One of the most fun bits of Christmas is surely the anticipation, and the excitement of opening the door of the advent calendar is part of the fun! There are many different types of advent calendars for kids available theses days!
Remember from those classic paper calendars where you opened the door to reveal a chrismassy picture? Advent calendars have REALLY moved on since then.
And it's not just Chocolate advent calendars either. So save the kids teeth and avoid the Christmas sugar overload with these gorgeous toy advent calendars - from Lego to crafting and beautiful wooden toys to cult movie classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Calling all sci-fi fans - this is the perfect advent calendar for geeks! New for 2020 is this LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar 75279 which features 6 minifigures and 6 LEGO® figures and 12 mini build toys including the Millennium Falcon. There is also a code to unlock Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game content. May The Force Be With You!
Little fans of all things Unicorn will love this Playmobil Unicorn Fairyland Advent Calendar, which has 24 boxes to count down to Christmas. As each box is opened it unfolds a beautiful scene, with the fairy queen introducing the fairy prince and princess to her unicorn and all the other magical forest animals.
The set also comes complete with a jewellery box and ring. Cute!
Fans of Tim Burton's cult classic The Nightmare Before Christmas - Funko Pops - can indulge with the The Nightmare Before Christmas Funko Pop! Advent Calendar The figures are Pocket Pop! Keychain sized. The calendar is due for release on 31st October 2020 (of course) but can be pre-ordered now.
Little LEGO fans will adore this LEGO Friends Advent Calendar. Behind each door is a LEGO kit to build which you can put together into a festive scene.
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If your kid is a fan of the massively popular Nickolodean series Paw Patrol they will love the Paw Patrol Advent Calendar which has 24 gifts for every day leading up to the big day - a new mini Paw Patrol figure, including their favorite Pups dressed up for Christmas, a sleigh, snowman, Christmas trees and more!
Bring some Christmas cheer to your household with this lovely Snow Scene Advent Calendar! Each little box comes with a wooden figure inside, for a lovely surprise each day in the lead up to Christmas, and the front folds down to use as a play area with the little toys.
Your kids will love rolling the little car figures along the windy, snowy roads and taking the polar bear figure for a walk over the bridge. The figures are made from sturdy wood and the calendar from card, meaning you can re-use this set year after year.
Are you kids art and craft enthusiasts? They will absolutly love the Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar where they will find a new craft project kit to try every day in December.
The kits include fun homemade Christmas gifts, finger puppets, and colouring activities.
Something a bit different here - it's an advent calendar, a decoration and a game all in one! Starting on the first of December, you play the BrainBox Christmas Advent Calendar Game by playing one card each day, using the pegs provided to hang the festive cards on a decorative piece of string. Learn all about Christmas in a fun way.
The VTech Toot-Toot Animals Advent Calendar has a sweet collection of cute animals which make fun sound effects, play festive tunes and Christmas songs. This set is a bit on the pricey side and does require batteries, however it is compatible with other Vtech Toot-Toot playsets.
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In this fun calendar, your little junior detectives help the police track down two dastardly criminals in the Playmobil Jewel Thief Police Operation Advent Calendar. Each day a door opens to reveal the jewel thieves, their swag and all the tools they need for their heist, along with the policemen whose job it is to foil them!
Can you catch the crooks by 24th December?
This beautiful Wooden Advent Christmas Tree from Melissa and Doug will come out year after year, becoming a much loved Christmas tradition long after the kids have grown up.
The baubles stick onto the tree magnetically, and there is a special star for Christmas Day.
The Playmobil Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar is an adorable and timeless theme with Santa and his elves making classic Christmas gifts for children, including rocking horses, toy trains and teddy bears.
The Mega Bloks Minions Movie Advent Calendar is perfect for fans of Despicable Me or The Minions Movie. Make your own Minions characters with interchangable arms, eyes and legs!
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