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When it comes to the best Christmas advent calendars for children, parents have to bring their a-game.
Many of the most sought-after advent calendars sell out way before 1 December, with some selling out mere hours after going up for sale - and with good reason.
Not only do advent calendars help to build the anticipations for excited children in the lead up to the arrival of Father Christmas but there's also nothing better than seeing the joy on your child's face as they open it each day.
The only problem? Actually getting your hands on the one you know your child will love.
Best sites to shop kids advent calendars
Today Lego unveiled a number of new advent calendars for 2022, including Star Wars, Harry Potter and Friends themed calendars. The toy calendars always sell out super fast, so if it's a Lego one you're after we suggest you add it to your basket ASAP or risk the dreaded 'sold out' sign.
Best advent calendars for kids 2022
Lego Star Wars™ Advent Calendar | £29.99 from Lego
The Lego Star Wars™ Advent Calendar is suitable for over 6s and contains a whopping 329 pieces. The set includes 5 Lego Star Wars™ minifigures, 3 Lego droid figures and 16 mini builds, which will keep the kids entertained for hours.
Lego Friends Advent Calendar | £21.99 from Lego
This is the cutest Christmas scene we've seen! The Lego Friends Advent Calendar depicts a festive scene, with everyone from Father Christmas to his reindeers coming to play. The set is available for children ages 6 and up and now suitable for under 3s to get their hands on because of the smaller pieces.
Lego Harry Potter™ Advent Calendar | £29.99 from Lego
Harry Potter lovers ages 7 and up will love this Lego Harry Potter™ Advent Calendar, featuring 334 pieces. The first three toys make a scene from the first film, the next three days make a scene from the second film – and so on. With a mixture of mini figures and classic film scenes, this will be played with way beyond Christmas.
Barbie Dreamtopia Advent Calendar | £20.99 from Boots
Kids aged 3+ will enjoy the Barbie Dreamtopia Advent Calendar featuring a full 25 days of surprise gifts. Day 1 features a Barbie doll with the following days revealing new clothing and accessories to dress her up in. This advent calendar is available now so pick it up before it goes.
Thomas And Friends Advent Calendar | £34.99 from Boots
From December 1st to the 24th, young conductors can open a new window of the Thomas And Friends Advent Calendar to discover a surprise toy inside. By Christmas Day, they’ll have a whole railway of miniature toy trains, rail vehicles, and other push-along characters. Suitable from children from ages 3+.
Jurassic World Advent Calendar | £36.99 from Boots
Suitable for children aged 3+, the Jurassic World Advent Calendar counts down 24 days of Jurassic celebration with more than 30 total toy pieces including 19 mini dinosaurs, 1 mini human figure and multiple gate and platform pieces all in a Christmas-themed pack.
Hot Wheels Advent Calendar | £20.99 from Boots
Car-mad children will love this Hot Wheels Advent Calendar, available now. The set includes eight 1:64 scale Hot Wheels® cars and 16 accessories that inspire wintery adventures. It also comes with a play mat to race your new Hot Wheels® cars on. The small pieces in this aren't suitable for under 3s.
Disney Princess 12 Day Socks Advent | £25 from Boots
Disney Princess lovers will adore this Disney Princess 12 Day Socks Advent. Each day reveals a different pair of ankle socks featuring a much-loved Disney princess. Keep your kids cosy in the colder weather with this advent calendar suitable for 5-10 year olds. Plus, the socks aren't Christmas themed so they can be used all year round.
Funko POP Christmas Star Wars Advent Calendar 2022 | £49.99 (Was £55) from Amazon
Open the tiny doors of the Funko POP Christmas Star Wars Advent Calendar 2022 to reveal 24 unique Funko Pocket Pops! featuring some beloved Star Wars characters dressed in their winter best. Each collectible comes with a Christmas twist and they're suitable for 3 years and up, making it a pre-schooler appropriate option for Star Wars lovers, available now.
Marvel 12 Days Sock Advent Calendar | £30 from Boots
Each day of this Marvel 12 Days Sock Advent Calendar reveals a different pair of Marvel-themed socks for your child to enjoy. Suitable for children (and adults, too) this advent calendar is already available and isn't Christmas themed, so you can enjoy this selection all year round.
Roblox Advent Calendar | £34.99 from Boots
The Roblox Advent Calendar features festive twists on Roblox figures and items, a great purchase for children who already love Roblox. Including 30 pieces, the advent calendar is suitable for children aged 6+ and is already available to buy, so get your hands on it while you can.
Playmobil Christmas Bakery Advent Calendar | £20.99 from Boots
There's something very nostalgic about receiving Playmobil for Christmas, and we know your kids will love it, too. This Playmobil Christmas bakery Advent Calendar depicts a dreamy festive scene. Each day discover a new Playmobil collectable, ranging from a Father Christmas, a snowman and kitchen accessories for kids aged 4-10.
Playmobil Wiltopia Advent Calendar | £24.99 from Boots
Another classic Playmobil must-have, this Playmobil Wiltopia Advent Calendar is a great purchase for animal lovers. With Animals from all continents and accessories, the Wiltopia Advent also includes customisable name stickers to make sure that every calendar is personal to your little animal fan. Available now and suitable for children aged 4-10.
Minecraft Advent Calendar | £36.99 from Boots
Fans of the video game can open a different door each day and discover Mob Head Minis action figures, accessories and more in the Minecraft Advent Calendar, available now. The box has been designed to recreate favourite game moments with your new figurines. Children ages 6+ will love this one.