Let the advent season begin with the age-old charm of traditional advent calendars!  Rediscover the magic of this timeless tradition.

A Jolly Festive Round-Up
Best Classic Paper Traditional Advent Calendars UK 2023

From top left clockwise: Roger la Borde Pop and Slot Christmas Treehouse Calendar, This Is Nessie Christmas Illustrated Welly Boot Advent Calendar, The Christmas Imaginarium Advent Calendar, Coppenrath Christmas Lights Cityscape Advent Calendar, Window Cards London Windows Christmas Advent Calendar, Quentin Blake Santa Stack Advent Calendar Card.

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, there’s something truly comforting about preserving time-honoured customs, particularly during the festive season.  Amongst the treasured traditions of Christmas, the advent calendar stands out as a beloved way to count down to the most wonderful time of the year.

Whilst the market offers a plethora of creative and innovative advent calendars, there’s something undeniably special about going back to basics and simply enjoying a window to open and beautiful illustration each day. 

So we’ve spent time researching the world of traditional paper advent calendars and pulled together some truly beautiful designs for you to enjoy.  Whether you’re revisiting fond childhood memories or starting a new tradition for your family, these calendars promise to fill your Christmas countdown with nostalgia and a daily dose of Christmas cheer.

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10 Traditional Advent Calendars For 2023

This Is Nessie Personalisable Christmas Illustrated Welly Boot Advent Calendar

Welly Boot Advent Calendar

NEW for 2023. This beauty of an illustrated traditional advent calendar design comes from This Is Nessie. With their iconic welly boots personalisable at your Christmas front door, it’s full of cheerful images to enjoy each day.

This Is Nessie Personalisable Christmas Illustrated Welly Boot Advent Calendar

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Richard Sellmar The Little Town Traditional Paper Advent Calendar

'The Little Town' Advent Calendar

One of the very first advent calendar produced and the one that caught President Eisenhower’s attention (more about the history of advent calendars). Enjoy a part of history with this sweet design from Germany’s Richard Sellmar Publishing.

Richard Sellmar ‘The Little Town’ Advent Calendar

Wrendale Designs Rockin Robin Advent Calendar Card

Rockin Robins Advent Calendar Card

A lovely gift to send through the post; these gorgeous Advent Calendar Christmas cards by Wrendale Designs are sure to be appreciated by their lucky recipient.

Rockin Robins Advent Calendar Card

Quentin Blake Advent Calendar Card

Quentin Blake Advent Calendar Card

For something more contemporary, you can’t really go wrong with a bit of Quentin Blake! This funny Santa stack advent calendar card is sure to raise a smile.

Quentin Blake Advent Calendar Card

Roger la Borde Pop and Slot Christmas Treehouse 3D Advent Calendar

Pop and Slot Christmas Treehouse Advent Calendar

Add a piece each day to this gorgeous 3D card design to make a truly beautiful advent display from Roger la Borde. Comes in a variety of elegant designs.

Christmas Treehouse Pop & Slot Advent Calendar

The Christmas Imaginarium Advent Calendar

The Christmas Imaginarium Advent Calendar

From none other than Santa’s Biographer himself comes this stunning Dickensian storefront illustration of the fabulous Christmas Imaginarium Christmas Shop in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.  

The Christmas Imaginarium Advent Calendar

Free Standing Christmas Lights Cityscape Traditional Advent Calendar

Free Standing Christmas Lights Cityscape Advent Calendar

At 84cm long, this fabulous Christmas Lights Cityscape illustrated traditional advent calendar will look beautiful perched atop any sideboard this advent.

Christmas Lights Cityscape Advent Calendar

Window Cards London Christmas Advent Calendar

London Windows Christmas Advent Calendar

With its more modern style, Window Cards offers a rather unusual take on the traditional paper advent calendars. Open the buildings to discover the festive interiors within. Other cities also available.

Window Cards London Windows Christmas Advent Calendar

V&A façade advent calendar by Alice Pattulo

V&A Façade Advent Calendar by Alice Pattulo

Alice Pattulo has delved into the V&A archive to create this exclusive advent calendar, filled with unique references to the museum. Each window opens up to reveal a chosen piece from the V&A collection, paired with background information about the object

V&A Façade Advent Calendar by Alice Pattulo

Advent of Change Advent Calendar

What about if your pictures were charitable donations? That’s the concept behind the heart-warming Advent of Change. Each day you open the door to discover another worthy cause that your advent calendar purchase has supported. Talk about feelgood factor.

Advent of Change Advent Calendar

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What do you think to these beautiful traditional advent calendars?  Isn’t it wonderful how they bring a touch of nostalgia to the festive season? Let’s keep the Christmas spirit alive, one window at a time!