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Best Advent Calendars for Kids This Year

If your littles are anything like mine, they are already counting down the days until Christmas!  And what better way to count down than with the best advent calendars for kids this year!? 

One of my favorite holiday memories is getting my annual advent calendar.  I absolutely loved opening the door each day to get the next treat.  (Hint:  Our advent calendars almost always contained chocolate and were nowhere near as cool as they are now!)  It was so much fun to watch the days pass, as we got closer and closer to Christmas!

No matter what your child’s interests are, there is surely a calendar to fit their wishes.  Trains and princesses; candy and more!  I promise there is something to please every interest (and budget)! 

So, what are you looking for!? 

the best advent calendars for kids

Favorite Characters & Toys

Does your little one have a favorite character from TV? Are they absolutely infatuated with a video game or play thing?! Chances are high that one of the best advent calendars for kids this year already includes what they love! Take a peek at some of our hottest choices for the season.

Nintendo Super Mario Advent Calendar

Super Mario Advent Calendar

Hot Wheels Advent Calendar

Hot Wheels Advent Calendar

Fortnite Advent Calendar

Fortnite Advent Calendar

Paw Patrol Advent Calendar

Paw Patrol Advent Calendar

Mega Bloks Minions Movie Advent Calendar

Mega Bloks Minion Advent Calendar

Play-Doh Advent Calendar

Play-Doh Advent Calendar

Star Wars Micro Force Advent Calendar

Star Wars Micro Force Advent Calendar

Peppa Pig Advent Calendar

Peppa Pig Advent Calendar

Disney Mickey Mouse Advent Calendar

Disney Mickey Mouse Advent Calendar

Purple Ladybug Novelty Dinosaur Toys

Purple Ladybug Novelty Dinosaur Toys

Disney Jr. Advent Calendar

Disney Jr. Advent Calendar

Purple Ladybug Novelty Toy Car Advent Calendar

Purple Ladybug Novelty Toy Cars

Disney Pixar Cars Advent Calendar

Disney Pixar Cars Advent Calendar

Tsum Tsum Disney Countdown to Christmas

Tsum Tsum Disney Countdown to Christmas

Hatchimals Colleggtibles

Hatchimals Colleggtibles

Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price MINIS (2018)

Thomas & Friends MINIS 2018

Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price MINIS (2019)

Thomas & Friends MINIS 2019

Barbie Advent Calendar

Barbie Advent Calendar

L.O.L. Surprise!  #OOTD

L.O.L. Surprise!  #OOTD

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Advent Calendar

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Advent Calendar

The Grinch Advent Calendar

The Grinch Advent Calendar

Cry Babies Magic Tears Ruthy Advent Calendar

Cry Babies Magic Tears Ruthy Advent Calendar

Funko Advent Calendar Harry Potter

Funko Advent Calendar Harry Potter

Funko Advent Calendar: Marvel 80th Anniversary

Funko Advent Calendar:  Marvel 80th Anniversary

Fisher-Price Little People Nativity Advent Calendar

Fisher-Price Little People Nativity Advent Calendar

BATTOP Advent Calendar: Santa and Friends Mochi Squishies

Santa and Friends Mochi Squishies

LEGO and Playmobil Advent Calendars

What kid doesn’t love building with LEGO?! These advent calendars are fantastic for any up-and-coming engineer. Each day, a new piece or creation will be added to their collection, and they can keep right on building!

LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar Building Kit

LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar Building Kit

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

LEGO City Advent Calendar

LEGO City Advent Calendar

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar

Playmobil Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar

Playmobil Christmas Ball Advent Calendar

Playmobil Christmas Ball Advent Calendar

Playmobil Christmas Post Office Advent Calendar

Playmobil Post Office Advent Calendar

Playmobil NHL Road to the Cup Advent Calendar

Playmobil Road to the Cup Advent Calendar

Chocolate & Candy Options

Chocolate-filled options are always popular and definitely rank on the list for best advent calendars for kids this year. Unless your child greatly prefers one candy to another, I highly recommend you click around to find the best prices. Full-Disclosure: some of these seem a bit more expensive than I’d expect.

Peace on Earth Chocolate Advent Calendar

Peace on Earth Chocolate

Madelaine 2019 Chocolate Advent Calendar

Madelaine 2019 Chocolate Advent Calendar

Hershey Milk Chocolate Kisses

Hershey Milk Chocolate

Hershey Miniatures

Hershey Miniatures

Star Wars Storm Trooper Chocolate

Star Wars Storm Trooper Chocolate

Elf on the Shelf Chocolate 2-Pack

Elf on the Shelf Chocolate 2-Pack

Madelaine Chocolate 2-Pack

Madelaine Chocolate 2-Pack

L.O.L. Surprise! Holiday Countdown

L.O.L. Surprise!

Lindt Bear

Lindt Bear

Naughty or Nice Chocolate

Naughty or Nice Chocolate

Haribo

Haribo

Crafty Kids

My 6-year-old would LOVE any of these choices, because she always wants to craft, craft, craft! These options are perfect for any young artist, because they include an activity to complete. This will definitely help knock back the “Crazy for Christmas” anticipation!

ALEX Toys Crafty Calendar

Alex Toys Crafty Calendar

Crayola Christmas Countdown

Crayola Christmas Countdown

Advent Calendar Coloring Book

Advent Calendar Coloring Book

Literature-Based Advent Calendars

We love books in our house – and any opportunity to read as a family is celebrated! On our list of the best advent calendar for kids this year, we’ve included a few of the best storybook options! (If you happen to have 24 Christmas or holiday books in your arsenal, wrap them up and read one each night for another Advent-like tradition!)

Disney: Storybook Collection

Storybook Collection Advent Calendar

Disney’s Countdown to Christmas – a Story a Day

Disney Countdown to Christmas

The World of Eric Carle Dream Snow Pop-Up

Eric Carle's Dream Snow

The Advent Storybook: 25 Bible Stories Showing Why Jesus Came

Countdowns and Decorations

These calendars are a little bit different, because they function solely as countdowns and holiday decor. (And, hello!, we love holiday decor!) And! They can be used year after year and your children can actively participate in the decoration!

Pockets of Learning Merry Christmas Tree


Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas

Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas

SWEET DIARY Tabletop Christmas Tree with Ornaments


SWEET DIARY Tabletop Christmas Tree

Cosy Life Felt Santa with Pockets

Cosy Life Felt Santa with Pockets

Precious Moments Nativity

Precious Moments Nativity

Fostoy Felt DIY Christmas Tree

Fostoy Felt DIY Christmas Tree

Fill Your Own

Some of the very best advent calendars for kids this year can be used over and over again! These beautiful pieces are meant to be filled with small candies and trinkets. The best part is that you get to change the treats every year! You can match your child’s ever-changing interests and adapt accordingly.

D-FantiX Christmas Hanging Burlap Bags

D-FantiX Christmas Hanging Burlap Bags

Byer’s Choice Christmas Tree

Byer's Choice Christmas Tree

Clever Creations Wooden Christmas Village

Clever Creations Wooden Christmas Village

24 Inch Length Wooden Christmas Train

24 Inch Length Wooden Christmas Train

WHAT ON EARTH LED Santa’s Workshop Wooden Advent Calendar

WHAT ON EARTH LED Light Santa's Workshop

Unique Alternatives

If the normal Advent Calendars don’t match your style, you might be more intrigued by the choices below. There are challenges to complete, crimes to solve, and bracelets to build. Each one is more fun than the next!

My Advent Challenges

My Advent Challenges

D-FantiX Christmas Charm Bracelet

D-FantiX Christmas Charm Bracelet

Mouttop Advent Calendar Charm Bracelet

Mouttop Advent Calendar Charm Bracelet

Mr. Holmes’ 24-Solve-It-Yourself Christmas Crimes

Mr. Holmes' Advent Calendar

ORIENTAL CHERRY: Fluffy Slime

Fluffy Slime Advent Calendar

Gifts for Girls

Gifts for Girls

What Do You Think?

Did you find the perfect option from our list of the best advent calendars for kids this year!? Now, the real challenge will be to make sure only one tab is opened each day!  …but that one’s on you, Mama!

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About the Author

Author of the Merry Kate

Katie Johansen is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with her M.A.Ed in Children’s Literature.  She spent 6 years as an elementary school teacher in South Florida before transitioning to stay-at-home #momlife.  Now, it’s all things PB&J – with an extra large cup of coffee on the side.

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