One of our fondest memories of our childhood holidays was our beloved Advent Calendars. While the standard, budget-friendly advent calendar pre-filled with chocolate was popular in our household growing up, there are so many choices to choose from these days. Counting down the 24 days before Christmas has never been more fun with some of these unique, elaborate and just downright fabulous advent calendars! Here are 14 of our favorite picks to keep your kids excited each day while counting down the days to their favorite holiday!
Fabric Advent Calendar
This cloth advent calendar (that can be personalized!) features 24 dated pockets, 25 soft-sculptured Christmas ornament toys and a 3D Christmas tree. Kids love removing each soft-sculptured toy from its dated pocket and “hanging” it on the 3D Christmas tree.
SHOP Fabric Advent Calendar at One Step Ahead
Dylans Candy Bar Advent Calendar
Sure, it’s expensive at $150, but how fun is this adorable candy house!
Made of solid wood, not only is it impressive in size (13”H x 12”W x 12.5”D), but something that can be used year after year! 23 windows of a candy-patterned house hides a milk or toffee chocolate square; the 24th door has a deluxe S’mores square! You kids’ can find each day’s slot (and the sweet treat inside!) until the countdown ends on Christmas day. While the price is steep, you can use this candy house year after year by filling each window yourself with treats!
SHOP Dylan’s Candy Bar Advent Calendar
Another adorable advent calendar “house”. This red wooden house has 25 doors and windows that open on hinges to reveal small compartments for hiding treats and small gifts. This advent house is 15″ wide x 10″ deep x 16″ high and crafted of engineered wood with rubber feet at each corner to protect your surfaces. Plus, you can use it year after year filling each door and window compartment with your own special treats.
Land of Nod Christmas Countdown Calendar
Counting down to the big day can be fun with this Land of Nod advent calendar features 25 seasonally decorated, embroidered pockets in which you can hide candy or a small gift. Retails $59.
SHOP Land of Nod Christmas Countdown Calendar at Landofnod.com
Magnetic Wooden Gingerbread Christmas Advent Calendar
This cute gingerbread advent calendar makes us think of grandma’s house. This wooden advent calendar house features 24 doors to fill with a surprise for your child each day.
Byers’ Choice Advent Calendar, Gingerbread House
A cute 22″ x 16″ gingerbread house that will help your family count down the days to Christmas. Featuring 24 doors to open to a surprise for your child that you fill. It’s eco-friendly since you can use this wood advent calendar year after year.
Kurt Adler Wooden Nativity Advent Calendar with 24 Magnetic Figures
If a really cool nativity scene is your thing, you might really love this wooden advent calendar by Kurt Adler. It features 24 numbered doors that each hold a magnetic member of the manger scene. It’s made of wood and measures 14-1/4 inches high by 17-1/4 inches wide.
Holiday Wooden Train Advent Calendar
This was our little train lover’s best pick! This unique wooden Advent calendar from the Kurt Adler collection is shaped like a train and has a compartment for each of the 24 days of Advent as well as accompanying ornaments. Each day upon opening one of the hinged compartment doors, you’ll find one of the ornaments to hang on the outside or use them on your Christmas tree. We suggest putting a piece of candy inside each door to make it even more fun! (Hershey Kisses are a big favorite in our house!) The train advent calendar measures 9″ long and is made of wood to last you year after year.
SHOP Holiday Wooden Train Advent Calendar at Vermont Christmas Co.
If you have a LEGO lover in your house, this is the advent calendar for you! Since LEGOS are small, this is definitely for your older kids (3+)! This set comes with 271 LEGO pieces including 6 minifigures. Your child will have a blast opening a window for each day leading up to Christmas revealing 24 Christmas gifts from LEGO City.
Polly Pocket Advent Calendar
If your older girls are not into the traditional advent calendars, they may love the Polly Pocket advent calendar. This one is a great option for your Polly Pocket fans to count down to Christmas day by day. This contains choking hazards for the wee ones, so keep it out of reach of your small children.
We are big Playmobil fans, so we couldn’t pass up this new Police Christmas Advent Calendar. Stocked with tons of fun pieces, this will be the hit of the season especially with your boys! This is for 4+ since it does contain lots of small Playmobil pieces!
This 25 piece, wooden Christmas Tree Advent Calendar by Constructive Things is sure to bring joy to your holiday season. While it isn’t a “toy”, kids will love opening each door to retrieve an ornament each day to hang on the tree. Crafted totally in wood, it stands 10-1/2W. x 3″D. x 19-1/2″H.
If a budget friendly, filled with gourmet milk chocolate advent calendar sounds good to you, this is a wonderful choice. At $5.95, you can get each child in your family their own!
This is a super fun, Eco Friendly, reusable advent calendar. It features twenty five 2″x2″ boxes that have been decorated with Christmas retro-ish paper and numbered to help your kids count down to Christmas. Parents can fill each box with candy, prizes or whatever suits your family. We love the colorful and crafty look of this advent calendar! If you are great with crafts, you could even make your own. But if you are craft-challenged like me, you can pick one up on Etsy.