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The Top 10 Best Alternative Advent Calendars

Ho, ho, ho — it’s the time to be jolly. And what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with an advent calendar? But wait… these aren’t just any chocolate advent calendars; we’re talking about alternative advent calendars.

What’s that? “Blasphemy,” we hear you say. “It can’t be… Rudolph would be ashamed.” Well, maybe we’re exaggerating just a tad.

But hear us out: Christmas comes around every year — a little different in 2020, no doubt — but invariably the same.

The kids (and the adults, of course) dive into a chocolate-consumed craze, blissfully unaware of the myriad of pleasures that span beyond the milky squares of chocolate we demolish by the handful each year.

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So why fall into the same routine? Spice things up. Maybe Santa gets the carrot and the reindeers the milk and cookies — live a little dangerously. What’s the worst that can happen? You get put on the naughty list?

Oh, yes — we’re here to show you what ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ truly means with our unique selection of the best alternative advent calendars.

  1. Harry Potter 24 Day Cube Advent Calendar
  2. The Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Advent Calendar
  3. LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
  4. Plasticine Christmas Advent Calendar
  5. Playmobil Back To The Future Advent Calendar
  6. Retro Sweets Advent Calendar
  7. Friends Central Perk 12 Days Of Bath Advent Calendar
  8. The Nightmare Before Christmas Advent Calendar
  9. Disney Frozen 24 Day Advent Calendar
  10. Harry Potter Socks 12 Day Advent Calendar
  1. Harry Potter 24 Day Cube Advent Calendar
    £59.99 Buy now with IWOOT

    Harry Potter 24 Day Cube Advent Calendar

    Accept your seasonal invitation to Hogwarts and open a window into the magical world of Harry Potter.

    For any fan of the Wizarding World, young or old, this is the best alternative advent calendar to make your Christmas celebrations that bit more magical.

    As opposed to your conventional chocolate, you can now say ‘Alohomora’ and unlock a treasury of surprises.

    Providing a diverse range of treats, including pin badges, character backpack buddies, wand backpack buddies, and a character snow globe — even Gringotts Wizarding Bank would be jealous.

    Buy now with free delivery
  2. The Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Advent Calendar
    £16.99 Buy now with IWOOT

    The Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Advent Calendar

    What is this? A pork Christmas calendar? Impossible!

    Well, not anymore…

    Snaffling Pig have boldly stepped up to the challenge, providing an eclectic selection of multi-flavoured mouth-watering pork treats to wet our appetites.

    Unconventional — no arguments here. But arguably one of the best alternative advent calendars ever made.

    And no, we are not just saying that because we hate chocolate; this calendar has sold out year-after-year since first gracing our Christmas celebrations in 2018.

    Buy now with free delivery
  3. LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
    £24.99 Buy now with IWOOT

    LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

    Do they have Christmas in a galaxy far, far away? It seems so!

    LEGO have been in the game for years now, creating some of the best alternative advent calendars based upon our favourite franchises.

    And now, you can build your Christmas into the celebration it was meant to be.

    You won’t find any complaints from the kids, as this advent calendar contains 12 mini builds, six LEGO figures, and an additional six LEGO minifigures — featuring various classic Star Wars characters and starships, reimagined with an inspired Christmas makeover.

    Buy now with free delivery
  4. Plasticine Christmas Advent Calendar
    £17.99 Buy now with IWOOT

    Plasticine Christmas Advent Calendar

    Keep things classic with this novelty plasticine Christmas advent calendar, bringing a refreshing slice of creativity during your yearly countdown.

    With various Christmas-based plasticine figures, you can put those chocolate-coated fingers to work and create your own little Santa — as well as snowmen, elves, and more!

    With instructions behind each window, this is the perfect calendar for some fun family bonding or a little time to yourself.

    Buy now with free delivery
  5. Playmobil Back To The Future Advent Calendar
    £29.99 Buy now with IWOOT

    Playmobil Back To The Future Advent Calendar

    Chocolate advent calendars are a thing of the past, so hop in the DeLorean and head back to the future — where only the best alternative advent calendars await.

    Recreating the famous cult classic film, Playmobil have stepped things up a notch, hitting the accelerator with a selection of figures and accessories — brought to life in an accurate diorama replica of Hill Valley’s clock tower.

    Hoverboards next year? There’s only one way to find out…

    Buy now with free delivery
  6. Retro Sweets Advent Calendar
    £14.99 Buy now with IWOOT

    Retro Sweets Advent Calendar

    Ok, ok… we won’t deny that we too have a sweet tooth!

    So, if chocolate is off the cards, what do we have left? If only there was some clue out there…

    Oh wait: sweets, of course!

    Keep things fresh without sacrificing that sweet euphoria with this Retro Sweets advent calendar.

    Providing all the classics in one compact package: Drumsticks, Fizzers, Refreshers — what more could you ask for?

    Buy now with free delivery
  7. Friends Central Perk 12 Days Of Bath Advent Calendar
    £19.99 Buy now with IWOOT

    Friends Central Perk 12 Days Of Bath Advent Calendar

    Ah, Friends — classic feel-good television at its finest. The younger generations might be unenamoured by its brilliance, but we know there are plenty of Friends fans out there.

    So don’t just treat the kids this year; the best alternative advent calendars are for the grown-ups too…

    Boasting a selection of bath and body supplies, there is a new pleasure behind each Friends-themed door.

    Buy now with free delivery
  8. The Nightmare Before Christmas Advent Calendar
    £49.99 Buy now with IWOOT

    The Nightmare Before Christmas Advent Calendar

    Choosing an alternative advent calendar — a nightmare, right? However will the children cope without their morning mouthful of chocolate?

    Well, here’s an idea: Funko Pocket Pops!

    Bringing all the dynamic characters of The Nightmare Before Christmas to life, there is a massive ensemble of 24 collectable characters to discover!

    Tim Burton’s Christmas experience will never go out of fashion, and before you know it your kids won’t even remember the sensation of chocolate — well, at least until the 24 days are up!

    Buy now with free delivery
  9. Disney Frozen II 24 Day Advent Calendar
    £19.99 Buy now with IWOOT

    Disney Frozen II 24 Day Advent Calendar

    Now, here’s a little something for all the Disney princes and princesses out there: Disney’s Frozen II advent calendar!

    Capturing the spirit of the 2019 film, you can finally say ‘let it go’ to the advent calendars of old as you embrace the world of the newest and best alternate advent calendars — complete with a selection of Frozen memorabilia behind every door.

    Buy now with free delivery
  10. Harry Potter Socks 12 Day Advent Calendar
    £29.99 Buy now with IWOOT

    Harry Potter Socks 12 Day Advent Calendar

    Harry Potter again? What are you playing at, IWOOT?

    Absolutely nothing — we promise. We’re only in the game of making your Christmas as enchanting and cosy as possible.

    And what better way to do that than with 12 pairs of Harry Potter socks?

    Functionality. Practicality. Tick — that would be a pass from Dumbledore. Hey, even grouchy Snape couldn’t fault that!

    Buy now with free delivery

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Michael Adamson

Michael Adamson

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Michael is a life-long fan of all things DC Comics, Marvel, and Star Wars. When he's not reading comics, Michael can be found playing football or running — that is, if he's not injured... again.