20 Advent Calendars for a Cheerful Christmas Countdown

Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, and there’s simply no better way to count down the magic of the holiday than with a cheerful advent calendar!

You may not know that the first advent calendars were printed in Germany in the early 20th century or that they gained in popularity after World War II, but you do know just how special advent calendars can make the Christmas countdown for kids and grownups alike!

Whether you love the idea of creating your own DIY advent calendar, or are simply looking for the perfect one to buy, adorable advent calendars are a holiday tradition your whole family can enjoy year after year.

  • Christmas countdown! 1 of 21

    Ready, set, count down your way to Christmas with these 20 very merry advent calendars!

  • The Elf on the Shelf Advent Calendar 2 of 21

    If your family loves Elf on the Shelf, they'll really love knowing their elf was hard at work filling this charming advent calendar full of surprises just for them!

    Available from Pottery Barn; $55

  • Lego Star Wars 2013 Advent Calendar 3 of 21

    My kids would have disowned me had I not mentioned the 2013 Lego advent calendar. Featuring 24 Star Wars-themed gifts (including 6 mini figures, 3 droids, and too many cool space vehicles to mention), this advent calendar makes counting down to Christmas a gift all its own!

    Available from Amazon; $56.59

  • Light Up House Advent Calendar 4 of 21

    It's a house. A light-up house. With Santa. And 24 starry boxes sure to contain Christmas magic! Fretwork detail is guaranteed to make this advent calendar a family heirloom cherished for generations.

    Available from The Gifted Penguin; £39.99

  • Vinyl Advent Calendar 5 of 21

    Self-adhesive vinyl makes it easy to add a fun and interactive Christmas countdown to your walls! Available in 29 colors, your advent tree will look right at home amidst your holiday decor.

    Available from Etsy's WillowCreekSigns; $39.95

  • Telluride Advent Calendar 6 of 21

    Oh, Christmas tree! Just look at this beautiful advent calendar with 25 expertly detailed pockets perfectly sized for tiny treats! At 61" tall, your kids will simply marvel at the size and spectacle of such a cheerful way to count down the holiday.

    Available from Pottery Barn; $55

  • Mickey Mouse Advent Calendar 7 of 21

    Oh Mickey, you're so fine in this absolutely darling advent calendar! Each daily pocket holds a felt ornament that attaches to the wreath with self-stick fabric. Ornaments also feature a gold cord for hanging on your tree! This advent calendar is sure to be a family favorite bringing holiday cheer each and every year.

    Available from Disney Store; $59.95

  • Linen and Modern Bunting Advent Calendar 8 of 21

    Bright, merry, and fun, this mini quilt advent calendar houses 25 triangular pockets inside each flag to hold holiday treats! You'll just love how this sweet calendar adds holiday cheer to your home.

    Available from Etsy's shopiheartbaby; $80

  • Santa Face Advent Calendar 9 of 21

    Ho-Ho-Hold up! Check out this adorable Santa face advent calendar! Rosy cheeks and a beard full of surprises make this polyester felt and microsherpa calendar a merry seasonal delight.

    Available from Pottery Barn; $47

  • Wooden Advent Village Calendar 10 of 21

    What a precious village of numbered New England style houses, each "housing" a sweet surprise on your count down to the big day!

    Available from The Gifted Penguin; £46.99

  • Mini Stocking Advent Calendar 11 of 21

    Get creative with your advent calendar this year with 24 country chic mini stockings! Vintage-inspired prints and tags make each day of your Christmas countdown a fun and nostalgic trip down memory lane.

    Available from Etsy's SimbieYau; $125

  • Santa Sleigh Advent Calendar 12 of 21

    Santa Claus is coming to town alright, and with him he brings 24 bitty drawers filled with special surprises for good girls and boys. Display this adorable wooden calendar on your mantle or as part of a festive table display!

    Available from Bronner's Christmas Wonderland; $47.99

  • Galvanized Metal Advent Calendar 13 of 21

    Don'tcha just love the industrial rustic vibe of this advent calendar? Constructed of pine with galvanized sheet-metal cups large enough to hold a variety of holiday treats (perfect for multiple kiddos), this advent calendar is one you'll be proud to display year after year!

    Available from Pottery Barn; $119

  • Advent Wreath 14 of 21

    Talk about a cute idea! Hang this advent wreath inside of your door for a merry surprise every day until Christmas!

    Available from Target; $24.99

  • Magnetic Advent Calendar 15 of 21

    Finally, a magnetic advent canister set! If space is in high demand in your house around the holidays, you'll love the ability to place your advent calendar on your fridge! Your kids can easily reach each tin to reveal their Christmas countdown treat. Arrange the tins in the shape of a tree, a wreath, or any shape you want!

    Available from Etsy's MyScapbookStudio; $55

  • Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar 16 of 21

    Have yourself a country little Christmas with this crafty advent calendar. Certain to add homespun charm to your rustic holiday decor, each cubby is just the right size to house a holiday surprise for your little ones.

    Available from YonderStar.com; $49.99

  • Linen Calendar Bags 17 of 21

    How super cute are these re-usable rustic linen pouches? Fill 'em with little treats, toys, candies, or even special notes to count down to Christmas in style!

    Available from Etsy's BrightBride; $38

  • Advent Calendar Pocket Bunting 18 of 21

    Who doesn't love dual-purpose festive holiday bunting! Spread holiday cheer throughout your home with this gorgeous fabric pocket bunting designed to nestle holiday treats for eager Christmas lovers.

    Available from Etsy's LooDeLoop; $100

  • Tree Advent Calendar 19 of 21

    Woven wicker baskets house 25 exciting seasonal treats in this natural tree advent calendar. Large baskets measuring 4" wide x 2.5" deep x 3.5" high mean even more surprises for those who've been extra good this year!

    Available from Pottery Barn; $179

  • Present Advent Calendar 20 of 21

    Gimme, gimme, gimme 25 days of pre-Christmas countdown treats to enjoy! This sweet present advent calendar with wooden dowel and jute cord is easy to hang and so fun to display for 25 days of delightful Christmas magic.

    Available from The Land of Nod; $88

  • Wooden Gift Tree Advent Calendar 21 of 21

    This colorful wooden advent calendar stands 13" tall with 24 compartments just waiting for sweet surprises! Your kids will love opening a new tiny door each day closer to Christmas.

    Available from Amazon; $47.24

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