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When you're a kid (or even as an adult), the stretch of time between December 1 and Christmas is interminable. One way to help stop the daily onslaught of questions about "how many more days it is until..." is by giving them an advent calendar to help them count down the days until December 25.
And, when it comes to advent calendars, no one does it better than LEGO. That's because most brands offer treats that are either strictly for kids (like toy advent calendars) or only for adults (boozy advent calendars), but LEGO's interactive calendars bridge the divide. Not only do you get 24 little treats, but you'll also get an activity in assembling the little pieces each day. Most of the LEGO sets even make use of the back of the calendar, which unfolds to create a backdrop for the pieces. They are fun for kids, teens and adults, but you might need to buy more than one to suit everyone's LEGO style.
The catch: You have to snap them up fast, or they'll sell out. You can even find some of them on sale on Amazon right now, but that just means they're even more likely to run out. So, you must choose wisely — and quickly. LEGO advent calendars range in recommended age from 5+ to 9+, and they come in themes that please both old and young alike, like Star Wars, Marvel and Harry Potter. If you like what you see, snap it up now, because each year, the options are entirely different.
Not finding what you wanted in stock? Note that some advent calendars haven't been released yet and are only available for pre-oder, while many may be restocked closer to the holiday season. On the hunt for more advent calendar ideas? Check out our top picks for advent calendars filled with gourmet chocolates, makeup and beauty items, different wines, fun socks, items for men, cheeses from around the world and more.
The best LEGO advent calendars of 2023
Marvel Avengers Advent Calendar
Avengers fans can celebrate the holidays with Spider-Man sporting a festive sweater and Iron Man, Okoye and Doctor Strange decking the halls. More fun mini models you'll find inside: A mini Hydra train under a Christmas tree, a tiny Quinjet and an ice hockey kit. Ages 7+
Star Wars Advent Calendar
It's Emperor Palpatine as you've never seen him before — wearing an ugly Christmas sweater and holding a mug of hot cocoa! (Love the Ewok in holiday gear and the Gonk droid dressed as a reindeer, too). In addition to figures, this one comes with 10 mini vehicles you can build from across the galaxy, including The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter. Ages 6+
Harry Potter Advent Calendar
Potterheads will be able to recreate the magic of Hogsmeade village with this calendar. You can build Three Broomsticks Inn, Hog's Head Inn, Zonko’s Joke Shop and Honeydukes candy store. It also comes with illustrated instructions for how to build each piece on the back of each door. Ages 7+
City Advent Calendar
This is the only LEGO advent calendar good for kids ages 5+, so if you have a kindergartener looking to get in on the fun, this is the one for them. It has easy builds with step-by-step instructions on each door and, when it's all assembled, they'll be able to use the wintry village scene for imaginative play. Ages 5+
Friends Advent Calendar
The always adorable Friends calendar is even cuter this year as it's pet-themed! Kids can spend the month making trees, snowmen and an animal playground. The set includes seven furry friends like dogs, cats and even a bunny. Ages 6+
This isn't an advent calendar with doors to open, but once it's built you can use the four buildable candles to mark the four weeks of the advent season. It can also be hung on a wall like a real wreath. Ages 9+
Advent Calendar Activity Book
Here's a different twist on a LEGO advent calendar: Instead of getting new pieces and builds each day, this one has 24 booklets filled with LEGO-themed puzzles, coloring pages and other activities. It'll inspire them to use the bricks they already have! Ages 6+
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