The 9 Best Advent Calendar for Kids of 2020

Countdown to the holidays

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Pottery Barn Kids Quilted Advent Calendar at potterybarnkids.com

"Little ones' excitement over the holidays are sure to build with this oversized advent calendar, complete with 25 pockets to fill."

Best for Tweens: Funko Advent Calendar: Harry Potter at Amazon

"Harry Potter lovers will enjoy this Wizard-themed calendar, which opens to reveal a new Funko POP figure each day."

Best LEGO: LEGO Friends Advent Calendar at Amazon

"Each day of the calendar reveals a new mini LEGO gift, from a candy cane to a snowflake, which is all compatible with other sets."

Best for First Christmas: Wee Gallery Festive Friends Advent Calendar at maisonette.com

"With pockets, parents can fill with whatever they choose, the cotton calendar can be reused each year and passed down."

Best for Teens: NYX Professional Makeup Diamonds & Ice Advent Calendar at Amazon

"Teens and preteens who are just beginning to apply makeup will love this 12-piece set of mini lipsticks and glosses."

Best for Hanukkah: Sugarfina 8 Nights of Light Calendar at neimanmarcus.com

"Celebrators of Hanukkah can decorate the table with this eight-night calendar, featuring candy from Sugarfina."

Best for Crafty Kids: Kid Made Modern DIY Advent Calendar at Amazon

"For kiddos who like to get creative, this all-inclusive kit has everything you need to create a craft for every day of the month."

Best Reuseable: Step2 My First Advent Calendar at Amazon

"Parents can fill each bin with a mini surprise, the playset also doubles as a resource in teaching numbers and colors."

Best for Toddlers: Melissa & Doug Wooden Advent Calendar at Amazon

"A simple, fuss-free calendar that's free of surprises or candy, it features removable ornament magnets to count down the days."

Traditionally, advent calendars are used to countdown to Christmas. Ticking off each day in December adds to the anticipation of the year's biggest holiday. Using an advent calendar can be a fun family tradition and is a great way to teach kids numbers, the concept of time, and the art of patience. Some come pre-filled with toys, snacks, or other items that they will look forward to discovering. Other families may choose to use their own candy, special messages, or other family items to fill up the daily pockets. 

Whether you want an old school option or one with a modern twist, we've rounded up the best advent calendar for kids.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Pottery Barn Kids Quilted Advent Calendar

Pottery Barn Kids Quilted Advent Calendar

Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Build traditions with a beautifully quilted advent calendar. Vibrantly designed with sweet holiday motifs, each day has a pocket, so parents can hide treats, notes, or other items. For an additional fee, add your family’s name or other personalization on the top. The large calendar measures 44 inches high and 24 inches wide, so be prepared for an oversized decoration that can be reused year after year. 

Best for Tweens: Funko Advent Calendar: Harry Potter

Your kiddo will be excited for the countdown to Christmas as they discover witches, wizards, ghosts, house-elves, and more from their favorite Wizarding World. Tweens and Harry Potter fans alike will love the suspense this calendar brings. Each day, open one of the 24 doors to reveal a Pocket Pops! vinyl figure. The figures range in height depending on the character, but none of them are more than two inches tall. 

Best LEGO: LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

LEGO fans ages 6 and up will enjoy this 500-piece advent calendar that includes 24 LEGO gifts. They will love the festive twist of all the pieces including a cute wreath and adorable snowman. Each one presents a daily building challenge and as with other LEGOs, the daily gifts can be built together with all other LEGO sets or building blocks. 

Best for First Christmas: Wee Gallery Festive Friends Advent Calendar

Wee Gallery Festive Friends Advent Calendar

 Courtesy of Maisonette

Designed with infant development in mind, this calendar has mostly black and white screen printed animal images on 100 percent organic twill. Each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas has a pocket for parents to stuff. A gorgeous keepsake bag completes the set, so you’ll look forward to bringing this calendar out each year. 

Best for Teens: NYX Professional Makeup Diamonds & Ice Advent Calendar

Your teen will love this 12-day countdown calendar that includes 12 best-selling mini lip favorites in gloss, matte, and satin finishes. With beautiful colors to discover, each will be a wonderful addition to their makeup collection. All cruelty-free products, any fashionista girl will enjoy the new looks that come with this set. 

Best for Hanukkah: Sugarfina 8 Nights of Light Calendar

Sugarfina 8 Nights of Light Calendar

 Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

A Hanukkah calendar may look a little different than a traditional advent calendar, but there’s no reason not to celebrate the season with a special treat. This “Eight Nights of Light” candy-tasting calendar features eight deluxe candies, one for each night of Hanukkah. As you take each treat out of the drawer, kids can flip around the drawer to reveal a candle design, so the packaging doubles as a menorah.

Best for Crafty Kids: Kid Made Modern DIY Advent Calendar

A perfect holiday activity for kids 6 years old and up, this DIY Advent calendar reveals a new art prompt everyday, so kids will enjoy creating 25 crafts leading up to Christmas. Don’t worry about hunting for supplies, the kit includes everything you need to create each craft. 

Best Reuseable: Step2 My First Advent Calendar

Every year when this snowy cottage decoration comes out, kids will love getting involved in the season. The cottage has holiday-themed decals like garland, a wreath, and snowflake accents that surround the red and green numbered bins. Sure to last for years to come, this large decorative calendar is a special addition to family traditions. 

Best for Toddlers: Melissa & Doug Wooden Advent Calendar

Avoid the candy and gifts with this hands-on calendar that’s perfect for toddlers. The set includes a magnetic wooden tree, 24 magnetic ornaments, and one shining star for the top of the tree. Young kids will enjoy placing a new ornament on the tree each day and parents appreciate that the attached wooden ornament box keeps all the pieces together. 

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year old daughter. Her favorite calendars are ones that can be enjoyed right away (hello treats or sweet notes) since the last thing her house needs is 24 small toys (although her children would disagree). 

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