Updated for 2019! This year, I got a jump on updating this post to ensure that you have plenty of time to purchase before the countdown begins. And there are now many dairy-free advent calendars to choose from! Confectioners in North America, Europe and Australia have recognized the increasing dairy-free demand, whether for allergies, intolerance, vegan preference, or health choices.
Detailed below are all of the vegan and dairy-free advent calendars that we’ve located to date, plus highly-rated refillable and non-food advent calendars. I’ve even updated the pictures to this year’s advent calendars specifically. The joy of the countdown starts on the first of December, so I suggest you check out this list and order this year’s now!
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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!” These organic, vegan, and fair trade dairy-free advent calendars from Plamil contain rice milk chocolates, and they now have white chocolate and low sugar “smooth” chocolate calendars. 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. 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 for hard core chocoholics, and a NEW dairy-free milk chocolate alternative calendar for those of us with a bigger sweet tooth! Montezuma delivers throughout the UK and Europe, but we did spot their Organic Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar on Amazon and Vegan Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar on Amazon for U.S. customers.
I’m guessing this festive advent calendar is created by Moo Free or Plamil, but branded as Holland & Barrett with their own holiday design. It’s filled with organic, fair trade, dairy-free milk chocolates made with cacao, rice powder, sweetener and sunflower lecithin. Holland & Barrett sells this advent calendar, on their website and in their stores across the UK.
Hotel Chocolat does produce milk chocolates, too, but this is their all-dark chocolate calendar that is “suitable for vegans”. The rich little figurines include reindeer, snowmen, penguins and enchanted Christmas trees. Their products are available to people in the UK and Australia.
This allergy-friendly chocolate brand is sold at Tesco stores in the U.K. Their affordable advent calendar is filled with rice milk chocolates that are dairy-free and gluten-free. However, they do contain soy lecithin and have allergen warnings for peanuts and tree nuts.
We have a couple of newcomers this year, including NOMO (aka No Missing Out). NOMO makes milky chocolates that are vegan and free from dairy, gluten, egg and nuts. Their advent calendar contains 12 Creamy Choc discs, 12 Caramel & Sea Salt discs, and a Creamy Choc bar for the last day. It’s available exclusively at Holland & Barrett stores in the U.K., and possibly some other countries where they are present.
This U.K. chocolatier also leapt onto our list this year 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. You can order the calendar direct or buy it from Holland & Barrett.
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. It is available in the US via Amazon, but costs a small fortune.
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.
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 online shops like Ocado, and perhaps find it in stores, too. 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., Holland & Barrett has a nice vegan tea advent calendar, too.
The kids might not get excited about this calendar (or maybe they will?) but I think adults will love it. It includes a new spread to enjoy each day. I found it at World Market.
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.
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!
Spoil yourself with this make-up and skincare advent calendar. All of its contents are vegan and meant to pamper you during the busy holiday season.
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. And for educational purposes, they also have a Nativity Scene advent calendar.
Like the Little People, but with our favorite furry friends instead!
This is such a fun and clever idea for all ages. Each day reveals a new ornament for your mini tabletop Christmas tree, which is included in the box!
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!