Are you looking for a kids’ advent calendar so you and your littles can count down the days until Christmas? It is the most wonderful time of the year, and possibly the best part of it is the anticipation for Christmas Day. There’s a reason why kids love advent calendars so much — they’re honestly even more exciting than the Christmas gifts themselves. Plus, advent calendars have gotten so much more advanced and creative over the last few years. Advent calendars aren’t just for chocolate anymore — your kids can count down the days with (more) toys, LEGOs, Harry Potter, and more.
But if your kid does have a sweet tooth, we’ve found some tasty chocolate advents, too. Here are some of our favorite advent calendars that kids (or the entire family) can enjoy.
Best advent calendars for kids
Love ’em or hate ’em, your kid is going to want L.O.L. dolls this Christmas. For 25 days, you get to unbox 25 Surprises with L.O.L. Surprise #OOTD dolls (including Tricksta B.B.), fashion pieces, accessories and more.
For 24 days, kids will get to open each door to a new Fisher-Price toy surprise, including characters and accessories, all winter and holiday-themed. This advent calendar is ideal for a toddler’s first holiday!
If your kid is obsessed with Barbie, this advent calendar will be all they think about for 24 days. They’ll get Barbie on day one, and the next 23 days are filled with her accessories, clothing, and stories. This specific Barbie advent calendar is filled with magic (think mermaids and fairies). It even includes Barbie’s magical pets, like a bunny, baby dragon, and unicorn.
Maybe this advent calendar is more for you than it is for the kids (unless they, too, have experienced the sheer joy and hilarity that is Elf), but you should probably get it regardless, since nothing brings more Christmas joy than Buddy the elf.
Yup, we still love Hatchimals over here. With this Hatchimals advent calendar, you’ll get to collect 12 CollEGGtible characters, like Kittycan, Puppit, Ponette, and more. Each day, you get to open a box to hatch, and peel and reveal your new Hatchimals character.
Every Star Wars fan needs this advent calendar, which comes with 24 micro force figures from the latest films, including Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, and others. When you’re done with the calendar, you can use it as a backdrop for playtime.
Uhmmm, okay. If this isn’t the most fun advent calendar in existence, then we don’t know what is. Proceed to count down the days until Christmas with 24 mini train engines. Bonus: This set includes six exclusive holiday engines to rev up your little boys’ (or girls’) excitement.
You know kids… they ALWAYS want to touch everything. Well, now they can. This advent calendar contains 24 different mini stress relief toys (includes everything from a rubber dinosaur to a unicorn) that are meant to be squished and touched.
Oh what fun to be had! Bring Santa’s workshop to life with this super cute advent calendar from Playmobil. It includes 24 surprise items (think: presents galore) that will be revealed each day leading up to Christmas.
Have you ever seen a more fun girly themed advent calendar? We’ll wait. In each calendar, you’ll find makeup, glitter tattoos, hair accessories, jewelry, stickers, hair chalk, sticker tape, and more. Ahem, if you’re looking for a sugar-free advent calendar that’s not lame, this is the way to go.
Eep! Anyone else have minion fever? Ideal for ages 6+, this holiday advent calendar comes with 24 unique, mischievous surprises for building a new toy each day. You’ll also receive three buildable winter-themed minion figures.
Best Harry Potter advent calendars
Millennials will know that Harry Potter marathons on ABC Family = Christmastime. Usually, ABC Family would stream all the movies over the span of a week in the first or second week of December, allowing us to relive the magic of Hogwarts all over again. What better way to count down the days than with Harry Potter Funko pocket Pops? For 24 days, you’ll be surprised with a different character, whether it’s a witch, wizard, house elf, or magical beast. (Editor’s note: While we love Harry Potter and what the stories mean to us, we do not support JK Rowling’s recent discriminatory statements and behavior about the trans community.)
Behind 24 doors, you’ll get 24 characters from Harry Potter to build from Legos. This includes Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Padma Patil, Parvati Patil and Cho Chang, and others. And the closer you get to Christmas, the closer you’ll get to uncover the big Yule ball LEGO surprise!
With this Harry Potter advent calendar the 24 doors (or windows) open each day to reveal an HP item like a badge pin, bracelet, stamps, charms, temp tattoos, and more. It’s truly like receiving 24 gifts each day ahead of Christmas.
Best LEGO advent calendars
This advent calendar arrives with 24 gifts, including a festive Christmas tree, Santa’s sleigh, and LEGO City Adventures TV series miniature figures. You’ll also get a city plat mat.
This festive LEGO set comes with 24 gifts, including roller skates, a wreath, Christmas tree, gingerbread man, a snowman, and more.
Best chocolate advent calendars
I know we said chocolate advent calendars can get boring, but we can’t *not* include them. If you or your kids love Cadbury (so creamy!), this classic calendar lets you count down with a chocolate-y sweet each day.
For something a bit more upscale (maybe you save this one for yourself, Mama), get a Lindt Bear advent calendar, which doles out the classic Lindt bears each day before Christmas comes.
You can always count on Dylan’s for some sweetness, and their advent calendar gives you chocolate figures wrapped in foil — classic.
Cue the nostalgia: There’s just something about premium quality German chocolate that brings to mind OG holiday traditions. Going hand-in-hand with tree decorating and caroling, the kids will have a blast counting down the days with one of these delightful advent calendars. If you have little ones who refuse/hate/cannot share, then you’re in luck—these come in a set of four (online only).
To get in the holiday spirit, check out the rest of our gift guides.