FOR kids, there's no doubt that one of the best bits of Christmas happens before the day itself, as they eagerly open advent calendar windows through the month of December.
For an alternative to chocolate and sweets advent calendars, the best Playmobil advent calendars have toys that will last children long beyond Christmas.
Playmobil's building toys and figurines are beloved by children year-round, and the good news is, there are tons of Playmobil advent calendars to buy each year.
These include collaborations with cult movies – this year, Playmobil's released a highly coveted Back to the Future advent calendar, with characters dressed in their 1950s and 1980s ensembles.
You'll also find a selection of Playmobil advent calendars on the festive theme, from Christmas to royal ice skating and nativity scenes.
Playmobil advent calendars are also organised by age, with some suitable for kids as young as 18 months (most Playmobil advent calendars are designed for kids 4 and up).
From farm animals to knights and dragons, there's a Playmobil advent calendar for every child this Christmas, so they can add to existing Playmobil toy collections or start creating new ones of their own. The best bit is they'll still be playing with these toys next Christmas…
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1. Playmobil 1.2.3. Advent Calendar
- (AD) Playmobil 1.2.3 Advent Calendar, £24.99 at Amazon – buy here
Yes, Playmobil even makes an advent calendar suitable for your baby, in a sweet Christmas in the forest scene complete with animals, kids, a sleigh and Father Christmas.
'Bought for my 20month old daughter. She’s used to playing with toys this kind of size. Most of the items that come out of the windows are instant hits and fine to play with on their own.
'There are a couple of days where you just pull out a box of carrots or a tray, but even those she liked,' notes a fan, who prefers this toy advent calendar to chocolate alternatives.
2. Playmobil Royal Ice Skating Trip Advent Calendar
- (AD) Playmobil Royal Ice Skating Trip Advent Calendar, £27.96 at Amazon – buy here
For a fun and festive advent calendar with a twist, why not try this glorious ice skating themed advent calendar from Playmobil?
The kids will especially enjoy that the ice skates on the figures can be removed, so the characters can comfortably get around on 'ice' or on land.
Did we mention you get a bracelet, too?
3. Playmobil Advent Calendar Santa's Workshop
- Playmobil Advent Calendar Santa's Workshop, £20 at Argos – buy here
If you're looking for a Christmas scene advent calendar, then this Santa's Workshop from Playmobil is a real winner.
It includes Father Christmas and his elves, as well as a sleigh pulled by reindeer, and other accessories, all to be found behind 24 doors.
Reviewers describe it as 'fantastic', 'brilliant' and 'value for money'.
4. Playmobil Back to the Future Advent Calendar
- Playmobil Back to the Future Advent Calendar, now £24.99 at Smyths – buy here
A must for any Back to the Future fans, this cool Playmobil advent calendar is as much for the parents as it is for the kids.
You'll find beloved characters – in both 1950s and 1980s get-ups – including Marty Mcfly, Doc, Biff and Jennifer, as well as accessories and a diorama to recreate your favourite scenes.
5. Playmobil Advent Calendar Christmas Ball
- Playmobil Advent Calendar Christmas Ball with Rotating Platform, now £15.99 at Smyths Toys – buy here
Another festive choice, this grand ballroom scene advent calendar includes a detachable ballroom to make it seem as if the figures are dancing.
There's also a white Christmas tree and dining table set.
6. Playmobil Novelmore Advent Calendar
- (AD) Playmobil Novelmore Advent Calendar, £19.50 at Amazon – buy here
This Novelmore themed knights and dragons advent calendar will delight children long beyond December.
They can add their new figurines, which include three knights and a dragon, as well as a castle diorama to play on, to their existing Novelmore sets – or start a brand new one for hours of imaginative play ahead.
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