The Best Toy Advent Calendars of Christmas 2020

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I know that the last thing kids need in the run up to Christmas is more toys. But I do love a good Advent Calendar. The rise in non-chocolate advent calendars has been significant over the past few years and not just for kids either. Beauty and boozy calendars are amongst the more popular offering for the grown ups, while there are increasing numbers of toy advent calendars for the children.

As an alternative to chocolate or sugary treats, these really are a fab option for excited kids waiting for Santa to arrive. Here’s my rundown of what look like the best toy advent calendars on the market in 2020.

Best Toy Advent Calendars 2020

Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price MINIS Advent Calendar
LEGO 60268 City Advent Calendar 2020 Christmas Mini Builds Set with Micro Vehicles, Santa Sleigh and Board
Playmobil 70188 Christmas Grotto Advent Calendar
Hot Wheels GJK02 Hw Advent Calendar
Dkinghome Christmas Advent Calendar 2020,Unique Style 24PCS Dinosaurs Toy Christmas Countdown Surprise Gift for Kids Boys and Girls
Polly Pocket Advent Calendar
Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price MINIS Advent Calendar
LEGO 60268 City Advent Calendar 2020 Christmas Mini Builds Set with Micro Vehicles, Santa Sleigh and Board
Playmobil 70188 Christmas Grotto Advent Calendar
Hot Wheels GJK02 Hw Advent Calendar
Dkinghome Christmas Advent Calendar 2020,Unique Style 24PCS Dinosaurs Toy Christmas Countdown Surprise Gift for Kids Boys and Girls
Polly Pocket Advent Calendar
24 Thomas miniature engines including some really cute Christmas special ones
Lego City advent calendar 2020 featuring 24 mini festive Lego themed pieces including miniature people and Christmas themed build elements
24 Playmobil toys feature in this advent calendar. At the end of it you have a brilliant Christmas toy set.
24 Hot Wheels toys (including 8 cars) feature in this 2020 advent calendar
24 dinosaurs in this jurassic themed toy advent calendar
As a childhood Polly Pocket fanatic, I would probably appreciate this advent calendar more than my own children would now!
Price not available
£31.10
£28.52
£24.99
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£21.99
Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price MINIS Advent Calendar
Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price MINIS Advent Calendar
24 Thomas miniature engines including some really cute Christmas special ones
Price not available
LEGO 60268 City Advent Calendar 2020 Christmas Mini Builds Set with Micro Vehicles, Santa Sleigh and Board
LEGO 60268 City Advent Calendar 2020 Christmas Mini Builds Set with Micro Vehicles, Santa Sleigh and Board
Lego City advent calendar 2020 featuring 24 mini festive Lego themed pieces including miniature people and Christmas themed build elements
£31.10
Playmobil 70188 Christmas Grotto Advent Calendar
Playmobil 70188 Christmas Grotto Advent Calendar
24 Playmobil toys feature in this advent calendar. At the end of it you have a brilliant Christmas toy set.
£28.52
Hot Wheels GJK02 Hw Advent Calendar
Hot Wheels GJK02 Hw Advent Calendar
24 Hot Wheels toys (including 8 cars) feature in this 2020 advent calendar
£24.99
Dkinghome Christmas Advent Calendar 2020,Unique Style 24PCS Dinosaurs Toy Christmas Countdown Surprise Gift for Kids Boys and Girls
Dkinghome Christmas Advent Calendar 2020,Unique Style 24PCS Dinosaurs Toy Christmas Countdown Surprise Gift for Kids Boys and Girls
24 dinosaurs in this jurassic themed toy advent calendar
Price not available
Polly Pocket Advent Calendar
Polly Pocket Advent Calendar
As a childhood Polly Pocket fanatic, I would probably appreciate this advent calendar more than my own children would now!
£21.99

Thomas Minis Advent Calendar 2020

Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price MINIS Advent Calendar
Fantastic Thomas and Friends Minis toy advent calendar featuring 24 engines (yes, actual engines and not just accessories).

My sons are (at the time of writing) 5 months,  and half years and 5 and a half years old. The older two LOVE their Thomas Minis. They’ve collected dozens over the years and have a couple of tracks and circuits for them too.

So the Thomas Minis advent calendar is an option I could see working really well for them. Main pros, for me:

  • It’s 24 ENGINES. With some toy advent calendars you have to deal with the fact that maybe only a fraction of what you get is an actual toy the child might associate with the brand (e.g. with Hot Wheels where 8 of the 24 days are cars and the rest are not). So that’s a really clear benefit.
  • We already have storage for the Minis. So it’s not like a whole new toy collection (24 of them!) that you have to find a home for
  • It reflects really good value at less than £1 per engine
  • The Christmas special ones are really cute!

Lego City Advent Calendar 2020

LEGO 60268 City Advent Calendar 2020 Christmas Mini Builds Set with Micro Vehicles, Santa Sleigh and Board
One of a number of Lego advent calendars available and a real winner for any Lego fan keen to countdown to Christmas

There are a number of Lego Advent Calendars available and we’ve done a separate comparison of those here. But this one was nominated as the favourite by our 5 year old. It’s a high quality toy advent calendar from one of the world’s most trusted toy brands. A few things to note:

  • It comes with 6 figures including Lego Santa!
  • Comes with its own small play mat
  • You can, of course, easily store it with any existing Lego so again, no need to find alternative places to house new advent calendar toys
  • Great value

Playmobil Christmas in the Toy Shop Advent Calendar

Playmobil 70188 Christmas Grotto Advent Calendar
One of several Playmobil advent calendars on the market and the most festive by far to get the little ones excited for Santa coming

We have a ton of Playmobil stuff in our house and it seems almost timeless. Our 5 year old enjoys some of it as much now as he did when he was three.

We’ve rounded up the Playmobil advent calendar options for the year here. But for our ultimate list of favourite toy advent calendars, it had to be this one – Christmas in the Toy Shop.

For me, if you’re going to get a toy advent calendar from a brand you already own toys from, making it Christmas themed is a way to make it that extra bit special.

At the end of the 24 days of this one, you’ll have a beautiful little Playmobil toy shop scene.

A few key features:

Hot Wheels Advent Calendar 2020

Hot Wheels GJK02 Hw Advent Calendar
A brilliant toy advent calendar for girls and boys who love their toy cars. The only downside is that only a third of the windows have cars in.

My 3 year old and 5 year old both LOVE Hot Wheels and we have several tracks and accessories that work with them. So a Hot Wheels advent calendar, on the face of it, would be a great idea. My only reservation is that only 8 of the days actually come with cars in. Now for my eldest, that would be an easy explanation. But I do wonder whether my 3 year old would be disappointed about the fact that two thirds of the windows he opens would not contain cars.

That’s not to say the other bits are bad… just that sometimes the expectations of younger children can be that everything will be what they are used to getting from a brand they are familiar with.

A few features:

  • 8 Hot Wheels cars. And while that is only a third of the contents, it does represent good value
  • A much loved brand and something you might already have a collection of. It’s always easier to just be able to add advent calendar toys to an existing collection rather than trying to find somewhere else to store them

Dinosaurs Advent Calendar

I’ve never heard of this brand before but when we came to compile this list, I asked my own children what appeals to them. They agreed that dinosaurs would be a top notch choice for an advent calendar.

Really simple. There’s a dinosaur for each of the 24 days of advent so you know exactly how to set expectations.

  • Brilliant for fans of dinosaurs
  • Amass a collection of 24 different dinosaurs in the countdown to Christmas

Polly Pocket Advent Calendar

Polly Pocket Advent Calendar
One for the grown ups who loved Polly Pocket growing up - maybe even moreso than today's kids!

My three year old son loves his doll and his pram. But he’s never shown an interest in Polly Pocket and when I showed both my 3 and 5 year old, neither were particularly taken. Not a great selling point, I know. But I included it anyway because I know how much I loved Polly Pocket myself growing up and I reckon this would be a hit with today’s fans of the brand too.

Features you need to know about:

  • Comes with a range of toys including Polly Pocket dolls, accessories, buildings and vehicles
  • At the end of advent you have a great winter Polly Pocket scene

Other Toy Advent Calendars

What will you be buying this year? Any we’ve missed here that really should be included? Let us know!

 

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21 Comments

  1. 24th October 2017 / 9:06 pm

    So many brilliant ideas! My little boy would love the paw patrol one and my daughter I’m sure would love the play dough one. As much as I love a good chocolate advent calendar these are so much fun for the kids x

  2. Wendy
    26th October 2017 / 5:05 pm

    I really loathe to spend loads on the kids in the run up to Christmas. But I might just pull a gift forward for each of them and say Santa’s elves left them early. My little boy would love that lego on and it’s all about play doh for my daughter.

  3. 26th October 2017 / 5:25 pm

    When I was little you did not even get chocolate advent calendars now you can get everything in a calendar, I love that there are so many varieties on the market these days

  4. 26th October 2017 / 6:18 pm

    I’m so impressed by the range that is out there! I just got my son a star wars lego one – his birthday is 1st December so don’t mind getting him a more pricey one 🙂

  5. 26th October 2017 / 8:38 pm

    It is amazing all the different advent calendars that are out there now, I am still yet to decide which one to have for myself and these sound like some great ideas for kids.

  6. 27th October 2017 / 10:10 am

    Oh the hot wheels one looks cool. I bought my boyfriend the lego star wars one as I know he loves both x

  7. 27th October 2017 / 4:51 pm

    We have always gone for Lego & Playmobil but I’m really tempted by that Play Doh one especially as it has such good reviews.

  8. 27th October 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Some very fun looking and reasonably priced calendars and just in time for the season.
    The Paw Patrol would be epic if they had a cheetah included.

  9. 27th October 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Usually we get chocolate advent calendars, but the toy advent calendars look so much more fun!

  10. 27th October 2017 / 8:45 pm

    OMG I didn’t realise there were so many toy ones. I had the WOW toys advent calendar about a year back and my son loved it.

  11. 27th October 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I have only ever seen advent calendars with chocolate booze and beauty products.The toy advent ca lenders sound so much fun and much healthier than having chocolate ones.

  12. 27th October 2017 / 11:11 pm

    I do love an advent calendar but a toy one, that is such a good idea and so fun to unbox each day as ahead up to Christmas. Wish I had done this with my son.

  13. 28th October 2017 / 2:03 am

    Amazing advent calendar choice. Like the look of the Lego and Barbie ones x

  14. 28th October 2017 / 11:01 am

    I love a good advent calendar! These all look like brilliant options – I love the Thomas one, even though it is a little pricey.

  15. 28th October 2017 / 1:08 pm

    I love that theres toy advent calendars available now. The Playmobile one looks great for girls and boys! xxx

  16. 28th October 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Where did all these suddenly come from? They certainly weren’t around when my two were small. It’ll still be a calendar containing chocolate this year though….

  17. 29th October 2017 / 11:55 am

    There’s is so much choice, I can’t decide which advent calendar I like the best! Probably the Playmobile I think!

  18. 30th October 2017 / 11:07 am

    i wish there was something under 10 , having 8 kids this can be quite costly for me hense why we end up with the choc ones , my son would absolutely love the paw patrol one though x

  19. 30th October 2017 / 5:11 pm

    There is only one my kids want – a star wars lego one

  20. 30th October 2017 / 7:22 pm

    I’ve seen a tsum tsum one which I have my eyes on (for myself haha) I like the play dough one, looks fab!

  21. Ron
    31st December 2018 / 6:10 pm

    Thanks for all the great ideas, Stacey! I’m bummed that I just ran across this post (after the holiday, of course). I love advent calendars, too, but hesitate to buy them because of all the sugar and sweets. That Lego calendar is so cool! What a great substitute for candy! Great post.

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