We Reviewed the Popular 2019 LEGO City Christmas Advent Calendar

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playing with LEGO City Advent Calendar pieces

Are you tempted to buy the new LEGO City Advent Calendar for 2019? If so, you’ll first want to read my thorough review below. Hopefully it gives you a nice idea of what you’ll be getting for $20.

On a side note, I have been reviewing various Advent Calendars over the past few weeks to help you decide which ones are worth the cost and which ones may not be. Christmas will be here soon, and it sure is fun to countdown with an Advent Calendar!

two kids playing with lego advent calendar

Did you see my other Advent Calendar reviews? I reviewed a Squishy Toy Advent Calendar with the kids and we did experience one problem.


I also shared another one with tons of yummy treats for brunch and one that will really spice up your holidays!

What is an advent calendar?

An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Typically, each calendar has a small gift or candy to represent each day or a token to move each day as you countdown. 

Here’s one of the Advent Calendars I recently tried with the kids:

2019 LEGO City Advent Calendar – $19.97

hand holding a lego city santa

Need I say more than the word LEGO ?? If your kids love LEGOs, then they’re going to love this Advent Calendar – plain and simple! All three of my kiddos were bugging me to no end to break out this box and tear through all the baggies of Christmas surprises. 😍

However, if you’re going to scoop up one of these for your countdown to Christmas, then I feel inclined to say good luck trying to keep your kids from tearing through the whole box on Day 1 – because hello!!… it’s LEGOs and kids love ’em!

Hip Tip: If you love shopping at Kohl’s, you can score the same LEGO Advent Calendar. It’s slightly more than the price on Amazon, however, you can earn triple Yes2You points and use up some Kohl’s cash that might be burning a hole in your pocket!

lego people sitting in front of advent calendar box

As a parent, I really appreciate any Advent Calendar that’s going to encourage an excitement that doesn’t have to do with sugar or candy. During the holidays, there’s already enough treats going around that the last thing I want to do is add to it each and every day before Christmas.

Here are a few other reasons I like this LEGO Advent Calendar:

  • There are 24 different LEGO surprises so there’s plenty for multiple kids to share and play with.
  • All of the LEGOs are festive and create a fun holiday scene for kids to use their imagination.
  • The box folds out into a fun display for kids to play on.
  • There’s no candy! (Sorry kids!) 
  • Unlike many other calendars, these won’t end up in the trash as they can be added to any LEGO creation.

However, there were a few things about this LEGO Advent Calendar that I wasn’t so impressed with:

three kids playing with christmas advent calendar

1. Don’t open the end of the box.

Like any LEGO box, we have a habit of opening the end, but that just opens up every single day. So while you’re not really ruining any sort of visual surprise, you are actually supposed to open the flap on the front of the box to expose the punch outs for the Advent Calendar days. Maybe this is common sense, but for us, it wasn’t! 😂

2. There are no instructions!

Yes, you read that right. There are no instructions that come with this box! Not anywhere – which is a bit disappointing because I don’t have enough of an imagination to figure out how to put together LEGO without a step by step tutorial. HAHA! That said, my older two kids had enough experience to figure it out.

3. The box is cheap and thin.

Although this Advent Calendar isn’t that expensive, I still felt that the box was a little cheap. This thing has to last for the whole month of December with tiny kid’s hands ripping through it every day, so I wish it was a little more durable. Plus, they have a Christmas scene that the kids are supposed to play on and I don’t foresee it lasting very long.

two boys sitting by LEGO City Advent Calendar

My verdict:

“Although there are a couple of things we would change, such as the lack of instructions and the cheap box, this is still a winner in our book! WE LOVE LEGOS! And the kids had such a blast taking out all the LEGOs and figuring out how to put them together.


And besides – what kid wouldn’t want new LEGOs every day for a whole entire month?! LOL! We’d totally buy this Advent Calendar again and are already looking forward to next year’s calendar!”

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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 16

  1. KJ

    If I remember correctly, the instructions are actually on the inside of the window for each day.

    • An

      Yep! We’ve bought these several years in a row, and they always have how to put the pieces together on the back of the flap for each day.

    • Kirsten

      Yes they are — I was just coming to post the same thing. My son has done the Lego City advent calendar for the past 2 years and each of the windows had picture instructions (no words) for that days build.

    • VickiL

      Google and you’ll find a printable of the instructions. I did that last year. But then I also superglued the pieces together so I don’t need the instructions anymore.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh interesting! Thanks for letting us know where you found the instructions. SO odd that we didn’t have them included in our set.

      • Val

        That IS odd! So, when you peek behind the little window/door that you open the instructions aren’t printed on the back side?

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          That’s correct, Val! We didn’t have any instructions. Bummer!

  2. JenC

    Last year my 8-yr old would open the day to see what the set was and tossed aside the “boring” ones. lol I’m just doing a chocolate one this year.

  3. Jenn

    Would you suggest getting one for each sibling, or would one to share be enough? I have boys, 6 and 8 yrs. thx!

    • Lisa

      Maybe get the LEGO city set for the younger one and the Star Wars for the older one. It’s always fun to open your own thing.

    • Amy

      It’s our first year doing the lego set, but we are just using 1 and alternating who gets to open it each day. Mom or dad will probably open the last one if the kids care about absolute equality by the end. Couldn’t see wanting duplicates for most of the items.

  4. barb

    I’ve done them for many years and the excitement lasts about 3 seconds. I purchased a couple sets again this year but I’ve decided they are going back. My kids would rather have a set they can build than the individual pieces. I found 2 sets opened and the peices put back inside the boxes under my kids beds when I changed their rooms around, thats how much fun they had with them, they just shoved the pieces back inside box and forgot about them. Not sure what I will do this year, hopefully something more interactive and creative that I can do with them. Anyone have any great ideas?

    • Lisa

      Maybe cut it down to 12 days instead of 25, so you’re not going crazy trying to find things. Maybe look up some crafty ideas on Pinterest.

    • Colleen

      My son really liked the Hotwheels calendar from Aldi. It gives pieces you can use with all your Hotwheels cars, not just the ones included. Like a sled they can clip the car onto, and a snowplow attachment, and reindeer that clip to the front of the cars. It does have a couple of duds like one year they had stickers in a few windows, and last year they eliminated the stickers but had a mini traffic cone and snowman. The downside is they don’t mix it up very much and each year is similar to the previous one.

  5. Nicole V

    The elf brings this for my son every year. He absolutely loves it and it’s something fun and creative to do every day.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How fun! Thanks for sharing that tradition with us!

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