30+ of the Best Advent Calendars for Kids this Year

Are you wondering just what Advent calendar to buy your kids this year? 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 activity and toy-filled Advent calendars available this year.

L.O.L. Surprise

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, followed by 24 days of surprises.

With outfits, shoes and accessories, she will have everything she needs for her adventures. Buy in the UK

Littlest Pet Shop

This adorable Littlest Pet Shop Advent calendar is an Amazon exclusive, so snap it up while you can! 

This colourful calendar contains 24 adorable pets and fun accessories to unbox each day in the run up to Advent.

Littlest Pet Shop fans will LOVE it! Buy in the UK

Disney Storybook Collection

Book Advent grows in popularity every year, and it's easy to see why. Opening a new book to read every day is a real treat.

Make it even easier on yourself with this Disney Storybook Collection Advent calendar which gives 24 all-new books to unwrap in the days leading up to Christmas. Buy in the UK

Funko POP Marvel Superheroes

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. Buy in the UK

VTech Toot Toot Drivers

Little ones can countdown to Christmas with the VTech Toot Toot Drivers Advent calendar.

This fun calendar contains 24 play pieces including a little train that sings Christmas carols.

The toys are fully compatible with other Toot Toot Drivers play sets. Buy in the UK

Mega Bloks Minions

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. Buy in the UK

Schleich Horse Club

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, other animals and accessories.

Works well with other farm or all animal sets. Buy in the UK


After the last two 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 are exclusive only to the calendar.  Buy in the UK

LEGO Star Wars

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. Buy in the UK

Shaun the Sheep

Perfect for kids who love the Shaun the Sheep movies, this Shaun the Sheep Advent calendar contains all their favourite hilarious characters and a fun board game.

The calendar contains 12 figurines, board games, dice, jigsaws, stickers and more. (UK only)

Crayola Christmas Countdown

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. Buy in the UK


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.

Funko POP Harry Potter

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 fantasy creatures. Buy in the UK

LEGO Harry Potter

Or how about the LEGO Harry Potter Advent calendar?

Lots of tiny models and mini-figures are included.  The perfect gift for any fan of Hogwarts. Buy in the UK

Schleich Dinosaurs

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! Buy in the UK

Peppa Pig

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.

The 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. Buy in the UK

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles

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. (UK only)

Frozen Storybook Collection

Frozen is the new classic Disney tale that never loses any popularity.

There are 24 Frozen themed books inside this Frozen Advent calendar perfect for unwrapping in the lead up to the big day.

The perfect calendar for any Frozen fan. Buy in the UK

PAW Patrol

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 wintry scene and accessories.

Use the surprises and the integral play mat to create a snowy day in Adventure Bay. Buy in the UK

Playmobil 123

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. Buy in the UK

Usborne Calendar to Colour

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? Buy in the UK

Thomas & Friends MINIS

The perfect calendar for any Thomas the Tank Engine fan is this Thomas & Friends MINIS Advent calendar.

This calendar 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. Buy in the UK

Schleich Farm World

Our third choice of Schleich Advent calendar is the Farm World one (can you tell we're fans?!) which contains a range of eight different animals, including a cat, farm animals and a dog.

There are also plenty of farm accessories and a girl.  A great addition to any farm set, and perfect for any little animal lover. Buy in the UK


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. Buy similar in the US

Melissa & Doug

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 Christmas collection. Buy in the UK


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. Buy in the UK

LEGO Friends

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 LEGO Friends Advent calendar includes Emma and Mrs Claus mini-figures, among other surprises.  Buy in the US

Hot Wheels

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. Buy in the UK

PJ Masks

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 it contains no tiny pieces, thankfully. (Buy the US version here.)


Impress your little Pokemon fan with this themed Pokemon Advent calendar containing 16 fun character figures and 8 buildable holiday pieces for extra fun.

Includes a super cute Pikachu who can ride in the sleigh! Buy in the UK


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, and pets.

The Barbie doll steals the spotlight, but there is much to keep little girls busy well into the new year. Buy in the UK

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