We love a little bit of chocolate every day in the lead up to Christmas, but now there’s a treat which lasts much longer- Lego! In recent years, Lego advent calendars have taken off, becoming increasingly popular with kids of all ages (even you adults out there).


Thanks to the wide range of Lego designs, themes and styles, you can find the perfect gift for yourself or your loved ones ahead of the holidays. So whether you’re after a Lego Star Wars advent calendar, or want to embrace the season with a festive themed Lego City advent calendar, there’s plenty to choose from.

Join us as we compare our picks for the best Lego advent calendars in preparation for a very merry Christmas!

How do Lego advent calendars work?

Most Lego advent calendars operate how you might expect: Open one door each day to reveal your Lego gift. Some calendars also feature a fold out panel on the box, which doubles as both door and play scene environment.

We’d always advise reading the descriptions and reviews carefully ahead of your purchase. Older Lego advent calendars may require parts which you gradually unlock over a series of days. It’s important to get the gift that will be most enjoyable for the recipient to avoid potential disappointment.

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The best Lego advent calendars for 2022

1. Lego City advent calendar (4428)

Best for original Lego fans

Lego City Advent Calendar_

There are plenty of themed Lego advent calendars based on popular franchises, but where better to start than with some authentic classic lego! This Lego City advent calendar gives you twenty-four days of Lego gifts, so that by Christmas day you’ll have everything you need for a fun, festive play scene.

Santa has crashed his sleigh and is stuck in the snow, so the whole village needs to come together to help him out in time for the big day! There’s 7 mini-figures included in total – Santa, 3 firefighters, a brother & sister and mechanic. The set lets you acquire additional items over the course of seventeen days, creating a dynamic scene complete with 1mini fire engine and a classic Lego Christmas tree!

Pros - Fun festive scene

Cons - Non-figure item days may be less exciting for some fans

2. Lego Star Wars advent calendar (75307)

Best for teens/adult Star Wars fans

Lego Star Wars advent Calendar 2021

Even in a galaxy far far away, everyone still enjoys a bit of Christmas cheer! If you’re obsessed with Star Wars (or know someone who is), then this advent calendar is perfect.

The calendar comes with 7 mini-figures, including both The Mandalorian and Grogu (baby Yoda), both dressed in their Christmas best. There’s also 11 mini-build vehicles including the Razor Crest and Riot Mar’s starfighter – great for technical fans that appreciate a little extra build-time. There’s also some training targets and weapons included, so that you can really set the scene and launch your own Lego Star Wars adventures!

Pros - Super-cute mini baby Yoda! Cool mini-builds

Cons - Themed around the Mandalorian TV series, not the major film trilogies

3. Lego Marvel The Avengers advent calendar (76196)

Best for Marvel fans

Lego Marvel Advent Calendar 2021

The Lego brand has been incredibly successful teaming up with popular franchises, and the Marvel Universe is no exception. Few gifts compare to the first Lego advent calendar made for the franchise, launched in 2021.

Your seven mini-figures include series favourites like Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Thor and Captain Marvel, as well as Thanos and Nick Fury. You’ll also find fun mini-builds such as Spider-Man’s drone and the iconic Stark Tower.

The Avengers advent calendar combines an impressive Marvel roster with a couple of seasonal touches such as Tony Stark’s Christmas jumper and Spider-Man’s scarf!

Pros - Fun for both adults and kids, lots of variety

Cons - Captain America, Hulk and Hawkeye mini-figures not included

The 2023 Lego Calendar

Completely Lego obsessed? The 2023 Lego Calendar would make a brilliant gift, providing 365 days of inspirational ideas to challenge your master-builder skills!

Lego Daily Builds Calendar

4. Lego Harry Potter Advent Calendar (76390)

Best for young Harry Potter fans

Harry Potter Lego Advent Calendar 2021

If you’re looking for a way to keep your young muggles entertained this Christmas, then the Lego Harry Potter advent Calendar is a great choice! Your six mini figures include Harry, Ron and Hermoine, as well as Draco Malfoy, Dudley Dursley and Griphook.

The other days feature a range of accessories and mini-builds, but our favourite part of this calendar is the mini spinner. This enables you to play an exciting board game printed on the surface. If that doesn’t keep the kids occupied on Christmas eve nothing will!

Pros - Includes the classic characters, bonus board game

Cons - You have to wait until the 24th to play the game

5. Lego Friends Advent Calendar (41690)

Best for children

Lego Friends Advent Calendar 2021

The Lego Friends series of products was specifically designed to appeal to young children and even has its own TV show! Slightly different in design to traditional Lego sets, the Lego Friends advent calendar has a really strong Christmas theme and feel to it, plus comes with the Lego Friends girl characters in a mini-doll form.

While there’s no denying that the Lego Friends range is primarily targeted at young girls, this calendar still contains many elements that will provide fun and engagement for fans of the show, whoever they are.

Pros - Prominent Christmas theme and plenty of extras for imaginative play

Cons - Not the traditional Lego style

When do Lego advent calendars come out?

Lego launches new ranges of official advent calendars each year, which are normally available to purchase from September onwards. You can also buy Lego advent calendars from Amazon all year round, if you prefer to get ahead of the rush. Amazon can also feature previous editions which may not be available on the Lego website.

With new Lego advent calendars released each year, it’s worth paying attention to the item number if you want to easily tell the different products apart. There are, for example, multiple Lego City advent calendars available for purchase on Amazon at a given time.

When will new Lego Advent Calendars for 2022 be released?

The brand new Lego advent calendars for 2022 officially go on sale on the 1st September 2022. Let’s take a look at what’s been released so far!

New for 2022

1. Lego City Advent Calendar (60352)

Best for Lego City Adventures TV series fans

Lego City Advent Calendar 2022

The brand new 2022 version of the Lego City advent calendar features five classic Lego City TV characters – Billy, Maddy, Mr. Produce, Tippy and Raze, plus a Santa minifigure too.

There’s also plenty of fab mini-builds and accessories that will help your little ones to enjoy some festive imaginative play.

Like many of the Lego advent calendars it also comes with a fold-down play mat attached to the calendar that helps to set the scene.

Pros - Not overly festive so can be played with all year round

Cons - Some people might prefer a stronger theme to mini-builds and accessories

2. Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar (75340)

Best for original trilogy Star Wars fans

Star Wars Lego advent Calendar 2022

Want to see your favourite Lego Star Wars characters with a fab festive twist? The brand new Lego Star Wars advent calendar is definitely for you! In this calendar you get eight mini-figures.

Enjoy C-3PO and R2-D2 kitted out in Christmas outfits, Darth Vader donning a summer outfit (if you know, you know), plus Luke Skywalker and a Clone Trooper Commander, Snowtrooper, Battle Droid and Gonk Droid dressed up as Santa. There’s also ten Vehicle mini-builds and six other accessory mini builds such as a Hoth laser cannon and ammo rack!

Pros - Classic characters, festive fun!

Cons - Could become addictive, we’re already wondering what they’ll do next year!

3. Lego Harry Potter Advent Calendar (76404)

Best for fans who want to recreate each of the films

Harry Potter Lego Advent Calendar 2022

While the 2021 Harry Potter advent calendar featured the classic characters and accessories, the new 2022 Calendar features a clever twist that will really appeal to hard-core Potter fans! In this calendar, the toys from the first three doors make a scene from the first film, the second three toys make a scene from the second film and so on for all eight editions of the beloved film franchise!

We think that kids and teens will love this fresh take on Christmas advent calendars, as it creates a wider range of possible play and display options. Adults will love the variety and rarer characters and accessories. The mini figures in this calendar include – Harry Potter, Sirius Black, Moaning Myrtle, Lord Voldemort, Horace Slughorn, Nymphadora Tonks and Neville Longbottom. Once you’ve opened all twenty-four doors, there’s even a bonus game to play too!

Pros - Wide variety of characters and scenes, plus a bonus game

Cons - Younger Potter fans may miss characters like Ron & Hermoine (which can be found in the 2021 advent calendar)

4. Lego Friends Advent Calendar (41706) - New for 2022

Best for interactive play for young children

Lego Friends Advent Calendar 2022

This new version of the Lego friends advent calendar is not only fabulously festive, but does feature great interactive elements worth a mention. The calendar comes with 3 Lego Friends characters, plus Santa, his sleigh and a reindeer. Plus the whole advent calendar is themed around a Christmas market, so there’s lots of fun mini-builds such as food and game stalls.

There’s also a few little features that we think kids will really enjoy, like the game of chance wheel that really spins. There’s even a tin can game where you can actually knock the cans over with the stud shooter!

Pros - Lots of mini-builds and interactivity

Cons - We can’t really think of any for this one! A great set for young kids.

Choosing the best Lego Christmas advent calendar

While Lego produces new and exciting advent Calendars each year, it is always worth checking out the back-catalogue of editions available on sites like Amazon.

With endless choice and multiple options, you can find the ideal gift whether they’re a Star Wars purist or a Mandalorian fan. Exploring your options is always the best bet to make sure you secure the perfect gift in the run up to Christmas.

Get great ideas for other Lego Christmas gifts with Gathered

Everyone loves a toy at Christmas, even adults – they make perfect gifts for a bit of quiet time after Christmas dinner. So why not treat your nearest and dearest with a complete set this holiday season?


Check out the full range of fantastic choices in Gathered’s picks of the Best Lego sets for adults!


Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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