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Top 10 Flame Tree Calendars | Advent Calendars | Paddington Bear and Others

Posted by Josie Mitchell

As well as our beautiful calendars, we also produce a number of advent calendars, perfect for the approaching holiday season. From Erté’s stylish designs to familiar faces like Paddington Bear, there is something for everyone, regardless of age. If you fancy spreading the festive cheer early, they can also make great gifts for friends and family – so you can all relish in the countdown to Christmas together. Below is a quick summary of a few of our favourites, but be sure to check out our full range to find the perfect one for you.


The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

Edith Holden’s (1871–1920) charmingly delicate illustrations give this advent calendar a timeless appeal. Each day reveals her beautiful depictions of the flora and fauna of the English countryside, taken from the popular publication of her notes. Experience the winter season through nature with this glorious homage to country life.



9780857757852.jpgLetter to Santa

This advent calendar features endearing illustrations by Jean and Ron Henry, with stickers depicting images from their Fairyland series, as well as a selection of traditional Christmas toys. The classic depiction of Santa embodies the excitement of Christmas, and the glittered cover adds to the magic of the scene.




9781783615698.jpgIvory Cats – Christmas Window

Lesley Anne Ivory’s images are hugely popular among cat lovers, and this advent calendar (with stickers!) is no exception. It’s hard to imagine a cosier Christmas scene than this – two cats snuggled up on a windowsill, one playing with a bauble while the other watches the snow falling outside. The snow-capped rooftops and the welcome glow of other building windows create a perfect wintry atmosphere.



9780857757838.jpgErté – Entrance of Santa Claus

Erté (1892–1990) is the artist behind this elegant Art Deco design. Illustrated in bold colours and sleek lines, this Santa Claus exudes sophistication and glamour as he rides his sleigh. Each day reveals another of Erté’s stylish images, making this sparkling advent calendar a special addition to the run-up to Christmas.




9780857757845.jpgBauble Tree

With stickers featuring robins, snowmen and all manner of festive decorations, this lovely Christmas scene is a more traditional advent calendar design. Dani Bergson’s cheerful tree glitters with Christmas cheer, inviting you to discover the seasonal stickers hidden behind each numbered window.




9780857750679.jpgMr & Mrs Snowman

This nostalgic advent calendar captures the joy of two snowmen in love. With festive stickers inside as well – including Santa and his sleigh, mistletoe and children enjoying Christmas – this is a true classic.




9781783618910.jpgPaddington Movie  

The countdown to Christmas will be made even more special with this friendly bear from Peru. His old hat, duffle coat and battered suitcase make him one of the most loved children's characters. Inside the advent calendar are film stills from the Paddington movie turned into stickers to add some Paddington cheer to your run up to Christmas.




9781847864451.jpgSnowy Santa Claus

With his trumpet and basket full of presents Santa Claus is the best person to get you in the festive mood. And if that isn't enough, there is also a delightfully illustrated sticker behind every window so you can make your very own Christmas scene.





Created by illustrator Lucy Cousins, Maisy Mouse has found a place in all of our hearts. On this advent calendar she decorates the Christmas tree with her friends Cyril and Tallulah, and inside each door is a colourful sticker.




9781783611065.jpgForest Fairies Christmas Presents

This advent calendar shows off one of Beverlie Manson's delightful fairy illustrations. In this image two young fairies sit amongst the winter flowers and berries, exchanging gifts, with a beautiful Christmas tree in the background.





  • Take a look at the full range of our advent calendars here.
  • We have a number of new diaries and year planners for 2017 - whether you love Erté's fabulous figures or crave the sweet nostalgia of the Moomins, we have something for you!
  • Curious about the origins of advent calendars? Have a read of our previous blogpost on the subject here.

Topics: advent calendars, Flame Tree Calendars

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