18 of the Cutest Kid-Friendly Advent Calendars
Forget about those grocery store advent calendars stuffed with tiny, waxy-tasting chocolates. Today's kid-friendly advent options are so much more fun (and beautiful). From calendars that double as holiday decor to ones that will keep your kids entertained all December long, the following 18 options are sure to get your kids even more excited for Santa's arrival. Whether you have a DIY lover, a Star Wars fan, or a budding artist on your hands, you'll find an advent calendar you both will love to engage with this holiday season.
Disney Animator's Collection Advent Calendar
Disney Animator's Collection Advent Calendar ($35) features drawings and 24 sculptures of Disney accessories and characters like Belle, Ariel, Pocahontas, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and more.
Dylan's Candy Bar House Advent Calendar
The Land of Nod's Dylan's Candy Bar House Advent Calendar ($69-$109) has a vibrant mix of embroidered and printed details, plus 25 numbered pockets designed to hold holiday goodies. Buy it alone or with the candy to fill it up.
3D Merry and Bright Snowman Advent Calendar
Pottery Barn Kids' 3D Merry and Bright Snowman Advent Calendar ($130) is made from pure wool and hides treats inside to count down the days until Christmas.
Town-to-Country Advent Calendar
We love the look of Garnet Hill's Town-to-Country Advent Calendar ($79). Featuring original artwork by Molly Hatch on screen-printed cotton with embroidered details, the calendar has 25 expandable pockets you can fill with toys and candy.
Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar
Melissa & Doug's Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar ($17) includes a magnetic wooden tree, 24 magnetic ornaments, and a shining star for the top. An attached wooden ornament box keeps all the pieces together, and a holiday poem on the back is designed to become a festive "read-aloud" family ritual.
Glitter Lit Houses Advent Calendar
Pottery Barn's Glitter Lit Houses Advent Calendar ($129) is a holiday village lit from within. Made of cardboard and accented with glitter and sisal trees, the battery-powered calendar features 25 little houses, all with opening doors designed to hold tiny treasures.
Holiday Helper Advent Calendar
The Land of Nod's Holiday Helper Advent Calendar ($79-$118) is designed by artist Donna Wilson with delightful embroidered and appliquéd characters and designs and 25 pockets. Purchase the calendar with or without toys to fill each pocket.
Petit Collage Tree Pop-Out Advent Calendar
The Petit Collage Tree Pop-Out Advent Calendar ($20) has 24 pop-out pieces, each in its own numbered compartment waiting to be revealed on its own special day in December. Fold down the calendar's lid to find a colorful play scene floor where you can place all the paper friends found within.
Monique Lhuillier Advent Calendar
Available through Pottery Barn Kids, the Monique Lhuillier Advent Calendar ($80) is inspired by a winter wonderland and lined with supersoft faux fur. Hide little goodies inside the 25 pockets, and add your family name on top for a $10 personalization fee.
Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Calendar
Crayola's Christmas Countdown Activity Calendar ($18) keeps your kids creatively engaged while counting down to Santa's arrival. The 24-day calendar includes simple holiday activities, including DIY ornaments, finger puppets, a gingerbread house, and coloring projects.