Best Toy Advent Calendars for Kids 2016!

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If you have kids in the family, Toy Advent Calendars will be your best friend this holiday season! These surprise boxes are filled with all sorts of toys, trinkets, knick-knacks, and collectibles – some are even themed with kids’ favorite characters, like Lego Advent Calendars and Barbie Advent Calendars.

Advent calendars make the holiday countdown at home more exciting for the young ones by letting them open a door of surprise every day leading up to Christmas day. This is the perfect gift idea for kids of all ages – you can find Toy Advent Calendars suitable for toddlers, as well as for tweens and big kids!

Excited for Christmas as much as the kids are? Check out this list of the best Toy Advent Calendars and start a fun Christmas countdown!

 img_5828db9b143fbThe VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Advent Calendar 2016 ($19.99):

  • This 2016 Online Exclusive VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels interactive Advent calendar features 24 doors that reveal surprises when opened
  • Includes 25 gifts including a SmartPoint Christmas truck, two ornaments, one helicopter top, one Christmas card, road signs and more

All three LEGO Advent Calendars for 2016 are now available!

Update: You can still grab the LEGO calendars at ToyWiz or Magic Beans, while supplies last! Get them NOW, because they’re sold out everywhere else!




LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar ($39.99)

Have fun every day with this festive LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar! Open up a door each December day to reveal a fun Star Wars gift, including characters, vehicles, starships and more. Unfold the play mat and battle with your collection on Hoth, Tatooine, Naboo and in space. With this much fun, it’ll be the holidays before you know it.


LEGO City Town Advent Calendar ($29.99)

Add to your sets or start new ones with the surprises waiting in the LEGO City Advent Calendar! Open a new door each day and find out what’s waiting behind it for you. Will it be a building, a vehicle or maybe even a brand new ? Perhaps even Santa? The only way to find out is to open the doors, one day at a time.

Lego Friends Advent Calendar ($29.99)

Count down to a LEGO Friends Christmas this December! Build a holiday party scene in a cozy home, with a new piece to add every day. You’ll find everything Emma and Naomi need to put on a festive musical performance, and make preparations for the big day with Christmas gifts, crafts and treats. You might even find some furry friends inside too.

The three 2016 Playmobil Advent Calendars are now available! Pirate Treasure IslandDress Up Party, and Christmas On The Farm!

The retail for all Playmobil Advent Calendars is $24.99. Sometimes you’ll find them discounted at Playmobil or on Amazon. Sometimes you’ll pay a dollar or two more on Amazon, but you don’t have to pay shipping.

Playmobil Christmas On The Farm Advent Calendar ($24.99)

Head outdoors into the winter wonderland for some festivities! The Advent Calendar “Christmas on the Farm” with lots of animals contains twenty-four surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas. Once all the pieces are revealed, create a festive animal gathering with Santa! Includes backdrop, Santa, angel, and child figure, tractor, cats, dog, cows, sheep, goats, chicken with chicks, birds, trough, and tons of other accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten.

Playmobil Pirate Treasure Island Advent Calendar ($24.99)

Endless treasure awaits on the next buccaneer adventure! The Advent Calendar “Pirate Treasure Island” with piles of pirate booty and glowing ghost pirate (1xAAA battery required) contains twenty-four surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas. Once all the pieces are revealed, create a festive tropical pirate haven! Includes backdrop, pirate figure, rowboat with oars, swords, functioning cannon, mice, fish, campfire, treasure map, food, treasure chest, and tons of other accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten.


Playmobil Dress Up Party Advent Calendar ($24.99)

Ring in the holidays with exciting new outfits! The Advent Calendar “Dress Up Party” contains twenty-four surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas. Once all the pieces are revealed, discover a lavish dressing room filled with stylish outfits! Includes backdrop, two figures, clothing racks, interchangeable dresses and skirts, vanity table with mirror, hats, presents, mannequins, full-length mirror, privacy screen, and tons of other accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten.

World Market Wood Advent Calendar House with LED Lights ($39.99)

Give your Christmas countdown a warm, woodsy feel with our intricately detailed, house-shaped advent calendar. Its laser-cut wood drawers let you hide 24 days’ worth of small trinkets or treats, while battery-operated LED lights illuminate the festive scene above.

Fisher Price Little People 2016 Advent Calendar$33.31 at Amazon (prices may fluctuate)

What’s behind the door today? Little ones will love opening the door to find a new Little People friend or fun, holiday-themed accessory each day as Christmas comes closer! By December 24th, they’ll have a whole new set of holiday toys to “make merry” with! Start a whole new Countdown to Christmas tradition with a fun surprise every day! You can even use the Little People Advent Calendar to practice numbers and counting skills with your toddler!.

Also check out the Little People Nativity Set!

Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar ($19.49)

Add some kid-friendly holiday cheer and a charming yuletide ritual to your home with this wooden magnetic holiday tree! The set includes 24 unique magnetic ornaments plus a shining star for Christmas day–all of which fit neatly in the attached box at the base of the tree. Kids can pick a favorite design to place on the tree each day, following the numbered outlines to fill the tree right up to Christmas. They’ll also love to switch, move, and rearrange the pieces to customize their very own tree countless times!


2016 Barbie Advent Calendar ($19.99)

Open a compartment each day – for 24 days – to discover a fab Barbie doll fashion, cool accessories and even a gift for you! With items for Barbie doll, like a party dress, shoes, purses and jewelry, as well as extra-fun pieces like a wrapped present, cell phone and puppy, girls will love playing out Barbie doll’s busy holiday schedule. And in the 24th compartment, they’ll find two cute hair clips they can wear to look festive, too! From shopping to gift-giving, holiday parties to wintry fun, there’s something to play it all out!

2016 Barbie Advent Calendar: This calendar is $19.99 on Amazon, and you can find past calendars in the $20-25 price range, too! I found a previous year’s calendar on Mattel’s site as well.

Not one, but 2 Tsum Tsum Advent Calendars are now available!

Enjoy counting down the 24 days until Christmas with the Disney Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar. Open a new window each day to reveal a surprise Tsum Tsum figure or accessory and create a Santa’s Workshop themed scene. There are 18 Tsum Tsum figures, 6 large, 6 medium in holiday attire, and 6 small, as well as 6 holiday themed accessories, and 6 seasonal headpieces in a Christmas Tree themed package. Each holiday accessory is stackable and can be used to stack a large, medium & small Tsum Tsum figure on its own or used to build out an even taller stack with other accessories! Headpieces fit on large figures for the perfect holiday decoration. Collect, stack and display your favorite holiday themed Disney Tsum Tsum characters! S

These calendars are very similar. Countdown to Christmas vs. Target Calendar: The accessories are different. One Calendar has large Chip instead of large Dale. The second calendar has a big dog (what is the dog?) and small Tigger and the Target one has a small dog and large Tigger.  Some of the characters are entirely different – no White Rabbit in the Target set that I saw, no Cheshire cat in the Countdown. Serious fanatics will want both!

The 2016 Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar from Target is now in stock! This calendar is $39.99 and is exclusively available at Target! See our mini review of this calendar!


The Disney Tsum Tsum Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar is also available! $39.99 this calendar is selling out pretty fast, but you can get it on Amazon for $29.99 if you wait for upcoming stock. It’s also available at Toys R Us. See our mini review of this calendar.

Fisher-Price Thomas the Train Minis Advent Calendar ($27)

Christmas on the Island of Sodor is the most festive time of all, and now children can celebrate the holiday with this special MINIS-themed Advent Calendar! There’s a different MINIS “gift” inside every door, including 6 EXCLUSIVE MINIS with holiday-themed decorations! Children will love counting the days to Christmas and receiving a special “gift” for each day.

Land of Nod Holiday Helper Toy Advent Calendar ($118)

Need an extra hand this holiday season? The delightful characters on our Holiday Helper kids Advent Calendar are ready to help you hold various trinkets and goodies to make the countdown to Christmas a real treat. 

Calendar & Toys also available separately!

Hot Wheels Advent Calendar ($19.99) 

It’s Hot Wheels for the Holidays! Individual advent windows reveal one surprise a day leading up to Christmas. Twenty-four surprises: Eight Hot Wheels Vehicles and 16 Accessories!

Mega Bloks Minions Movie Advent Calendar ($16.99)

Countdown to Christmas with the Mega Bloks Minion Movie Advent Calendar! Featuring all your favorite characters from the hit movie, Minions. Advent Calendar with 24 different holiday surprises for building a new toy each day. Includes three never-before-seen, holiday-themed buildable Minion characters with interchangeable parts, including overalls, goggles, arms and feet. Featuring 24 different holiday-themed surprises. Open and build a new Minion each day.

Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Advent Calendar ($29.99)

Celebrate the holidays in true Turtle style with your own Turtle-themed Advent Calendar by Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Add a little ninja-ness to your winter festivities when you open a new buildable, Turtles-themed surprise for every day of the holiday season! With 24 surprises to build, the Turtles’ Advent Calendar features four buildable, micro action figures with accessories, including one Turtle that you can equip to look like any of the four brothers! Connect with other Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sets and build the Turtles’ world from the sewers up! Ideal for ages 5 years and older.

Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar ($19.49)

Keep crafty kids creatively engaged as Santa’s big day approaches! The Crayola Toy Shop is a 24-Day Calendar of Surprises that offers craft projects, homemade gifts and coloring activities – a daily dose of creativity for each day of the holiday season. Each day yields one activity using one of the featured Crayola tools in the pack! Kids will enjoy the whimsy of surprise, and can make ornaments, finger puppets, and other easy holiday craft projects that will last for seasons to come.

Mega Bloks Monster High Advent Calendar ($29.99)

Build a haunted holiday surprise every day and countdown to the festive fun with the Advent Calendar by Mega Bloks Monster High! The advent calendar features 24 mystery windows. Open one each day to discover a different buildable Monster High-themed surprise, including three buildable mini fashion figures, small character-themed builds, and winter accessories like a tree and skis. Ideal for ages 6 and up.

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar ($125)

Looking for even more advent calendars? Check out all our posts on Advent Calendarsfind more on Amazon, or check out our full list of Advent Calendars and Kids Advent Calendars!


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  • Naomi at Parenting Pod

    Great post! What a fun tradition to have with your child. Thanks for sharing!