The 10 Best Christmas Advent Calendars for Kids

10 Best Advent Calendars

A stylish-ly fun way to count down Christmas.

by Andrea Zimmerman

November 25, 2009



It’s almost Advent Calendar season! Let your kids count down to Christmas in style with 10 of our favorite holiday picks for every budget.- Andrea Zimmerman


Haba Advent Calendar – $31.49

It may look like a Christmas tree at first glance, but this festive tower is really an advent calendar! Masterminded by German company HABA, the calendar sits upright and doubles as three fun advent games. Depending on what day it is, your kids can either play a dice game or two matching games with the wooden animals that are tucked inside each of the boxes. Or let them assemble a Nativity scene as they collect sheep, donkeys, and the rest of the zoo crew. (Okay, a pig may not have been present for the big day, but nothing wrong with a little Christmas creativity, right?)

Get it from Amazon.


Playmobil Advent Calendar – $16.99

Ahoy, mateys! If you look past the tricky assembly and the non-holiday calendar themes, you’ll actually find a pretty extensive set-up that will entertain your kids all season long. Playmobil has stepped it up a notch beyond flimsy pop-outs; offering constructible numbered boxes that attach to a background. In this pirate-themed one, boxes are adorned with gold coins and sit upon an ocean -themed backdrop. Every day, your child can open a box to reveal pirate booty like cannons, palm trees and a parrot, which will fill their own pirate paradise.

Get it from Playmobil.

Playmobil Advent Calendars also available in “Police,” “Knights Duel,” and “Unicorn in Fairy World” themes.


Scrapbook-Style Advent Calendar

by Rebecca Atkinson – $60

We’re totally in love with this gorgeous, handmade calendar designed by crafty scrapbook mom Rebecca Atkinson. Made with an artist canvas and small tins and finished with scrapbook paper and mod-podge, Rebecca invests five hours on each calendar to ensure your gift lasts many Christmases to come. Instead of chocolate, she recommends filling each tin with a fun holiday activity like looking at Christmas lights or baking gingerbread cookies.

Get it from Etsy.


Lego Advent Calendar – $29.99

If your kids can build Lego mansions in their sleep, they’ll have one heck of a December assembling an entire city of chefs, police officers and a cast of other crazy characters. Each day, your kid can lift the flap of the calendar and punch out the applicable window, revealing a new Lego minifigure. It may be a week before the town starts coming together (and Lego heads find their corresponding bodies) but embedded within the slow construction is the often-overlooked Christmas virtue of yep, you guessed it: patience.

Get it from Lego.


Growing Great Families Interactive Family

Advent Calendar – $9.99

If you want to give your child something more meaningful than cheap candy this December, buy them this calendar. Instead of finding chocolate hidden underneath each box, your kids will find a code. With that, they can log onto Growing Great Families and unlock an inspirational story that focuses on Christmas values like love, kindness, empathy and gratitude. At the end, there are questions your whole family can discuss over dinner. One more reason to buy: A portion of your purchase goes to charity.

Get it from Growing Great Families.

10 Best Advent Calendars

A stylish-ly fun way to count down Christmas.

by Andrea Zimmerman

November 25, 2009




Dylan’s Candy Bar “Candy Cottage”

Advent Calendar – $150

Designed by Dylan Lauren (designer Ralph’s daughter), this fun, bright-colored cottage looks straight out of Hansel and Gretel. Except instead of gingerbread, it’s chock-full of Dylan’s chocolate squares and toffee crunches that spill out when you open the windows and doors. Yes, it’s neat, yes, it’s over-the-top and no, it probably won’t match anything in your kitchen. (Unless your kitchen has a Candyland color palette).

Get it from Dylan’s Candy Bar.


Eric Carle Dream Snow Pop-Up

Advent Calendar – $8.79

It’s no secret: We’re big fans of anything pop-up at Babble. So when we saw a pop-up calendar that doubles as an advent calendar, well, we were a leetle excited. Inspired by Eric Carle’s best-selling Christmas story, Dream Snow, the calendar unfolds to reveal a giant pop-up Santa Claus and Christmas tree. Under each window is a new ornament to hang on the tree-by Christmas, it’ll look as jazzed up as the one in Rockefeller Center.

Get it from Amazon.


Santa Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar

by OTC – $19.99

This calendar reminds us of a decked-out version of Jenga, but it’s the ideal calendar if your kids are visual learners. Santa begins his descent at the top of the chimney, and each day, they’ll remove one ledge, sending Santa in the way of the stockings. A super cute way to countdown Christmas with your kids – and hey, there’ll be no cavities from chocolate overload!

Get it from Amazon.


Kurt Adler Wooden Nativity Advent Calendar- $63.20

When a numbered door is opened in this calendar, your child can discover another member of the nativity scene, and place the figurine on the magnetic board in the middle. With an elegant nighttime sky theme, this will become a timeless part of your Christmas traditions.

Get it from Amazon.


Reese’s Miniature Advent Calendar – Free!

Here’s a holiday craft for you: Hershey’s shows you how to make your own advent calendar out of an old gift box, pipe wire and glitter. Simple and yummy! (And don’t feel restricted to just fill it with Hershey’s products as the site suggests; lots of small candy can fit in the slots.)

Get it from Hershey’s.

Find more:

Thanksgiving Special Issue 2009

The Best Holiday Travel Gear

Thanksgiving, Tom Colicchio Style

Thanksgiving Discounts and Deals

This article was written by Andrea Zimmerman for, the magazine and community for a new generation of parents.

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