We’ve researched the best Christmas advent calendars for your family’s countdown to the big day. Whether you’re a fan of the traditional picture windows, those stuffed with toys and chocolates or even the calendars that allow you to personalise each window with your own little gifts, here you’ll fine inspo for all.


Flashback to the 80’s and early 90’s when the Christmas advent calendars were no frills but it was just so damn exciting to see what picture was behind a new door each morning.

There is something quite special about a traditional advent calendar.

Toys and Accessories

There are so many different types of toy advent calendars on offer, from L.O.L and Frozen to Toot Toot, LEGO and Marvel, whatever your child is into there is sure to be an advent calendar to suit.

North Pole Advent Train

From the creators of The Elf on the Shelf® comes the new North Pole Advent Train, the perfect way to kick-off the countdown to Santa’s arrival along with your trusty Scout Elf.

The North Pole Advent Train is bigger and better than ever before, with lots more toys and amazements to be discovered over the Advent period. The train-shaped Advent calendar is filled with daily surprises that create a colourful, playable Christmas tree farm and railway for 24 days of festive fun. It’s the chugga-chugga cheeriest way to add playtime fun to the season!

Book collections advent calendar

This new book collections advent calendar trend has to be my favourite. What could be better than finding a book behind every window on the countdown to the big day? You can’t go wrong with Julia Donaldson, Disney or Usborne for little ones, and for older kids, check out the Tom Gates’ calendar and enjoy stories and activities every day in advent!


If you’re into personalisation, we’ll leave the gift buying up to you. Here are some gorgeous options:

Advent Calendar House, JoJo Maman Bebe

Keepsake Advent Calendar, Stych Accessories

Chocolate and Treats

If it’s all about chocolate in your house like it is in mine, there you won’t have trouble finding your favourite brand. Here are a few of our favourites:

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