As the days grow shorter and the festive spirit fills the air, the countdown to the most magical time of the year begins. Yes, the holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes the delightful tradition of advent calendars. In 2023, we’re stepping into a world of enchantment, where each day leading up to the grand celebration is marked by a small, daily gift—unwrapping joy, one day at a time.

In this 2023 guide, we’ll explore the latest advent calendars on offer. From traditional calendars with a nostalgic touch to cutting-edge, themed calendars that cater to modern interests, we’ll uncover the unique stories behind each little door and the joyous experiences they bring. So, get ready to embark on a journey filled with anticipation, wonder, and the sweet surprises that make the holiday season truly magical.

Plus-Plus Advent Calendar 

Plus-Plus is an award-winning STEM educational toy for ages 5+, that stimulates fine motor skills, creativity, focus
and patience. Rooted in Danish quality, Plus-Plus is hygienic, fully recyclable and made from eco-friendly plastics. Packed with an exciting creative surprise to discover in each of the 25 windows, the 600-piece Advent Calendar (£29.99) is a fun way to count down to the big day! Each day you’ll receive a new construction project with instructions and complete the entire Christmas scene for display on the snowy backdrop. There’s also an added bonus of an extra project on Christmas Day.

Pokémon Holiday Calendar

Let the holiday magic start on December 1st! With the Pokémon Holiday Calendar, discover 24 seasonal Pokémon surprises, including 16 figures and 8 accessories. Your little one will love the excitement of opening a new toy every day! This advent calendar is currently £22.49.

Personalised chocolate calendar

These personalised calendars are brand new to Vistaprint.co.uk and are fabulous for making a special effort. They are available in 2 sizes (A4,A5), 2 formats (horizontal and vertical), and 2 types of chocolate, milk classic or vegan. Prices from £24.

Personalised family house calendar

Count-down to Christmas with this illustrative family advent calendar from Oakdene Designs, personalised to your family! Choose between a cottage or townhouse, and customise with your family’s name. Behind each door contains a hand drawn illustration. It is such a cute idea. From £22.

From the classic charm of chocolate-filled calendars to the sophisticated allure of beauty and wellness surprises, and the exciting realm of tech-infused calendars, the choices were as abundant as the holiday spirit. Advent calendars have proven once again to be more than just a countdown—they’re a celebration of the magic woven into the fabric of December. I just love them! Do you like advent calendars? Check out last years for more inspiration too. I would love to know in the comments below.

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3 Comments
  • Siobhan N
    Monday, December 18, 2023

    I love the look of the personalised calendar fromOakdene Designs. Such a lovely idea!

  • Rachel Arnup
    Tuesday, December 19, 2023

    Always have to have an Advent Calendar, usually just have a chocolate one from Cadbury, but this year I have been lucky to win a different one too, a Preserve & Herbal Tea Advent from Bonne Maman.

  • Margaret Gallagher
    Saturday, December 23, 2023

    So many beauties – hard to choose from