Free Printable Advent Calendars for Kids

Because the lead up to Christmas is just as fun as the actual holiday!

Updated June 29, 2021
Advent calendar, decorated with gingerbread cookies

Printable advent calendars are a great way for kids to count down the days until Christmas. They extend the holiday celebration throughout December and, best of all, they're free and easy-to-use.

Free Printable Calendars

Each calendar provided can help make the countdown to Christmas bearable for kids. Because the calendars are free, you can print one out for each child. If you need help to print the PDF calendars, try following Adobe Reader printing tips.

Christmas Icon Calendar

Christmas Icon calendar

This fun advent calendar features fun holiday icons like a stocking, a snowman, a wreath, candy canes, and Santa Claus in his sleigh. Kids color an icon on its corresponding day from December 1 - December 24. Every day is like its own little reminder of another wonderful part of the holiday season.

Trimmed Tree Calendar

Trimmed Tree Calendar

This advent calendar coloring page includes a Christmas tree with all the trimmings. The tree is embellished with holiday icons including snowflakes, Christmas balls, candy canes, presents, and stars. Each icon is labeled with a number to represent December 1 - December 25, one to color each day.

Create-a-Tree Advent Calendar

Create-a-Tree Advent Calendar

For this calendar, an evergreen tree surrounded by snowflakes serves as a blank canvas for your child to decorate. Twenty-five Christmas icons are provided to color and cut out on a second page in the PDF, each labeled with a number representing the days of December. Kids will tap into their imagination as they add an icon to the tree each day.

Other Advent Calendars to Print

Other places to find printable advent calenders include:

  • Mr Printables has a 3D street scene that is printed, cut out, and folded. Each building can hold a small treat, note, or activity idea.
  • If your kids like a good joke, check out this simple, easy holiday jokes advent calendar from Modern Parents, Messy Kids. Simply attach one of the printable ornaments every day, making sure to tell that day's joke.
  • Burlap & Blue offers this adorable Santa's beard advent calendar. Kids can glue a cotton ball on each day to watch Santa's beard grow a bit fuller every day.
  • This baby Jesus in the manger calendar by Sunday School Crafts is a sweet way for kids to remember the "reason for the season."
  • Paper Trail Design created this unique nativity-themed advent calendar. Simply print out the calendar, as well as the Mary and Joseph figure. Attach the calender to a magnetic surface, and adhere the Mary and Joseph to a magnet and move them a step each day of the month.
  • Hip Homeschool Moms has an activity-based advent calendar. Each day features a holiday activity such as making a gingerbread house, reading a Christmas story, baking a birthday cake for Jesus, or making paper snowflakes.

Making Traditions

Advent calendars are a wonderful way for families to foster creativity and encourage discussion about holiday customs. When your children create one each year from a young age, it helps establish a tradition that will follow them throughout their lives.

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Free Printable Advent Calendars for Kids