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When you’re a kid, the countdown to Christmas is almost as exciting as the big day itself... thanks to 24 days of treats to look forward to. Here, 16 fun-filled advent calendars to help your kid get ready for Santa’s arrival.  

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Disney Frozen Arendelle Advent Calendar

Have a mini Elsa or tiny Olaf at home? This Arendelle-themed castle has 24 doors for parents to place tiny treats inside every year. (Because, let’s be real—no kid is letting go of this movie anytime soon.)

Disney ($35)

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar

It’s the gift that keeps on giving with 307 pieces to build 24 Star Wars characters, plus a fold-out play mat. (Just don’t forget to purchase some Lego-proof slippers for the parents.)

LEGO ($40)

Hatchimals Colleggtibles Advent Calendar

With more than 50 surprises to discover (including paper craft decorations, stickers and accessories) for 10 Hatchimals, kids will love creating a new winter scene every day.

Hatchimals ($25)

Paw Patrol Advent Calendar

Using the calendar as a game mat, your pup-loving, crime-fighting kid can create his very own adventure with the 17 figures and seven accessories included.

Paw Patrol ($25)

Schleich Farm World 2018 Advent Calendar

Help your mini create her very own farm with these lifelike animals and accessories.

Schleich ($34)

Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar

The magnetic tree and 24 ornaments (plus one shining star) are great and all, but we especially love the holiday poems on the back to encourage a festive, family read-aloud session.

Melissa & Doug ($20)

Grinch Advent Calendar

Just in time for the new movie, bring Dr. Seuss’s Who-ville to life with various town characters including a Baby Grinch.

Grinch Movie ($30)

Peppa Pig Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar

Help your kid learn his numbers with this sweet Christmas countdown from the hit TV show.

Peppa Pig ($40)

Barbie Careers Advent Calendar

After receiving a Barbie doll on day one, kids will discover 23 career-themed clothing items and accessories in the lead-up to Christmas. Think: Cookies and an apron for the baker, ice skates and a trophy for the ice skater and a puppy for the veterinarian.

Barbie ($30)

Playmobil Advent Calendar - Royal Ice Skating Trip

We dare you not to get into the holiday spirit with the wintery backdrop, skating figures and adorable accessories (snowman, sleigh, deer, foxes, squirrels, owl and snow-covered trees). The pièce de résistance? The shiny bracelet your kid can wear on the big day.


LEGO City Advent Calendar 2018

Because you can never have too many Legos.

LEGO ($30)

Mega Bloks Minions Movie Advent Calendar

Overalls and goggles included.

Mega Bloks ($30)

M&M's and Friends Advent Calendar

Come on, we had to include one chocolate calendar.

Amazon ($30)

Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar

The waxy smell and paper sleeves are just as much fun for your kids now as they were when you were little.

Crayola ($19)

Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price Advent Calendar

All aboard for this holiday-themed train ride featuring 24 minis, including six special edition trains with Christmas-themed designs.

Thomas & Friends ($35)

American Girl-themed Advent Calendar

Pick up a wine and cheese advent calendar for you and one of these adorable calendars for your Kirsten-loving kid. Featuring two figures and cute accessories like skis and a puppy sleigh, the toy pieces can snap onto Legos, meaning that your kid can play with them all year long.

Aldi ($17)

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