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Holiday 2020: 12 Awesome Advent Calendars to Grab Before They’re Gone

The Harry Potter, Star Wars, and playmobil calendar boxes.
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Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye, so now’s the time to start shopping! This is especially true if you want to get an advent calendar for your kids—they’re sure to sell out fast.

It might seem a bit premature to start shopping for an advent calendar this early, but those that are the most popular get snatched up fast. If your child loves LEGO or Harry Potter, buy now and stash it away for December.

LEGO Star Wars

The LEGO "Star Wars" Advent Calendar box and pieces.

LEGO and Star Wars fans will enjoy this building-kit advent calendar for ages 7 and up. Because it’s a LEGO kit (albeit, one you open day by day), it comes in all the little pieces (311 of them) you’d expect.

Whether you’re a fan of the Dark Side of the Light Side, there’s a little bit of both in this collection to make for fun imaginative play. Plus, even Darth Vader is in the holiday spirit with a Christmas sweater on.


Pokémon toys in front of an advent calendar.
Wicked Cool Toys

If your Pokémon-loving child is aiming to “catch ’em all” this year, you can’t go wrong with this 24-day advent calendar. Not only will your child score 16 adorable Pokémon figures, but the collection also comes with eight Christmas accessories, including a tree and sled.

It’s approved for ages 4 and up.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas Pop-Up Advent Calendar.
Insight Editions

If your child is a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas and loves to read, this gift is sure to delight him or her! Your child can decorate the pop-up tree with characters from the film. He or she will also love the accompanying storybook.

While this advent calendar lacks the toys found in some of the others on this list, it’s still a fun collectible item for kids and adults alike.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Advent Calendar and Pop-Up Book

Perfect for older kids who want all the advent fun without the tiny toys.

Disney Junior

The Disney Junior Advent Calendar box and pieces.

From classic to modern, this fun little Disney advent calendar has it all. The 11 figures include Mickey and Pluto. The collection also comes with five fun holiday accessories, character stickers, and decorative gift boxes to make holiday playtime complete. Great for kids age 3 and up.

Disney Jr. Advent Calendar, Amazon Exclusive

Your Disney fan will love opening all the little boxes!

The Nickelodeon Storybook Collection

Nickelodeon Storybook Advent Calendar
Studio Fun International

Little Nickelodeon fans will find all of their favorites in this storybook advent calendar collection. It includes Paw Patrol, Spongebob Squarepants, Blue Clues, and more! Inspire a love of reading with this simple gift, which gives your child 24 Christmas-inspired stories to read.

It covers reading levels age 3 to 5, so it’s perfect for youngsters who are just starting to develop their reading skills.

Barbie Dreamtopia

A Barbie doll and all the accessories that come in the Dreamtopia Advent Calendar.

The Barbie Dreamtopia collection isn’t your average advent calendar. First, your child gets a full-size Barbie, and each day of the advent calendar then comes with an accessory for the doll.

The calendar includes Barbie fashions, pets, and other fun accessories that will make playtime imaginative. It’s approved for children ages 3 and up.

Thomas & Friends Minis

A little boy playing with the Thomas and Friends Advent Calendar.

Train lovers get 24 mini-engines from Thomas & Friends in this advent calendar. The calendar also has a playmat track your kids can drive the little toys around for imaginative playtime. It’s a great gift for preschoolers and kindergartners.

Thomas & Friends MINIS Advent Calendar 24 miniature toy trains

If your kiddo is big on trains, this one's an easy sell.

Funko Harry Potter

Four characters from Harry Potter on the Harry Potter Advent Calendar.

Adult and child fans of Harry Potter and Funko will find all sorts of joy on the days in this advent calendar. You get 24 Pocket Pops (they max out at two inches tall).

This gift is ideal for children ages 6 and up.

Santa’s Workshop

Figures, toys, and reindeer from the Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar.

Children 4 and up, and even adult Playmobil fans, will delight in the joys of Christmas with Santa’s Workshop advent calendar. Help the elves get the toys ready to load up on the sleigh, and then fly Santa and his reindeer on their Christmas Eve delivery trip.

PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar - Santa's Workshop (9264)

The iconic Playmobil is still going strong.

Hot Wheels

The Hot Wheels Advent Calendar cars, accessories, and box.
Hot Wheels/Mattel

No child’s Hot Wheels collection would be complete without these holiday-inspired vehicles. While not every car is equipped for winter, the additions in the 24 windows of this advent calendar will get them ready for snowy days. There’s a sled, a snowplow attachment, and more.

This gift is ideal for children ages 3 and up.

HOT Wheels Advent Calendar Vehicles

Classic toys in a classic calendar.


Figures from the Minecraft Advent Calendar.

Although the game has been out for years, Minecraft still has a huge fan base—especially among kids. If yours are in love with this block game, they’ll love the cube-style people, creatures, and accessories from it.

For children ages 6 and up, this advent calendar includes 12 figures and 12 surprise stickers for playtime fun.


Two young girls looking at the Hatchimals Advent Calendar box.
Spin Master

With this Hatchimals Advent Calendar, your child gets 24 days of mystery, and over 50 surprises. The collection comes with 10 Hatchimals, 12 fun accessories, five paper crafts, four tiny presents, four sticker sheets, five bows, and five nests. It’s recommended for children ages 5 and up.

Christmas just wouldn’t be complete without the surprises behind every door of an advent calendar. These cute collectibles will be fun for the kids all year long.

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