33 non-chocolate Advent Calendar ideas for kids

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If you have kids, chances are they will be getting very excited about the festive season and what better way to count down than with an advent calendar? There is an abundance of calendars out there so I’ve put together this handy list of advent calendar ideas for kids which will hopefully help you choose the perfect non-chocolate calendar alternative for your child.

Disney Fans

Disney: Storybook Collection Advent Calendar

A lovely alternative to plastic toys, kids will receive a Disney themed storybook each day.


Disney Frozen 2 Jewellery Advent Calendar

Frozen fever is due to land again with the eagerly awaited second movie. This calendar contains 24 mini jewellery gifts featuring Elsa, Anna and Olaf.


Disney Pixar Cars Advent Calendar

Behind each door is a movie-themed treat and by the end, you will have a complete playset including 5 mini vehicles.


Disney Pixar Toy Story 4 Advent Calendar

Countdown to Christmas with Toy Story. This set comes with 11 mini-figures and stickers.


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 City Advent Calendar

Includes five LEGO mini figures with Santa and a husky dog figure.


LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

A Star Wars themed gift every day including Star Wars characters, vehicles, starships and more.


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 Harry Potter Advent Calendar

For all Harry Potter fans out there, this calendar includes a micro Hogwarts Express Train, Hedwig figure as well as seven minifigures.


Stationery Based Calendars

Smiggle Advent Calendar

Start the countdown to Christmas each day with a limited edition piece of Smiggle stationery.


Tinc Advent Calendar

Ideal for younger kids, this calendar from Tinc contains Christmas themed stationery for you to enjoy the Christmas countdown with.


BIC Advent Calendar

Every day during the Christmas countdown is new stationery day with the BIC advent calendar. There’s felt pens, colouring pencils, crayons, rubbers and more!


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.


Calendars from Schleich

Schleich are known for their amazingly detailed animal figurines and these calendar sets are no different. The comes with a selection of animals and accessories allowing children to play and learn at the same time.

Schleich Horse Club


Schleich Farm World


Schleich Dinosaurs


Hot Wheels Calendar

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


Shaun the Sheep Advent Calender

Follow the cool sheep from Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep in her adventures. There are mini figurines, jigsaws and stickers.


Barbie Toy Fashion Advent Calendar

Barbie fans will receive a toy fashion accessory each day including shoes, boots clutches and jewellery. Perfect for adding to their Barbie collection. (doll not included)


Barbie Christmas 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?


VTech Toot-Toot Animals Advent Calendar

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.


Playmobil Christmas Ball Advent Calendar

Comes with a detachable rotating platform, 4 Playmobil figures and accessories.


Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar

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


L.O.L Surprise! Jewellery Calendar

Open a new door each day to reveal a new glam surprise. Collect 24 mini jewellery gifts featuring Queen Bee, Diva and Crystal Queen.


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.


Play-Doh Advent Calendar

A different Play-Doh surprise for each day of the season, allowing your children get creative with their Play-Doh creations.


Thomas & Friends Kids Advent Calendar

Know someone that is a big Thomas fan? Then this calendar is for them! It contains 24 Thomas & Friends minis that they can add to their train collection.


Paladone Harry Potter Advent Calendar

Spend December immersed in the Wizarding World with this Harry Potter Advent calendar. Each day open a door to reveal themed playing cards, decals, notebooks and even a Harry Potter wand pen.


Paw Patrol Advent Calendar

For the Paw Patrol fans in your house, this set includes all six pups in winter clothes as well as accessories.


Peppa Pig Advent Calendar


Fireman Sam Advent Calendar

Just the thing for Fireman Sam fans, this calendar comes with 24 exclusive surprises including things like wristbands, keyrings and stationery.


Match Attax Advent

A great way for football fans to countdown to Christmas with a Match Attax set each day. The calendar includes a limited edition card of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.


Happyland Advent Calendar

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


Melissa 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.


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33 Non-chocolate Advent Calendar ideas for kids


  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. Nicola | Mummy to Dex

    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. Carol Cameleon

    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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