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Christmas Advent Calendars

Updated on September 20, 2013

Christmas Advent Calendars for Young and Old

Christmas advent calendars are a fun tradition for young and old. Remember when you made a construction paper Christmas chain in school and cut one link off each day until Christmas? From the simplest to the ornate, advent calendars help us count down to the big day. It's amazing how many different types and styles there are to mark each exciting day until the big event. You can purchase one from these suggestions, or you can let them inspire you to create your own.

Today's Christmas Advent Calendars

The Big Countdown

Today's traditional advent calendar consists of two pieces of cardboard on top of each other. Twenty four doors are cut out in the top layer, labeled with a number from one to twenty four. On the first day of December, one door is opened each day, counting down until Christmas Eve. Each "window" displays an image or symbol of the Nativity or Christmas.

Variations on the traditional advent calendar include numbered pockets on a wall hanging containing toys or candy, numbered wooden blocks you turn to reveal a Christmas picture, miniature trees with small ornaments or candy to be hung each day, etc. Why not browse the available commercial advent calendars to find ideas for making your own. You still can't beat the construction paper chains from kindergarden.

Advent Calendars to Make Yourself

Ornament Countdown Advent Calendar

So easy! Numbered tags, little nails, an ornament to add to the tree for each day.

Image Credit: designcrushblog.

Cookie Sheet Magnetic Advent Calendar

Decorate the cookie sheet with paint or fabric, use metal cookie cutters or other metal emblems for each square.

Image Credit: katiebeecreative.

Ribbon Chain Advent

Use ribbon or fabric and Velcro to make a holiday countdown chain to be used year after year.

Image Credit: rootsandwingsco.

Pockets Advent Calendar

Inspiration and instructions: mapleandmagnolia.

Knitted Christmas Tree Lights Advent Calendar

Each knitted light bulb makes a little pocket to hid candy or a small Christmas treasure.

Image Credit: birdface.

Advent Calendars You Can Purchase

Nativity Advent Calender Kit

Nativity Advent Calender Kit
Nativity Advent Calender Kit

Gund Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Gund Fun Countdown to Christmas Rotating Tree is a 14" green plush Christmas tree on rotating base. It is trimmed with calico fabric ribbon and stuffed star. It has stuffed calico gifts at the base of tree. You can activate the on or off switch and it rotates to the song "O Christmas Tree". This is a unique holiday decoration to grace your table or mantle.

Gund Fun Countdown to Christmas Rotating Tree
Gund Fun Countdown to Christmas Rotating Tree

14" green plush Christmas tree on rotating base

Trimmed with calico fabric ribbon and stuffed star

Stuffed calico gifts at the base of tree

Activate the on or off switch and it rotates to the song "O Christmas Tree"

A unique holiday decoration to grace your table or mantle

 

LEGO City Advent Calendar

LEGO City Advent Calendar (7324)
LEGO City Advent Calendar (7324)

Holiday time in LEGO City means 24 days of building fun. Build a different model each day to count down to the holidays. Includes nine mini-figures and everything you need to make all 24 LEGO City surprises. It even includes building instructions for additional combo models. Find a new surprise behind each door - 24 in all.

 

Byers' Choice Nativity Advent Calendar

Byers' Choice Nativity Advent Calendar #AC05
Byers' Choice Nativity Advent Calendar #AC05

For generations, families have marked the coming of Christmas in a variety of ways. From simple chalk markings to lighting candles, families have employed unique ways to enjoy the counting of the 24 days before Christmas.

18" x 15"

Designed with 24 numbered doors behind which small surprises can be hidden for each day.

This wooden calendar can be used year after year - a tradition that your family is sure to treasure!

 

KidKraft Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar
Advent Calendar

Dimensions:17.6" x 3.25" x 17.9"

Ages 3+

Easy to hang on any wall or display on a table.

No assembly required.

The Advent Calendar helps kids count down the days until Christmas without forgetting the reason for the season. Beginning Dec. 1, children get to swing open a new wooden door each day and discover one of 24 different Advent pieces. When the pieces are all opened and displayed, they make up the famous Nativity scene.Features include:All pieces are made with young hands in mind. Baby Jesus, for instance, is 2" long.Makes an excellent heirloom, something children will someday show their children.Easy to hang on any wall or display on a table.No assembly required.Ages 3+Dimensions:17.6" x 3.25" x 17.9"

 

Old-Time Christmas Village Sticker Advent Calendar

Old-Time Christmas Village Sticker Advent Calendar (Dover Sticker Books)
Old-Time Christmas Village Sticker Advent Calendar (Dover Sticker Books)

Kids can start getting ready for the holiday on December 1, when they'll begin filling in the landscape of a Victorian-era village with quaint shops, cottages, and other buildings. Each day they'll add another numbered sticker illustration until the final touch on December 25 — a Christmas tree in the town square.

 

Fontanini 26-Piece Nativity Magnet Advent Calendar #65402

Fontanini 26-Piece Nativity Magnet Advent Calendar #65402
Fontanini 26-Piece Nativity Magnet Advent Calendar #65402

Fontanini Nativity Magnet Advent Calendar

By Roman Inc. Item #65402

26-piece set

Advent calendar is magnetic, making it perfect for any refrigerator, file cabinet, or any metal surface

Includes a handy magnetic storage bag

Dimensions: 5.5"H x 9.5"W

Material(s): Wood and Paper

Comes beautifully gift boxed.

 

46" Plush Santa Claus Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar

46" Plush Santa Claus Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar
46" Plush Santa Claus Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar

Plush Christmas Santa Claus Advent Calendar

By Season's Designs, Item #40366460002

Countdown to Christmas with this adorable Santa

Features a Christmas tree on a string that you put in slots 1-24 depending on where you are in the big countdown!

Material: Plush Fabric

Dimensions: 48" Long, 8"W

 

Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar and Puzzle

HABA Children's toy Holiday Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar and Puzzle made in Germany
HABA Children's toy Holiday Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar and Puzzle made in Germany

Children love Advent Calendars - they are a wonderfully visual way to count down the days until Christmas! The Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar offers lots of unique variations though. In addition to the calendar, it has 24 wooden figures, a 24-piece jigsaw puzzle, and a game collection with three game ideas. The trick is to keep all the game material contents in the Christmas bag so that nothing gets lost!

One game idea: Santa Claus has brought Henrietta hen, chick Cheep and the other animals delicious sweets. Pig and Piglet however have overslept on Christmas Eve! Will they still meet Santa Claus before he returns home? There are three variations - one competitive, one tactile, and a memory game, all with differing degrees of difficulty.

The set also includes a co-operative die game. Some of the games can also be played before all of the windows of the Christmas calendar have been opened.

Contents

Advent calendar with windows to open

24 wooden figures

1 jigsaw puzzle / game board

1 little bag

1 die

1 set of game instructions

 

Magnetic Wooden Gingerbread Christmas Advent Calendar

Magnetic Wooden Gingerbread Christmas Advent Calendar
Magnetic Wooden Gingerbread Christmas Advent Calendar

Let the countdown to Christmas begin with this unique Advent Calendar, a keepsake that any family will cherish

24 doors fill the beautifully designed house; inside each door is a surprise that you can place anywhere on the magnetic center of the advent calendar.

Material: Wood

Dimensions: 15"W x 18.5"H x 2.5"D

 

Snowman 3-D Advent Calendar (Calendar)

Snowman 3D Advent Calendar
Snowman 3D Advent Calendar

Glistening with sparkling white glitter, children won't be able to resist his charm! This Advent Calendar stands on its own when put together, making it the perfect addition to your Holiday decor.

 

Alexander Taron ADV746 Large Village and Kids Advent Calendar

Alexander Taron ADV746 Large Village and Kids Advent Calendar
Alexander Taron ADV746 Large Village and Kids Advent Calendar

Alexander Taron ADV746 Are you looking for a fun and creative alternative to your traditional advent calendar? The Alexander Taron Company has exactly what you have been looking for with their variety of detailed and bright advent calendars. Enhance this Christmas with the Large Village and Children Advent Calendar! -Detailed Advent Calendar. -Large Calendar depicts Large Village and Children Scene. -Dimensions: 14" H x 10.5" W. -Calendar can be hung easily.

 

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You have a very special collection of advent calendars here...the knitted bulbs is such a fun idea and the advent chain is certainly something I've not seen before.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Back again to see what's new...I'm looking for an Advent calender for this year...it's the German in me ;-)

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      Delia 7 years ago

      I love Advent calenders especially my German ones...nice lens

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      Debbie 9 years ago from England

      Oh My Goodness! I had no idea there were so many varieties of advent calender! I love the stocking one! Lensrolled to my 'Christmas Crackers' lens :) 5***** for you!