12+ Fun and Trendy Advent Calendars Your Kids Will Love (2018 Edition)

This post was most recently updated on October 24th, 2018

Whether for a grandma gift or for your own children, these advent calendars are so fun for kids! They are a Christmas tradition that young children love. Your kids are counting the days anyway and with an advent calendar they can get a small gift, activity or project for each passing day until Christmas day. 

Every December we get out our advent calendar out. Each day Alexis puts an ornament on the tree to take us one day closer to Christmas. It’s gets you into the Christmas spirit right off. Plus it saves me from having to answer the question that she asks repeatedly: how many more days until Christmas?

There are so many varieties of advent calendars. Some have food. Some jewelry. Some are branded (like Harry Potter). I’m milking every holiday tradition while we still have a younger child at home who enjoys it so much. 

Note: we looked for our favorites and some new advents we want to try. If you shop our links we may earn a small commission. If you see one you love, especially these first few calendars that are the most popular – don’t wait too long! They sell out fast. By mid-November a lot of these advent calendars will be sold out. The price may go up too.

Advent Calendars for Kids 2018

Please enjoy some of our favorites. We’ll start with the most popular advent calendars of 2018. Most of them are new editions.

1. Harry Potter 24 Piece Funko Advent Calendar

As of this writing, this set is pre-order only. And it’s the #1 bestselling advent calendar. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, this is Funko advent will be so fun. It features the Wizarding World’s favorite witches, wizards, beasts, ghosts and house elves. You never know who you are going to get. Ages 10 years and up.

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2. Lego Friends Advent Calendar 2018

Get a different Lego surprise each day! Lots of builds and 5 minifigures. They make a new set every year and this is the 2018 edition with 500 pieces.

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LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 41353, New 2018 Edition (500 Pieces)

3. Hot Wheels 24 Piece Advent Calendar

This set has 8 decorated Hot Wheels vehicles and 16 accessories for every day leading up to the holiday. It includes a foldout playmat for kids to play with their new Hot Wheels vehicles and accessories.

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4. Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2018 with Over 300 Pieces

This is another fun collectable calendar that has a new edition each year. Over 300 pieces of Star Wars toys. 24 festive LEGO Star Wars characters and mini models. Kids can play with them on the foldout play mat. Includes 5 minifigures, 3 figures and buildable mini models. And it’s compatible with all lego construction sets.

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5. Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar

Disney’s Tsum Tsum advent comes with 18 Tsum Tsum figures, 6 large, 6 medium and 6 small in holiday attire. It also comes with 6 holiday themed accessories, and 6 adorable seasonal head pieces.

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6. Melissa & Doug Wood Advent Calendar

Our favorite advent calendar is this one from Melissa & Doug. It’s so sturdy and each ornament is a magnet so it sticks on. There are no small pieces to lose. Made of wood, so it’s really sturdy. The ornaments stay on. It holds all of the pieces so you can keep track of them. This advent is a classic that will last for years.

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7. Jewelry Advent Calendar

I’m tempted to get Alexis this jewelry advent calendar that has a charm each day. Put them together and you have a Christmas bracelet.

8. Hatchimals Colleggtibles – Advent Calendar

Another advent calendar for crafty kids with exclusive characters & paper craft accessories. Hatchimals is still really big right now. It has over 50 surprises to discover. Open up a tiny door each day to discover paper craft decorations, small presents, stickers and accessories for your Hatchimals! Includes: 10 Hatchimals collectible, 12 accessories, 5 paper crafts, 4 tiny presents, 4 sticker sheets, 5 bows, and 5 nests.

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9. Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar

If you have a crafty kid who likes activities that are laid out for them so they can follow along, this is your advent calendar. 24 daily holiday-themed crafts. We always love Crayola because the quality and clean up can’t be beat!

10. Nativity Advent Calendars

Christmas is the celebration of our Lord and Savior’s birth. If that’s how you celebrate, you’ll like how a nativity advent teaches children about Jesus. You can share stories and read scripture to go with each day’s gift. Here are some beautiful nativities featuring the blessed manger scene.

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11. Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar

Playmobil has so many different advent calendars – we also love their nativity sets.

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12. LOL Advent Calendar

LOL dolls are still super hot. Comes with an LOL doll and 24 outfits – one for each day of the month until Christmas day. These will sell out so don’t wait until December!

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As for the adults? I want a chocolate advent calendar – from Lindt of course!


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