The 22 Best Advent Calendars for Kids in 2020 — Including ‘Frozen,’ Legos, and ‘Harry Potter’

by Bethany Braun-Silva

The 22 Best Advent Calendars for Kids in 2020 — Including ‘Frozen,’ Legos, and ‘Harry Potter’
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You may already be counting down the days until Christmas, but the “official” countdown starts on the first day of December. For many families, that means having a fun advent calendar to mark the days until December 25. Advent calendars make it so that from December 1 to December 24, kids can unwrap a special gift each day, making the countdown to Christmas a bit more bearable. 


When you’re a kid, 25 days can feel like a long time, and parents can help ease the anticipation with one of these cool advent calendars that include 24 tiny toys or slots for you to add your own small gift or treat. Long gone are the days of simple chocolates and cardboard cutouts. Today, advent calendars are some of the most popular Christmas items for kids and toy enthusiasts. Plus, with each day closer to Christmas, advent calendars serve as a great reminder for kids to stay off the naughty list. 


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The advent calendars on this list consist of kid-favorite characters like Harry Potter, Thomas the Tank Engine, and of course, Disney. In fact, we included five Disney advent calendars on this list alone, with many more to shop online. With more and more advent calendars hitting the market each year, your options are nearly limitless. But be warned, some of the more popular ones sell out as early, so we suggest purchasing them now before it’s too late. 


If you’re looking for Christmas presents for the big day, be sure to check out curated lists from Amazon, Walmart, and shopDisney, to get some great gift-giving inspiration. But if you’re looking for an advent calendar for your kids, check out the 22 best below. 




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LEGO City Advent Calendar


Lego lovers, rejoice! This 2020 version of the popular advent calendar includes six mini-figures and 18 Christmas-themed LEGO toys. Plus, kids can let their imaginations run wild on the included playmat.

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Funko Advent Calendar: Harry Potter


Year after year, this is one of Amazon’s best-selling holiday gifts. This year the advent calendar includes 24 Harry Potter mini Funko Pops, dressed in their Christmas best. Plus, Funko Pop has only revealed several of the toys, so kids are sure to be in for more than a few surprises. 

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Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Minis Advent Calendar


Toddlers can practice their counting and have tons of fun surprises in the process. This Thomas & Friends advent calendar contains 24 holiday-themed mini trains. Plus, the box turns into a playmat to keep the fun going long after the holidays.

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Pixar Toy Story 4 Advent Calendar


All your kid’s favorite Toy Story characters are included in this advent calendar. Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, and Forky are just four of the two-dozen miniature surprises kids will find each day.

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Northlight 14” Red Children Advent Calendar Storage Truck Christmas Decor


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Fisher-Price Little People Advent Calendar


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Melissa & Doug Wooden Advent Calendar


If you want to save all the gifts for Christmas Day, this calendar is an excellent option. It features 24 magnetic ornaments, which can be removed to unveil the next number in the countdown to December 25. We love that it can be used year after year.

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Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar


Who needs toys when you have 24 classic mini-books to read? The small books are individually wrapped and include stories from Disney and Pixar. Kids will love collecting these small trinkets.

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Grinch Advent Calendar


Your heart will grow “three sizes” bigger upon revealing the 24 toys in this advent calendar. It features 14 ornaments that you can actually hang on the tree, 11 accessories, and a Who-ville scene for imaginative play.

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Alex Toys Craft Crafty Advent Calendar


Kids can get crafty creating this advent calendar, then parents can fill it with fun surprises in the pre-sewn pockets.

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Barbie Dreamtopia Advent Calendar


Kids are gifted a full-size Barbie on the first day of December, then unwrap special clothes and accessories to go with their new toy on the rest of the days leading up to December 25.

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The Elf on the Shelf North Pole Advent Calendar Train


This super-popular advent calendar is shaped like a train for an extra fun feature. The cars are divided into four themes, each with coordinating gifts inside.

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Disney Jr. Advent Calendar


Disney characters, old and new, are included in this advent calendar. Kids will unwrap mini-figures, stickers, gift boxes, and more.

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Super Mario Advent Calendar


17 Super Mario figures are included in this advent calendar, with seven accessories perfect for your little video game fan.

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Minecraft Advent Calendar


Minecraft lovers will have a blast opening the surprises in this calendar each day. It may even inspire them to build something new.

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L.O.L. Surprise! Advent Calendar


This calendar includes several surprises that are exclusive to this toy as well as one limited edition doll.

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Disney Frozen Arendelle Advent Calendar


This show-stopping advent calendar is right out of a storybook, literally. It includes 24 Frozen surprises, all housed in a sturdy castle that can be used for years.

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Playmobil Advent Calendar - Santa's Workshop


Kids can construct their very own toy workshop with the help of this Playmobil Advent calendar. It includes a backdrop and everything they need to make a magical holiday scene.

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Mega Construx Despicable Me Advent Calendar


The adorable Minions are here to bring some mischief to your holiday countdown. This calendar features 24 toys kids can build and even combine with other Mega Construx toys they already own.

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LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar


This popular advent calendar features six mini-figures and plenty of classic Star Wars icons. Kids can build a mini Millennium Falcon, droids, and more, all with a Christmas twist.

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Hatchimals Colleggtibles - Advent Calendar


This calendar features over 50 surprises for kids to unwrap, leading up to Christmas Day. Plus, each can be a craft project that kids can build to create their very own winter wonderland.

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Disney Animators’ Collection Littles Advent Calendar


This brand new Disney advent calendar features and accessories from Disney films, new and old.