Lego, Harry Potter, and 25 More Awesome Advent Calendars for Kids and Adults 2022

Build the excitement as the festive celebrations approach! Photo courtesy of Lego
Build the excitement as the festive celebrations approach! Photo courtesy of Lego

Advent calendars are the perfect way to turn a torturous wait for the holidays into excited anticipation. I have to confess, I am a bit of an advent calendar obsessive; last holiday season we had eight going for our family of four, plus one for each of the cats! My kids each had a toy one (Lego for my son, Harry Potter for my daughter) and a candy one, I had a wine advent calendar, my husband had a dark chocolate one, and we always have a family one and a kindness advent. Find the perfect one, or two, for everyone in your family—from baby’s first to something for your blasé teen—from this list of the very best advent calendars for 2022. But hurry—December 1 is right around the corner and the coolest advent calendars sell out fast.

For more Christmas activities that get kids in the holiday mood, like Elf on the Shelf ideas and the best Christmas movies for families, check out our Guide to Christmas Activities and Holiday Fun for Kids.

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Be sure to keep scrolling past our picks of the best and most beloved advent calendars for kids to our picks for teens, advent calendars for adults, and my favorite advent of all, which is one every family should have!

Best Advent Calendars 2022 for Kids

1. Lego Advent Calendars

Lego advent calendars never go out of style; my kids have loved them since they were toddlers, and my parents still get them for my adult brothers! If your little master builder has a specific Lego-love, Lego has lots of great themed advent calendars featuring characters from Star Wars, Lego Friends, the Avengers, Harry Potter, and more. For a good basic one for kids to share, start with the City Lego Advent Calendar.

Best Advent Calendars 2022 for Kids: Harry Potter Funko Pop!
This Funko Pop! Harry Potter Advent Calendar is a hit with kids of all ages.

2. Harry Potter Advent Calendar by Funko Pop!

Accio advent! Each year, more kids discover the Harry Potter books and movies and fall in love with the young wizards. While there are many Harry Potter-themed advent calendars, our favorite is the Funko Pop! version. These familiar Harry Potter figurines are super cute and high quality so your kids will want to play with them year-round. Some years, the box folds out into a background to spur imaginative play. Pre-order now for a November release. If your kids are more Pokemon or Dragon Ball Z fans, Funko Pop! makes advent calendars with those characters, as well.

3. Santa’s Railroad Advent Calendar by Kiwi Company

Kiwi Crates are one of the most popular subscription boxes around, so it makes sense that they would have come up with one of the best advent calendars for kids. Each day kids open a new envelope, and follow the step-by-step instructions inside to build a new piece of a North Pole railroad wonderland. The completed little scene becomes a keepsake, and part of next year’s holiday decorations!

4. Playmobil Advent Calendar — Santa’s Workshop

This is great for toddlers on up; you might think bigger kids are too old for Playmobil, but the delightfully detailed plastic toys are fun for big kids to turn into creative dioramas, too. Our family loves the classic Santa’s Workshop set, but Playmobil makes a range of great advent calendars, and you kids might prefer the Christmas Toy Store, Farm, Christmas Ball, or other scenes.

3. The Purple Cow Advent Calendars: Arts & Crafts and More

This one’s great for kids ages six and up that love arts & crafts. Every day, kids can open up a little box filled with the main supplies needed to create a small Christmas tree ornament or decoration. The set includes a book with pictures and step-by-step instructions. Purple Cow makes other fabulous advent calendars, including ones with Science Tricks, Family Games, and more.

6. Encanto Casa Madrigal Advent Calendar

The latest Disney soundtrack to hit constant repeat is still Encanto, and while kids are singing about Bruno, they can open a new Encanto surprise every day.

7. Fluffy Slime Advent Calendar

All the popular slimes are here: foam, cloud, jellycube, and fishbowl, plus tons of accessories for playing with the slime. Because we all know, there are tactile kids that just can’t get enough slime, and this slime-a-day will surprise and delight them.

8. The Nightmare Before Christmas Advent Calendar

Yes, the Nightmare Before Christmas is about Halloween, but for fans of the movie, why not keep the fun going through Christmas? One of the things I love about this advent is that you get stickers, ornaments, fun film facts, and more entertaining surprises in mini-books, not just toys and trinkets.

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Best Advent Calendars 2022 for Kids: Refillable advent calendars
The Refillable Advent Calendar is a great tradition to establish and lets parents choose the perfect gifts.

9. Refillable Wooden Advent Calendar

You know your child best! This adorable gingerbread house-shaped calendar will quickly become a tradition for years to come. Fill the 24 little wooden drawers with your own treats and surprises that will delight your child.

10. Christmas Advent Calendar Bags 

This less expensive refillable advent is simply a series of little bags that can be filled with candy, notes, ornaments to hang, gifts - whatever you like. One of the best things about this advent is that not only can you put anything in it, you can put it wherever you want. String it along the fireplace, up the stairs, or just on a wall. If your home doesn’t have the space for freestanding scenes and setups, this customizable advent can fit in just about anywhere!

11. Puppy Puzzle Advent

Christmas is coming. There will be toys a-plenty in a few short weeks. There will be Legos to step on, and tiny plastic figures to lose in the car. Those can wait. This puzzle gives the whole family something fun to do each day, completing a little section of a puzzle that all fit together by Christmas to make a whole.

12. Thomas & Friends Advent Calendar

It’s Christmas on the Island of Sodor! This set includes 24 miniature train engines that kids can push around a small track.

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Best Advent Calendars 2022 for Kids: Fisher-Price Little People Advent Calendar
Fisher-Price Little People Advent Calendar is a hit with the preschool crowd.

13. Fisher-Price Little People Advent Calendar

Every day, open a new door to find a new Little People friend or holiday accessory.

14. National Geographics Rocks & Minerals Advent Calendar

Perfect for your little geologist and older kids, this advent calendar delivers a new treasure for ricks, gems, or minerals to collect every day throughout the holiday season. This calendar really rocks. (Yup, that was a terrible Dad joke, and we've got more here.)

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Best Advent Calendars 2022 for Kids: Hot Wheels Advent Calendar
The Hot Wheels Advent Calendar has a track for kids to use to race their new cars.

15. Hot Wheels Advent Calendar

Burn rubber with this one as you find cars and holiday-themed props for kids to race around the track.

16. Hershey Miniatures

We had to give you one to satisfy your sweet tooth! Open daily doors to find a Hershey Miniature, Special Dark Chocolate, Krakel, Mr. Goodbar, or a bag of candy-coated chocolate pieces. Because that Halloween candy is long gone by December 1.

17. Disney: Storybook Collection Advent Calendar

Stories are the best treats, especially when they feature favorite friends. Read a brand new holiday-themed short story every night that stars favorite Disney and Pixar characters.

18. D-FantiX Dinosaur Advent Calendar

Got a dino lover in the family? This advent calendar has big dinosaurs, small dinosaurs, dino eggs, and even fossils.

19. Brain Teaser Puzzles Advent Calendar

A different puzzle will occupy their brains every day, and keep kids distracted until Christmas. The first half of the month is metal puzzles and comes with instructions if kids get stuck. The second half is plastic puzzles which come assembled, so take a picture before disassembling for kids to put together, so if they run into trouble they can see how it looks when finished.

20. Online Advent Calendar from Jacquie Lawson

This is something a little different; an online calendar that features a whole world for kids to explore and each day unlocks a new game to play. The puzzles are easy, yet addictive, and entertain kids from age 5 up through tweens.

Fun tip: If you see postseason sales on advent calendars, grab one! You don’t have to reserve them strictly for the holiday season. I’ve bought them to use as incentives for when my kids hit a monthly goal like instrument practice time or reading minutes. It works especially well for calendars with evergreen surprises that are exciting year-round!

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Awesome Advent Calendars for Teens : Dolly Parton Advent 
Into every life, a little Dolly should come. Photo courtesy of Williams Sonoma

 

Advent Calendars for the Teenagers in Your Life

As I said, even the teens and adults in my family still love their Lego advent calendars. But if your teenager has deemed themselves too cool for toys, these should still get a thumbs up.

21. Dolly Parton Advent Calendar

Everyone loves Dolly. This Williams Sonoma advent presents one of Dolly’s favorite candies every day, guaranteeing a holly, Dolly Christmas.

22. Advent Shower Steamer Set

The only things teens love as much as sleeping in and eating everything in the fridge is long, hot showers. This set is a bit of an indulgence, but they’ll love it. For a less pricey option, try this Cost Plus World Market, which only had 10 days of advent shower steamers.

23. 25 Days of Mani Magic from Olive and June

New mini-mani surprises await each day, and they’re so gorgeous and high quality, you might find yourself borrowing them.

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Awesome Advent Calendars for Teens: Music Advent 
Cool music is about the only thing every teenager universally loves. Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

24. Holiday Scratch Off Advent Playlist

This record is supposed to scratch. Each day kids can scratch off the date to reveal a QR code. Scan the code, and your phone will download a carol performed by an emerging artist. No Bing Crosby or other old timers here, it’s all cool new takes on holiday classics.

25. Candle Advent Calendar

These hand-poured candles smell divine, and burn for a few hours each night. It’s something unique, and makes for a relaxing evening ritual for your stressed out teen.

The One Advent Every Family Needs: A Kindness Advent

In the season of giving, there’s a lot of focus on getting. Kindness advent calendars seek to remind kids to give, and not just gifts. Each day has a random act of kindness to find the time to perform. I love these, and we create our own every year based on what kinds of things my kids are old enough to do. You can use this free printable one for inspiration. I also love this inexpensive one that has two different missions for kids to pick from every day, and a little story behind how these acts make the world a better place.

Best Advent Calendars 2022 for Adults: Aldi Wine Advent Calendar

Don't forget a little something fun for parents. Perhaps some wine and cheese?

Wine Advent Calendars and More Advent Calendars for Adults

Advent calendars aren’t just for kids! Adults can get in on the fun with grown-up options like these:

  • Wine advent calendars are a parenting staple. While there are many varieties, as well as beer advents and whiskey advents, my favorite is the affordable and easily available Jingle and Mingle Wines from Around the World from Target, which has 24 unique mini wine varietals from across the world.
  • DavidsTea Advent Calendar features a delicious daily tea, and is hands down my favorite of all the tea advents. Also comes in caffeine free, around the world, and matcha.
  • Bonne Maman Advent Calendar has adorable mini jars of jam and honey, and I may have already ordered this for myself this year, just so I can try the limited edition Yuzu and Grapefruit. I love having these tiny jars to reuse and pack in lunches, too.
  • George & Viv 24 Days of Beauty has a self care indulgence for every day. While there are other beauty advents, this Anthropologie exclusive is the gold standard among the ones that won’t break the bank.
  • A great place to get adult advent calendars is Aldi! The grocery chain stocks wine, cheese, beer, coffee, and chocolate advent calendars starting on November 3 that sell out each year.

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