15 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
October 2021

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Cotswolds Trading

Angela Harding Christmas Cottage Advent Calendar, £8.50

Fortnum & Mason

Christmas Railway Tree Advent Calendar, £20

Closet And Botts

Victorian Advent Houses, £14.95

Gisela Graham

Santa On Train Advent Calendar, £55

Etsy, DogandDome

Animal Advent Calendar, £10

Fortnum & Mason

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar, £99

John Lewis

Woodmansterne Snow Falling On Milan Cathedral Advent Calendar, £9.99


Townhouse Wooden Advent Calendar, £39.99

Sarah Raven

Large Advent Calendar, £7.95


Liberty Building Advent Calendar, £11.95

Postmark Online

Imaginarium Advent Calendar, £15

Fortnum & Mason

Filled Wooden House Advent Calendar, £135.00


Shooting Star Snowy Village Wooden Calendar, £106.99

Not On The High Street

Wooden Truck Advent Calendar, £49.99


Musical Christmas Advent Calendar, £35

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.