The Best Toy Advent Calendars of Christmas 2019

best toy advent calendars 2019
Share Button

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 2019.

Lego 75964 Harry Potter Advent Calendar 2019

lego harry potter advent calendar 2019

Never mind the kids. This is one I want! I love Lego and I love Harry Potter. Sadly for me, my boys are only into the former of those 2 and are both just a tad too young to be infected with Pottermania just yet. But for the budding Wizards amongst your children this looks like a lovely Advent Calendar option.

It’s under £25 and comes with 24 toys including 7 mini figures, a Hogwarts Express train and buildable fixtures and furnishings.

Brio World Advent Calendar

Brio World Advent Calendar 2019

I am so excited about this one as I wasn’t aware of there being one last year (maybe I just missed it though). The single most important toy to our four year old is his Brio wooden railway and our two year old gets so much joy out of it too. So I was really happy to see an advent calendar version for 2019.

It’s more expensive than some on the market at £20.99. But for fans of Brio it seems like a great treat option. Included in the 24 toys are Brio Christmas accessories, an engine, a horse and a Brio Santa.

At the time of writing, the description on this is a tad confusing. It says “recommended for” children aged 3+ but “suitable for” children from birth and “no small parts.” So my interpretation of this is that they believe the toys are best for children over 3 but don’t rule out younger children as there aren’t small parts. But if you’re unsure and would like clarification, it’s worth asking the seller directly or through Amazon.

V Tech Animals, Drivers and Friends

v tech drivers animals friends advent calendars 2019


There are 3 options from Vtech in terms of toy advent calendars in 2019. They’re the Drivers one (Toot Toot), Friends and Animals. My little ones have both enjoyed Toot Toot at various stages. My youngest is 2 and a half now and is just about tiring of it in favour of Hot Wheels and things like that. Though V Tech specifies an age suitability of 3 and up, I can’t help but feel this is actually a better option for tots than the older children.


Playmobil  Advent Calendars 2019 – Santa’s Workshop and 5 More!

playmobil advent calendars 2019

Playmobil has no fewer than 6 offerings this year!! Santa’s Workshop (pictured above), Christmas on the Farm, Horse Farm Advent, Jewel Thief Police Operation, Royal Ice Skating Trip and Top Agent with LED Superweapon are all available on Amazon at the link below with prices ranging from £17.99 to £30.77 at the time of writing.

Most are aimed at children from 4 to 10, while the Christmas on the Farm on is from the Playmobil 123 range and is suitable from 18 months of age.

The thing I really like about the Santa’s Workshop set in particular is how the whole set links up. Instead of just 24 random toys, you get little pieces of a real set each day and at the end can help Santa load his sleigh to deliver the presents 🎁 . It creates a story throughout, which I know my four year old would really appreciate.


Hot Wheels Advent Calendar

hot wheels 2019 advent calendar

Our boys are two and a half and four and a half and they are both absolutely crazy about Hot Wheels, so I’m sure our household will be home to at least one Hot Wheels Advent Calendar in 2019.

It includes 8 actual vehicles plus 16 other accessories and bits and pieces including stickers. That does represent a proper Hot Wheels vehicle every 3 days or so, which seems like pretty good value to me for a calendar coming in at under £20.


Paw Patrol Advent Calendar

paw patrol advent calendar 2019

My sons are massive fans of Paw Patrol and this will, I’m sure, be a real contender for them in terms of Advent Calendar choices this year.  24 days of Paw Patrol themed toys, including mini figures of their favourite characters looks like decent value with a £19.99 price tag.

Thomas and Friends Minis Advent Calendar 2019

In terms of value, I think this is one of the best with 24 engines (a different mini with a different design every single day for 24 days). It says it’s suitable for those aged from 3 to 99! I’ll be honest. My 2 and a half year old is a mega Minis fan and as long as he’s supervised, we let him play with them.

For some children, the fact this is a mini each day might make it a little less exciting than the surprise element of other toy advent calendars on the market in 2019. But for Thomas fans, I think it’ll be a hit.

We have a couple of Mini racing tracks in our house, so I imagine our little ones would absolutely love racing a new engine every morning in the run up to Christmas.

Which advent calendar are you buying this year?

So which ones are you getting for your little ones? And have I missed any amazing toy advent calendars off this list? Get in touch and give me a shout if you can think of one that should be added!

Share Button


  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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *