18 Kids’ Advent Calendars for 2018
The countdown to Christmas is an exciting time for children. And one way to heighten the holiday anticipation is with an advent calendar! Advent calendars for kids have fun surprises hidden behind each door, so little ones can soak up those first festive 25 days of December.
Advent calendars are more popular than ever, and you can find so many different themes online. But we've done the research and found this year's most sought-after sets, so your children can start the countdown to Christmas with favorite characters, themes, or activities. From the classic wood Melissa & Doug calendar, to a trendy Hatchimals-themed countdown, to the coveted Funko Pop! Harry Potter, every kiddo will find something nice on this list.
Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Countdown
Children will open various little toys, elves, animals, a reindeer and sleigh, and Santa himself in this charming Playmobil advent calendar. Best for ages 4-10, there are 106 pieces hidden behind the 24 doors on the box. If Santa's Workshop isn't for your kid, Playmobil also has a horse-themed advent calendar, plus a farm, a jewel thief operation, Christmas post office, royal ice skating trip, and more.
Festive Felt Advent Calendar
This charming wall calendar is pricey, but you can use it year after year. And Pottery Barn Kids will personalize it with a name for an additional $9.50. The whole family will enjoy this merry wool felt creation. Add trinkets and treats to the pockets marked for days 1 through 25.
Barbie Careers Calendar
Best for ages 3 and up, this Barbie advent calendar is full of classic Barbie fun. The set includes a doll, and behind each door are accessories and clothing items for Barbie's various exploits. Collect all the items and Barbie can be a vet, an ice skater, a baker, a ballerina, and a skier. 24 days of gifts in all, including a puppy, a trophy, ice skates, an apron, and cookies.
Hatchimals Holiday Figurines
"Hatch" 10 different exclusive Hatchimals collEGGtibles, plus 12 accessories and various paper items when you open each door of this advent calendar. There are over 50 surprises in all, including sparkly nests and wintery scenes.
Classic Countdown to Christmas
Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar
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There are no tiny toys to procure, but this classic countdown is definitely festive. You get a magnetic wooden Christmas tree, plus 24 magnetic ornaments that lead up to the big day. A shiny star goes on top on the big day. This is a great choice for parents opting away from materialism. Other bonuses include a Christmas poem and an attached wooden ornament box for safekeeping. Best for ages 4 and up.
Little People Love
A fantastic option for toddlers (ages 1-5 will love this), the Little People Advent Calendar is full of cute toys. Behind each of the 24 doors are adorable plastic figures, from Santa, to a snowman, to children, to Mrs. Clause. There's even a dog! Also included? Winter accessories such as a snow disc, Christmas tree, gifts, and more.
Frozen Arendelle Delight
This sturdy cardboard advent calendar will thrill Frozen fans. There are 24 magnetic doors on this Arendelle dwelling, securing compartments that parents can stuff with treats. Designed to use year after year, this calendar is best for ages 3 and up.
Funko Pop Harry Potter Holiday
Look out, the upcoming Harry Potter Funko Pop advent calendar is about to sell out! Pre-order your set of Harry Potter figures from Barnes & Nobel — product will be available November 1. 24 vinyl Pocket Pops! figures are included to make your holiday jolly. Best for ages 3 and up.
Holiday Charm Bracelet
In this clever twist on the advent calendar, girls can build a holiday bracelet, one charm at a time. Each day they'll find a Christmas-themed charm when they open one of the 24 doors. On December 1st they'll find a bracelet, and each day after until the 24th, a charm appears. The alloy set includes a tree charm, a Santa, stars, pearly beads, tassels, and more.
Crayola Christmas Countdown
Instead of sweet treats or toys, kids will find 24 holiday-themed activities in this Crayola advent calendar. Each day's door delivers a Crayola item plus a craft to count down. Some of the activities include coloring projects, Model Magic Ornaments, and finger puppets.
Grinch Movie Christmas Countdown
Get ready for the upcoming Dr. Seuss' The Grinch movie with this advent calendar featuring a fun, fold-out holiday scene. Cute Whoville surprises include 14 figures (an exclusive baby Grinch!) and 11 accessories. Best for ages 3 and up.
Alex Toys Crafty Calendar
Kiddos who love to craft will appreciate this advent calendar full of fun felt shapes. There are 150 sticky felt shapes tucked into the felt Christmas tree's pockets — you can hide your own treats in there as well. Best for ages 5 and up.
Festive LEGO Friends
Fans of LEGO Friends will love this brick-themed advent calendar. Each day's door opens to reveal a tiny building set. Create a microscope, piano, snowflake, and more. There are 24 buildable gifts among the 500 LEGO pieces. Best for ages 6-12.
PAW Patrol Puppy Countdown
Fans of the pups of the animated show PAW Patrol will adore this advent calendar. Figurines of all the main characters are included, plus extras like sleds, critters, and snowmen. 24 collectibles are included. Best for ages 3 and up.
Mochi Squishy Toys
Trendy squishy toys fill this fun advent calendar. The set includes one squishy toy for each of the 24 days on the calendar. Best for ages 4 and up, the squishy toys are made of non-non-toxic silicone. The 3 different sets (Santa's Sleigh, Santa and Tree, and Santa's Workshop) each include various animals, plus a mini, squishable Santa.
Disney Animators’ Collection Littles
Figurines from Disney's Animators' Collection fill this sweet advent calendar, including all her favorite characters. Animators' Collection Littles include Rapunzel, Olaf, Lilo, and more, packaged inside a tree-shaped box. 24 pieces in all. Best for ages 3 and up.