Traditional Advent Calendars We Love 2023

Is it just me? When I grew up everyone had ‘Traditional Advent Calendars’ – you opened the door and saw a picture. And you loved it, right? Or maybe it had pockets and there was a small chocolate or tiny toy on each day? Often re-using the same one each year. Over the last few years, more and more Advent Calenders have been cropping up – from beauty to alcohol, from toys such as Lego to film-themed such as Star Wars or Harry Potter. And that’s all fine and dandy. But what about the more Traditional Advent Calendars? Where did they go?

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Well they’re still right there – and actually are making a huge comeback. The type of calender that makes you fizz warmly with nostalgia. We have them ourselves – three of ours were actually sewn by my sister for my boys, and even the grand elderly teens that they are now, they still love their Traditional Advent Calendars.
(*top tip – buy the cheap chocolate advent calendars, break into them and use the contents to fill your own calendars with perfect advent-sized treats!)
So we’ve scoured the interwebs and found some of our favourite Traditional Advent Calendars; kick back whilst we show you some real beauties.

(oh, and if you’re on the lookout for advent calendars for teenagers, once you’re done here try clicking that link; it’s a hugely popular post, I think I hit a nerve!)

Quilted Advent Calendar

This Advent Calendar front is 100% cotton fabric with a lovely colourful town house all decorated for Christmas.
The middle layer is Hobbs Heirloom Premium cotton wadding and then it is backed with 100% cotton pale grey fabric.
The town house is detail quilted around various areas and straight line quilted around the outer border and all the 24 numbered pockets are machine sewn on with double reinforcement stitches at the tops to keep the pockets secure.

Spotted in Sewn By Vikki’s Etsy shop for £68

Large Advent calendar Santa (Felt)

Modern advent calendar in beautiful felt design. 24 sewn-on pockets for filling, with Christmas motifs. White satin ribbon for hanging

Dimensions W x H ca.: 43 x 117 cmDimensions bags W x H ca.: 8 x 7 cm

Large Advent calendar Santa (Felt) on Etsy for under £38

Christmas Gingerbread House Advent Calendar

Add a little more magic to festive mornings with a wonderful advent calendar like no other – one that has real wow factor

And the best bit? It can be used year after year, after year…

This large wooden gingerbread house is painted in traditional reds and greens with a sparkling snow trim.

It is decorated with lots of fun sweetie detailing from candy canes to sprinkles and gobstoppers on the roof.

From Little Ella James on NOTH the Christmas Gingerbread House Advent Calendar is £89

Winter Farmhouse Wooden Advent Calendar

Let the countdown to Christmas begin with our farmhouse advent calendar. With a warm and inviting look, the windows of this 43cm tall advent calendar are illuminated by 3 warm white LEDs for a nostalgic Christmas glow. Place a note or small treat behind each door as you work your way up to the big day with an extra big treat on Christmas eve. This classic decoration is hand painted in red and white making it the perfect traditional statement piece for styling anywhere in your home. To bring your advent to life, simply pop 2 x AA batteries into the battery box and switch on for a soft and inviting glow that’ll shine throughout the season.

Winter Farmhouse Wooden Advent Calendarfrom Lights4Fun is just under £45

Advent Calendar Bags, Numbered Christmas Sack, 1 -24

Advent Calendar bags are made from 100% cotton and feature a rope drawcord to pull closed.

Our little bags are perfect for making your own DIY advent calendar, you can fill them with your favourite chocolate or sweet treat, or even a beauty must have.

Build your own advent calendar with all your favourite things and decorate your mantel or wall with these festive bags.

You will receive 24 bags numbered 1-24. Pegs or string NOT included
Each bag is approx size 15 x 10cm

This is the perfect Christmas gift this festive season. The best stocking filler for your loves ones, Christmas Gift for her, present for mum, nana and grandma or the loveliest Christmas gift for your best friend.

Advent Calendar Bags, Numbered Christmas Sack, 1 -24 available on etsy for just over £31

Alison Gardiner ‘Country House Christmas’ Large Traditional Advent Calendar

This one’s a peach in the most traditional style; carol singers fill the air with music while the children build a snowman. No one has noticed that Santa has arrived to fill the stockings with presents. A delightful, traditional Advent Calendar, with wonderful illustrations behind each window. Find out how the Country House has been decorated for by opening each door and looking inside.

This lovely Alison Gardiner ‘Country House Christmas’ Large Traditional Advent Calendar is just under £13 on Amazon

Nostalgic Leporello Houses Very Large Folded Houses Traditional German Advent Calendar

Very simple, very traditional, and VERY beautiful.

The Nostalgic Leporello Houses Advent Calendar is available to buy on Amazon for just under £18

Large Felt Christmas Advent Calendar With Pockets Hanging Decoration (Felt – Long Reindeer)

Simple, traditional, a bit quirky but perfectly lovely. Add a treat to each pocket, and move the marker daily to count the days. It hangs on the wall by a hook on the back. Put a treat inside each pocket to enjoy.

Bargain – under £10 on Amazon

The Adoration of The Magi Caltime Christmas Advent Calendar

Well it’s what its all about isn’t it after all? This traditional advent calender with its 24 opening doors showing traditional Christmas story scenes is the one we all remember from our childhood.

Simple but lovely all the same.

The Adoration of The Magi Caltime Christmas Advent Calendar is less than £14

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