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Advent calendars used to be filled with simple things, like small pieces of chocolate, but now you can find Christmas countdowns that fill the month of December with a host of fun treats, toys, and even activities. They've got options celebrating beauty, wine, and even Lego, but if you know a kid who loves Disney (or you're a Disney adult!), these advent calendars are the most magical way to mark the days until Santa comes down the chimney.
The Disney brand covers everything from Marvel to Star Wars to all the classic animated movies you know and love. So no matter if you've got a Cars aficionado in your house or someone who can't get enough of the princesses, you'll find something for everyone on this list. Here are some of our favorite Disney advent calendars to get you in the holiday spirit:
The Disney Doorables line is filled with your favorite characters in tiny forms with oversized eyes for extra cuteness. You'll get 24 surprise figures, plus three that are exclusive to this set and will be decked out in their holiday best!
'The Nightmare Before Christmas': Official Advent Calendar
If you watch The Nightmare Before Christmas every year without fail, count down to the big day with mini books, ornaments, and note cards.
Disney Princess Advent Calendar
The 24 small gifts in this set include four princess dolls with removable holiday skirts and winter capes, companions like Lumiere and Flounder, and an assortment of winter accessories. The back of the box unfolds into a winter scene and can be used to display all the treasures.
Pop! Disney: Advent Calendar
Funko Pop! toys are even cuter when they're miniature. This 24-piece set has Mickey and his friends decked out in festive holiday outfits. There are also Marvel and Star Wars Funko advent calendars available.
Disney Mickey & Friends Advent Calendar
If you're looking for something a little more sentimental, this set features a hardcover book with a story about Christmas traditions. There are 12 windows to open with ornaments that tie into the story. You'll hang them on the included 3D Christmas tree.
Marvel Avengers 2023 Advent Calendar
The LEGO advent calendars are an annual tradition in some houses. Brand new sets are released each year, often with exclusive minifigs. This year is no different—the 2023 Marvel set has your favorite characters like Spider-Man and Black Widow sporting their ugly Christmas sweaters.
Star Wars Micro Force Advent Calendar
This is like a month-long Micro Force blind bag reveal, where each day you'll get one of 24 figures and seven different stickers featuring your favorite Star Wars characters. Some of these exclusive toys are wearing their best holiday garb.
Madrigal Family Surprises Advent Calendar
Even if you don't talk about Bruno, he might be one of the small surprises you open in this Encanto-themed advent calendar. The box looks like a gallery wall in the Casa Madrigal and each framed picture opens to a surprise figure or an accessory.
'Cars' Mini Racers Advent Calendar
We love that at the end of your Christmas countdown, you'll have a fully built display that can either be configured as a track or stacked like a tree for your Cars toys. And even better, the mini scenes can be used as their own separate play sets so the kids don't have to wait until the end of the month to enjoy their new toys.
Disney Minis Advent Calendar
If you aren't familiar with Mini Brands, they create super realistic miniature versions of things like cereal boxes or your favorite foods. They've expanded into a line of Disney-themed items, and here you'll collect 24 little versions of toys to help you recreate a Disney Store at home.
Lilo & Stitch 12 Days of Advent
There are only 12 days in this set, so you'll need to start mid-month or space it out, but each day you open reveals a pair of new Lilo & Stitch-themed socks. These are designed for your elementary-aged kids, and they fit shoe sizes 4-10.5.
Disney Princess DIY Jewelry Advent Calendar
Your princess fan will love this advent calendar that lets them make their own rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Each day has a packet of beads, string, and charms with favorites like Ariel, Jasmine, and Cinderella.
Life Day Advent Calendar
For those into less conventional holidays comes this countdown to Life Day. It's the day that the Wookies celebrate their families and was featured in the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. It's a bit obscure, but devotees will love this fun twist that has a pop-up tree of life with little ornaments.
DIY Diamond Painting Advent Calendar
This advent calendar features a daily diamond painting and comes with all the supplies you'll need to get started on this fun craft. If you haven't tried one before, it's like paint-by-numbers but with sparkly rhinestones. Each blinged-out item is a keychain that you can keep or share with friends.
Stitch Christmas Advent Calendar
So. Many. Stitches. This set has 24 figures that feature the plucky alien and his girlfriend Angel in some festive poses and holiday clothing.
Enamel Pins Advent Calendar
This one is a bit on the pricey side, but for pin fanatics, this set of 24 is actually less than you'd spend if you bought each one individually. The enamel pins feature detailed designs of droids, spaceships, and other creatures from a galaxy far, far away.
Mickey Mouse and Friends Holiday Countdown
If you still prefer the simplicity of opening a small piece of chocolate each day, this affordable set has you covered with discs embossed with different Disney characters.
Disney Keychain Advent Calendar
This calendar could make a fun option for teachers. Have each kid get an assigned day they open and get a random Mickey or Minnie keychain. Kids will love decorating their backpacks with them!
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