Updated for 2020! It’s taken me a decade to learn that it’s never too early to update this list of dairy-free advent calendars. Many of you have already ordered! If you haven’t, don’t worry. I have more than two dozen options in North America, Europe and Australia to share with you. The information below includes a variety of vegan and non-dairy advent calendars, plus highly-rated refillable and non-food advent calendars. I’ve even updated the pictures to this year’s advent calendars specifically. But the joy of the countdown starts December 1st, and some companies do run out, so I suggest you check out this list and order soon. You can jump ahead to each section with these links:
Dairy-Free Advent Calendars: The Chocolate Collection
Let them enjoy a dairy-free chocolate each day with these Christmas countdown calendars.
This whimsical package contains 24 semi-sweet, kid-friendly chocolate prizes. All are free of gluten and top allergens, including soy, and made in Amanda’s dedicated facility. Amanda’s Own does ship throughout the U.S. and Canada, and we assume this goes for their dairy-free advent calendars, too! Want to know what a milk allergic kid thinks? See Sarah’s review of this product.
Formerly known as Premium Chocolatiers, No Whey Chocolate offers dairy-free advent calendars that are filled with milk-like chocolates. And as of 2016, their facility is free of dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts, and soy. No Whey ships their goodies throughout the U.S. and Canada. I recommend purchasing direct from them rather than via Amazon as they have had a lot of shipping damage issues with Amazon.
You know it’s going to be good when their is an elf on the front of the package holding a sign that says, “yummy scrummy!” And as of this year, the organic, vegan, and fair trade dairy-free advent calendars from Plamil come in several varieties. They include their classic rice milk chocolate, white chocolate, low sugar “smooth” chocolate, and salted caramel chocolate. All are made in Plamil’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free factory. They’re even soy-free by ingredients. Plamil uses rice milk powder and sunflower lecithin, though they do note that soy is present in the facility. These calendars are most readily available in the UK, Europe, and Australia, but can be ordered online worldwide.
How many advent calendars can claim that they are “multi award winning”? Well this one can! This is another organic, milky chocolate-filled gem out of the UK, but this year, they’ve added white chocolate dairy-free advent calendars, too! Everything that Moo Free makes is dairy-free, and their advent calendars are vegan, made with fair trade ingredients, and free of gluten. They’re even made without nuts and soy, but soy and hazelnuts are present in the Moo Free facility. Moo Free products are available online and distributed throughout Europe, Australia, and even in North America.
They do make dairy milk chocolate advent calendars, but Divine’s dark chocolate version is made without dairy. In fact, it’s Vegan Society Certified. These are available in the U.K. and U.S., and have even been spotted at World Market in the states.
This chocolatier thinks no one should be left out. They have a 73% vegan dark chocolate advent calendar, a pure 100% cacao “black” advent calendar, and a vegan “like milk chocolate” advent calendar. Montezuma delivers throughout the UK and Europe, but they also sell on Amazon for U.S. customers. Just make sure you pick one of the dairy-free advent calendars. They do make ones with dairy, too.
Hotel Chocolat does produce milk chocolates, too, but this year they are making two dairy-free advent calendars that are “suitable for vegans”. The rich little figurines include reindeer, snowmen, penguins and enchanted Christmas trees and come in classic dark and 100% cacao boxes. Their products are available to people in the UK and Australia.
NOMO (aka No Missing Out) joined our list for the first time last year. They make milky chocolates that are vegan and free from dairy, gluten, egg and nuts. Their initial advent calendar was available exclusively at Holland & Barrett stores, but this year, they’re expanding to other U.K. stores, including some online shops.
This U.K. chocolatier also leapt onto our list in recent years with their pretty santa and reindeer themed calendar. It’s filled with rice milk chocolate shapes that fit the box theme, and all are free of gluten, dairy, nuts, and peanuts. The box is also labeled as vegans and suitable for coeliacs, but their chocolate does contain soya lecithin. They usually sell in select stores, like Holland & Barrett, and can also be ordered online from Amazon.
Yes, the UK really knows how to do advent calendars AND dairy-free chocolate. This is yet another brand with its own twist. Prestat’s calendar is filled with vegan-friendly dark chocolate bonbons in several flavors, like pink Himalayan salt, cocoa nibs and almonds, and raspberry. This isn’t a strictly dairy-free chocolatier, so heed any warnings if potential cross contamination is a concern.
This UK candy maker is well known for their vegan Cadbury creme egg copycats, which are quite popular around Easter. But they’re venturing into more holidays this year with a full Christmas line. And of course, it includes dairy-free advent calendars.
D&D Chocolates is well-known in the UK for their dairy-free chocolate and carob confections, and this year they are offering an advent calendar for each! They also sell wrapped advent calendar chocolates and carob treats separately, which are great if you have a refillable advent calendar. This company is based in the UK, but they do ship throughout Europe.
This stunning, hand-crafted advent calendar is also free of the top 14 allergens, and includes 24 unique flavors. And yes, that really is chocolate! Sorry Americans, this elegant countdown is only in the UK.
Dairy-Free Advent Calendars: More Tasty Options
Here are a few more treat calendars that go beyond chocolate.
Most advent calendars are filled with chocolate, but this is a great candy option by a German gummy maker. It’s tricky to locate in the U.S., however you can buy it on Amazon. In the U.K., you can buy it from Amazon UK. Some Haribo candies contain wheat, and many are not vegan. Nonetheless, they do appear to be dairy free.
There are a few tea advent calendars on the market, but this is our top pick. Brands like David’s actually include teas with dairy in them, but Pukka is a wonderful, healthy, vegan, and organic brand. This calendar includes green, herbal, and fruit teas. If you’re in the U.K., it’s also available on Amazon.
The kids might not get excited about this calendar (or maybe they will?) but I think adults will love it. It includes a new fruit spread or honey to enjoy each day. I found it at World Market in the US and on Amazon UK.
This UK popcorn company does use dairy, but this particular collection is dairy-free and certified vegan. It’s a giant storybook filled with festive flavors, like Vegan Salted Caramel and Vegan Toffee Apple & Cinnamon.
This is a build-your-own 3D calendar experience. The reward: gelatin-free, gummy, kitten-shaped candies for 24 days leading up to Christmas. This product is in the UK and Europe only.
Sometimes you need a healthier hit to balance out the holiday sweets. This UK company has you covered with their vegan protein ball calendar. They do use whey in some of their other products, so be sure to stick to the vegan collections.
Dairy-Free Advent Calendars: Non-Food Fun
Who says advent calendars have to contain chocolate? Go food-free with these naturally dairy-free advent calendars.
This year, they have released not one, not two, but three advent calendars! You can go modest or luxe, based on your pampering desires. Their staff confirmed that no milk/dairy ingredients are used in any of these products. However, these collections aren’t strictly vegan. All of their products are vegetarian, and most are vegan, but they sometimes use honey or royal jelly in a few of their products.
Lego comes up with a few different themes for their advent calendars, and this year they have new Harry Potter (pictured below), Star Wars, and City themes. Each one includes 24 mini-figures, models and accessories to reveal and play with throughout the month!
Melissa & Doug have their own playful advent calendars, complete with 24 unique wooden ornaments and a tree-topping star. Their toys are typically sustainably made and decorated with water-based, non-toxic paints.
I can’t believe “People” toys are still around. They weren’t known as “little” people when I was a kid, and now they have even more detail. This is adorable fun for any little one. But you might be surprised by the size. The little people are housed in a rather big calendar.
Not to be outdone, Playmobil offers multiple toy advent calendars, including Santa’s Workshop, Christmas Toy Store, Horse Farm, and more. And for educational purposes, they also have a Nativity Scene advent calendar.
This toy advent calendar is new for 2020, and includes everyone’s favorite train, and all of his friends.
For those who love a good sensory experience, this calendar includes 24 non-toxic, soft silicone squishy toys.
From nativity scenes to decorative trees, the stuffed felt pieces on Kubla Crafts advent calendars are fun to velcro in place as kids countdown the days to Christmas.
Dairy-Free Advent Calendars: Best Re-Fillable Calendars
You can fill these reusable advent calendars each year with little treats, like Cocomels, Ocho Minis, Enjoy Life Minis, or YumEarth Candies. Or you can opt for little non-food gifts that will be equally fun to discover.
This brand is a bit pricier, but loyal fans love the pretty designs and high-quality wooden construction of Byers’ Choice.
This is a brand new design, so I can’t vouch for it in person. But I love the creative and versatile design of this advent calendar. It’s also worth trying out just for the price!
This beautiful gingerbread house is a 3D advent calendar that you can refill with goodies year after year.