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18 Best Advent Calendars for a Fun Christmas Countdown (2023)

Advent calendars are a great way to get everyone excited about Christmas and they make for a perfect holiday gift. Open your calendar every day in December and be surprised by a variety of gifts and treats!

Advent calendars aren’t just for kids either – there are some awesome Advent calendars just for adults that are just as much fun (and often, delicious).

But which Advent calendar is best? And which one should you get? To take the hard work out for you I’ve done the research to list the best advent calendars no matter what your age and interests.

When is Christmas in 2023?

Christmas is on Monday 25 December 2023.

Best Advent Calendars for Kids

1. Koko Black

This year, KoKo Black is offering two kinds of chocolate advent calendars to help make your little ones’ faces light up with joy. 

First up is their A Very Koko Advent Calendar which is perfect for kids who love milk chocolate and second is the The Christmas Advent Calendar that contains a mix of milk, white and dark chocolate. 

Behind each of their 25 doors lies a child-sized Koko treat, crafted with all natural ingredients and no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. 

The A Very Koko Advent Calendar is $39.90 while The Christmas Advent Calendar costs $74.90. Free shipping is available for orders over $100. 

Buy A Very Koko Advent Calendar

Buy The Christmas Advent Calendar

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2. The Gruffalo and Friends Advent Calendar Book Collection

Get in the spirit and countdown to Christmas with The Gruffalo and Friends Advent Calendar collection of twenty-four mini activity, song and rhyme books, based on the bestselling picture books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Enjoy a book every day in this unique festive collection. You can colour, draw and do activities inside these books based on the family-favourite picture books, The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale and more. Plus, there are songs and rhymes that will keep your family entertained all season long.

The twenty-four mini books are collected together in a beautiful hardback presentation case with tie ribbon.

Buy The Gruffalo and Friends Advent Calendar Book Collection

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3. KiwiCo.

Countdown to Christmas by making your own merry mini village with KiwiCo’s Christmas Village Advent Calendar

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Starting on the 1st of December, open a new envelope each day and create the Christmas project inside. As each day passes, you’ll find yourself building a cosy house, a reindeer, an evergreen tree and more! Then before you know it, by Christmas Eve, you’ll have made a whole festive village to celebrate with!

Christmas Village Advent Calendar is $49.95

Count down to Christmas by building your very own festive village — a day at a time! Every day in December, open up the matching numbered envelope to reveal everything you need to build and customize a new feature of your Christmas village, plus extra supplies to add your own personal flair. 

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Santa’s Railroad Advent Calendar is 49.95

Count down to Christmas with 24 days of presents! Each day in December, open up the matching envelope to reveal the project inside. Follow the instructions and decorate your creation before adding it to the snowy scene to build your very own winter railroad just in time for Santa to arrive.

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Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar is $89.95

Count down to Christmas by building a snowy scene one day at a time! Unwrap a gift each day and follow the instructions to engineer a new part of your winter wonderland, complete with lights, a motorized sled hill, and an ice rink. When the holidays are over, buildings double as storage to pack away neatly for next year.

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4. Star Wars: The Galactic Advent Calendar

May the Force be with you this Holiday Season!

Celebrate the holidays with your favourite Star Wars moments each day leading up until Christmas with this advent calendar that’s packed with over twenty-five days of Star Wars-themed goodies!

With more than 30 surprises, the $49.99 Star Wars: The Galactic Advent Calendar is the perfect gift to give to any Star Wars fan!

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Star Wars The Galactic Advent Calendar

5. Mini Animal Plush 2023 Advent Calendar

For the stuffie-obsessed child, this advent calendar will give them 24 fuzzy friends to play with. This one is also good as a group or class advent calendar, where everyone can take home a prize. Ages 3+

Buy the Mini Animal Plush 2023 Advent Calendar

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6. North Pole Advent Train 

Fans of the Elf on the Shelf will be thrilled to receive this train-themed advent calendar filled with Elf-sized trinkets. Inside are surprises like mini Elf figures and accessories to help get ready for Santa’s arrival. Ages 3+

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North Pole Advent Train

7. Barbie Advent Calendar 

Start off December with a new, 12″ Barbie doll, then spend the rest of the days unboxing outfits and accessories that take her from day look to night looks. Ultimate Barbie fans might also enjoy the Dreamtopia advent calendar or the Colour Reveal advent calendar. Or, if Barbie isn’t their favourite, Mattel also has advent calendars for American Girl, Jurassic World, Polly Pocket, Minecraft, Matchbox and much more. 

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Barbie Advent Calendar

8. Harry Potter: Hedwig Pop-Up Advent Calendar 

This advent calendar is filled with 25 little paper surprises, which also come together to form holiday centrepieces with Hedwig perched on top of a tree-shaped pile of presents. This advent calendar also includes a booklet of fun behind-the-scenes facts from the films. Festive and interactive, Harry Potter: Hedwig Pop-Up Advent Calendar is the ideal way to ring in the holidays with one of the Wizarding World’s most adored magical companions! No age recommendation given.

Buy Harry Potter: Hedwig Pop-Up Advent Calendar 

Harry Potter Hedwig Pop Up Advent Calendar

9. LEGO 2023 Advent Calendar

Every festive season, LEGO releases a series of advent characters, each with a series of small models to build, mini figures to find and holiday scenes to create. This year includes Star Wars, Marvel’s Avengers, Harry Potter, LEGO Friends and LEGO City. Ages 5+ to 7+

Buy LEGO 2023 Advent Calendar

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Best Advent Calendars for Adults

10. Koko Black

Share the joy of every surprise this year with Koko Black’s 2-in-1 Advent Calendar for the bigger kids. The Yours & Mine Advent Calendar brings a delectable treat behind each door, with either a fruity, nutty, spicy or sweet surprise each day.

Their new double-draw design will ensure there are no fights over who gets to enjoy the bliss in every bite!

Buy the Yours & Mine Advent Calendar

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11. The Body Shop

Lovingly produced with good stuff from all corners of the globe, our calendars are packed full of festive goodies. Each one celebrates the wonderful Community Fair Trade partners who produce our products (including some of those hidden within your Advent Calendar). Each calendar is stuffed with beautiful body-loving treats that are sure to make each day that bit more wonderful. Plus, they are reusable and recyclable making them more sustainable and kinder for the planet.

Box of Wishes Advent Calendar $129

Find daily joy as you count down to Christmas Eve with the 24 little surprises inside our Box of Wishes Advent Calendar. Within every box, alongside head-to-toe treats, you’ll also find facts about our Community Fair Trade partners or an act of kindness to share the wonder beyond.

Box of Wonders Big Advent Calendar $189

With every Box of Wonders, you’ll also find little facts about our Community Fair Trade partners or an act of kindness, so you can share some wonder and joy with your friends, family and community. You can even reuse the pop-ups as gift tags, and the drawers are great for storing crafts and other little bits and bobs, long after Christmas.

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Buy Box of Wonders Big Advent Calendar

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12. T2 Tea

If you’re shopping for your next Secret Santa gift and don’t know where to start when scrolling through the website, your life made a little easier with their curated collection of teas in Christmas-inspired advent calendars. Allow us to walk you through their 2023 advent calendars:

24-Day Fabulous Feast Teabag Advent Calendar

Unlock 24 teas in teabags waiting to be steeped to discover new, mouth-watering sensations in your mug. Treat yourself to their collection of best-sellers, from French Earl Grey to dessert treats like apple pie with notes of cinnamon that you can enjoy post-dinner. As you get closer and closer to December 25th, you’ll expand your collection of favourite teas, giving you something new to look forward to every day.

The Tea Party Extravaganza Luxury Advent Calendar

Turn on your favourite Christmas carols and light up the tree as you tear open your next day to reveal your new tea treat. This luxurious advent calendar offers a deluxe selection of brews to count down the days till Christmas. Fill your room with the intoxicating scent of Gingernut Chai that will have your home smelling like freshly baked biscuits. Savour the taste with every sip of these comforting blends as you sit around the dining table with your loved ones. After all, ‘tis the season to be jolly!

The Festival of Flavour Luxury Advent Calendar

Christmas is a time to celebrate and be surrounded by those closest to you. And that doesn’t just mean gifts — it’s also a celebration of food where you pass the plates down the table and treat yourself to your favourites, whether it’s fresh prawns or a holiday roast. And why should the festivities stop at food? Count down the days till Christmas with titillating teas from our luxury advent calendar.

Shipping is free with orders over $60. Express delivery is available for $15 and you’ll be sipping within 1-3 business days from dispatch.

Buy 24-Day Fabulous Feast Teabag Advent Calendar

Buy the Tea Party Extravaganza Luxury Advent Calendar

Buy the Festival of Flavour Luxury Advent Calendar

The Tea Lovers Day Fabulous Feast Tea Bag Advent Calendar

13. The Whisky Club

Whiskymas is sorted! This is the ultimate advent calendar for whisky lovers: 24 incredible whiskies including a 42YO, 30YO, 26YO, and a 22YO, as well as multiple gold medal award-winning whiskies from Scotland, Japan, Ireland, the USA and more.

Buy The Whisky Club Advent Calendar 2023 here

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14. Kiehl’s

A special gift awaits behind each door in the Kiehl’s Limited Edition Advent Calendar. Featuring holiday-inspired designs by artist duo Icinori, this collection houses our customer favorite skincare formulas for the ultimate gift that keeps on giving!

A holiday collection of 24 iconic Kiehl’s formulas. $179 ($411 value)

Buy Kiehl’s Limited Edition Holiday Advent Calendar

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15. Beer Cartel

A Beer Advent Calendar is a great way to count down the days to Christmas and explore new and exciting beers. With over 30,000 Beer Advent Calendars sold to date, this year is set to be A·M·A·Z·I·N·G! 

The Beer Cartel Advent Calendar is a fridge friendly advent calendar box packed with beers that are 100% Exclusive and 100% Australasian. Beer Cartel partnered with some of the best Australian and New Zealand craft breweries to create 25 exclusive beers.

Beer Advent Calendars are $169.99 and only available as a pre-order item. You may purchase them online for delivery or click & collect. They will begin being dispatched from approximately 7th November. You will be sent an email once it has been dispatched.

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16. Happy Socks

C’mon get happy! The Happy Socks Advent Calendar counts down the days to Christmas with a new festive pair of socks every day for 24 days. Happy socks offers three kinds of advent calendars to celebrate this year’s festivities which are the 24 Days Of Holiday Socks Gift Set, the 24-Pack Happy Holidays Socks Gift Set, and The Beatles Collector’s 24-Pack Gift Set (which is the perfect gift for any Beatles fan). 

Both the 24 Days Of Holiday Socks Gift Set 24-Pack and  24-Pack Happy Holidays Socks Gift Set cost $384, while The Beatles Collector’s 24-Pack Gift Set costs $352. 

Buy the 24 Days Of Holiday Socks Gift Set 24-Pack

Buy the 24-Pack Happy Holidays Socks Gift Set

Buy the The Beatles Collector’s 24-Pack Gift Set

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17. Holiday Scratch Off Advent Calendar Playlist

If you or someone you know loves music then the Holiday Scratch Off Advent Calendar Playlist is the perfect advent calendar for you this holiday season! Bring joy to your ears as you scratch off each number to reveal a QR code that will lead you to a downloadable christmas carol sung by an emerging artist.

It’s a delightful and unique gift that we think all ages will love! 

Buy the Holiday Scratch Off Advent Calendar Playlist

Holiday Scratch Off Advent Calendar Playlist

18. 24 Day Fine Arts Advent Calendar

Into the arts? Then you’ve got to check out the 24 Day Fine Arts Advent Calendar which is full of premium art supplies and materials that will help you accomplish the artistic vision you had in mind. Each calendar features various mediums, tools and surfaces to create on and is a perfect set for yourself or your artistic loved one.

On top of this, you might even get to win a Year of Art Supplies should you find 1 of the 6 golden tickets in your box or a special offer from Arteza if you find the silver ticket!

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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