15 Fun New Advent Calendars for Kids and Families

published Oct 20, 2021
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Little boy sitting on bed in pajamas, hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree advent calendar
Credit: Melissa & Doug

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As parents, we’ve probably all wished for December 25th to be pushed back “just a few weeks” in a last-ditch effort to get all the shopping and yuletide preparation done. Our kids, on the other hand, cannot wait for the month to fly by. That’s why advent calendars come in clutch — to keep their anticipation for the holidays high and all of our respective stress levels low.

In 2021, though, the December-long tradition isn’t limited to kids popping sub-par chocolate medallions out of cardboard and plastic windows. Nope! The fun and festive options for families, these days, are a lot more magical and memorable than their simple milk chocolate-hiding predecessors. Don’t get us wrong, candy-filled calendars are still apropos in our book (and, for sure, our kids’), but to earn a spot on this coveted list, all the daily treats need to have some extra sparkle. Be it a favorite character collection that grows every day, an art project that keeps them busy and beaming from the beginning (of the month) to the end, or a beautiful hanging installation that adds some hype to their day and some hygge to your home, these 15 advent calendars have us ALL excited to count down the days!