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

Count down the days in December with a new toy every day!
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  • 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 offerings? And who really wants to deal with the morning sugar rush that accompanies the usual chocolate advent calendar tradition? This year, canny parents should choose advent calendars stuffed with some of the top Christmas toys 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
    Lego Harry Potter Advent Calendar – AMAZON | £24.79
    Disney Princess: Storybook Collection Advent Calendar 2021 – THE WORKS | £8
    LEGO Marvel The Avengers Advent Calendar 2021 – ARGOS | £25
    Barbie Christmas Advent Doll Calendar – AMAZON | £34.89
    Thomas & Friends ​​Fisher-Price MINIS Advent Calendar – AMAZON | £29.99
    Peppa Pig Advent Calendar – JOHN LEWIS | £15.99
    Paw Patrol Advent Calendar – AMAZON | £39.95
    Harry Potter Pop! Funko Advent Calendar – SELFRIDGES | £45
    Disney Frozen II Advent Calendar – AMAZON | £17.99
    Play-Doh Advent Calendar – AMAZON | £29.85
    The Gruffalo Storytime Advent Calendar – WATERSTONES | £19.99
    Mr. Men Little Miss Storybook Advent Calendar 2021 – AMAZON | £14.99

    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

    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

    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

    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 deals.

    VIEW AT AMAZON | £34.89

    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

    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

    7. 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

    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

    9. The Nutcracker Toy Advent Calendar

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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    16. Disney Frozen Advent Calendar 2021

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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

    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

    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

    19. LEGO Marvel The Avengers Advent Calendar 2021

    LEGO Marvel advent calendar 2021

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    Age suitability: 7+

    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

    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

    21. Christmas Ball Playmobil Advent Calendar

    Playmobil Christmas Ball advent calendar 2021

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    Age suitability: 4 +

    Another gorgeous Playmobil advent calendar offering is this fun Christmas Ball playset – perfect for little ones to re-enact the social festive season! This 93-piece set has a 4.8 out of 5-star rating on Amazon, with reviewers impressed with the quality and quantity. It’s safe to say this will go down a storm with any child this Christmas.

    A Playmobil calendar is the perfect non chocolate advent calendar for kids, according to our consumer editor. ‘You get so much value for money with so many pieces included, and the playset you’re left with when the doors have all been opened is really engaging and very robust.’

    VIEW AT AMAZON | £25.28

    22. Harry Potter Holiday Magic: The Official Advent Calendar

    Harry Potter Holiday Magic_ The Official Advent Calendar

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    Age suitability: 7+

    From mini books to mementos, there is something to appeal to Harry Potter fans of all ages behind each of the twenty-five doors on this official Harry Potter advent calendar. It’s the perfect Harry Potter advent calendar for youngsters who aren’t really into toys but still go wild for magical collectibles and keepsakes. (Subject to availability – limited stock.)

    VIEW AT WH SMITH | £18

    23. Disney Pixar Cars Advent Calendar

    Disney Cars advent calendar 2021

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    Age suitability: 3+

    Treat the mini car fan in your life this Christmas to the brilliant Disney Cars advent calendar. This colourful calendar comes packed with racers, holiday details, and special surprises. So expect to find favourites like Cruz Ramirez, Lightning McQueen, and Jackson Storm behind one of 24 doors. Plus Cars-themed accessories like tool carts, a traffic cone, stacks of tyres and lots more for storytelling fun. Come Christmas day, they’ll have all 24 pieces to build and enjoy the complete racing road playset too – theirs to keep and treasure for years.

    VIEW AT AMAZON | £19.99

    24. Barbie Bath Bombs Advent Calendar 2021

    One of the best advent calendars for kids - Barbie bath bombs 2021

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    Age suitability: 8 +

    Love Barbie but looking for something a little different? This bath bombs advent calendar is designed for older kids and pre-teens that are seriously into their bath time and beauty. Enjoy 25 days of festive bath fizz – be that the heart or star bath bombs or the bags of bath confetti. Any excuse for a long leisurely soak!

    VIEW AT AMAZON | £14.79

    25. KreativeKraft Rubber Ducks Advent Calendar 2021

    KreativeKraft Rubber Ducks Advent Calendar 2021

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    Age suitability: 3+

    Little kids will squeal with joy at this fabulous rubber dog advent – arguably one of the best toy advent calendars for kids and toddlers. Each day they’ll find a different dressed-up duck that is sure to amp up their bath time in the lead up to Christmas. Our favourites include the Father Christmas duck and a fetching leopard print ducky.

    VIEW AT AMAZON | £24.99

    26. Mr. Men Little Miss Storybook Advent Calendar 2021

    Mr Men Books advent calendar 2021

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    Age suitability: 2+

    Perfect for Mr. Men lovers, this alternative advent calendar also features 24 individual stories in the countdown to Christmas. Each day you can reveal a special storybook to read alone or with a parent. It makes for a great bedtime story.

    VIEW AT AMAZON | £14.99

    27. The Gruffalo Storytime Advent Calendar

    The Gruffalo Storytime Advent Calendar

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    Age suitability: 3+

    Cosy up with your kid and count down to Christmas each night with a charming tale from best-selling children’s author Julia Donaldson. The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom writer has helped craft 24 new stories that you can enjoy together – with some even encouraging a good old rhyme or sing-a-long too.

    VIEW AT WATERSTONES | £19.99

    28. Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar 

    Melissa and Doug Wooden advent calendar 2021

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    Age suitability: 3-7 years

    Are you ditching the chocolate for something a little more traditional and back to basics? Look no further than this stylish wooden Christmas tree advent calendar from Melissa and Doug. Both educational and attractive, it lets kids build their number skills and gives them a chance to decorate their own Christmas tree as they see fit. One Amazon reviewer praised this for keeping little hands away from the real tree too – causing less mess and fewer tantrums!

    VIEW AT AMAZON | £17.95

    29. Disney Advent Calendar – Official Christmas Board Game

    Disney Advent Calendar - Official Christmas Board Game

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    Age suitability: 4 +

    Disney fans will adore this advent calendar. It features 3D Disney character figurines and puzzle pieces that come together to make a complete game board on Christmas day. A calendar and one of those family Christmas games that all ages can play – it’s a no brainer.

    VIEW AT AMAZON | £14.99

    30. Hatchimals Advent Calendar

    Hatchimals advent calendar 2021

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    Age suitability: 5+

    This is sure to be on lots of children’s wish lists, as the Hatchimals-craze shows no signs of slowing down! The advent calendar is packed with exclusive characters and nests for your little ones to discover – there are an exciting 24 surprises to discover in total.

    VIEW AT SELLITE | £23.99

    31. Schleich Dinosaur Advent Calendar

    Schleich has one of the best non chocolate advent calendars | Dinosaurs advent calendar 2021

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    Age suitability: 3-8 years

    This toy dinosaur set from Schleich was such a roaring success in 2020 that they’ve brought it back for this year too – hurrah. Kids can enjoy plenty of pre-historic pretend play with this 24-door dinosaur delight. Collecting a spinosaurus, t-rex, animantarx plus a palaeontologist all in the lead up to the big day.

    Our consumer editor is particularly impressed by Schleich’s offering. ‘There’s a lovely educational dimension to this advent calendar and the figures are beautifully detailed and very robust,’ she says. ‘There are several other calendars in the range too if your little elf isn’t mad on dinosaurs – check out the Horse Club and Wild Life options!’

    VIEW AT SMYTHS | £17.99

    32. Hama Advent Calendar

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    Age suitability: 5+

    The popular craft toy now offers a complete advent set, containing all the beads you need to create a different design for each day leading up to Christmas!

    VIEW AT AMAZON | £14.51

    33. MAGIC & TRICKS Advent Calendar 2021 by The Purple Cow

    MAGIC & TRICKS Advent Calendar 2021 by The Purple Cow

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    Age suitability: 8-99 years

    Magic obsessed kids will be in awe of this calendar by The Purple Cow. One of our picks for the best toy advent calendars for kids this Christmas. Each day in the December countdown they can teach themselves a fun magic trick or two to impress the family. With many of them influenced by the world of physics, illusions, robotics and chemistry. And therefore promoting STEM learning in addition to some recreational fun. 

    ‘If you’re looking for a non chocolate advent calendar for kids that delivers serious value for money, this is it,’ says our consumer editor, Heidi Scrimgeour. ‘It’s not the cheapest option but it features a host of STEM learning activities to enjoy every single day in December – what a lovely way to spread some Christmas magic too.’

    VIEW AT AMAZON | £24.95

    What are the best kids’ advent calendars?

    ‘The best toy advent calendars for kids aren’t always the most expensive,’ says our consumer editor. ‘Don’t get sucked in by size or packaging – what looks like a very exciting advent calendar on the outside doesn’t always stack up when it comes to the toys and trinkets inside. Remember the box is quickly ripped to shreds. Does it double as a playset or do you get limited edition or keepsake collectible items inside?’

    Toy advent calendars can be expensive, especially if you’re buying for more than one child, but with Lego and Playmobil, for instance, you really get your money’s worth. What’s not to love about a new collection of toys that will be played with long after the advent calendar itself has been forgotten?’