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advent calendarAdvent calendars are originally German to celebrate and count down the days of Advent, climaxing in the celebration of Christmas Eve on December 24th.

Meanwhile, advent calendars are known in literally all cultures that celebrate Christmas.

The traditional calendar contains 24 randomly positioned doors on a cardboard. Starting on December 1st, one door per day, starting with door number 1, is opened. Behind the doors used to be little festive pictures. However, over the years pieces of chocolate have become more popular.

During the last third of the 20th century it has become a custom to handcraft more elaborate “calendars” that hold little gifts, such as chocolate, socks, nuts, pencils or anything else that is either delicious or useful. The calendar doors transformed into little sacks or gift boxes.

Today, online calendars are a modern way to share recipes, Christmas stories, traditions, poems or psalms. Some companies have set up advent calendars to give away gifts to their customers.

Here are 10 randomly sorted free online advent calendars from different backgrounds. They hold little surprises for you on each day of December up until Christmas.

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1. Boowa & Kwala

An online advent calendar to countdown to Christmas with little seasonal surprises each day.

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2. Presentation Magazine

There is no indication as to what this online advent calendar has in store, but my wild guess is that it is probably more suited for adults interested in improving their presentation skills.

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3. Online Bingo

Do you enjoy Bingo? Then this one is for you! Since it’s a UK calendar, where Christmas isn’t celebrated until December 25th it has 25 doors. Each door will contain Bingo-related freebies and surprises.

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4. Woodlands Junior School

This UK school has an interactive online advent calendar which shares 25 bits of information about how Christmas is celebrated around the world.

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5. National Museums Liverpool

An educational and fun advent calendar.

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6. Electric December

This website has been creating online advent calendars for over 10 years. Each year they collect films and digital treats to make up an incredibly creative and unique calendar. Watch out for what they have in store this year.

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7. Yule in Iceland

This page educates its readers about Christmas or rather Yule celebrations in Iceland.


8. Greg’s Advent Calendar

Another 25 day advent calendar with little information treats behind each door.


9. St. Margaret Mary

This Christian advent calendar features a Bible verse and a matching image for each of 25 days until Christmas plus the two last days of November.

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10. Holidays On The Net

Holidays on the net has compiled an advent calendar filled with facts, figures, and folklore related to the month of December.

christmas folklore has a list of 25 advent activities with which parents and their children can countdown to Christmas. They also have many suggestions for handcrafted advent calendars.

If you speak German, check out this list for online Adventskalender or the following advent calendars: CHIP Online Download Adventskalender 2009, TATONKA Adventskalender, Toshiba & McAfee Adventszauber, MP3 Adventskalender 2009, Gedichte Garten Adventskalender, Weihnachten-Online Adventskalender 2009, Saarlouis-Roden Adventskalender, Adventskalender.

Did I miss your favorite free online advent calendar? Please hurry and share the link with the rest of us!

Image credits: mommyof9

  1. Balázs
    December 5, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    This is the best, I think: A DIY online calaendar, great!

    You can upload your pictures,videos, games and you can also write text. God looking, easy to use. 10/10


  2. Riptide
    December 4, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Blacksmithgames has set up an Appvent Calendar. It features a free game each day to download for use on an iPhone or iPod touch.

    Amazon has their 25 Days of Free with a different holiday song each day

  3. gifts
    December 3, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Its a celebration time now..just few days to go for Christmas!Its a good idea to give gifts to everyone on Christmas.These all calenders are nice.I like that educational calendar for kids and the electric calendar is also good.

  4. Ps3 Modern Warfare 2
    December 2, 2009 at 5:33 am

    That can be great thing to get with gifts for kids on the forthcoming christmas. Electric December is looking very well shaped calander and i like it very much.

  5. Moore
    December 2, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Redweb, an agency in the UK has created an advent calendar that tracks twitter for mentions of Christmas and judges if they are positive or negative - showing the results on a webcam. Depending on the results of each day, it either shows a member of staff eating a chocolate or a brussel sprout. Check it out at

    • Tina
      December 2, 2009 at 6:04 am

      That's hilarious, thanks for sharing Moore!

  6. Louie Volpe
    December 1, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout and a note to let you know our video Advent Calendar is now live! Stop on by -

    Holidays on the Net

  7. roger
    December 1, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Although not an advent calendar per se (it is doing a countdown to xmas but not in calendar format) looks like it might be fun.

  8. roger
    December 1, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    um, Tina, somebody should point out to Greg that his calendar is wrong, don't you think?

    • Tina
      December 1, 2009 at 12:32 pm

      True, looks like he's a year ahead, using the calendar of 2010. But then again, this calendar could be several years old. His website looks very 90s. The calendar is working though. :)

  9. Thomas MacEntee
    December 1, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Over at GeneaBloggers we've put together the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - our genealogy bloggers reminisce about Christmases past with topics like "Fruitcake - Friend or Foe?" and "Holiday Parties"

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