28 Enchanting Traditional Advent Calendars

Countdown to Christmas in the most magical way, courtesy of these traditional advent calendars.

Christmas begins in earnest on the first of December. To our minds, that is the date from which it becomes acceptable to put up a tree and lights as well, of course, as marking the day we open the first of the miniature 24 doors that take us right up to the big day. We believe that you are never too old nor too young to delight in the annual tradition. The question is not whether to get an advent calendar, but which one to buy and, crucially, whether it should contain chocolate or not. We present a handful of the most beautiful ones we have found – from the refillable to those that light – whether you’re enjoying them with your kids, or just for yourself.

By Lucy Abletsthauser
Updated October 2022

Dog & Dome

Dog & Dome Advent Calendar, £12.50

Ashmolean Shop

Pop & Slot Christmas Tree House Calendar, £12.95


Advent Calendar – Christmas Cottage by Angela Harding, £14.50

Cotswolds Trading

The Night Before Christmas Pop & Slot Advent Calendar, £12.99

V&A Shop

Festive Foxes Advent Calendar, £12


Traditional Advent Calendar Christmas House Party Scene, £4.49

Fortnum & Mason

Music in the Street Musical Paper Advent Calendar, £38

Traditional Advent Calendars

Three Hares Advent Calendar (No Glitter), £10.99


Kurt S. Adler Nutcracker Wooden Advent Calendar, £75

Traditional Advent Calendars

Northern Lights Pop & Slot 3D Advent Calendar (No Glitter), £9.99

Kathe Wohlfahrt

Victorian Street Advent Calendar, €14

Traditional Advent Calendars

Christmas House Musical XL Advent Calendar (Glitter), £27.99


Classic Advent Calendar 2022, €33


Angela Harding Advent Calendar

Cotswolds Trading

Angela Harding Christmas Cottage Advent Calendar, £8.50

Fortnum & Mason

Christmas Railway Tree Advent Calendar, £22

Closet And Botts

Victorian Advent Houses, £14.95

Gisela Graham

Wooden LED Telephone Box Advent Calendar, £57.99


Victorian Christmas, £9.95

Fortnum & Mason

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar, £110

John Lewis

Woodmansterne Snow Falling On Milan Cathedral Advent Calendar, £9.99


Townhouse Wooden Advent Calendar, £39.99

Sarah Raven

Wooden Advent Calendar, £62.95


Liberty Building Advent Calendar, £9.95

Postmark Online

Woodland Tree Advent, £5.50

Fortnum & Mason

Filled Wooden House Advent Calendar, £145


Shooting Star Snowy Village Wooden Calendar, £130.27

Not On The High Street

Red Wooden Advent Truck, £50

Meri Meri

Wooden Railway Advent Calendar, £49

Lucy Abletshauser

Shopping Editor

Lucy is the GWG's go-to expert on the best online buys, from fashion to interiors. An aesthete to her core, she does the trawling so you don't have to.