Here’s how to celebrate 24 days of fun

There’s something magical about marking all the 24 days leading up to Christmas. And for some, it’s even better if there’s a special note or a gift behind each calendar door. That’s the fun of the Advent calendar, now arriving at select South Coast Plaza boutiques and bound to sell out soon.

Holiday goodies in prepackaged calendars include beauty and fragrance gifts from Kiehl’s and Jo Malone London to sweet treats from Sugarfina. For those who want to fill their own countdown boxes, Pottery Barn has a wintry version that’s illuminated from within. Here, our calendar picks:

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Level 1, Jewel Court

Designed as a Cabinet of Curiosities, Diptyque’s Advent calendar contains 25 scented treasures, including new limited-edition surprises, in a variety of sizes. The box is pretty enough to keep or repurpose long after the holiday season is over.


Level 1, Carousel Court

Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar is a holly jolly tasting collection from Sugarfina that includes four pieces per day of bestsellers such as Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, Peach Bellini, Watermelon Slices, Birthday Cake Caramels, Heavenly Sours and new treats such as Holiday Presents, Merry Berries, Santa’s Donuts, Clementine Bears, Petite Strawberries and more delicious flavors.

Jo Malone London

Level 2, Nordstrom Wing

Count down in stellar style. Sleek and luxurious, the Jo Malone London Advent Calendar contains a gleaming selection of scents in miniature sizes plus one 30ml cologne. Behind the doors lie the Oud & Bergamot Cologne, the Blackberry & Bay Body Creme and Peony & Blush Suede Body & Hand Wash, among many scented favorites.

Kiehl’s Since 1851

Level 1, Saks Fifth Avenue Wing

With the Limited Edition Holiday Advent Calendar, Kiehl’s celebrates 170 years of community spirit as French artist Marylou Faure transforms New York City into a whimsical dreamland dotted with unique characters. The calendar features 24 travel-sized hair, skin, and body care favorites, including the Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Microdose Serum.

Williams Sonoma

Level 1, Crate and Barrel Wing

Cult followers of the Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark have a new reason to rejoice and a perfect excuse to have fun while indulging in this famous candy every day for 24 days in a row. Company legend has it that one million pounds of Guittard semi-sweet chocolate and creamy white chocolate are sprinkled with 65,000 pounds of crushed peppermint bits to make this confection. The calendar contains six each of these figures: Christmas tree, Santa, toy soldier, and snowman.


Level 1, Crate and Barrel Wing

Exclusive to Anthropologie, the limited edition George & Viv 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar features illustrations by Canadian artist Emily Taylor and 24 premium samples from Mario Badescu, Sunday Riley, Peter Roth and Caudalie, among others.

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Level 1, Macy’s Home Store Wing

Go for a drive each day by moving the tiny car all around this Holiday Village Advent Calendar. It’s interactive and perfect for getting little family members involved in the countdown.

L’Occitane En Provence

Level 2, Crate and Barrel Wing

The Classic Advent Calendar holds 24 best-loved L’Occitane bath, body and hair items featuring scents such as verbena, cherry blossom, shea butter, as well as coveted products such as the Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-Serum.


Level 1, Carousel Court

Awaited every year by collectors, the luxe Swarovski Annual Edition Advent Calendar is filled with 25 ornaments, 12 designs of which are exclusive to the calendar. Start a new tradition by decorating your Christmas tree or ornament stand with a new surprise crystal keepsake hidden behind each door.


Level 2, Crate and Barrel Wing

Level 1, Bloomingdale’s Wing

Perfect for those who love experimenting with beauty products, the Holiday Vibes Advent Calendar contains Sephora Collection makeup, skincare, bath, and accessories in 24 reusable boxes. Among the gifts: a full-size face mask, an eye mask, lip liner to-go, lip stain, three nail polish minis and 2 full-size eyeshadows, and much more — available at South Coast Plaza’s two Sephora locations.

Pottery Barn

Level 1 and 2, Crate and Barrel Wing

Illuminated from within with battery power, the windows of glitter cardboard houses glow in Pottery Barn’s Advent Calendar. Make it your own by placing a note or small treat in each house of this holiday village.


Level 2, Carousel Court

Origins calls its Advent Calendar its most epic set of the season, with 12 skin and body care must-haves for the skincare beginner and pro alike. Highlights of the set include GinZing and Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom products, the best-selling Charcoal mask, the fan-favorite Frothy Face Wash and #1 Soothing Treatment Lotion. Treat yourself or give it to someone who wants radiant holiday skin. Our tip: Open one box every other day or just start on Dec. 13 (if you can wait that long).