Christmas is coming and it’s time to start the countdown! We have rounded up the best Advent calendars for kids that will add to the excitement.
Towards the middle of November, it’s quite common to see stores piling on all sorts of chocolate Advent calendars. Naturally, kids love these but we think there are a whole host of other goodies that could give children a much healthier rush. From toys to stationery, we’ve compiled a list of alternative Advent calendars along with our favourite chocolate and candy ones. Let the Christmas countdown begin!
Island Shangri-La Advent Calendar
Island Shangri-La is bringing Europe to Hong Kong this year at its Christmas Market. Shaped like a traditional European gas lamp, this year’s Advent calendar has elements in each drawer that will let you create and stage your own Christmas scene.
F&M Piccadilly House Advent Calendar
You’ll love this as much as your kids and will be reused every year! This Advent calendar has been designed in wood so that it can be enjoyed for years to come. Each door plays a different festive tune and you can fill it up with chocolates, candies or little notes. You could also get the children’s chocolate carousel Advent calendar from Fortnum and Mason.
Where to buy: Fortnum & Mason store or online
Read more: Where To Buy Christmas Trees In Hong Kong
Lego Advent Calendars
Calling all Lego fans! Lego has a whole host of Advent calendars – from Lego City countdowns for the younger ones to the Harry Potter ones for tweens. They always sell out fast as they are the perfect gift for kids between 5 and 12 years.
Inklings Paperie Advent Calendar
Scratch off each day and discover a surprise inside leading up to Christmas. You could even write your own message on 25 December for your child to discover (or a message from Santa for naughty and nice kids!). Take the glass off for easy access and frame the final picture after Christmas.
Where to buy: Petit Bazaar
Nintendo Super Mario Advent Calender
This is perfect for all Super Mario fans, even those as young as 3 years! Uncover a small toy or figurine a day leading up to a most playful Christmas.
Where to buy: Toys R Us
Peppa Pig Advent Calendar
This is for Peppa, George, Rebecca Rabbit and Danny Dog fans! Your little ones can get a toy every day leading up to Christmas and then create their own Peppa playground.
Where to buy: Bookazine stores and online
Make Your Own Edible Advent Calendar
Baking class provider, Harry’s Kitchen, is allowing kids to create a ‘Sweet Days till Eve’ Advent Calendar which includes classes of 150 to 180 minutes. Participants will get to make an edible Advent calendar box set of Christmas almond puffs, mini cookies and cookie pops. This special class is available daily on weekdays or at 11am on weekends, with reservations required three days in advance.
Venchi Advent Calendar
Countdown to Christmas in the best way – with chocolate! Venchi has two Advent calendars on offer this year.
Where to buy: Venchi stores across Hong Kong
More Advent Calendars For The Family
Lush Advent calendar – reusable Advent calendar filled with bath bombs, shower gels, bubble bars and more, www.lush.com
Cath Kidston Advent Calendar – bath and body beauty treats including lip balms, hand creams and more, www.cathkidston.hk
Lady M Advent Calendar – this wreath-shaped Advent calendar comes filled with candies and is available in-store, www.ladymhk.com
Editor’s note: This post was originally published by Lydia Ching in November 2018 and updated by Anita Balagopalan in November 2021.