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Our Favorite Advent Calendars of 2023

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Advent Calendars at Design Life Kids

The most wonderful time of the year is just upon us. There are so many holiday traditions to look forward to, from decorating the tree to Christmas movie marathons, building gingerbread houses, and more. Each day and week leading up to Christmas is exciting as the anticipation grows and the big day draws closer. 

You may remember using an advent calendar to count down the days when you were little. Maybe you even share this tradition with your little one now. But you don’t have to be a child to appreciate these beautiful Christmas decorations. 

Advent calendars began as a Christian tradition in the mid-1800s and have grown to be a part of secular holiday fun as well. They are a great way to celebrate the season, providing daily delights, such as sweet treats, small gifts, and toys! 

Most Christmas advent calendars are decorative and festive representations of winter holiday symbols, including Christmas trees, Christmas trains, reindeer, and candy canes. You can find traditional styles that retell the Nativity story, as well as advent calendars that blend well with modern decor. 

If you haven’t looked at advent calendars in a while, it’s time to check out our colorful and whimsical variety and begin your own advent calendar tradition this year!

Meri Meri Dinosaur Advent Calendar at Design Life Kids

Dinosaur Advent Calendar

Dino lovers will absolutely adore this advent calendar - a gift to play with over the holidays and for years. It contains brightly colored wooden dinosaurs and foliage, and a cardboard scene. When playtime is done, all the pieces can be safely stored in the suitcase printed with a delightful dinosaur design.

Meri Meri Wooden Railway Train Advent Calendar at Design Life Kids

Wooden Railway Train Advent Calendar 

If you and your kids love toys that have a timeless, old-fashioned feel, then this advent calendar is perfect. Each day open the numbered cases to reveal wooden trains and accessories to create a railway scene. Not just for the holidays, they can play with it all year and safely store the pieces in the delightful train suitcase when not in use.

Meri Meri Wooden Cat Advent Suitcase at Design Life Kids

Wooden Cat Advent Suitcase

Feline fans will think this advent calendar, in a cat suitcase, is simply purrfect! The suitcase, which has an adorable gold foil cat face and gold leatherette ears, opens to reveal numbered and named trays. Each day discover either an etched colorful wooden cat, an etched wooden cat home, a cat bed with fleece, or an etched wooden Christmas tree. An amazing gift to have hours of imaginative fun with.

Noodoll Musical Advent Calendar at Design Life Kids

Musical Advent Calendar

Get ready for the most magical Christmas countdown with the most ADORABLE advent calendar. Behind each window hides an object, inviting you to add to and customize the beautifully illustrated scene. From stickers to die-cut models to magnetic dancing characters, as Christmas draws nearer the advent calendar turns into a 3D magical musical winter village BURSTING full of cuteness!

Meri Meri Winter Wonderland Paper Craft Advent Calendar at Design Life Kids

Winter Wonderland Paper Craft Advent Calendar

Creative children who love the outdoors will adore this carefully designed and crafted advent calendar. It is presented as a book, closed with a silver metallic ribbon.

The book opens to create winter wonderland scenes with floor pieces and a tree. There is also an album which includes 25 envelopes to open over advent, with animals and characters inside to add to your scenes every day. A very special gift for lots of imaginative play.

Meri Meri Winter Ballerina Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar and Charm Necklace Advent Calendar at Design Life Kids

Winter Ballerina Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar, Charm Necklace Advent Calendar

Does your little one love dressing up? You can’t go wrong with our enchanting charm bracelet or charm necklace advent calendars. Open the trays each day to find charms for your gold tone bracelet or necklace - to have a very special accessory to wear for Christmas day and beyond. It's the perfect gift for a special someone who adores accessories, and they can use the case to store all their favorite jewels afterwards too!

Starry Night Advent Calendar at Design Life Kids

Starry Night Advent Calendar

This exclusive collaboration by DLK founder, Kim Wardell and the skilled artists of Imani Collective combines a love of organization, the moon, creativity, and natural materials in a design that both adults and kids will adore! This lightweight piece is easy to hang and store when not in use!

Designed to be multi-functional for everyday use to hold your favorite accessories in the office, playroom, and bedroom... and during the holidays as your new favorite Advent Calendar. The stars and moon take the place of the traditional numbers. One star for Week 1, two stars for Week 2, three stars for Week 3, and a combo of stars/moon for Week 4!

Ferm Living House Advent Calendar at Design Life Kids

House Advent Calendar

Made of a cotton canvas, decorated with gold accents and four numbered pockets, get in the spirit by placing gifts inside, for each of the Sundays in Advent. This calendar works in every festive setting and is versatile enough for everyday use. We love the simplicity of this design!

Meri Meri Wooden Marching Band Advent Calendar at Design Life Kids

Wooden Marching Band Advent Calendar

Animal and music lovers will adore this very special advent calendar in a suitcase. Open it to reveal the numbered letter trays, in which are etched wooden animals, all playing instruments or holding gifts, and an etched wooden Christmas tree. It's perfect for imaginative play during the festive season and all year. The suitcase can be used to store the animals, and other toys, for fun on the go.

Oyoy Christmas Guard Advent Calendar at Design Life Kids

Christmas Guard Advent Calendar

This advent calendar is inspired by a classic castle guard with its uniform and tall hat. The calendar is equipped with four brass rings that symbolize each advent Sunday to which you can attach small gifts and treats. The calendar will quickly become a popular tradition in your home that can be used year after year.

Meri Meri Santa's House Pop Up Advent Calendar at Design Life Kids

Santa’s House Pop Up Advent Calendar

Ever wondered what Santa's house looks like? Our intricate designed and crafted interactive paper advent calendar is guaranteed to delight children who love dolls' houses. Each day open the windows and pop-up icons, to reveal Santa and his elves and reindeer, a Christmas tree and gifts.

Meri Meri Festive Wooden Village Advent Calendar at Design Life Kids

Festive Wooden Village Advent Calendar 

Open the suitcase to reveal numbered trays featuring beautifully crafted decorative wooden festive pieces. Day by day you'll create a charming Christmas village scene, with Santa and his elves, reindeer, a snowman, a sledge full of gifts and a sensational Christmas tree. This is a gift you'll love to bring out every year to celebrate holiday cheer.

Meri Meri Nativity Craft Advent Calendar at Design Life Kids

Nativity Craft Advent Calendar

Reveal the story of Christmas with this clever advent calendar and traditional pieces that can be reused time and time again. This scene is wonderfully designed and illustrated, with lots of special details and embellishments. Children and grown-ups alike will delight in discovering one of the Nativity characters each day. 

Shop Our Advent Calendars

Take your festivities up a notch this year by shopping our Advent Calendar Collection, full of modern and unique advent calendars, Christmas party decor, and more! Let us know what your favorites are and be sure to tag us on Instagram @designlifekids and #designlifekids


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