25 Advent Calendar ideas for kids

It’s not long until the big countdown to Christmas begins. My boys are pretty excited and have already been scouring the toy catalogues to see what they want to put down on their letters to Santa.

The beginning of December usually means one thing though – advent! In the past, the boys have always had a chocolate calendar each, but last year I broke away from tradition and chose a LEGO calendar for them each which went down really well. Before then, I never knew how many different alternatives to chocolate advent calendars there were so I’ve done my research and curated this list of advent calendar ideas for kids.


LEGO Advent Calendars

These are always a winner because who doesn’t love LEGO? We had a Star Wars and LEGO City one last year and by the end of December you end up with an impressive stash to add to your existing LEGO collection.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

A Star Wars themed gift every day including a landspeeder, the arrowhead, republic fighter tank, naboo starfighter and more.lego-starwars

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

Countdown to Christmas with your favourite LEGO friends and add a new piece to the Christmas party scene each day.


LEGO City Advent Calendar

Includes five LEGO minifigures with Santa and a husky dog figure.


Hot Wheels with Mini Cars Toy

Hot Wheel fans will love this calendar which includes eight decorated Hot Wheels vehicles and sixteen accessories.


Smiggle Advent Calendar

Start the countdown to Christmas each day with a limited edition pieces of Smiggle stationery. the contents are worth £40+ in value.

Hatchimals Colleggtibles Advent Calendar

Kids who love Hatchimals are in for a treat with this calendar where they can build up a winter scene right out of Hatchtopia. There are 50+ surprises to discover including stickers and accessories for your Hatchimals.


Playmobil Advent Calendars

Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar

This set includes a backdrop, four figures, sleigh, work bench, reindeer slide and more.


Playmobil Ice Skating Trip

A scene is set for the King & Queen to enjoy an ice skating trip in the forest. With three Playmobil figures where the ice skates can be removed, animals and accessories including a wearable bracelet.


Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar

Packed with craft projects, homemade gifts, finger puppets and colouring activities this calendar gives kids a daily dose of creativity.


PAW Patrol Advent Calendar

Perfect for the Paw Patrol fans in your house, this set includes all six pups in winter clothes as well as accessories.paw-patrol-advent-calendar

Fireman Sam

This Fireman Sam Advent Calendar has a beautiful winter scene as its setting and comes with three figures, two animals and a train.


Schleich Wild Life Advent Calendar

Schleich are known for their amazingly detailed animal figurines and this set is no different. Comes with a selection of animals and accessories allowing children to play and learn at the same time.


Star Wars Han Solo Advent Calendar

Make your very own Millenium Falcon model which features different engine and combat sounds and rotating laser canons.


EPL Match Attax

A great way for football fans to countdown to Christmas with a Match Attax set each day.


Tsum Tsum Marvel Countdown to Christmas

Create a holiday scene with your favourite Tsum Tsum characters. There are 18 stackable figures and accessories to collect.


Minecraft Advent Calendar

Reveal a new Minecraft model each day. The order of the characters are random in each calendar so no two are the same. The calendar is housed in a plastic organiser that can be used to display and carry around your models.


Brio World Advent Calendar

Fold down the packaging front cover to reveal a Christmas scene. Day by day, each surprise features a BRIO toy that is compatible with the BRIO World railway system. The calendar features 24 toy pieces, including tracks, animals, accessories and exclusive seasonal content such as Santa Claus and a Christmas Train.



Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Advent Calendar

Celebrate the holidays in true Turtle style. Features four buildable micro action figures with accessories.


VTech Toot Toot Animals

Featuring 24 fun play pieces including a cute, interactive Toot-Toot Drivers Truck, detachable trailer with SmartPoint location, Christmas decorations, road signs and lots more mini surprises.


Barbie Advent Calendar

After receiving a Barbie doll on day one you then receive clothing items and accessories for five different careers to dress your Barbie with. Will she be a ballerina, Baker, Pop Star, Pet Vet or Skier?

Play-Doh Advent Calendar


Disney Frozen Olaf’s Adventure Advent Calendar

Create a Christmas scene in Arundelle with 25 collectible figures including Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff & Sven.

Happyland Advent Calendar

Suitable for younger children from 18 months onwards, collect Christmas themed Happyland Characters and accessories.

happyland-adventMelissa and Doug Wooden Advent Calendar

The set includes 24 unique magnetic ornaments plus a shining star for Christmas day – all of which fit neatly in the attached box at the base of the tree. Kids can pick a favourite design to place on the tree each day, following the numbered outlines to fill the tree right up to Christmas.


L.O.L Surprise! OOTD Outfit of the Day

Unbox an exclusive L.O.L. Surprise! doll, and then every day of the month unbox an outfit or pair of shoes! Mix ‘n match for endless fashion combos!


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  1. Goodness there are a lot out there. I wonder if my kids would still be happy with a £1.99 chocolate calendar if it were there time again? #KCACOLS

  2. Oh wow, I didn’t think there were so many out there!!! We have always opted for the Lego one, but I think this year the Smiggle one might be a great choice. Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

  3. Oh my goodness!! I love these ideas!! Honestly, I had no idea there were this many out there. We usually did a Tootsie Roll each day leading up to Christmas, but I like the different ideas and not doing candy every day. So cool! Thanks for sharing!! #KCACOLS

  4. I loved Playmobil when I was little, so would have been over the moon with one of those calendars. The Crayola on looks really fab too, love something that you can actually get crative with, rather than just getting a new bit of plastic every day x #KCACOLS

  5. So many amazing calendars! And to think in my day it was only the choice of what sort of chocolate!


  6. Something for everyone here! We have got the Happyland advent calendar for our 2 yo, but she would love the play doh one too! #KCACOLS

  7. Wow there really is a huge choice this year isn’t there! I’m not sure how I feel about it to be honest, it just seems like quite an extravagance. I do like the look of the Melissa and Doug one though, which seems like something you could use year after year? x #KCACOLS

  8. With all these fancy advent calendars, you wonder if the simple £1 chocolate calendar is going to be a thing of the past. I really hope not. Memories of my childhood christmas begin with my advent calendar. I find these toy ones soon expensive however I suppose, if you totalled up how much each toy was, it wouldnt be that expensive. #KCACOLS

  9. There are so many to choose from isn’t there! Last year I bought Olivia a makeup calendar. This year I think I might get her a stationery one. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

  10. I do love these calendars. Wouldn’t mind a smiggle on myself but it would get hijacked so may as well give it to our 9yo! #kcacols

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