Saying no to chocolate this year? Looking for an advent calendar that offers something a bit more fun? We’ve scoured the internet to bring you 15 of the best non-chocolate advent calendars for kids across all ages.

non-chocolate advent calendarsPlaymobil

Perfect for toddlers, this excellent advent calendar provides 24 surprises to help little ones count down to Christmas. Playmobil toys are extremely sturdy and last for generations, so we think this option is great value for money.



non-chocolate advent calendarsVTech Baby Toot Toot Drivers

The VTech Toot-Toot Drivers advent calendar features a cute Toot-Toot Drivers sleigh, detachable SmartPoint trailer, Christmas decorations, mini Toot-Toot Christmas book and plenty more goodies. Suitable from 12 months.



non-chocolate advent calendars24 Sleeps ’til Christmas Advent Activity Book

This spiral bound activity-based advent calendar features 24 fun task to be completed on the countdown to Christmas. Activities include puzzles, colouring in, mask making, recipes to bake, and much more. This calendar is recommended for ages 5+ as some of the activities require adult supervision.



non-chocolate advent calendarsLEGO® Friends Advent Calendar

Get ready for Santa with the help of LEGO Friends! Build the festive scene around Andrea and her friend Liza as they enjoy a winter wonderland and Christmas market. Suitable for children over 5 years.


non-chocolate advent calendarsWooden Advent Train

Put your children on the fast track to Christmas with this wooden advent train. Small treats of your choice can be placed inside the 24 little drawers in the carriages, ready to be delivered throughout December.



non chocolate advent calendarsSmiggle Advent Calendar

Get £38 worth of Smiggle goodness inside that you can’t find instore! Better than ever before, calendar includes; erasers, keyrings, toys and even a watch. Open to find 1 of 25 lucky tickets and win a £250 Smiggle shopping spree!






non-chocolate advent calendarsPre-lit Wooden House Advent Calendar

Bring a warm glow into your home with this pre-lit advent calendar from Home Reflections. The house-shaped calendar features 24 small drawers and a winter scene lit by LED lights. The subtle white wood finish also means that this calendar would be a great gift for adults, too.



non-chocolate advent calendars
Santa’s Elf Door Kit

This kit includes a magical door intended to be installed on a shelf or above a skirting board on November 3oth. Elves can then fill the 24 organza bags with notes, jokes and treats. Also includes a tear-off chart and a blank letter to write to Santa.





non-chocolate advent calendars

Wooden Activity Calendar

Here’s a novel way to conjure up the Christmas spirit. Each piece of this wooden activity calendar is numbered from 1-24 and has a Christmas related activity printed on the other side. With suggestions such as ‘watch a Christmas film’ and ‘hang decorations’, there’s something to bring a little happiness to every day.




non-chocolate advent calendars

Wooden Advent House

This calendar offers another unique twist on the usual idea. Each day a wooden peg can be inserted into one of 24 windows and then hung with small hessian bag, filled with your choice of treats. The calendar can also be personalised with your child’s name. A real beauty.





non-chocolate advent calendarsWOW Toys Calendars

Every day will feel like Christmas with this great selection of pre-school advent calendars from WOW Toys. The range comes in three themes (Wonderland, Town and Farmyard) with each day featuring a small toy suitable for ages 1 – 5.



non-chocolate advent calendars


Nutcracker Advent Calendar

This wooden advent calendar oozes traditional Christmas excitement. Add your own treats or notes to the 24 drawers in his body and is sure to become a firm family favourite.




non-chocolate advent calendars

Play-Doh Advent Calendar

Help little ones get creative this December with this Play-Doh filled advent calendar. Behind each of the 24 doors is stamp or mould with a festive theme. Also includes 5 cans of dough and a play mat. Suitable from 3 years.





non-chocolate advent calendarsJewellery Box Advent Calendar

Inspired by a music box, the first window in this advent calendar contains a delicate charm bracelet. All of the remaining windows in the box open up to reveal pretty Christmas themed charms. Suitable for over 3s only due to small parts.





non-chocolate advent calendarsThe Advent Snowman Calendar

Hang this calendar on the wall and us the chalk provided to cross off the days until Christmas. A simple and interactive alternative for families who want to avoid too many treats before the big day. Also available in a Santa design.





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