If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that kids advent calendars have come a long way.
No longer cardboard boxes filled with plain ol' chocolate slabs, accompanying pictures and, maybe, if you're lucky, a riddle or two, the advent calendars available for kids these days contain much, much more.
Sure, we've still got a few months until Christmas, but we can't help but get excited over the new advent calendar additions for 2023.
From ones centred around Lego Star Wars, Avengers and Barbie, to calendars filled with a variation of miniature dinosaurs and rubber ducks (yes, really), it's safe to say the kids have a lot to look forward to this year.
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But it's worth remembering that lots of these advent calendars sell out way before 1 December, which is why we're spotlighting the best picks as early as possible, to save you the disappointment.
Great for building anticipation for the festive season, and a brilliant way for kids to spend the lead up to Father Christmas' arrival, here's our pick of the best kids advent calendars for 2023.
Best advent calendars for kids 2023
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar | £29.99 from Lego
The Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar is suitable for six-year-olds and up, and contains a whopping 329 pieces. Including five Lego Star Wars minifigures, three droids and 16 mini builds, this set will keep the kids entertained for hours.
Lego Friends Advent Calendar | £21.99 from Lego
Talk about cute? Designed with festive scenery in mind, this Lego Friends Advent Calendar is the perfect treat for your little one this Christmas. Available for children ages six and up, it's the sweetest (and most distracting) countdown accessory.
Lego Harry Potter Advent Calendar | £29.99 from Lego
Harry Potter fans aged seven and up will love this Harry Potter Lego Advent Calendar. Featuring 227 pieces that come together to make 24 individual models, the contents of this advent calendar can be used way beyond Christmas. It's like a present and an advent calendar, all-in-one.
Lego City Advent Calendar | £19.99 from Lego
Lego City is the best city as far as we're concerned, and this advent calendar centred around everyday, festive life is pretty cool. Made up of 24 different models (think Christmas trees, reindeers, turkeys and more) it's a magical way to count down those December days.
Lego Avengers Advent Calendar | £29.99 from Lego
Avengers, assemble! This 243 piece Lego Marvel Advent Calendar is a superhero lover's dream. Targeted at those over the age of seven, it features some of Marvel's best characters: Spiderman, Iron Man and even Captain America.
Barbie Advent Calendar with Barbie Doll | £14.99 from Amazon
Ring in the festive season with Barbie. Featuring an *actual* full-sized doll, complete with the hottest day and night fashion accessories and clothing, this advent calendar is bound to be hours of fun.
Barbie Jewellery Box Advent Calendar | £14.99 from Amazon
Yes, this is an advent calendar filled with jewellery inspired by Barbie (spoiler alert: there's 23 Barbie charms and one bracelet). Bonus — the handy jewellery/advent calendar box can be repurposed to store your little one's favourite jewellery and trinkets.
Rubber Duck Advent Calendar | £6.99 from Amazon
Because which kid (or adult, for that matter) wouldn't love an advent calendar filled with 24 different rubber ducks? Selling fast on Amazon, this advent is bursting with fun yellow ducks that will make bath time with the little ones a blast.
Dinosaur Advent Calendar | £15.99 from Amazon
There's only one way your kids should be welcoming the arrival of Santa Claus, and that's with a colourful, miniature dinosaur! Different from your traditional advent calendar (but a lot more fun), this pick features 24 random dinosaur models that are perfect for kids play.
Henry the Harrods Bear Chocolate Advent Calendar | £15 from Harrods
A step up from your standard supermarket advent calendar, this pick from Harrods features the department store's Henry the Harrods Bear in the form of edible milk and white chocolate bears behind each and every door.
Roblox Advent Calendar | £29.99 from Boots
The Roblox Advent Calendar features festive twists on Roblox figures and items, a great purchase for children who already love Roblox. Including 30 pieces, the advent calendar is suitable for children aged six and up, and is already available to buy, so get your hands on it while you can.
Hot Wheels Advent Calendar | £27.99 from Boots
This car-themed Hot Wheels calendar has already garnered some rave reviews. One shopper said: "My boys love this advent calendar. You can open it up and there is a back drop to use once they start opening up the pieces. There is 8 hot wheels cars that come in the advent calendar along with other items to “dress up” the cars."
Playmobil Christmas Bakery Advent Calendar | £24.99 from Boots
A treasure trove of toys to discover throughout December, this Playmobil option is designed for children aged four to ten. Figurines including Father Christmas and a snowman, along with kitchen essentials and cooking cutters so your little ones can cook their own festive treats.
Pokemon Deluxe Advent Calendar | £59.99 from Boots
Another 24-day calendar full of toys, this Pokemon design includes 15, two inch battle figures and nine diorama accessories. Whether you or your kids are fans, there's plenty to play with. Suitable for four years and older.
Thomas And Friends Advent Calendar | £23.99 from Boots
Get your kids involved and excited for the Christmas countdown with this Thomas the Tank Engine Advent Calendar. Children aged three years and up can enjoy opening up toy train and rail vehicle miniatures along with push-along characters to tell a story of your own making.
Paw Patrol Advent Calendar | £27.99 from Boots
Countdown to Christmas Day with this Paw Patrol Advent Calendar. There's 24 gifts, and features some of the series best loved characters, including Chase, Marshall, Skye, Rubble, Everest, Rocky and Zuma.
Minecraft Advent Calendar | £36.99 from Boots
Fans of the video game can open a different door each day and discover Mob Head Minis action figures, accessories and more in the Minecraft Advent Calendar. The box has been designed to recreate favourite game moments with your new figurines.