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Christmas is such a magical time for children and there are so many wonderful toy-filled advent calendars out there to really get them in the festive spirit. Your little one will love counting down to Christmas with a new toy a day and just seeing their little face light up will fill you with so much joy! Those 24 sleeps will soon fly by. Take a look at our pick of the best non-chocolate advent calendars that will keep your little one’s attention long after the Christmas decorations have come down.

Advent Calendar Horse Club 2019 – RRP £24.99
Schleich is spoiling children up and down the country this festive season with three (yes three!) advent calendar offerings, which will make choosing that all-important advent calendar that little bit harder. Little ones can choose from the Horse Club, Dinosaur or Farm World advent calendars. With delightful figures and lots of accessories to collect like an Arabian mare, golden retriever and red apples, the Horse Club Advent Calendar will certainly brighten up the wait for Christmas for horse lovers. Every little door reveals a small treat and tells the adventures of the kitten, dog, and rabbit at the horse pasture.


Peppa Pig Advent Calendar – RRP £24.99
Instead of having chocolates tucked inside each day, this calendar holds 24 Peppa Pig surprise toys. There are 24 pieces for your little pre-schooler to collect including Peppa and George and their friends. Santa and Christmas decorations are also in the mix!

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Dinosaurs Advent Calendar 2019 – RRP £24.99
Parents of little dino lovers, take note because the new DINOSAURS advent calendar from Schleich hides 24 fabulous surprises behind its little doors, shortening the wait until the big celebration! The advent calendar features cool dinosaurs and plenty of accessories for young dino-experts to enjoy.


Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar – RRP £19.99
Bright, colourful and full of festive cheer, this wooden, magnetic calendar offers a different take on the classic countdown. Instead of busting open doors, kids can pick their favourite magnetic ornament to place on the tree each day, following the numbered outlines to fill it right up to Christmas day. Plus, there’s a star for the big day. Children will love to switch, move and rearrange the pieces to customise their very own tree year on year. Now we don’t know about you, but that sounds very satisfying to us, and we love the fact that the base for the tree doubles up as a handy storage compartment.

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The Gruffalo Advent Calendar – RRP £25
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Gruffalo with this truly magical advent calendar that features beautiful music from the film, fun facts about the characters, stickers and magnetic characters that can skate around the scene using a magnetised mechanism.


Aquabeads Advent Calendar – RRP £19.99
With over 700 beads, the Aquabeads Advent Calendar includes templates to make 15 festive designs as well as string to turn them into decorations. Perfect for little creatives, it comes with a winter themed background and the bead stands allow little ones to create their very own winter wonderland. Layout trays and a sprayer are also included for instant play.



Toot-Toot Friends Advent Calendar – RRP £24.99
Steering away from chocolate treats each day, VTech’s Toot-Toot Friends Advent Calendar features a Father Christmas MagicPoint character, Christmas Sleigh, reindeer, elf and more! When little one’s place Father Christmas on the MagicPoint location it triggers two sing along songs, fun phrases, music, lights and more! We also love that the box folds down to reveal a beautiful Christmas scene and can be used time and time again.


What advent calendar will you be buying for your little one? Let us know by commenting down below.

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