To get into the holiday spirit you could have a festive-themed sleepover with your children or even host a virtual Christmas to include friends and relatives, wherever they are in the world. For adults and children alike, a Christmas slumber party can really get you in a jolly mood. To help you out, we’ve come up with some festive ideas to give you some inspiration.
It’s important that you plan your Christmas sleepover, to ensure that it’s truly magical. Not only will it make it exciting for those coming, but it’ll also allow you to enjoy the night without worrying about last-minute details. Let’s go over some key things to keep in mind.
Having a Christmas theme can be fun not just for kids but for adults too. It gives everyone an idea of what to bring and how to dress, as well as what to expect. Some lovely theme ideas include:
Be sure to give plenty of warning, so that everyone has a chance to plan their Christmas slumber party outfit.
Whether you’re hosting, or if you’re having a virtual sleepover, ensure that you decorate. Set a room aside for the night and go crazy with the decorations. Keep them within your theme, if you can. For example, if you’re choosing a snowglobe theme, opt for white tinsel and fairy lights for a winter wonderland feel.
Sleepovers at any time of year should be cosy and comfy. Whichever room you have decided to set aside for the evening should be filled with soft pillows, blankets and cushions to make the perfect sleep space. Think of it like making a nest – lots of different soft materials come together to make those sleeping inside snooze soundly.
Arranging a Christmas sleepover is no easy task, there are lots to think about, even if you’re hosting a virtual sleepover. Here are some tips to help you with the arrangements:
As Carroll Stuhlmueller said: “Christmas belongs to children and to the child in all of us.” So what better way to bring the magic out at Christmas, than to have a bunch of fun activities to do? This will keep the evening fun and exciting! Here are our favourite festive activities to try out…
Better done in person than remotely, however, any scavenger hunt is super enjoyable. They’re great for kids and adults alike, just be sure to tweak them to the right age group.
In your home, you have a few ways of doing this. You can give each guest a list of items to collect throughout the night (make sure there are some hard-to-find items). Set a time for the scavenger hunt to end and once the time is up the person with the most items wins.
Another option is to make this more of a team activity, by setting clues and riddles. Each clue should lead to an item and another clue. The last item should be a prize that will be used during the night, maybe a family-sized box of chocolates to share.
Finally, as an online option, if there’s a social game you all play in common, try setting up a hunt in the virtual world. Who knows what adventures you’ll have along the way?
Hot chocolate and winter go hand in hand, and with a little prep, it makes the most delicious hands-off drink for your slumber party. Just set up a hot chocolate bar with plenty of toppings laid out (chocolate flakes, marshmallows, and whipped cream!). The beverage itself can go in an insulated jug and don’t forget mugs for everyone. Then people can simply help themselves to any toppings and extras that they want.
This is a fabulous activity for the start of the night or it can be done throughout the night as a “break” from activities.
Whether it’s for kids or adults, getting your craft on is a lot of fun. Why not set aside some time to make your own decorations? They could be something that you plan to hang on the tree once done. You could even get everyone to make Christmas cards for each other. How exciting!
Other festive craft ideas include:
Let the donkey take a break and instead play pin the nose on Rudolph. Make a basic Rudolph face without the nose, but draw on where the nose is meant to go. You can do this with a piece of card or decorate a corkboard to make it look like a reindeer face – all you need is antlers, eyes and a mouth.
Next, give everyone a red circle with their name on it. This is Rudolph’s nose. Each player is blindfolded and must pin the nose in the correct place. Whoever gets the closest wins!
Is there anything more festive than watching a Christmas film? Choose an old favourite or go for something new to get everyone in the spirit of Christmas. Do this later on in the evening, when you want everyone to start quieting down. Ensure everyone has a comfy place to sit, bring in popcorn, sweet snacks, and cheeky hot chocolate from the bar, dim the lights and settle down to watch.
You can also put on other films, either as a break or as a good wind-down at the end of the night. We’ve got a list of movies to help you sleep if you want some inspiration.
The digital world has many uses, one of which is the ability to bring people who are far apart together. If you live far away from family and close friends, you can arrange a virtual Christmas sleepover. This can be a great way to get grandparents involved if they live far away. Although you won’t all be together in the same room, you can still have fun with a variety of games and activities.
To make this more than just a video call, you’ll need some planning. Send out a virtual invitation and choose a theme. Give people plenty of time to come up with an outfit and encourage them to decorate their background.
You can still play games like the scavenger hunt. For this, you as the host should have the list of items (or you could make it more difficult with riddles). Call out the item or riddle and the first person to bring the correct item to the video call wins a point. Also, ask the point scorer to tell a story about the item too. The best story can also win a point. The person with the most points at the end wins. You could also play games like charades or do a Christmas trivia quiz.
Next, try out a fun game like Gartic Phone – make sure everyone gives festive prompts to make it on-brand for the season. Or, if you all happen to play an online game together, then going through an in-game event for the Christmas season can be a part of the experience.
One thing that is important for a virtual sleepover is arranging a time for everyone to join a video call the next morning. You don’t want to miss out on waking up together and reminiscing about the wholesome night before.
There you go, that’s all our merry ideas and inspirations. Now all that’s left to do is to throw the best Christmas sleepover ever! Don’t worry too much about getting everything perfect – ensure you have fun and embrace your inner child as you host, for as it is said in A Christmas Carol:
“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas”.