30 kids' Advent calendars that you can get right now

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The holiday season is closer than you think. Advent calendars are already flying off the shelf—and for good reason.

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Advent calendars today are way more fun than the stale chocolate-filled ones we had growing up. With unboxing such a popular trend with kids, Advent calendars have become an anticipation-filled event to rival Christmas, and the 2021 selection is knocking it out of the park. Whether the kids on your gift list prefer Star Wars or sparkles, we've found Advent calendars that are sure to fit their taste and make every day leading up to Christmas surprising and fun.

1. A perfectly Peppa Pig Advent calendar

Best kids' Advent calendars: Peppa Pig
Best kids' Advent calendars: Peppa Pig

Best for ages: 2 and up

She has her own top-rated TV show. She dropped a new album. She’s opening a theme park. What can’t Peppa Pig do? Apparently, she can do it all and she has 24 days of surprises to prove it with this highly rated Advent calendar. Rock out, make some art, play with her brother or ride her bike—Peppa is ready to play with this fun calendar that's filled with surprises.

Get the 2021 Peppa Pig Holiday Advent Calendar at Amazon for $39.99

2. An awesome calendar that's filled with (Blue's) clues!

Best kids' Advent calendars: Blue's Clues & You
Best kids' Advent calendars: Blue's Clues & You

Best for ages: 3 and up

Every preschooler's best friend now has her own Advent calendar! Count down the days with Blue's Clues figurines, ornaments and all sorts of holiday-themed surprises. This one is filled with fun friends and collectible pieces kids will love, including eleven figures, three mini ornaments and 10 holiday-themed stickers.

Get the Blue's Clues Advent Calendar at Amazon for $26.99

3. An Avengers Advent calendar

Best kids' Advent calendars: Lego Marvel Avengers Advent Calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Lego Marvel Avengers Advent Calendar

Best for ages: 4 to 10

This super hero-packed calendar really packs a punch (and a kick, and a spin kick, and a jump kick and more). Each door reveals seven mini figures: Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain Marvel, Thanos and Nick Fury, as well as exciting accessories and amazing items from the Marvel Universe. And, because even super heroes need to take time out to celebrate, it has adorable Marvel-themed holiday-inspired gifts as well.

Get the Lego Marvel Avengers Advent Calendar at Amazon for $31.99

4. An Advent calendar that takes you to the toy store

Best kids' Advent calendars: Playmobile's Santa's Workshop
Best kids' Advent calendars: Playmobile's Santa's Workshop

Best for ages: 4 to 10

Looks like the elves are really getting to work! Bring Santa’s workshop home with this adorable Advent calendar that’s filled with all sorts of exciting toys and presents to get their imagination going. Once all the pieces are revealed, help Santa and his elves load the sleigh to deliver the toys across the world. Playmobil always has such fun Advent calendars. The pop culture junky might also like their Back to the Future one.

Get the Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar at Amazon for $58.95

5. An #OOTD (Outfit of the Day) unboxing surprise

Best kids' Advent calendars: L.O.L. #OOTD Advent Calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: L.O.L. #OOTD Advent Calendar

Best for ages: 4 to 15

Advent just got a whole lot more fierce with this new, updated L.O.L. Doll unboxing calendar. The box comes with a collectible Jet Set QT and comes with outfits and accessories to make sure she's beyond stylish for all of the holiday festivities.

Get the L.O.L. Surprise Outfit of the Day Advent Calendar at Amazon for $30.99

6. A cool calendar for the Cars fan

Best kids' Advent calendars: Pixar's Cars Advent Calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Pixar's Cars Advent Calendar

Best for ages: 4 and up

Almost every child goes through a Cars phase. If yours is currently deep in their's, this calendar will have them revving their engines for joy. Filled with friends from Radiator Springs and beyond, this calendar creates a full race track to take on the Piston cup and to keep the car racing fun going long after the holiday is over.

Get the Disney Cars Mini Advent Calendar at Amazon for $42.99

7. A dreamy Advent calendar for Barbie fans

Best kids' Advent calendars: Barbie Dreamtopia
Best kids' Advent calendars: Barbie Dreamtopia

Best for ages: 3 and up

Fairy tales and Barbie, what could be better? Dreamtopia Barbie is all about making their dreams come true. With this set you'll get a full-sized Dreamtopia Barbie, as well as three new looks that take her through every little girls' fantasy. Chock full of tiaras, jewelry and everything Barbie needs to complete a princess, mermaid and fairy look, there will be no shortage of fantastical play with this 24-day Advent calendar.

Get the Barbie Dreamtopia Advent Calendar for $29.99

8. An Advent calendar for muggles and wizards alike

Best kids' Advent calendars: Lego Harry Potter
Best kids' Advent calendars: Lego Harry Potter

Best for ages: 7 and up

If your kid is a Potterhead, they will love this Advent calendar more than a winning game of Quidditch. Kids will love opening each window to reveal six different minifigures, including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Dudley Dursley and Griphook. The 274 pieces can be combined to “recreate Harry’s amazing journey from Privet Drive to Hogwarts: the Hogwarts letters arriving through the fireplace, collecting gold from Gringotts’ vault, picking up Harry’s school supplies and meeting Hedwig the owl.”

Get the Lego Harry Potter Advent Calendar on Amazon for $31.99

9. An Advent calendar for the fidget toy trend

Best kids' Advent calendars: Fidget toys and Pop-its
Best kids' Advent calendars: Fidget toys and Pop-its

Best for ages: 4 and up

There are Pop-its and squishes galore in this fidget toy countdown calendar. These trendy toys will appeal to kids of all ages. Filled with popular avocado and pineapple shapes, as well as holiday-themed doo-dads, your kid will be the coolest on the playground when they bring these fun fidgets to the yard.

Get the Fidget Advent Calendar at Amazon for $22.88

10. An Advent calendar for the crafty kid

Best kids' Advent calendars: Purple Cow DIY Crafting Calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Purple Cow DIY Crafting Calendar

Best for ages: 6 and up

Do you have an insatiable crafter in your midst? Have we got the Advent calendar for them. This cool calendar has a 24-day countdown of craft ideas and DIY essentials to get their creativity going. Your home will look like a well-decorated winter wonderland with all sorts of fun ornament-making and table top decorating activities that are just right for kids.

Get the Purple Cow DIY Arts & Crafts Advent Calendar at Amazon for $39.95

11. A STEM-inspired Advent calendar

Best kids' Advent calendars: Crazy Scientist Advent Calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Crazy Scientist Advent Calendar

Best for ages: 8 and up

If your little elf is the scientific sort, this experiment-filled Advent calendar is just the thing for them. Filled with easy to accomplish science activities and an accompanying directions and idea book, this kit is everything you need to make the holiday season scientific!

Get the Crazy Scientist Advent Calendar at Amazon for $34.90

12. An Advent calendar for Thomas fans

Best kids' Advent calendars: Thomas the Train Advent Calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Thomas the Train Advent Calendar

Best for ages: 3 and up

Little conductors can build out all of their railway dreams with this Advent calendar. Featuring 24 push-along Thomas mini-figures, including six exclusive holiday-themed toys, this calendar is the perfect choice for kids that dream of choo-choos. Every day they open a flap their train will grow, ending with a full set of friendly-faced trains, as well as add-on cars and a caboose.

Get the Thomas the Train Advent Calendar at Amazon for $39.98

13. An Advent calendar for little hands

Best kids' Advent calendars: Little People Advent Calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Little People Advent Calendar

Best for ages: 1 and up

A perfect choice for your little one’s first Advent calendar, this one features 24 chunky figures for little hands to grasp and play with all year long. With little versions of Santa, Mrs. Claus and even a reindeer, this set is perfect for starting a little one out with some holiday spirit.

Get the Fisher Price Little People Advent calendar at Amazon for $60.95

14. An Elf on the Shelf Advent calendar

Best kids' Advent calendars: Elf on the Shelf Advent Calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Elf on the Shelf Advent Calendar

Best for ages: 3 and up

If Elf on a Shelf reigns over your Christmas holiday, your kids will love this train-style Advent calendar. Each holiday train car opens to reveal an elfin surprise of mini toys. Each of the four train cars has a theme—the Sweet Shop, Snow Much Fun, Puppy Love Elf Pets, and ‘Tis The Season—and they all have stickers and pop-outs to enjoy.

Get the North Pole Advent Train calendar at Walmart for $17.89

15. An Advent calendar for a Yule Ball celebration

Best kids' Advent calendars: Lego Harry Potter Yule Ball Advent Calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Lego Harry Potter Yule Ball Advent Calendar

Best for ages: 7 and up

Make this a magical Christmas for any Harry Potter fan. Wizards and muggles alike will love celebrating the holiday Yule Ball with miniature Lego versions of Harry, Hermione, Ron and friends. This calendar comes with buildable models such as a miniature Beauxbatons carriage and dining table with ice-castle centerpiece. As the big day gets closer, kids can recreate spellbinding holiday scenes in the hallowed halls of Hogwarts—including the enchanting Yule Ball.

Get the Lego Harry Potter Advent calendar at Amazon for $34.63

16. An Advent calendar that cultivates kindness

Best kids' Advent calendars: Be Kind Advent Calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Be Kind Advent Calendar

Best for ages: 6 and up

If holiday consumerism has you down, the Be Kind Advent calendar is just what Santa ordered. This sweet and sentimental calendar focuses on good deeds and teaching kids a bit about being grateful and introspective during the holidays. The 35 tokens are all inscribed with little acts of kindness are meant to be used year after year to create an ongoing tradition of charity, community and gratitude.

Get the Be Kind Advent calendar at Mindware.com for $19.95

17. An Advent calendar made for car racing

Best kids' Advent calendars:  Hot Wheels 2021 Advent calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Hot Wheels 2021 Advent calendar

Best for ages: 3 and up

It’s a holly, jolly Hot Wheels kind of holiday. The Hot Wheels 2021 Advent calendar will get their engines revving for a fun holiday countdown. This calendar includes eight Hot Wheels vehicles, a foldout winter-themed play mat and 16 cars and accessories for each day—including Frosty, the Abominable Snowman and Santa's sleigh.

Get the Hot Wheels 2021 advent calendar on Amazon for $19.99

18. A classic wooden Advent calendar

Best kids' Advent calendars: Melissa & Doug Advent calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Melissa & Doug Advent calendar

Best for ages: 2 and up

The Melissa & Doug Wooden Advent calendar is an annual best-seller, and for good reason. Filled with glittery magnetic ornaments and a holiday star to top the tree, this Advent calendar is a winner with kids of all ages. Once each magnet is mounted, this classic wooden tree becomes a lovely decoration worthy of any holiday mantle.

Get the Melissa & Doug Wooden Advent Calendar at Amazon for $19.54

19. A Play-Doh filled Advent calendar

Best kids' Advent calendars: Play-Doh Holiday Advent calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Play-Doh Holiday Advent calendar

Best for ages: 3 and up

Play-Doh is always a favorite of kids. Filled with shimmering, sparkly Play-Doh and all sorts of holiday-themed accessories, this set is extra festive and is sure to get them into the holiday spirit.

Get the Play-Doh Advent calendar for $19

20. An Advent calendar for pretty primpers

Best kids' Advent calendars: My First Makeup Advent calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: My First Makeup Advent calendar

Best for ages: 3 and up

This Advent calendar is perfect for the child who likes to primp. They’ll be sittin’ pretty with all of the fun cosmetic options for little ones who like to get gussied up. We love the cute nail stickers, and the glitter glosses, all of which zip up in a stylish little carry bag.

Get the My First Makeup Advent Calendar at Amazon for $29.99

21. An Advent calendar for the dino-obsessed

Best kids' Advent calendars: Dinosaur Figure Countdown Calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Dinosaur Figure Countdown Calendar

Best for ages: 3 and up

Do all they want to talk about is dinosaurs? If you have a child who is a dino-expert, they’ll love having 24 days of dinosaur surprises with this countdown calendar. Once their dinosaur menagerie has been revealed, the calendar opens up for a Jurassic-style backdrop for display or play.

Get the Dinosaur Figure Countdown Calendar at Amazon for $19.98

22. A super slimy calendar

Best kids' Advent calendars: Fantastic Slime
Best kids' Advent calendars: Fantastic Slime

Best for ages: 4 and up

Slime never got so creative. Your slime lover will be wowed by this 24-day countdown of slimes and fun add ins that they can work and create with to their heart's content. Each slime is pre-made for immediate gratification. Just add fun sparkles, confetti and more to customize it to their tastes.

Get the Fantastic Slime Advent Calendar at Amazon for $15.99

23. A customizable family Advent calendar

Best kids' Advent calendars: Magic Playbook
Best kids' Advent calendars: Magic Playbook

Best for ages: 4 to 13

Designed by mothers and co-founders Caitlin Kruse and Mandy Roberson, this poster-style advent calendar features a Christmas tree with numbered ornaments and scratch-off stickers. Parents are able to customize their own advent activities by simply writing in a special holiday-themed activity for the day on each ornament, and placing the scratch-off sticker over it. In addition to the scratch-off stickers, a list of fun advent ideas is included with the poster for inspiration.

Get the Scratch-off Advent Calendar by Magic Playbook for $20

24. An Advent calendar with lots of toy trends

Best kids' Advent calendars: Educational Insights Playfoam Pals
Best kids' Advent calendars: Educational Insights Playfoam Pals

Best for ages: 4 and up

Unboxing? Check. Mini toys? Check. Sensory items? Check! Sensory soothing play foam and adorable tiny minifigures that are dressed for a winter wonderland make this a fun, soothing and collectible countdown calendar.

Get the Educational Insights Playfoam Pals Snowy Friends 25-Day Advent Calendar at Amazon for $24.99

25. An Advent calendar for the serious Potterheads

Best kids' Advent calendars: Harry Potter Advent calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Harry Potter Advent calendar

Best for ages: 9 and up

Not all Harry Potter calendars are created equal. This one is for the true Potterheads who want to have treasures and mementos to carry with them wherever they go. This Advent calendar takes readers into the Wizarding World and shows iconic moments from the beloved Harry Potter films. Twenty-five collectibles range from festive paper ornaments, to coins to keychains, making this advent calendar book is a must-have for Harry Potter fans of all ages.

Get the Harry Potter Advent calendar for $18.77

26. A cute Crayola calendar

Best kids' Advent calendars: Crayola Advent calendar
Best kids' Advent calendars: Crayola Advent calendar

Best for ages: 3 and up

For the budding artist, this calendar will give them 24 days of creative supplies to take them through the new year. Using clay, crayons and coloring pages, this Advent calendar is a great choice for the young creative who is filled with ideas but just needs the right tools to color and draw them.

Get the Crayola Kids Advent Calendar at Amazon for $39.95

27. An Advent calendar filled with barnyard delights

Best kids' Advent calendars: My First Advent Calendar by Haba
Best kids' Advent calendars: My First Advent Calendar by Haba

Best for ages: 2 to 4

This high quality calendar features 24 chunky little barnyard animals is beautifully made and lovingly painted with non-toxic paints. This high quality wooden set is perfect for starting a little one out with some holiday spirit and makes for a beautiful toy for them to play with for years to come.

Get the My First Advent Calendar Farmyard Animals at Haba.com for $34.99

28. An Advent calendar for Imaginext fans

Best kids' Advent calendars: Imaginext DC Super Friends
Best kids' Advent calendars: Imaginext DC Super Friends

Best for ages: 3 to 8

Imaginext toys are so much fun for making to play time interactive. All of the pieces in this calendar works with other Imaginext toys. This calendar includes six DC Super Friends characters, including Superman, Batman and Green Lantern, a ride-on vehicle, and all sorts of super-cool battle accessories that will help your youngest crime-fighter bring their imagination to life.

Get the DC Super Friends Imaginex calendar at Amazon for $34.99

29. A calendar for Star Wars fans

Best kids' Advent calendars: Star Wars Micro Force
Best kids' Advent calendars: Star Wars Micro Force

Best for ages: 6 and up

Jedi Knights, Sith Lords, Rebel heroes and move are ready to blast into intergalactic action as squishable small-scale figures from Star Wars Micro force! These tiny Star Wars figures are fully collectible and also come with seven exclusive stickers from a galaxy far, far away. This package also folds down to reveal a Star Wars backdrop, so kids can apply stickers and play with these fun figurines all year long.

Get the Star Wars Micro Force Advent Calendar at Amazon for $24.96

30. A Disney Junior Advent calendar

Best kids' Advent calendars: Disney Junio
Best kids' Advent calendars: Disney Junio

Best for ages: 3 and up

What kid doesn't have a favorite Disney Junior character? Now they can count down to Christmas with all of their favorite Disney Junior pals. This 24-day calendar comes with 11 mini surprise figures, five card decorations and five sticker sheets that features adorable characters from T.O.T.S., Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Adventures and Puppy Dog Pals.

Get the Disney Junior Advent Calendar at Amazon for $48.99

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