The anticipation of Christmas Eve and the magical morning when Santa arrives is one of the best things about the holidays.
As adults, we’re so busy shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, and entertaining, we sometimes forget how the build-up is just as exciting than the day. One of the simplest ways to add a festive feel to the Christmas morning countdown is an advent calendar—and it’s not all just about chocolate anymore.
We searched the internet to find you the best of the best, and these advent calendars don’t disappoint. From one-use calendars to calendars that will stay in your family for years to come, this is a great tradition to remind us all that the journey is just as important as the destination.
Play-Doh Advent Calendar
This cute kit comes with five cans of Play-Doh including two sparkle cans and a different surprise gift behind each of the 24 doors. You’ll create, play, stamp, and mold your way to Christmas Day.
Amazon.ca | $50
American Girl Truly Me Countdown To Christmas Set
Your American Girl Doll-loving kids are going to race to open this daily countdown calendar. The pink and silver glittery box is filled with doll-sized surprises, including festive accessories, mini-activities, and even a sweet decoration for your tree.
Indigo | $54
Christmas Vacation Advent House Calendar
Now you can count down the days Griswold style! Okay, this one might not be exactly for kids, but it’s fun for the whole family and will definitely bring out the kid in you! Light the atrium tower on December 1st and open a new window to reveal a Christmas scene each day. Who knows? Maybe watching Christmas Vacation as a family will become your new tradition.
Retro Festive | $259
Paw Patrol Advent Calendar
Pups to the rescue! Ryder and his team of pups are ready to countdown to Christmas! Your little ones will have a blast opening a door each day to find reveal a new mini Paw Patrol figure.
Indigo | $35
Santa Wood House Count Down Calendar With Drawer
Shaped like a home with Santa front and center on top, this calendar has 25 boxes you can fill yourself. Whether you choose chocolate, toys, or even acts of kindness, this is a countdown calendar you can use for years and years.
Wayfair.ca | $65
My Kindness Calendar
Start a new holiday tradition that’s all about kindness. You and your kids can choose a daily act of kindness from the stickers included with your calendar. Things like Donate a Toy, Give Someone a Compliment and Make Cookies for the Neighbours help to make the season about giving instead of taking. You can even add your own ideas with the customizable stickers that are included. The best part is, this beautiful calendar is also long-lasting! It can be pulled out year after year to make giving back a holiday tradition in your family.
MyKindnessCalendar.com | $75
Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar
This is super cute! Looks like the little Playmobil elves have their hands full trying to finish up in the workshop. Open up each day to find a part of the bigger scene to create. Festive and fun. We love it.
Walmart.ca | $30
Felt Christmas Tree Calendar
A big calendar for little hands. This one is perfect for your toddlers and preschoolers. Decorated in reds and greens that will add cheer to any holiday décor, your kids transfer the attached candy cane to a new pocket each day.
Amazon.ca | $25
Purdys Home for The Holidays Advent Calendar
This calendar is ALL about the chocolate. Nestled in their little drawers, you’ll find a daily chocolate. Milk, dark, or white chocolate…. which will you get? Half the fun is finding out.
Purdys.com | $28
Secret Santa Treasure Box
This one starts out as numbered boxes in the shape of a Christmas tree. Fill the boxes with whatever you please but when you put it back in, place it in the opposite direction. Over the 24 days, you’ll slowly create a picture of Santa which is finished on Christmas Eve.
Wayfair.ca | $49
Advent Calendar To Colour
This will keep the kids busy! A calendar that folds out and features a black and white street scene awaiting your kids’ crayons. There are pop-up doors and windows to open daily, mice to spot, and of course, loads of colouring. You can use it as a part of your holiday decorations or fold away like a book for storage.
Indigo | $12
Hatchimals Advent Calendar
The Hatchimals craze still seems to be going strong among the younger set, so this calendar is likely to be a hit! With over 50 little surprises behind each door, your kids will love collecting the little characters, nests, accessories and more.
Indigo | $30