Christmas countdown calendars are a lot of fun for families all over the world. These calendars both celebrate the season of Christmas and the joy and spirit of the holiday season, in general. You guys, I love these Christmas countdown calendars because it's a great way to build excitement through the whole month of December. In 2020, making Christmas special is top priority. I searched the net and found the very best in countdowns this year. So excited to share this fun resource. This post may contain affiliate links. Some items have provided as samples.
For a while, everyone thought they were just for the little kids, but now you can find Advent calendars for adults, teens, tweens, pets and like basically everyone. So the whole family can get in on the fun. I had an absolute blast opening my own last year and plan to do it all over again in 2020! Whoo hoo!
If you want to take opening your holiday countdowns to an all new level. I recently shared how I did mine last year over on Instagram stories and how I'm doing it all over again this year. Hopefully bigger and better. Be sure to follow Cutefetti on Instagram for all the best reveals!
Here's my suggestion:
Pair up with a friend or ten and share your Christmas countdown reveals by text, video, FaceTime or any messaging app leading up to Christmas day. It will be a blast. You get to open your own surprises but also live vicariously through your friend's reveals, too. Score.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ADVENT CALENDARS
Don't worry, we're not going into a full-on history lesson here, but the history of Advent Calendars is pretty interesting. Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas or from December 1st to Christmas Day. For believers, it represents the coming of Jesus into the world. For everyone else, it's a time of extended holiday season festiveness, and it usually involves Christmas countdown calendars.
Advent calendars date back to the 19th century. The first calendar that we know of was a handwork piece made in about 1851. The first printed Advent calendar, and the precursor to the modern-day calendars we use, was handmade in the early 20th century where a calendar with 24 small candles attached to cardboard was made to represent each day before Christmas. Clever indeed.
Okay. Class dismissed. Let's get down to the fun part.
BEST CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN CALENDARS
Christmas countdown calendars are great fun for everyone in the family (pets included). Of course, there are calendars for the kids, but there are also tons of calendars for adults these days, too. You can find everything from candy and Disney princesses for kids to alcohol samplers for adults. There's a sea of calendars out there so there's one for everyone in the family. I'm highlighting some of the best finds for 2020.
If you prefer to see images of most of my picks for 2020, you can head over to my Cutefetti Store on Amazon to see them all.
Note that really awesome Advent calendars can sell out SO quick... so don't hesitate to grab the ones you love in-store or online. They may not be available later.
BEST COUNTDOWNS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Simple countdowns for the littles are a must. You want to choose one that is easy to open and reveals something useful or fun. My favorite pick for 2020 is the Elf on the Shelf North Pole Advent Train here. If you are interested and you can find one in stock, I wouldn't hesitate. I am already having trouble seeing it in stock across most online stores. Last year the Elf on the Shelf Orna-Pop here was my absolute favorite countdown of all. I have never laughed so hard even though some did not even work. It was a blast.
One of my favorite finds for smaller children that doesn't involve candy are countdown story books or this really cute sticker countdowns.
- The Elf on the Shelf Orna-Pop Advent Countdown, here.
- Build-A-Bear Beary Merry Countdown, here (online only)
- Crayola Advent Calendar, here.
- The Elf on the Shelf North Pole Advent Train, here or here.
- Barbie Dreamtopia Christmas Countdown, here.
- PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar, here.
- Hatchimals Christmas Countdown, here.
- Disney Countdown To Christmas Story Book, here.
- Kid Made Modern DIY Advent Calendar, here.
- Gingerbread house sticker countdown, here
- OurWarm Christmas Advent Calendar, here.
BEST COUNTDOWNS FOR TWEENS
My very fav for the tweens? Slime countdowns! I did this one few months ago just for fun and it was my fav. Yes, a grown adult. It's fun revealing a new slime or sprinkles and mix-ins. Bath Bombs and Craft countdowns are fun choices, too.
This Haribo Candy Countdown might be good for younger and older kids alike here. I would most definitely enjoy it!
Then, of course candy countdowns will be a huge hit, too.
- Slime Advent Calendar, here.
- Fantastic Slime Countdown, here.
- Haribo Advent Calendar, here.
- 12 Days of Craft Kits from Creatology, here.
- Fizzle All The Way Advent Calendar, here.
- Mochi Squishy Advent Calendar, here.
- L.O.L. Surprise! Bling-A-Tree Advent Calendar, here.
- Funko Advent Calendar: Harry Potter, here.
BEST COUNTDOWNS FOR WOMEN
There are oh so many options. Do you like foodie countdowns? I do! See below for ideas. Chocolate is always a huge win then then they also have alcohol or cocktail mixer countdowns. One of my favorites ever was a coffee syrup countdown. Yum. I don't see any available yet for 2020, but I will update this post if I spot some. Literally the best way to wake up every day in December.
Then, the gem of all gems? Beauty countdowns. I am in love with the nail-polish calendars!
- OPI Christmas countdown here.
- 12 Coffees of Christmas, here.
- Ulta 12 Days of Beauty Countdown, here.
- The Body Shop, here
- Elemis Countdown, here. (that price, whoa)
BEST FOODIE COUNTDOWNS
And, finally the best for last! There are many you can find online, but there are some really neat finds out in-stores. Look for excellent foodie countdowns like the cheese countdown that was available at Aldi last year. I reallly want to get my hands on one of their cheese countdowns. Looks like they'll have them available this year according to a quick online search.
- Italian Cookies Countdown, here.
- Aldi Cheese Countdown, here and here.
- McCrea's Caramel Countdown, here.
- Joe & Seph's Popcorn Advent Calendar, here. (ready-to-eat)
- Popcorn Countdown, here. (kernals)
- Barissimo Coffee Countdown, here.
- 12 Candies of Christmas, here.
- Harry Potter Candy Countdown, here.
- Sugarfina 12 Tastes of Christmas, here.
- Peppermint Bark Advent, here.
- Mini Spreads and Honey Countdown, here.
- Ugly Sweater Wine Countdown for 21+ only, here.
- Oh Holy Cow, Jerky Countdown, here.
- 12 Days of Hot Sauce Countdown, here.
BEST DISNEY COUNTDOWNS
There are so many fun Disney Advent Countdowns to choose from. You have the classic chocolate calendars, sock countdowns, story countdowns and some really cool Funko Pop! countdowns. I am obsessed with how cute The Nightmare Before Christmas version is!
One of the cutest finds this year, in my opinion is The Mandalorian The Child Milk Chocolate Candy Filled 2020 Christmas Advent Calendar, here!
Last year I purchased a couple of countdowns that were exclusive to Disney parks, so if you live local be sure to take a peek into some of the shops to see if you can find something unique.
- The Mandalorian The Child Countdown, here.
- Mickey and Minnie Mouse Plush Advent Calendar Wall Hanging, here.
- Mickey and Minnie Mouse Holiday Charm Countdown Calendar, here.
- Funko Advent Calendar: The Nightmare Before Christmas, here.
- Disney Animators' Collection Littles Advent Calendar, here.
- Disney Countdown To Christmas Story Book, here.
- Holiday Advent Sock Calendar For Men and for Women.
- Funko Advent Calendar: Marvel 80th Anniversary, here.
BEST FAMILY CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWNS
- Gingerbread House Countdown Tree, here.
- Dr. Seuss™ The Grinch Scratch ’N Reveal Advent Calendar, here.
- Holiday Scratch N' Reveal Advent Calendar, here.
CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDARS THAT YOU FILL
There are many kinds of countdowns to choose from. Be sure to know what you are looking for because some calendars are basically empty so that you can choose to add your own goodies to them. Here are some beautiful picks that I found on my search below.
Last but not least, I'm excited to be doing this Fancy Feast countdown here with my kitties this year. There are also some amazing dog treat countdowns out there, too. Don't leave Fido empty handed.
MORE FUN CHRISTMAS IDEAS
Looking for more fun ways to celebrate the holiday season this year?
Make this adorable Santa themed candy board. You are going to fall in love with the huge Santa gummy lollipops.
Time for some Ugly Sweater Shenanigans! Check out these fun Christmas party idea and don't forget to take plenty of pics.
Did somebody say cake? These reindeer mini cakes are as delish as they are adorable!
CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN CALENDARS FOR EVERYONE
Whether you want a religious Advent calendar, a calendar for the kids, or even a calendar for the foodie in your life. There are so many Christmas countdown calendars here, there's one for everyone in your family. Be sure everyone in your family has one of these super fun Christmas countdown calendars so you can all enjoy the season together.
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Have you spotted any amazing countdowns this year? Leave a comment and let us know where you found it.