10 alternative Christmas Advent calendars for children this Christmas

Christmas lights are being  switched on, supermarket shelves are groaning with kingsize tins of chocolates, shops are filled with Christmas muzak . The countdown has started. My kids are on repeat “How many days till Christmas”, “For Christmas I want”, “How long till Santa comes”. There’s nothing like a decent Christmas advent calendar to contain the excitement. This year I want something different, an alternative Christmas advent calendar for children, not one stuffed with chocolate.

I am treating Wonder Boy and Super Girl to the LEGO City Advent Calendar. They don’t know it yet, they’re going to get a surprise at breakfast on 1 December, I can’t wait to see their little faces.

So here are my 10 alternative Christmas advent calendars for children, enjoy!

1. LEGO City Christmas Advent Calendar

We’re going to be regular visitors to Lego City with the LEGO City Advent Calendar
in the lead up to Christmas. As well as Lego City there is the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar, the girls are dressing the Christmas tree, and LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
for any budding Jedi Knight.

Amazon: LEGO City Advent Calendar from £16.49

2. Play-Doh Christmas Advent Calendar

Now this is a great sensory advent calendar, get the kids busy with a Play-Doh Advent Calendar
not munching chocolate. In the countdown to Christmas little hands can squeeze, squash, mould and make Christmas surprises with Play-Doh, star stamper and christmas moulds and sparkle cans. I’m getting excited!

Amazon: Play-Doh Advent Calendar from £12.74

3. Moomin Christmas Advent Calendar

Who can resist Tove Jansson’s Moomin. White, blobbish, with little snouts part piglet part hippopotamus. They live a carefree existence in Moomin Valley getting up to all sorts of adventures.  In the run up to Christmas children can enjoy drop into Moomin Valley and greet a new character each day with the Moomin Advent Calendar.

Moomin shop: Moomin Advent Calendar £32.90

4. Nordic House Colour In Poster

Snuggle in for a Scandinavian Christmas with this Nordic House Colour In Poster a brilliant alternative Christmas advent calendar for children. Kids can create their own Nordic Christmas scene as they count the days to Christmas.

Etsy: Nordic House Colour In Poster £10.00

5. 24 Sleeps ’til Christmas Advent Book

Part advent calendar, part activity book with puzzles, doodles and Christmas carols the 24 Sleeps Advent Book keep little ones’ minds and hands busy as they eagerly await Santa’s arrival.

Notonthehighstreet.com: 24 Sleeps Advent Book £15.00

6. Good Gifts Christmas Advent Calendar

Christmas isn’t just about getting stuff for ourselves, however nice that might be. It’s a time to think about people who might not be so lucky as us. Feel good with the Good Gifts Advent Calendar, each day represents a gift from a seeds for a farmer, life-saving medicines, to a ball for a kids without toys.

Good Gifts: Good Gifts Advent Calendar £14.95

7. Playmobil Christmas Advent Calendars

Playmobil have have a big range of alternative Christmas advent calendars for children. Kids can join Santa on the farm with the The Farm Advent Calendar with Santa Playset, decorate the Christmas Room with Tree, help out in Santa’s Workshop,  be bang on trend and join Santa in Unicorn Fairyland.
There is a  Pirate Treasure Island Advent Calendar Playset, Snowy Park Ice Skating even a Dragons Treasure Battle – it’s all here with Playmobil!

Psst and if you are heading my way to Paris you can also visit the Playmobil Funpark

Amazon: from £14.00

8. Usborne Christmas Advent Calendar to Colour

I’ve actually bought this calendar twice for my kids and they loved it, they never tired of colouring in this Christmas advent calendar. But they were pretty little then. The Usborne Advent Calendar to Colour is a great alternative Christmas advent calendar for children helping to calm and manage Christmas excitement and nerves.

Usborne Children’s Books: £6.99

9. Eric Carle’s Dream SnowPop-Up Christmas Advent Calendar

We love The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Eric Carle has a this wonderful pop-up Christmas advent calendar based on his story Eric Carle’s Dream Snow: Pop-Up Advent Calendar about a farmer who just has five animals and a tree. One night he dreams that snow has fallen, then he realises it’s Christmas, and delivers surprise presents to his animals and tree.

Amazon: Eric Carle’s Dream Snow: Pop-Up Advent Calendar £8.39

10. Personalised Photo Christmas Advent Calendar


Now I love this. A personalised photo Christmas Advent Calendar.  I am going to get this for our family Christmas Advent calendar. Why should the kids have all the fun? We’ve just had our first year in Paris and this will be a brilliant way to relive our memories from this year! I can’t wait – bring on Christmas!

Not On The High Street:  Personalised photo Christmas Advent calendar £14.46

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Picture credits: Not On The High Street, Usborne Children’s Books, Good Gifts, The Moomin Shop

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  1. I love the idea of alternative advent calendars too. Last year I did one that you fill yourself and it was nice to have a mixture of toys, things and chocolates for the little one. I’d like to try something else too so might look into a couple of these – I love the look of the picture one! Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMonday. Emily

    • Thank you! It’s great to be a little creative and to think differently. Have a great Christmas!

    • Thank you! There so many advent calendars out there now, I really love the photo one. I’ve got both kids a LEGO (exactly the same to preempt the fights!). I’m having the photo one too!

  2. I’ve not seen half of these, there is so much choice now! I’m attempting to make an advent calendar! But if it doesn’t turn out I’ll be rushing to buy one of these. #KCACOLS
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    • Hey making an advent calendar – that’s just brilliant! It’s amazing that there is so much choice out there. We’ve had the colouring in calendar before and that’s gone down really well.

  3. What absolutley lovely ideas you have here. I really like the Nordic Houses colour in one, and the idea of the Good Gifts. I absolutley love the photo one too. Brilliant! #KCACOLS

    • I like that one to the whole Nordic theme is just so Christmassy – I’m getting that Christmassy feeling already!

    • Ahh! Thank you! They look fab, we’re on for a LEGO Christmas, hoping that will keep little people happy!

  4. Great piece to put together – really quirky items! I think I like the Usborne one the most. Our little one a bit young at the moment to understand – but next year we’ll get one I think. I like the ones that provide a drop of alcohol every day haha!

    • Thank you! I love a bit of quirkiness, I say treat yourself to a daily Christmas tipple!

  5. Oh these are fantastic! It’s so nice to see something a bit different to the usual choccy ones.

    Emily – Babies and Beauty #marvmondays

  6. Oh fun. I am hoping to make an advent calendar this year, but I like the ideas listed here with the being thankful and coloring pages. Might steal some of the ideas. And legos are always wonderful 🙂 #bigpinklink

    • Steal away! We have loved the colouring in calendar, the the good gifts is such a fab idea, just putting back the real meaning of Christmas.

    • Thank you! I can’t wait to see my kids faces when they see their Lego calendars, I’m so excited!

  7. I’m a little bit in love with the Moomin advent calendar! I saw a Vtech Toot Toot advent calendar in Tesco yesterday; it’s amazing all these new ones they’re bringing out! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!

  8. I love these! I had seen the toy ones before and loved them, but I have never seen the colouring books/story themes or the charity ones before. They are fab! If I was teaching as a class teacher this year I think I would have bought the charity one for the class. It is a lovely idea. #bigpinklink

    • Thank you, I wanted to find a good selection. We loved the colouring in ones, really therapeutic. But this year is all about Lego.

  9. So many great ideas! My son would love the lego one, although he did ask for the playmobile one too the other day. I tend to just buy chocolate ones for them, but have been thinking about treating them to a more fun one this year, so this post is really useful, thank you! x #KCACOLS

    • Advent calendars are getting more and more inventive which is great!They are so much more fun than they used to be!

    • Thank you, can’t wait to give the kids their calendar, roll on December 1st!

    • I love the Lego calendar, it’s such a brilliant idea. Totally beats a chocolate calendar.

  10. Such a good idea for a different type of advent. I love the lego ones so will have to see and also the moomin one is utterly amazing, I want it for myself! thanks for sharing some fab ideas #bigpinklink

    • And why shouldn’t you have a Moomin calendar, we can’t let the kids have all the fun!

    • The colouring advent calendar had a really good calming effect on my kids, that time between breakfast and heading off to school was so tranquil!

  11. Ooh, that is a timely reminder that I need to sort an advent calendar. We had Lego Star Wars last year because my son wanted a Lego R2D2 and they were so expensive to buy it seemed better value to get the advent calendar with it in. So, Lego or Playmobil this year?
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    • Maybe Playmobil this year – they have a great choice of calendars! Hours of fun to be had!

  12. Some fab alternative ideas there . We are on the search to by the Aldi version of the very expensive wooden harrords advent Calender ! #KCACOLS

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