Best Advent Calendars For Kids 2019

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We’re Christmas crazy in this house, you often catch me watching Christmas movies in July. Our Christmas decorations usually go up in time for the 1st Advent, which usually lands on the last November weekend. I had to promise my husband not to put them earlier, who is not a fan of Christmas at all. Just who have I married? Luckily he put up with my ever-growing collection of all things Christmas.

One thing I have to buy again every year are Advent Calendars. We do have one that we fill ourselves, but I like to buy one or two as well. We tend to buy a chocolate one and a toy-related calendar. As you can tell, I tend to go a little overboard with Christmas. There are more and more choices everywhere and it’s hard to pick your favourites. I’ve managed to narrow down the list of the best advent calendars for kids 2019.

The Elf Challenge

This is my favourite advent calendar for kids this year. My daughter loves her little elf and so do all of my friends. This is an interactive calendar and really makes the Elf of on the shelf fun come together. The whole calendar is split in 4 weeks and you sign in online every day to see the daily challenge which is communicated through a video message.

  • For week 1 your challenges are all about toys (One of the tasks is collecting toys and creating a train with them)
  • In week 2 challenges teach you Elf skills about sorting presents (Stacking and counting, are just two of the challenges)
  • Then during week 3 contains exciting Reindeer themed tasks (Two of the challenges are naming Reindeers and knowing which foods reindeers can and cannot eat)
  • Finally in week 4 is about how Elves prepare for Christmas Eve! (And the last one is even more as the countdown begins; they’ll be making a Christmas tree out of toys or pass presents along.)

I love this advent calendar and cannot wait to start on with my daughter this, it a really nice alternative to all the toy and chocolate calendars. This really is the best calendar I’ve found this year and you only need to purchase one for siblings to share it.

  • Price: £20 £12 with my discount code
  • Where to buy: Here

Kinder Advent Calendar

We love Kinder chocolate and every kid loves it. Not only has this calendar has all the different types of Kinder Chocolate in there but they also come in really nice Christmas Designs. We bought this Calendar for the last few years and will probably get it again.

  • Price: £17.99
  • Where to buy: Amazon

Playmobil Calendar

There are actually 2 different calendars that they do this year and that I would like to share.

One for the little ones, it’s part of the younger range that they offer and is great for kids that are 1 year or older.

And of course, there is one for the older kids. I absolutely adore this one and it comes with a cute little train set and mini elves.

  • Price: £14.99
  • Where to buy the toddler one: Amazon
  • Where to buy the one for older kids: Amazon

Lego Advent Calendars

It really isn’t Christmas without a Lego related toy. What do you think? Each year lego does some amazing new advent calendars. And without a doubt, I will be stepping into that dreading piece of lego on Christmas morning. It’s so hard to pick the best ones but I really loved these two.

Harry Potter is still so big, my daughter is obsessed with Harry Potter and of course, I have to include a classic Lego Christmas one. They do a more girly Lego Friends one, Lego City and even a Star Wars one.

  • Price: £17.99 – £19.99 depending on stock Levels
  • Where to buy the Harry Potter Calendar: Amazon
  • Where to buy the Lego Calendar: Amazon

Smarties Advent Calendar

How sweet is the different shape of the Smarties tower? It makes a change to the usual packaging and the tower-style is a hit with most kids.

  • Price: £8 – £10
  • Where to buy: Amazon

VTech Toot Toot Advent Calender
Vtech Toot Toot Advent Calendar

Of course, there has to be another calendar for the little ones. Vtech have a great toot toot advent calendar that interacts with their whole range. Not only that, but they have also included some cookie-cutter in this years calendar.

  • Price: £19.99
  • Where to buy: Amazon

Haribo Advent Calendar

The Haribo Advent Calendar is a welcome change because it doesn’t contain chocolate. Yes, it’s still sweets, but it’s nice to have a bit of variety over Christmas. They have filled it with all of your family favourites, such as cola bottles, strawberries and even gingerbread shaped haribos.

  • Price: £7
  • Where to buy: Amazon

Hot Wheels Advent Calendar
Hot Wheels Advent Calendar

We cannot forget a calendar for the kids who love fast cars. And the Hot Wheels Calendar ticks that box on every level. This is a great gift to get if you’re planning on getting them a bigger Hot Wheels toy for Christmas, they can start building their collection before Christmas. What’s in the box? There are cars of course and the highlight has to be the car that’s being run by reindeers. Other than that you also get some roadside decor, such as a sleigh, postbox and snowman.

  • Price: £19.99
  • Where to buy: Amazon

Hatchimals Advent Calendar

Still going strong are Hatchimals. My daughter and all of her friends still love playing with them. The calendar comes packed with 50 surprises and you build your own little Christmas scenery with the Hatchimals. As well as the exclusive 10 collectable Hatchimals, you also get lots of scenery items including sticker sheets and nests.

  • Price: £20
  • Where to buy: Amazon

Decorate your own Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

And last but not least, a calendar that you can fill yourself but it also lets the kids decorate a tree. The decorations go in each day pocket and your child can hang one up each day. Why not add a bit of chocolate to each day pocket? This way you have 2 calendars in 1.

I hope you enjoyed reading my round-up for the best advent calendars for kids 2019. Overall I think the choice are increasing every year and it gets harder to pick favourites each year. With this in mind, I would love to hear about some of your favourite advent calendars.

If you enjoyed reading this, why not have look at my post about ‘where to meet Santa in Edinburgh‘.



  1. 20th November 2019 / 1:07 pm

    Advent calendars have certainly come a long way since I was little. My daughter would love the Harry Potter Lego one. Fab gift guide!

  2. 17th November 2019 / 8:23 pm

    Cute options! I used to have an advent calendar when i was a kid where you filled little pockets with sweets or whatever you wanted in there – so cute!

  3. 16th November 2019 / 2:48 pm

    The play mobil and lego calendar would be a hit in our house, that is the current obsession.

  4. 16th November 2019 / 11:26 am

    Oh wow I never knew hotwheels did a calendar!! We usually make our own and fill it with fun things to do as well as small chocolate one each but I know my youngest would love that playmobil one

    Laura x

  5. 14th November 2019 / 12:44 pm

    Oooo Haribo – my boys have the Lego ones and my daughter has Smiggle but will see if I can find Haribo

  6. 14th November 2019 / 10:13 am

    There are so many great advent calendars available now, my eldest used to always have the lego friends ones. We always get the children thorntons ones with their names on x

  7. 13th November 2019 / 1:58 pm

    Oh I love the decorate your own christmas tree idea! I have a one year old and a two year old and I honestly had no idea what to do for advent calendars but this is awesome!

    • This German Mama
      14th November 2019 / 8:15 am

      I had one of those when miley was little, she had so much fun. I need to get another one myself for carter next year.


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