For as joyful as Christmas morning can be—with bow-bedecked packages spilling from beneath the tree, each one promising something new and exciting—for kids, the days and weeks leading up to the big day might be even better. Especially when kids can count them down with an advent calendar. And especially when said advent calendar is a trove of tiny treasures.
And there's a kids advent calendar for every type of child, whether your tot is horn-over-tail into unicorns, is a dino-devotee, or prefers a classic calendar. This holiday season, make your little ones' eyes light up brighter than a Christmas tree with one of these advent calendars for kids.
Here are our favorite advent calendars for kids to count down to Christmas:
Santa Stop Here
This critter-adorned calendar hides holiday fun facts for littles to discover within the windows of an apartment building. Kids will get a kick out of discovering something new every day, while mamas can proudly display the adorable design.
"Just add unicorns" is a pretty good philosophy for making anything more magical (and that includes the already-enchanting holiday season). This unicorn-themed calendar comes with enchanting rubber stamps and sparkly inks to let kiddos create fun, festive designs.
Can't plan a trip to the North Pole? This advent calendar gives tykes the next best thing. Each piece works together to bring Santa's Workshop to life—just in time for Christmas Eve!
Want to make your little one roar with excitement? Dino-lovers will delight in this kids advent calendar that doles out 23 pint-sized prehistoric pals, plus one larger T-rex on Christmas Eve.
Melissa & Doug
Get kids in on the holiday spirit by giving them their own tree to decorate. Each day little ones pick a magnetized ornament to add to this mini wooden fir.
Got a mini slime-enthusiast on your hands? This calendar holds plenty of fluffy slime (plus accessories) for kids to squish and squeeze all season long.
Crafty kids will delight in unearthing a new art supply (think: markers, clay, and paints) each day of the season. Then, they can channel their inner-artists to let their imaginations run wild.
Calling all little LEGO-lovers! Budding builders can construct a winter wonderland (complete with Santa—and his plate of cookies and milk) with the pieces they unearth in this LEGO advent calendar.
Hatchimals have long been a favorite under the tree. Now kiddos can get hatching long before Santa slides down the chimney with this calendar that holds Hatchimals-themed collectibles, stickers, and other trinkets.
For those who like their holly-jolly with a side of high speed, this Hotwheels calendar delivers. Kids will get several new sets of wheels, as well as some other holiday-themed car accessories.
Would it really be the holidays without a gingerbread house? The tasty-looking abode, though not edible itself, features 24 compartments, where you can hide the treats of your choice. Bonus: You can personalize it with your child's name.
'Tis the season for Frozen fanatics! Whisk your mini Anna or Elsa to Arendelle via this Frozen-themed advent calendar. They'll never want to let it goooo! (Sorry, we couldn't resist!)
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