33 best toy advent calendars for kids 2021 - Lego, Playmobil, Harry Potter, Disney

A collage of the best advent calendars for kids 2021 including LEGO and Disney

Toy advent calendars for kids are a great alternative to chocolate that often feature their favourite characters and activities that will keep them busy too.

Why should adults have all the fun with non chocolate advent calendar (opens in new tab) offerings? And who really wants to deal with the morning sugar rush that accompanies the usual chocolate advent (opens in new tab) calendar (opens in new tab) tradition? This year, canny parents should choose advent calendars stuffed with some of the top Christmas toys (opens in new tab) instead of chocolates. Because what's not to love about discovering a new toy to play with every single day in December?

From advents containing familiar characters, to ones hiding enchanting storybooks and some STEM learning based play. Our list of this year's best toy advent calendars is a varied mix that includes advents to suit all ages. Plus offerings from favourite brands like Lego, Playmobil, Harry Potter and Disney. Browse the selection and order your child's favourite soon, as these are sure to sell out quickly.

Best toy advent calendars for kids

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2021 - ARGOS | £25 (opens in new tab) Lego Harry Potter Advent Calendar - AMAZON | £24.79 (opens in new tab) Disney Princess: Storybook Collection Advent Calendar 2021 - T (opens in new tab)HE WORKS | £8 (opens in new tab) LEGO Marvel The Avengers Advent Calendar 2021 - ARGOS | £25 (opens in new tab) Barbie Christmas Advent Doll Calendar - AMAZON | £34.89 (opens in new tab) Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price MINIS Advent Calendar - AMAZON | £29.99 (opens in new tab) Peppa Pig Advent Calendar - JOHN LEWIS | £15.99 (opens in new tab) Paw Patrol Advent Calendar - AMAZON | £39.95 (opens in new tab) Harry Potter Pop! Funko Advent Calendar - SELFRIDGES | £45 (opens in new tab) Disney Frozen II Advent Calendar - AMAZON | £17.99 (opens in new tab) Play-Doh Advent Calendar - AMAZON | £29.85 (opens in new tab) The Gruffalo Storytime Advent Calendar - WATERSTONES | £19.99 (opens in new tab) Mr. Men Little Miss Storybook Advent Calendar 2021 - AMAZON | £14.99 (opens in new tab)

1. LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2021 

LEGO Star Wars advent calendar 2021

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Age suitability: 6+

This popular LEGO Star Wars advent calendar is sure to raise a smile from any LEGO Star Wars fan in the countdown to Christmas. Inspired by Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2, this advent contains seven LEGO Star Wars characters plus 11 LEGO mini-figures to be enjoyed in the run-up to the big day, including The Razor Crest, Riot Mar’s starfighter, and TIE Fighter.

VIEW AT ARGOS | £25 (opens in new tab)

2. Disney Princess Storybook Collection Advent Calendar 2021

Disney Princess Book advent calendar 2021

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Age suitability: 4-6 years

Enjoy a charming Disney tale every night in the run-up to Christmas with the Disney Princess storybook calendar. Filled with sweet short stories from your child's favourite Disney princesses including the likes of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, and more. Pre-order now for delivery from 4 October. It's certainly better value for money than chocolate, we say!

VIEW AT THE WORKS | £8 (opens in new tab)

3. Lego Harry Potter Advent Calendar

one of the best advent calendars for kid - Harry Potter

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Age suitability: 7 +

Happy news for fans of both LEGO and Harry Potter - the bestselling LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar is back this year! It comes complete with six mini-figures and there are intricate Harry Potter LEGO models to build, such as Beauxbaton’s carriage and a Hogwarts banquet dining table.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £24.79 (opens in new tab)

4. Barbie Doll Advent Calendar 2021

Barbie advent calendar

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Age suitability: 3 +

This exciting Barbie Advent calendar starts with a Barbie doll on day one and then every day for the next 23 days, little ones can piece together Barbie's outfit. From a silvery jacket and trousers to a long pink skirt and lots more, there are more than ten different accessories to choose from. Including shoes, jewellery, purses, and a feathery boa. And if you need more Christmas ideas for a Barbie obsessive - why not take advantage of these Black Friday top Barbie Christmas toys (opens in new tab) deals.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £34.89 (opens in new tab)

5. Peter Rabbit Advent Calendar 2021

Peter Rabbit Wooden Advent Calendar

Age suitability: 12 months +

All the favourite characters from the classic Beatrix Potter books are featured in this calendar. Each day you’ll discover a new character from Peter Rabbit to Jemima Puddleduck, reimagined as wooden character pieces. Made from sustainable wood, this is a great alternative to conventional calendars and can be reused long after the Christmas tree comes down.

VIEW AT JO JO MAMAN BEBE | £34.99 (opens in new tab)

6. Thomas Friends Fisher Price MINIS Advent Calendar

One of the best advent calendars for kids - Thomas and Friends

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Age suitability: 3+

Budding train conductors can look forward to 24 mini Thomas & Friends characters hidden behind each window of this super advent calendar for kids. Collect favourites like Percy, James, and Gordon in addition to trusty Thomas and play with them on the accompanying fold-down track that comes with the calendar.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £29.99 (opens in new tab)

7. Peppa Pig Advent Calendar

peppa pig advent calendar

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Age suitability: 3+

Everyone’s favourite cartoon pig gets a seasonal makeover with this adorable advent calendar. The little ones can count down to the 25th with 24 Christmas versions of Peppa, George, and friends - not to mention yuletide touches including a toy Christmas tree!

VIEW AT JOHN LEWIS | £15.99 (opens in new tab)

8. Paw Patrol Advent Calendar 2021

Paw Patrol advent calendar 2021

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Age suitability: 3 +

Does your little one love Paw Patrol? Then they’ll adore this advent calendar! Behind each of the 24 doors is an exciting little figure for the kids to play with. In fact, they’ll find six main Paw Patrol characters plus mini sleds and figures which are a brilliant stimulant for imaginative play. 'What's lovely about this calendar is the fact that the fun builds throughout December,' says our consumer editor. 'With some toy advent calendars, your child can end up with lots of random items but with this one, you end up with a full Paw Patrol playset.'

VIEW AT AMAZON | £39.95 (opens in new tab)

9. The Nutcracker Toy Advent Calendar

Nutcracker toy advent calendars for kids

Age suitability: 3+

The Nutcracker Advent calendar is an enchanting calendar option, featuring drawers filled with wooden character figures. Each morning your child will wake up to a surprise, and whether it’s a toy soldier or elegant ballet dancer behind each door, they’ll enjoy hours of fun creating stories and immersing themselves in creative play.

VIEW AT JO JO MAMAN BEBE | £35 (opens in new tab)

10. Christmas Toy Store Playmobil Advent Calendar

Playmobil Advent Calendar - Christmas Toy Store

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Age suitability: 4+

Playmobil's Christmas Toy Shop advent calendar comes with all the pieces you need to create a wonderfully festive scene. Every day throughout December, children open a door to find another piece for their set from miniature toys like dolls, teddy bears, robots, and racing cars to a figurine of Santa himself. Featuring 89 pieces, this advent calendar is bound to keep the little ones entertained over the festive period.VIEW AT AMAZON | £16.48 (opens in new tab)

11. L.O.L. Surprise! Advent Calendar 2021

One of the best advent calendars for kids - LOL surprise dolls 2021

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Age suitability: 6 +

Unbox 24 days of surprises with the L.O.L. Surprise! advent Calendar. It includes an exclusive L.O.L. Surprise! Doll and 24 fabulous fashion pieces to unbox in total, including dresses, glam accessories, and cute shoes. One of the best toy advent calendars for fans of the doll brand phenomenom.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £15.99 (opens in new tab)

12. Polly Pocket Advent Calendar

Polly Pocket

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Age suitability: 4 +

Polly Pocket is practically the perfect trinket for an advent calendar for kids. Packed full of 25 pocket-sized surprises, little ones can count down to the big day with a surprise gift every day! Snowy scenes galore, some of the toys in this advent calendar include Polly Pocket dolls, animals, vehicles and more.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £24.99 (opens in new tab)

13. Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar 2021

One of the best advent calendars for kids - Disney storybook 2021 advent

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Age suitability: 4 +

Unwrap one book per day on the countdown to Christmas with this charming Disney Storybook Advent calendar. There are 24 books to scoop up so fans of Disney can enjoy a wonderful tale each day with all new content and stories they've never heard before.VIEW AT THE WORKS | £8 (opens in new tab)

14. Harry Potter Pop! Funko Advent Calendar 2021

Harry Potter Pop! has one of the best non chocolate advent calendars 2021

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Age suitability: 6+

Behind each door of this popular Funko Pop! Harry Potter advent calendar is a miniature figure of your favourite Hogwarts students – and their furry friends. Fans of Harry Potter who consider themselves a bit too cool for an advent calendar won't be disappointed to receive this on December 1st.

VIEW AT SELFRIDGES | £45 (opens in new tab)

15. Happyland Advent Calendar 2021

One of the best advent calendars for kids - Happyland

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Age suitability: 1 and a half - 5 years

The Happyland 2020 Advent for tiny tots proved so popular that it's back with a brand new offering for 2021. These chunky figures are perfect for little hands, with festive favourites like Father Christmas and a snowman hiding behind each door. Help them to feed Santa some Christmas pudding or take a ride with Rudolph in the snow.

VIEW AT EARLY LEARNING CENTRE | £29.99 (opens in new tab)

16. Disney Frozen Advent Calendar 2021

one of th best advent claendars for kids - Disney Frozen 2

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Age suitability: 5 +

This Disney Frozen II Advent calendar is the perfect treat for the little princess in your life. Watch their delight at adding a new Frozen charm to the chain necklace and bracelet throughout the lead-up to Christmas. Featuring familiar Frozen faces like Anna, Elsa, and Olaf plus pretty snowflakes and fluffy pom poms, this is up there as one of the best Advent calendars for kids in 2021.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £17.99 (opens in new tab)

17. Play-Doh Advent Calendar

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Age suitability: 5+

If you know a little one who loves Play-Doh, then why not let them get creative with a surprise behind each of these 24 secret doors? The set includes five tubs of Play-Doh plus two Sparkle cans for some extra Christmas dazzle.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £29.85 (opens in new tab)

18. Peppa Pig StoryBook Advent Calendar

Age suitability: 3+

We’re all for advent calendars that extend beyond the Christmas season. That’s exactly what you’ll get with the Peppa Pig StoryBook Advent Calendar, consisting of 23 mini storybooks featuring all the favourite characters from the series. Best of all, you can read them to your child time and time again.

VIEW AT ARGOS | £8 (opens in new tab)

19. LEGO Marvel The Avengers Advent Calendar 2021

LEGO Marvel advent calendar 2021

This MARVELlous LEGO Avengers advent calendar boasts 298 pieces of Avengers-themed fun to play with. Find favourite figures like Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Thor, and Captain Marvel behind each door. There are also cool gadgets to discover like Spider-Man’s drone, the Helicarrier, and Quinjet.

VIEW AT ARGOS | £25 (opens in new tab)

20. Playmobile Horse Farm Playmobil Advent Calendar

Playmobil Advent Calendar - Horse Farm

Age suitability: 4+

The Playmobil Horse Farm advent calendar comes with multiple figures, horses, animals, and accessories behind every door, allowing kids to build an equine adventure a little more each day throughout December.

VIEW ON AMAZON | £19.74 (opens in new tab)