The Best Advent Calendars for Kids this Year

There may be several weeks left till Advent begins but the best Advent calendars will sell out fast, so it pays to snap up their favourite fast.  Nothing beats opening a tiny window each morning as the December countdown begins, and even better if there is a small toy or chocolate treat behind each door!  Here are our top picks of the best children's toy-filled Advent calendars available this year.

If you have an L.O.L. Surprise fan then this L.O.L. Surprise Outfit of the Day Advent calendar will certainly put a smile on their face.  On the first day they will find a new doll, Jet Set Q.T., followed by 24 days of surprises.  With outfits, shoes and accessories, she will have everything she needs for international travels and adventures. Also available from The Entertainer in the UK.

Countdown to Christmas with the Marvel Advent calendar from Funko!  This cute calendar celebrates 80 years of Marvel and contains pocket Pops of all of your favorite Marvel characters. The display calendar box looks amazing too and would be a welcome addition to any Marvel fan's collection.

Little ones can countdown to Christmas with the VTech Toot Toot Animals Advent calendar.  This fun calendar contains 24 play pieces including a reindeer with light up horns and baby, which are fully compatible with other Toot Toot Animals play sets.  The big reindeer plays Christmas songs, melodies and has fun sound effects. (UK only)

For Despicable Me and Minions fans, this Mega Bloks Minions Advent calendar is a fun treat.  The set contains buildable Minion characters, and the other windows will reveal various character and winter surprises.  Compatible with other Minions Mega Bloks sets.

The Schleich Advent calendars usually offer excellent value for money with a number of full-size Schleich animals or other characters and lots of accessories.  This year's Schleich Horse Club Advent calendar contains two full-size horses, a foal, cat, dog, fencing and accessories.  Works well with other farm or all animal sets.

After last year's quick sell out, the Smiggle Advent calendar is bigger and better than ever this year.  It contains 25 days of limited edition Smiggle stationery including 8 items that exclusive only to the calendar.  Plus you could win 1 of 30 special lucky tickets inside to win a HUGE Smiggle shopping tree! (UK only)

The Happyland Advent calendar is perfect for a toddler's first Christmas with plenty of fun, brightly coloured characters including a penguin, reindeer, angel, snowman and Father Christmas.  Suitable from around 18 months, these cute characters are perfect for little hands - and mouths! (UK only)

LEGO Advent calendars are always some of the best around, with the chance to add a few figures and fun bits to your LEGO collection each year.  Open a door a day of this LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar to reveal 24 Star Wars mini figures and models, including Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, ylo Ren's shuttle and more.

The LEGO City Advent calendar is always great fun too and this year has a husky dog, a snowman and Father Christmas himself amongst the 24 buildable surprises.  There's also a telescope, grandfather clock and six characters wrapped up warm for indoors and out.  A great addition to any LEGO collection.

With the new Shaun the Sheep movie about to be released, this Shaun the Sheep Advent calendar contains all their favourite hilarious characters and a fun board game will be very popular.  The calendar contains 12 figurines, board games, dice, jigsaws, stickers and more. (UK only)

Arty kids will love the Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar which is filled with crayons, craft projects, ideas for home-made gifts, finger puppets and colouring activities.  Each daily dose of creativity will keep them occupied for ages.

Or how about this brilliant Aquabeads Advent calendar to keep older kids busy creating in the run up to Christmas.  The calendar includes templates to make 15 favourite festive designs, as well as string to turn them into decorations for the tree.  A winter-themed background and bead stands provide the opportunity to play with the designs too.

There are two options for Harry Potter fans this Christmas, including this fun Funko POP Harry Potter Advent calendar which contains 24 vinyl mini figures.  Your Yule Ball will be full of wizards, witches and weird fantasty creatures.

Or how about the LEGO Harry Potter Advent calendar?  Models included are a tiny Hogwarts Express train, pennants for all four houses, Hedwig figure and 7 other characters, including Harry, Hermione and Ron.  The perfect gift for any fan of Hogwarts. (Buy in the US here.)

Do they prefer dinosaurs to Harry Potter?  This Schleich dinosaur Advent calendar is brilliant.  Behind the doors lurk two large and at least four smaller dinosaurs as well as plenty of extras and accessories.  So much play value in this calendar!

For the littlies, Peppa Pig is hard to beat and this fun Peppa Pig Advent calendar packed with Peppa toys, including her family and friends all dressed in winter woollies.  Thee fold down snow scene is a great place to play as the toy collection grows day by day.  Use Peppa, George, Suzi and Danny to act out scenes with Father Christmas as the days go on.

This Hatchimal CollEGGtibles Advent calendar contains 24 surprises ready to hatch, including exclusive characters and nests.  There are paper craft decorations, small presents, stickers and Hatchimal accessories to build up a wonderful Christmas scene.

With the new Frozen film due this Christmas the classic Disney tale is going to be more popular than ever.  There are 24 Frozen surprises inside this Frozen Advent calendar including stickers, erasers, crayons, pencils and more.  The perfect calendar for any Frozen fan.

Any Paw Patrol fan will go head over heels for this fun Paw Patrol Advent calendar.  Kids can uncover their favourite characters all dressed up for winter, as well as a sleigh, snowman, Christmas trees and more.  Use the surprises and the integral play mat to create a snowy day in Adventure Bay.

The Playmobil 123 range is perfect for little hands and a great introduction to the wonderful world of Playmobil.  This cute Playmobil 123 Advent calendar includes Father Christmas and his sleigh, young children and a host of woodland animals.  These toys will become much-loved possessions for any young toddler.

The delightful Usborne fold-out Advent calendar features a black and white street scene for children to colour a bit each day in the run-up to Christmas.  Spot the friendly mice as you open the doors and windows and colour each day's section of cafes, shops, trees, people, presents and houses.  It stands up for display and then folds away like a book for storage until next year.  And what child doesn't love colouring? (UK only)

The perfect calendar for any Thomas the Tank Engine fan is this Thomas & Friends MINIS Advent calendar.  It includes 24 MINIS engines with their own special designs with 6 being special edition MINIS in exclusive Christmas designs.  An adorable gift for any Thomas fan.

Our third choice of Schleich Advent calendar is the Farm World one which contains a range of eight different animals, including a cat, donkey and French bulldog.  There are also plenty of farm accessories and a girl.  A great addition to nay farm set, and perfect for any little animal lover.

The elves are busy finishing the Christmas toys, pushing them down the slide for wrapping before they are placed on Father Christmas's sleigh.  With this Playmobil Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar children can build this delightful festive scene as they open the 24 windows of Santa's workshop, complete with elves, toys, presents, angels, the sleigh, and Father Christmas himself.

This beautiful bright, colourful magnetic Advent calendar from Melissa & Doug includes 24 magnetic baubles and a special shining star for the top of the tree.  The attached wooden ornament box keeps all the pieces together as each bauble is added to the magnetic tree day by day.  This lovely tree will be brought out year after year and become a treasured addition to your collection.

Open the doors of this calendar to find fun pirates, a treasure chest, rowing boat and tons of accessories.  This Playmobil Pirate Treasure Island Advent calendar even has a special glowing pirate.  It's the perfect addition to any Playmobil or pirate collection and will provide hours of fun.

Every small person I know adores Play-Doh!  This Play-Doh Advent calendar contains several pots of Play-Doh and various festive cutters and accessories.  There are 5 pots of regular Play-Doh and two sparkle pots for extra Christmas sparkle.  The accessories include a Christmas stamper and accessories to help build your own reindeer and Father Christmas.

LEGO Friends fans will love this calendar which has bricks behind each door to build a host of festive accessories and objects to add to their favourite LEGO Friends sets.  The 2019 LEGO Friends Advent calendar includes a Mia mini-figure, snowman, hamster, 2 penguins and robots Zobo and Zobita.  (Buy in the US here.)

Count down to Christmas Hot Wheels style with eight decorated Hot Wheels vehicles and 16 accessories.  Like many of the calendars the Hot Wheels Advent calendar includes a foldout flat to use as a play mat.  Some lovely additions to their car collection and a fun calendar for car-mad kids or Hot Wheels fans and collectors.

Catboy, Gecko and Owlette have their own Advent calendar this year with a character or Christmas accessory each day.  Will it be one of our heroes or Romeo, Luna Girl or one of the other villains?  There's even a Christmas tree for everyone to make friends around at the end.  This PJ Masks Advent calendar is bound to be a hit with any little PJ Masks fan, and it is suitable from age 3 as no small bits thankfully. (Buy the US version here.)

Impress your Turtle fan with this themed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Mega Bloks Advent calendar.  Containing buildable Turtle-themed surprises every day, including plenty of pizza of course, this calendar will keep them busy for ages.  With four buildable, micro action figures, plenty of accessories, including one Turtle that you can equip to look like any of the four brothers, they can start creating their own sewer!

The perfect Advent calendar for any Barbie fan, this Barbie Advent calendar contains a new Barbie doll with 23 days of accessories, doll clothing items, pets and even jewellery for the little girl who receives this.  The Barbie doll steals the spotlight, but there is much to keep little girls busy well into the new year.  Several versions are available.  Click here to buy in the US.

For a different idea, get them this sweet Advent calendar Christmas candle which can be personalised with their names.  Perfect for older kids and adults, this stylish candle is a great way to count down to Christmas.  Simply light the candle for an hour each day to enjoy the orange and cinnamon scent,  made with natural soy wax and in a traditional-looking apothecary-style jar, it will be burn for 25 hours - right until Christmas Day.

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