Although the turkeys are on their way, we can nearly hear the jingle bells. Not only are candy brands anticipating the holiday season along with us, but more kid-friendly and toy brands are also merging their way into the Advent calendar game, from Lego to L.O.L Surprise.
This year, for example, Lego has managed to create not just one, but several different Advent calendars for kids of all ages to enjoy during the holiday season. Other brands such as Funko Pop! and Hot Wheels have created Advent calendars that center around fun figures and characters, too. But if your child is more of a bookworm or candy fiend, there's plenty of options available for them in the Advent calendar department they'll be sure to adore.
Read on for all of the best kids' Advent calendars you can add to your cart before they're gone.
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Best toy Advent calendars for kids
We know waiting for Christmas can be a test of patience for your kiddo. This Advent calendar will allow them to transfer their attention to a task that will improve their problem solving skills. The puzzles are suitable for people of all ages, according to the brand, so you can put your brain to the test as well.
This L.O.L. Surprise advent calendar is the perfect option for a little fashionista. Each day holds a new wardrobe item whether it be an accessory, piece of clothes or pair of shoes. The Advent calendar also includes an L.O.L. Surprise doll that your child can dress (and accessorize!) to their heart's desire.
With two dozen figurines to unveil and help count down to the holiday with, your child won't be able to stop talking about Bruno. Each flap symbolizes a scene from the beloved movie, framed in a gallery-wall like design.
For more hands-on play that will keep them occupied for more time than a figurine set, opt for this Advent calendar play set from Play-Doh. While there are 24 flaps to open, there are more than 24 items hidden behind each one, including Play-Doh, molding shapes, stick-on accessories and instructions on how to create snowmen, reindeer, a gingerbread man and a festive star.
"My 3.5 year-old son is having so much fun with this, and so am I," said one reviewer, adding, "We both get so excited to see what new stamp or play-doh will be behind the door. He is entertained for so long creating different things, which is a bonus for me! I definitely recommend."
The first gift on day one is a Barbie doll and an included tube, which your child can then fill with warm water and watch the doll's appearance change in real-time. Each door on the Advent calendar reveals different accessories and outfits that your child can dress the doll up with to add a winter Barbie to their collection. "We are having the best time opening up each day of this 25-day event calendar," one reviewer said, adding that their daughter is "absolutely bananas over this."
While there's no candy or flaps to unveil a hidden surprise with this countdown, this tree-shaped option from Melissa & Doug is perfect for the newest Advent calendar user in your family. With 24 magnetic ornaments, they can choose a festive design to hang on the tree and then on Christmas, place the star at the top. "This has been a huge hit with my two year old," said one reviewer, adding that "He loves getting to choose an ornament to add each day. The tree is durable, so I expect to use it for many years."
Unveil a new Playmobil accessory each day leading up to the holiday to build Santa's workshop by the big day. "The figures and set pieces are extremely well made and will hold up well. The level of detail involved in the set and the pieces is impressive," said one reviewer, ensuring that your child will be occupied for hours on end with their new set.
Is the kid in your life obsessed with unicorns? From keychains to hair bows, this Advent calendar will give them 24 days of magical presents!
This Advent calendar is full of adorable silicone squishy toys that they can reveal each day. For some bonus fun, the calendar includes a Christmas scene that little ones can enjoy coloring in while they wait for Santa to arrive.
Prime members can save on this dinosaur-themed Advent calendar that includes 24 different prehistoric friends for them to play with. It also features one squishy dinosaur that will be revealed on the last day of the countdown.
Unveil 24 miniature Funko Pop! Disney figurines dressed in Christmas attire each day leading up to the holiday. With common characters such as Mickey Mouse and Pluto the dog, your child will have a whole collection once the month is over.
Best Lego Advent calendars for kids
With 24 days worth of figurines, accessories and builds to unveil, they'll have a 'Groot' time counting down to the holidays. Parents, beware, as this calendar is "perfect for the Guardians fan in your life, young or old," according to one reviewer. Before long, you'll be joining in on all the Marvel madness yourself.
Perfect for children ages five and up who are just getting into the Lego craze, this kit includes 24 Christmas-themed gifts that they can use to count down with until the big day arrives.
Little muggles will enjoy playing with each of the 24 "Harry Potter" toys to play with all year long. With all of their favorite characters, from Harry Potter himself to others like Moaning Myrtle, they'll also unveil accessories such as a mini Hogwarts Express and Quidditch rings.
Not only can the little ones in your life build characters, vehicles and scenes with pieces behind each door, but they can also unlock special "Star Wars" game content too. The calendar includes 12 different figures and 12 mini building toys that they can enjoy over the course of December.
Another Christmas-themed Advent calendar, this edition features 312 pieces that can be used long after the holiday season is over. Recommended for kids ages six and up, they'll have a blast with this top-rated Advent calendar that's a gift that keeps on giving.
Best candy Advent calendars for kids
This fudge-filled Advent calendar is perfect for a little one with a decadent sweet tooth. Complete with 24 flavors of handmade fudge such as salted caramel cheesecake and Christmas pudding, this tasty option brings delicious creativity to the holiday countdown.
A classic option for any child who craves chocolate on a daily basis, this Williams Sonoma Advent calendar features a festive design, complete with cardinals and a Christmas tree.
Another classic choice for those looking for an Advent calendar that simultaneously gets the job done while also avoiding being an eye-sore in their kitchen, this 24-day chocolate one from Harry & David is all of that and affordable.
The Candy Land-obsessed child can now nibble on chocolate coins each day leading up to Christmas with this Advent calendar inspired by the beloved board game. The flaps wind and turn, similar to the game.
Best book Advent calendars for kids
Make your kiddo's Disney dreams come true with this storybook Advent calendar. From holiday-themed stories to everyday classics, it features an array of short stories wrapped in a paper sleeve for extra suspense.
For the child who loves a classic story before bedtime, this Advent calendar will provide them with holiday bedtime stories as they countdown to the holidays. Each little story features beautiful illustrations, according to the brand.
Your child can count down with their favorite Sesame Street characters including Cookie Monster, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and many others. With 24 storybooks to unveil, they can read board books on "Christmas Opposites," practice their alphabet with "C is for Christmas" and learn shapes with a festive shapes book.
For the child who cannot wait to dress their doll up in matching holiday pajamas and their fanciest holiday dinner attire, gift them with this AG Advent calendar. At the center of the board is a pop-up Christmas tree, which children can then decorate with ornaments that they unveil each day leading up to Christmas.
Unbox stories from their favorite Nickelodeon shows such as "Spongebob Squarepants," "Paw Patrol," "Dora the Explorer" and more.
Unique Advent calendars for kids
Best for a child with curious taste buds, this Etsy Advent calendar will surprise your kiddo with inventive hot cocoa flavors including candy cane and cinnamon roll. As an added bonus, the powder is dairy-free, so you can enjoy the hot chocolate no matter your milk preference.
Gift your child an Advent calendar whose contents they can enjoy for years. This ballerina-themed Advent calendar from Meri Meri comes with a charm bracelet and loads of charms to decorate it with. Whether in the dance studio or at home, your little ballerina will love this special way to anticipate the holidays.
For a more hands-on Advent calendar, you'll have more ornaments to hang on your tree once the holiday is all said and done. Each day they'll unbox step-by-step instructions on how to create an ornament with the felt pieces included.
For the child who is always taking things apart just to put them back together again or use the parts to craft something of their own, channel their creative energy in a more constructive way with this science-driven Advent calendar. With 24 experiments and instructions each day on how to complete them, they'll cover all the STEM bases, from chemistry to magnetics.
24 days of felt crafts for your young crafter to enjoy, they'll be occupied for hours creating a festive fireplace, a Christmas tree, as well as non-holiday related ornaments like a camera and a dog.
"This was a beautiful, unique way for my 1st grade daughter who loves crafts to count down to Christmas," said one reviewer. "We are only 8 days in but so far all of the ornament kits have been so cute and easy for her to assemble on her own without any extra supplies."
For 25 days, you and your child can unveil a cardboard character that they have to put together, along with a story that will continue over the course of the month. You can choose to include a customized message within or opt to leave it blank.
If your little one wants their own Christmas tree, this Advent calendar comes with a tabletop wooden tree and 24 mini ornaments they'll enjoy unwrapping each day.
What better way to count down the days until Christmas than with holiday-themed slime? This Advent calendar is full of 24 different slime combinations that little ones can use beyond the holiday season.
Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s other gift guides to find the perfect present for every Christmas lover on your list including Advent calendars, personalized stockings, tree toppers, custom ornaments, affordable stocking stuffers, Secret Santa gifts and more.