Countdown to Christmas with These Family-Friendly Advent Calendars

Child hanging ornament on Christmas tree
Crayola kid's advent calendar photo

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Crayola Christmas Countdown

Get artsy this holiday season with this Crayola advent calendar that inspires creativity. New for 2019, the calendar includes 24 DIY projects tailored specifically for kiddos. They'll enjoy making homemade gifts, coloring, and crafting — and you'll enjoy the special keepsakes they create. Just make sure the fridge has plenty of space to showcase their masterpieces.

Buy It! $20; amazon.com

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Disney wall-hanging advent calendar photo

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Disney Plush

If your family subscribed to Disney+ and love Mickey Mouse, then this advent calendar is sure to be a hit. It hangs on the wall so you can reserve shelf space for other holiday decorations, and it's filled with 25 plush Disney characters. Each day, remove one character and use the self-stick fabric tab to secure it to the tree. Hang it in your living room or hallway so the whole family can enjoy a magical Disney Christmas.

Buy It! $40 (orig. $56); shopdisney.com

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LEGO advent calendar with Harry Potter characters photo

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LEGO Harry Potter

Fans swooned over Funko's Harry Potter character advent calendar last year, and now the magic continues with LEGO releasing a wizard-inspired collection, too. Each day witches, wizards, and even muggles can open the door to find a small LEGO project to build. The set features classic characters like the golden trio and Dumbledore, along with a mini Hogwarts Express, chess set, and more. The back of the box also doubles as a stage as the mini sets come together to create a Hogwarts Christmas scene the whole family can play with.

Buy It! $30 (orig. $33); target.com

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Dylan's Candy Bar chocolate advent calendar photo

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Dylan's Candy Bar

Considered one of the best food advent calendars of the year, this advent calendar brings delicious treats from the New York candy store into your home. Indulge your sweet tooth with 24 days of chocolatey-goodness wrapped in snowmen, Santa Claus, and other holiday shapes. At $15 a set it's a budget-friendly pick whether the family shares or each member enjoys their own.

Buy It! $15; neimanmarcus.com

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Gift box with 12 ornaments photo

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Ornament Gift Box

Unlike other items on our list, this advent calendar features 12 days of surprises, but that doesn't make it any less fun. The gift box holds holiday-themed ornaments behind each cardboard door. Crafted of high-quality fabric, glass, and wood, these treasures make tree decorating more memorable and special for the whole family. It also makes a great gift, provided Santa delivers it by the 17th.

Buy It! $60; worldmarket.com

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Wooden gingerbread advent calendar photo

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Gingerbread House

This gingerbread-shaped advent calendar doubles as decor and includes empty drawers you can fill with small trinkets and candies. Since it has 24 drawers instead of punch outs, this decorative piece can become a family tradition for years to come. With Christmas Day not included in the countdown, it provides the perfect opportunity for Santa to surprise the kids with a gingerbread making kit that's on-theme and encourages a fun family activity.

Buy It! $45; amazon.com

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Animal advent calendar photo

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Animal Advent Calendar

For a more traditional approach, this paper advent calendar features 24 pop-out doors with vintage-inspired illustrations of furry forest creatures. Behind each animal-themed door your child will find fun facts about the holiday season. This advent calendar doesn't come with any extra pieces, so it's a mess-free (and fun!) way to countdown to Santa. Bonus: It lays flat, making it easy to attach to a wall or store in a drawer.

Buy It! $13; worldmarket.com

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