Counting down to the holidays just got more fun
There are tons of traditions when it comes to the holidays, but there’s one that is beyond easy to carry on throughout the years: the Advent calendar. If you can’t see yourself whipping up a DIY version, you’re in luck.
There are plenty of pre-made and themed Advent calendars for everyone. From Harry Potter collectibles and LEGO bricks to spa products and gourmet chocolate, we’ve rounded up the best countdown calendars of the season that will get kids (and parents!) in the spirit in no time.
Best Advent Calendars for LEGO-Lovers
LEGO City Advent Calendar
Santa with his sack of toys and Mrs. Claus on a snowboard are just two of the treasures you’ll find in this Advent calendar for little LEGO lovers.
LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar
This fun set includes minifigs of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Aberforth Dumbledore, and Madam Rosmerta, plus iconic items from the Harry Potter movies.
LEGO Marvel Avengers Advent Calendar
Spiderman with his too-cute holiday sweater is the star of this set that comes with Iron Man wearing his own jetpack.
LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
Count down to Christmas with your favorite Star Wars characters. This fun Advent calendar includes LEGO Emperor Palpatine, an Ewok and a Pit Droid in holiday outfits, a Gonk Droid dressed as a reindeer, Omega with a sled, a 212th Clone Trooper, B-1 Battle Droid, and Princess Leia.
Best Advent Calendars for Makers
Grabie Art Advent Calendar
This Advent calendar is a TikTok fav and we are here for it. It comes with 24 days of art supplies and is perfect for the crafter on your list.
KiwiCo Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar
Your little builders will love unwrapping this fun set that will let them engineer a winter wonderland complete with lights, a motorized sled hill, and an ice rink.
PLAYMOBIL Wiltopia DIY Advent Calendar
Calling all animal lovers! This unique set lets your kids make their Advent calendar with stickers, markers, and miniature exotic animals from around the world! The set contains 24 surprise items including wild animals from all the continents. Fill each box per the included instructions or get creative and decide for yourself what to put inside. Then, decorate the set with the included stickers and personalize it with your child’s name.
Hape Grand Station Advent Calendar
The fun never ends with this buildable train station calendar. Once opened, kids can put together wooden railway tracks, wooden trains, 3 figures (Station master, Passenger, Santa), a wooden snowman, a wooden Christmas tree, a wooden gift pack, 3 plastic traffic marks, a plastic bridge, a plastic connection, plastic bag, and 1 station master traffic sign. Then just unfold the box, which transforms into a Christmas scene.
Arts & Crafts Season Creations Advent Calendar
This seasonal day-by-day craft kit lets your kids unbox and make 24 seasonal crafts they can use as ornaments to hang on the tree. From beaded candy canes to yarn pom-poms, and cardboard reindeer to no-sew stockings—makers ages nine and up will be able to do all of these projects on their own (and younger artists can do it all with parental supervision).
Plus-Plus Advent Calendar
Each day in this set will bring a new character that you can build from Santa and the reindeer to Frosty and friends. When the holidays are over, take them apart and make new creations!
Best Advent Calendar for Kids Who Love Vehicles
Micro Machines 2023 Holiday Advent Calendar
Car-crazed kids will want to tear through this Advent calendar containing 25 days’ worth of “Vroom Vroom” fun, including 14 Micro Machine mini vehicles and 11 accessories. There’s also a racetrack to put together, so little drivers will have a place to race. The 2″ Micro Machines figures include cars, a plane, trucks, and more.
CAT Little Machines Advent Calendar
Little diggers will really get into this set that comes with all sorts of mini trucks, tractors, and land movers, plus road signs and more.
Best Candy-Filled Advent Calendars
Sugarfina’s 24 Tastes of Christmas Calendar
Sugarfina’s candy is sweet enough for the kids but unique enough in its flavors that grown-ups will want to get a taste, too! The gourmet candy company’s Gingerbread House Advent Calendar offers a 24-day tasting of the candy company’s gourmet candy collection, with a fun array of offerings from holiday presents, Heavenly Sours, Christmas Trees, Snowman Gummies, Walk of Fame Stars, and many more.
Kinder Joy Christmas Calendar
If your kids love chocolate, this calendar has 24 days of pre-wrapped melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate by the Italian confectionery company Ferrero. The only downside? There’s just one piece per day, so an extra calendar may just come in handy.
Best Toy-Filled Advent Calendars
Mini Brands Advent Calendar
Mini Brands take all the things kids love—toys and snacks—and make them super-small for collecting and trading! They’ll be delighted to open up mini cans of Pringles and ramen every day during Advent.
GUND 12-Day Surprise Plush Advent Calendar
12 mini 4-inch plush characters come in this fun giftable box that will have them smiling from ear to ear!
Best Kids’ Book Collection Advent Calendars
Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar
You’ll get 24 days of stories in this Advent calendar. Each comes in its own small paperback book.
Marvel: Storybook Collection Advent Calendar 2023
Avengers assemble! This Marvel-themed advent means your superheroes can read a new story every day leading up to Christmas.
Best Advent Calendars for Little Kids
Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar
We love this option for littles because it provides a visual countdown to the coming of Christmas (which can seem far, far away when you are a kid!).
Bluey’s Advent Calendar
This set has Bluey, Bingo, and Bartlebee figures along with holiday accessories and 5 stickers to make your Advent season a fun one.
Elf on the Shelf Sweet Spinners Advent Calendar
You’ll get a number of Elf on the Shefl characters and Elf Pets in this fun set that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit. There’s even a fun racetrack to get everyone zooming around town.
PLAYMOBIL Magic Bathtime Fun Mermaids Advent Calendar
Perfect for toddlers, this splashtastic Advent calendar makes bath time fun. Once all the doors have been opened, your kids will have tons of mermaids, marine animals, and more to create all sorts of water adventures.
Paw Patrol Holiday Advent Calendar Countdown
Paw Patrol is on a roll with this adorable Advent calendar filled with collectible dogs from the beloved show. Kids will be able to unbox a different character and accessory each day, with all of their favorite pups represented—plus extras to help with the storytelling, including animal friends and accessories.
Play-Doh Advent Calendar
Truth: Kids who love Play-Doh can’t get enough of the squishy stuff. This Advent calendar offers a standalone tub plus fun accessories (like tools, cutters, and accessories) for each of the 24 days before Christmas. The box also has tear-off play mats with snowman and gingerbread scenes so kids can use their imaginations to create wintery stories or enhance the scenes.
Best Advent Calendars for Collectors
Funko Pop! Advent Calendar: Harry Potter
It’s Happy Christmas with this Funko Pop! calendar. Coming with 24 characters maxing out at 1.87 inches tall, this Harry Potter-themed Advent comes with plenty of Pocket Pops to complete your collection.
National Geographic Rocks, Minerals & Fossils Advent Calendar
Help your kid be a bonafide rock star with this advent calendar that offers a different rock, mineral, or fossil every day. The polished specimens include geode; pyrite, blue and rose quartz; tiger’s eye; brachiopod, and more. The final day’s treasure is a stunning rose quartz specimen that kids will dig out of a brick. Dig tool, brush, magnifying glass, and collector’s bag included, plus an illustrated gallery that identifies and describes each specimen.
Best Advent Calendars the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Family Games Advent Calendar
Make every night in December Game Night! This Advent calendar lets you unbox a different family game for each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas. The collection includes dice games such as Farkle and Yatzy; party games such as Truth or Dare, Balloon Volleyball, and Tag-in-the-Dark; nostalgic games such as Marbles and Pick-up Sticks; brain teasers such as “Find It” and Tangram; and classics such as Dominoes, Tic-Tac-Toe, and War.
Classic Felt Pocket Christmas Advent Calendar
This pocket Advent calendar will quickly become a family tradition. Crafty parents will love filling it with tiny treats, family activities, and holiday toys.
Andy Warhol 12 Days of Puzzles Christmas Countdown
Families will enjoy building these puzzles of whimsical Christmas scenes from Andy Warhol throughout the holiday season.
Children’s Around the World Advent Calendar
Your family can travel this holiday season with this fun kit that brings you to a new country each day. Kids will love meeting a buddy who lives in that country and learning about holiday traditions all over the world.
Williams-Sonoma 24 Days of Baking Cookies Advent Calendar
This Advent calendar is a fun way to get your family baking this holiday season as it’s full of all the tools you’ll need to craft cookies, cakes, and pies. From cookie cutters to spatulas, piping bags, gift bags, decorating tips, and more, the goodies are guaranteed to inspire.
Best Advent Calendars for Adults
Bonne Maman Advent Calendar
This set of tiny spreads and honey has a cult following and we can see why. Who doesn’t love tiny jars of jams and jellies to start off your mornings during the holiday season?
Vinebox’s 12 Nights of Wine
Vinebox’s wine advent calendar is back! Choose from two collections or get both for 24 nights of wine. The Cozy Collection features 12 delicious reds curated for fireplace chats and wool blankets. The Chill Collection includes a delightful mix of rich whites, invigorating rosés, and even a few chillable reds.
KORRES Beauty Advent Calendar
Holiday Tea Advent Calendar
Choose between 12-day and 24-day Advent calendars and you’ll get a pot of tea to enjoy each day. It’s a great way to kick off the busy mornings. This cute Advent calendar is reusable for next year which we love!
Compartes Gourmet Chocolate Advent Calendar
This garden-themed Advent calendar comes with 24 exquisitely handcrafted chocolates, made from ripe succulent flavors from California’s bountiful orchards. They’re almost too pretty to eat!
Happy Socks 24 Days of Holiday Socks Gift Set
What dad doesn’t need a nice new pair of funky socks? Papa will be keeping his tootsies toasty all month long with this colorful advent calendar that gifts him a new pair of Happy Socks every day for 24 days. The box comes with a mix of holiday socks, dotted socks, striped socks—and a slew of others that are supposed to be a surprise.
Sephora Collection Advent Calendar
This set has makeup, skincare, bath, and accessories. There’s a ton of variety in the products which makes it extra fun to open each day.
Bean Box Coffee Advent Calendar
Welcome in the holidays with a warm cup of joe! Bean Box’s Advent calendar comes with 12 limited-edition 2023 Holiday Blends that brew four to six mugs each. Choose from whole bean or blended, and then enjoy specialty coffee the whole season.
WSJ Wines of the World Advent Calendar
If you’d like to have a full holiday season of reds, whites, rosés, and bubblies, the WSJ Wines of the World Advent Calendar is perfect for sharing. Plus, the sweet nostalgic design and beautiful bottles make this one extra-special.
Best Advent Calendars for Dogs & Cats
Bonne et Filou Advent Calendar for Dogs
Why should your dog have to watch while you and the kids have all the fun? This adorably-designed Advent calendar comes with 24 treats your pup will love. You’ll get 4 gourmet dog macarons, 12 bone treats, and 8 truffles—all Fido-friendly, of course.
Purina Fancy Feast Cat Food Advent Calendar
Meow! Treat your fur baby with this fun calendar for the holidays. It comes with 16 3 oz. Fancy Feast Gourmet Wet Cat Food, four Savory Cravings Cat Treat boxes, two broths, and two savory purees.
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