Surely a LEGO® advent calendar is the best early festive gift ever? The Danish brick based toy giant releases new LEGO® advent calendars every year, so each recipient can build a complete new collection by Christmas Day.
Anyone who had a LEGO® advent calendar last year will be bursting with anticipation to see what this year’s box sets might contain. From the Harry Potter advent calendar for 2023 to the LEGO® Star Wars advent calendar in 2023, there are lots of themed collections to choose between.
A younger child might love to receive a LEGO® Friends advent calendar or LEGO® City advent calendar as their very first, for example. This will introduce them to the exciting world of construction toys. And if they get into it, that should give you plenty of scope for future gift ideas too.
Gifting some complementary Star Wars, Friends, Harry Potter or City LEGO® on the big day itself would complement their LEGO® advent calendar beautifully, while options from other brands include a Funko Pop Marvel set as well as LEGO®’s own Marvel advent calendar.
A Playmobil advent calendar, meanwhile, also makes a great alternative for younger kids. Or you could always make your own – trust us, it’s really easy!
There are some Christmas LEGO® sets worth checking out too, such as the buildable Mr and Mrs Claus brickhead figures, a LEGO® Christmas wreath and more. These make interesting alternative festive decorations for your home too.
SInce adding this popular article to the site, we’ve given it a complete update to cover all the LEGO® advent calendars for 2023. So what’s new this year? Well the calendars are available for sale from 1st September.
Other than than we don’t want to give away any spoilers at this point, in case you’re reading before the big reveal. Click the link supplied below each listing if you want to find a 2023 LEGO® calendar, after 1st September, on Amazon.
If you really want to know about the contents before that date, simply search online for the LEGO® product number (we’ve provided that too) and all will be revealed on the official LEGO® website. We’ve also given a brief outline of what the new ones will contain in the listings below, so skip this section if you don’t want to spoil the surprise! Let’s get started.
- The LEGO® advent calendar options for Christmas 2023
- A Harry Potter advent calendar
- The LEGO® Star Wars advent calendar
- LEGO® sets for Christmas
- A LEGO® Friends advent calendar
- The LEGO® City advent calendar
- A LEGO® Marvel advent calendar
- A Playmobil advent calendar
- Make your own LEGO® advent calendar
- Which LEGO® advent calendar will you choose this year?
The LEGO® advent calendar options for Christmas 2023
Stay right here if you want to check out all the best LEGO® advent calendars for 2023. Whether they’re into Star Wars, Harry Potter or are just getting started with toy bricks, there are plenty of LEGO® sets and advent calendars to give this year.
We even listed LEGO® advent calendars on our best adults’ advent calendars article because we just love LEGO®!
A Harry Potter advent calendar
As we take a look at one of the most popular types of LEGO® advent calendar around, it’s worth noting that you don’t have to buy this year’s brand new set. Assuming your recipient hasn’t already had it – and it is worth making sure of that before ordering – buying a set from a previous year, such as 2022, 2021, 2020 or 2019, can mean bagging a bargain. Or even tracking down a rare and most covetable set.
A LEGO® Harry Potter advent calendar makes the ideal gift to give at the start of December for any fans of the books or movies, but is particularly appropriate when you’re planning a Harry Potter LEGO® present for Christmas Day itself.
Toy brand Paladone even market a Harry Potter socks advent calendar. This 12 days of Christmas advent calendar (rather than 24 or 25) contains a mix of short and long socks to keep any Potterhead’s feet clad. There is also a Funko Pop Harry Potter advent calendar for sale, containing 24 mini vinyl figures, as another alternative to the Harry Potter LEGO® advent calendar.
Top sets to give on Christmas Day, meanwhile, include Hogwarts castle or clock tower kits or the Knight Bus or Hogwarts Express. You can even build Hedwig, Hagrid’s hut, the Burrow, the Great Hall or number 4 Privet Drive – as well as many more.
LEGO®’s 2022 Harry Potter calendar had a movie theme, and kids got a set of three toys every three days. If they’re still playing with those many months later, then you definitely need to buy them the 2023 advent calendar so they can add to their collection!
LEGO® Harry Potter calendar 2023
So what’s in the Harry Potter LEGO® calendar for 2023? This year, the mega-popular advent calendar has a traditional festive theme. Every day for the 24 days of advent, the recipient gets a small toy so that they can create an authentic Christmas scene.
The set includes half a dozen LEGO® mini figures. Kids also get a wintry village backdrop that wouldn’t look out of place in a Swiss ski resort – or a Harry Potter movie. Each piece requires some construction, so it’s something to keep them busy before or after school, or once the holidays have begun in December. We love the snowman, Christmas trees, the owl and the postbox in particular.
The LEGO® Star Wars advent calendar
Rivalling Harry Potter as the most hotly anticipated LEGO® advent calendar of all is the Star Wars LEGO® advent calendar for 2023. Although again you could of course buy an older set for someone who hasn’t had a LEGO® advent calendar before.
The LEGO® 75245 kit from 2019 is still very much sought after, for instance, and it includes 280 pieces to make into figures and other models, plus a play mat to use with them. For 2020, the LEGO® Star Wars advent calendar 75279 had even more pieces, and by the big day the owner would have a 6 mini figure, 12 toy and 6 larger figure collection.
The LEGO® Star Wars calendar 2021 was Mandalorian themed to match the US TV series, Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2. It contains a mix of figures, weapons, vehicles and other accessories to construct. Baby Yoda and The Mandalorian are both wearing festive outfits. Cute!
The Star Wars LEGO® advent calendar for 2022 revealed a series of surprises throughout December. There were 16 buildable sets, 5 mini figures and 3 droids, making a total of 24. 10 of the builds created vehicles.
If you did have the 2022 calendar, don’t forget to put those out on display at Christmas this December! They’re such cute little collectibles. A few of the festive characters came dressed in their own ugly Christmas jumpers, which are super fun to see.
Again a LEGO® advent calendar 2023 for a Star Wars fan can be a tough act to follow, but there are plenty of large and small sets to pick from to give as a main gift later in December. Purchasers can choose an Imperial Shuttle, a Stormtrooper or Boba Fett helmet kit, a Mandalorian Starfighter, a large Yoda figure or an X-Wing – and then some.
LEGO® Star Wars calendar 2023
The Star Wars LEGO® advent calendar 2023 was revealed in September, and contains 320 bricks or pieces in total. Mini figures and other Star Wars themed pieces make up the collection, and there’s 24 to open during December.
Combining traditional Christmas scenes with science fiction makes this advent calendar for 2023 a must for any Star Wars fan.
LEGO® sets for Christmas
A LEGO® advent calendar isn’t the only option for the festive season. The original toy brick company also produce a range of other Christmas LEGO® sets to build. There is even a LEGO® wreath to build before hanging on a door or wall, or to use as a table decoration. It’s certain to be a talking point whenever you have dinner guests, whether that’s on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day or even at New Year.
There is also a LEGO® Brickheadz set comprising Mr and Mrs Claus. These colourful models dressed in red and white are built from 341 pieces, so it’s something to keep adults or kids amused during the run-up to Christmas Day. Once complete, they make ideal festive decorations for those seeking something distinctly different – or for a kid’s bedroom.
Other kits include another Brickheadz option for constructing Elf, Elfie and a reindeer, or a LEGO® Christmas bauble containing a Rudolph figure made from bricks.
If you fancy getting even more creative, the LEGO® Christmas Ornaments Book may provide inspiration. This guide will tell you how to build your own LEGO® pieces for display – whether it’s a flat Santa head or a 3D bauble to hang on the tree.
A LEGO® Friends advent calendar
Another popular advent calendar for 2023 from LEGO® is a Friends one. This pretty and highly collectible range tends be a favourite among kids aged between 5 and 12, and with the purple colour scheme it can also be used to create an attractive display for children’s bedrooms.
The LEGO® Friends advent calendar 41420, for example, first became available in 2020, and is still selling well. This particular set includes classic festive pieces to build, such as a Christmas tree, elves and Mrs Claus. There are also other items like a skateboard, pet grooming station or cake stand.
For some more Christmas classics, the 2018 set contains pieces like a candy cane, Christmas stocking, mini wreath, snowflake, gingerbread man, candle and a pair of bells. These make great Christmas toys for kids to play with, or can be used for creating a decorative display year after year.
The 2022 advent calendar for LEGO® Friends fans included 5 mini figures, complete with gifts for each that reflect each character’s interests. It’s still ideal for all Heartlake City fans, and the pieces have been carefully designed to encourage creative play – even long after the construction process is over.
The Friends LEGO® calendar for 2022 featured Olivia and the rest of the crew, as usual. The theme was a Christmas market, which is ideal for gifting before visiting a festive market in real life!
Each of the building sets created items like a stall, a camera, a Christmas tree, a wrapped gift or even a majestic throne. There were mini figures and animals supplied too. For imaginative play their way, this remains a great set to give as the antipation builds before the big day.
LEGO® Friends calendar 2023
The 2023 LEGO® Friends Advent Calendar also contains a surprise each day for the 24 days leading up to Christmas. This year, the theme is a festive pet playground, and you get 10 figures including animals and some of the Friends. These will be new to Heartlake City in 2024, so your child gets a sneak peek before anyone else does!
To stimulate imaginative play in kids over 6, the calendar comes with a drop-down play mat so they can set the scene. A must-have for any fan of the LEGO® Friends series!
The LEGO® City advent calendar
The City LEGO® advent calendar is also suitably festive and contains lots of surprises. To find out more about the latest one, skip to the 2023 section below.
The previous LEGO® City advent calendars remain popular too, such as the 60268 that was first released in 2020. Packed with vehicles including cars, planes, boats and trucks, it also features 6 mini figures including a classic LEGO® Father Christmas. 2021’s 60268 is also a bargain buy now that another year has passed.
You can still buy LEGO® City advent calendars from the past decade on Amazon, which tells you all you need to know about the popularity of these sets. If you can’t get hold of the latest one to give this year, why not opt for an older model that came out long before they were of an age to play with it?
Any sets from the LEGO® City or Friends ranges also make great gifts to give fans on Christmas Day, and are ideal after the anticipation caused by opening 24 days’ worth of mini toys.
With a combination of festive and other figures and pieces, the 2022 City calendar included a snowy play mat to use once the items has been built. This one remains must for fans of the LEGO® City Adventures TV series, as it included familiar characters like Mr Produce, Raze, Maddy, Billy and Tippy. As well as a miniature Santa.
LEGO® City calendar 2023
The new 60381 LEGO® City advent calendar for 2023 makes the perfect gift for any brick fans aged over 5. Like the Friends calendars, the City ones are also more affordable than the Harry Potter, Star Wars or Marvel calendars.
This set also comprises 24 items to open throughout December. A number of these are traditionally festive, including a reindeer, a sleigh, a lit Christmas tree and a skiing snowman. Various mini figures are included, as is a fold-down play mat.
A LEGO® Marvel advent calendar
New for Christmas in 2021 was the LEGO® Marvel ‘The Avengers’ advent calendar. This is ideal for kids aged 7 and up, especially if they happen to be fans of the characters, games or movies. With the collection included, they could still be playing with the set come next Christmas.
This LEGO® Marvel calendar came with 7 mini figures – Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Thor and Thanos. The box also contained other Marvel Universe items like an Avengers Tower, Helicarrier, Quinjet, Spider-Man drone and more. A must for those kids who love playing the superhero.
There are some superb LEGO® Marvel toys to buy as gifts too. From a Captain America or Thor figure to an Iron Man helmet or sets to recreate the Compound Battle, Tower Battle or Helicarrier, these are great for wrapping up to give on Christmas Day.
As with Harry Potter, there is also a Funko Pop Marvel advent calendar containing 24 super cute vinyl figures. Agian it makes a great alternative to LEGO® Marvel advent calendars.
LEGO® Marvel calendar 2023
A brand-new LEGO® Marvel advent calendar has been launched to add to the Star Wars, City, Harry Potter and Friends calendars for 2023. There’s some pretty cool stuff here, with a gift for every day of advent. The seven mini figures include Spiderman and Iron Man.
This one’s aimed at kids aged seven plus, and items to construct include the Hydra Train and Quinjet. If the child you’re buying for is a fan of the Marvel movies, then this set is essential as they can recreate their favourite scenes by using the pieces.
A Playmobil advent calendar
We know – this post is about LEGO®, right? But we discovered in the course of our research that lots of people are searching for a LEGO® Duplo advent calendar for younger kids. And as we cannot track one down… we’d like to suggest a Playmobil Christmas advent calendar as an alternative.
With chunky, smooth pieces, these sets are made for kids aged 4 and up. One of the most popular options is the Playmobil Back to the Future advent calendar, themed around the 80s movie series. Other options include the Playmobil advent calendar with Santa’s Workshop to play with, or Farm, Royal Picnic, Christmas Ball, Toy Store, or Magical Mermaids sets.
Then there’s the Playmobil Pirate advent calendar, as well as boxes filled with horse farm, fire brigade or Thomas and Friends figures and pieces. Playmobil advent calendars are great for young kids who are as yet a bit too small for LEGO® advent calendars with little pieces. As well as existing Playmobil fans, of course. The relatively affordable prices are very attractive too!
Make your own LEGO® advent calendar
Last not not least – if you cannot find the exact 2023 LEGO® advent calendar you want, why not make your own? Though this may sound tricky, it doesn’t need to be. There are all sorts of LEGO® packs offered, containing mini figures and other small items that you could use to make an advent calendar.
There are plenty of Super Mario figure packs, for instance, which are sure to go down a storm with fans of the Nintendo games. If you want to make a LEGO® Minecraft advent calendar for a fan of the digital construction game, you can buy packs of Minecraft LEGO® figures for that too. You can also buy LEGO® City packs containing figures and other small pieces.
A hanging fabric DIY advent calendar is ideal for this – although you may want to hide it away from young kids to prevent peeking! There are lots available on Amazon, and as well as the gifts inside they make a nice festive decoration to hang up at home. Just make sure the pieces you choose will fit into the slots.
Which LEGO® advent calendar will you choose this year?
If you want to buy a LEGO® 2023 advent calendar for yourself or someone else, we hope this guide has been helpful. These highly collectible sets make great Christmas gifts for all ages. If you cannot find exactly the right one, why not put together your own, or take a look at Playmobil instead?
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