Win a Playmobil Advent Calendar


It’s no secret that we’re big Playmobil fans round these parts.

I’ve been lucky enough to meet one of the founders of the company on a visit to the Playmobil HQ in Germany, and Flea has been a Playmobil playologist for the last two years, which has involved trying out loads of Playmobil sets. Her top recommendations from 2012 can be found over on her blog, Flea Reads.

This week, we were sent a Playmobil advent calendar.

Now, as it happens, we bought our own Playmobil advent calendar back when Flea was three and we love bringing it out each year. You can get advent calendars from Playmobil with pirate or fairy themes, but we’re old school – our advent calendar allows Flea to build a lovely winter scene over 24 days, featuring cute animals, snow-laden trees, a working music box and Father Christmas himself.

The calendar works in a fairly simple way – you hang a stiff cardboard backing onto the wall, and there are 24 collapsible cardboard boxes that hook onto the backing – each containing one or two small items that can be added to a scene background, which sits comfortably on a shelf in your home. The whole thing is quite sturdy – ours is four years old and still completely intact – but there are a few spare boxes in case of accidents, and you can buy replacement parts, too.

This year, Playmobil sent us a new Christmas scene advent calendar but we’re still very attached to ours, so I’m giving this brand new one away to one of my readers. This set features Santa, an angel, and lots of little woodland creatures. It’s recommended for children aged 4+, because of small parts.

How to Enter

If you’d like to win, just leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me your favourite Christmas carol, and I’ll pick one winner at random on November 16th at 5pm. The calendar will be posted to you in time to use this December (UK residents only, please!). Use the Rafflecopter widget to register your comment, and there are bonus entries to be had, too.

Rules: One entry per person; entries made via automated or online services will be disqualified; users must provide an email address so I can contact you; winner will be contacted by email; in the event the winner cannot be reached in 48 hours, the prize may be re-allocated; competition open to UK residents only; prize will be dispatched using a recorded post service. 

Good luck!


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  1. says

    Although in some ways it’s terribly twee, I think mine is Away in a Manger – because one of the few things I remember about my grandmother is her singing it to me. I’m still word perfect 😉
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  2. Hatster says

    It has to be ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’. Always brings back the memories of my school carol service and how I would feel that sense of anticipation and excitement that Christmas was only a few days away. Now I get the same buzz when I take my daughter to her carol service.

  3. says

    Mine would have to be “Good King Wenceslas” and a more contemporary one “it was on a starry night”. My daughter’s SN class sing this beautifully (with sign language) every year

  4. says

    Is it wrong that I want to win this for me?! The kids can have the chocolate!!!

    My favourite carol is “away in a manger” which I often get quite teary to when listening! Also partial to a bit of “in the bleak mid winter, frost wind may moan” LOVE that line!

  5. Nikki says

    Thanks Sally – the calendar looks great but we’ll be sticking to our traditional “build a manger” type nativity calandar too. Whilst the lego, playmobil and other yummy chocolate (Hotel Chocolat one in particualr) ones look fab, paying vast amounts of money just seems silly for a calendar and to me personally, bares little relation to what Christmas is really about. To me a calendar is about counting down to Christmas and enjoying a picture of a pretty bauble, shepherd or angel. It’s about that rush my brother and I used to do down the stairs to see what picture we got today and finding that blasted little door!

    Still, looks fun though :-)

    • says

      I see your point – I’m not a fan of the themed LEGO advents as – to me – they’re nothing to do with Christmas. But this calendar (and the one we own) is all about Christmas and includes a Father Christmas, an angel, and lots of Christmassy-details – as for ridiculous money, the calendar costs £17, which given ours is about to used for its fifth year makes it pretty good value for money in my book!

      • Nikki says

        I agree re £17 if you can use and re-use year after year, but I know my kids would take the figures out and play with them and the calendar part would be forgotten and most likely not used again. I do like that the Playmobile one is Christmas themed though :-)

        • says

          To be fair, you could say that about any advent set – don’t your children want to play with the nativity figures? I do love this set – considering we’ve had it since Flea was 3, and we’ve not lost a single piece or box, and it gets used every year, I think they’re a great buy.

          • Nikki says

            My two LOVE figures – normally character ones though – e.g. Harry Potter figures or little lego ones that they can change the bodies and heads on lol. It’s not the re-using thing that frustrates me (frankly I love to see my two creating games and scenes using their imagination) and I like that the playmobile figures are at least Christmas characters, but it’s the getting a toy a day type thing. It’s unlikely that they would be able to put these figures back into the calendar to take out next year – or am I wrong? Maybe one could put them aside and into a storage type calendar with boxes for each day (?!).

            I guess I’m just harking back to my days as a child when just opening the door to see and appreciate the picture was the thrill and trying not to over comercialise it – Christmas = every day treats and more….

            Do you know what I mean? Maybe I’m just old fashioned and tight LOL.

  6. Laura Williams says

    My favourite Christmas Carol is ‘O Holy Night’ (Night Divine) I absolutely love it and always play it at Christmas!! Beautiful song and always makes me feel like it’s truly Christmas when it plays :-)
    Thank you! My little Oscar would LOVE this!! :-)

    Laura Williams

  7. domestic goddesque says

    In The Bleak Midwinter: the school choir used to sing it every winter term at Nine Lessons and Carols. The guy who did the solo always used to have me in tears. Wish I had a copy actually.

  8. Nuala Rees says

    Little Donkey is my favourite christmas song the melody is lovely reminds me of life – got to keep on plonding onwards with your precious load.

  9. Tara says

    My favourite carol has to be Oh Come All Ye Faithful. Christmas isn’t complete without a stirring rendition of it, mainly out of tune!

  10. Sam says

    My fav carol is Whilst Shepherds Watch there Flock by Night for 2 reasons…. It’s the only thing that I can play on a piano after my teacher taught it to me be over 30 years ago. I also cannot help but sing whilst shepherds wash their socks instead . Brings out the kid in me every time.

  11. Helen Q says

    Another vote for Once in Royal David’s City – I sang the first verse in church, although as 10 year olds in needed 3 of us to be loud enough for the solo!

  12. Laura says

    Little donkey is my favourite because I used to sing it as a child and last year I watched my daughter who has severe speech & language disorder sing and sign it in her first big carol concert!

  13. says

    My favourite carol is “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.

    I bought a Playmobil advent calendar for the geekdaughter a couple of years ago, but it was clearly an inferior one as it didn’t come with any little boxes and certainly wasn’t reuseable. I like the idea of being able to bring the same calendar out year after year, it’s like setting a new tradition :)
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  14. Michele says

    Most Christmas carols bring a tear to my eye for some reason but I love hearing the children sing Away In A Manger – so cute! Awesome giveaway, we absolutely love the Playmobil advent calenders xx

  15. Sarah Ffelan @mymummysings says

    Definitely Away in a Manger. It’s just so simple & melodic and small children get it. Used to sing the John Rutter version at school – beautiful

  16. Emma Daniels says

    it has to be Little donkey, listen to my little ones sing it is heartwarming :) especially when my daughter songs “lickle donkey” awww…

  17. says

    Ooooh I don’t know – I love all of them… The solo from Once in Royal David’s City holds memories of chorister days, Calypso carol is quite cool… little children singing Away in a Manger or Little Jesus Sweetly Sleeps always make me cry and I love listening to O Holy Night
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  18. catrin says

    My favourite one is Silent Night…or Stille Nacht actually, as I’m German- and a Playmobil addict!:-)
    Don’t know who would appreciate this prize more- my kids or I?

  19. Danielle says

    Mine is ‘Little Donkey’ – happy and sad at the same time. I remember singing it at Primary School and I can’t wait to teach it to my little boy this year :) Ho Ho Ho XX

  20. says

    Have to be the odd one out here and say I dunno about these things – while Playmobil is good value for money, you look at the Moshi Monster one and the Lego Star Wars and you wonder how many kids are going to be upset that they can’t get the £20 advent calendar.

    Or perhaps I’m just a miserable Scot.
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  21. Sarah says

    Good King Wenceslas looked out
    On the palace garden
    Tripped over a brussel sprout
    Said ‘I beg your pardon’
    He had had a glass or two
    And was feeling merry
    You would do do the same if you’d
    Been drinking all the sherrrrryyyy!

    I think this used to do the rounds at school when I was little, and I love it! The idea of tripping over a brussel sprout still cracks me up 😉

  22. Katie says

    Mine is In the Bleak Midwinter. Just gorgeous and never fails to make me blub. Brings back memories of carolling with my junior brass band in motheaten old Victorian outfits (this was in Hebden Bridge – I think the poor kids still have to do it every Christmas).

  23. George Spedding says

    Silent night, my grandad built a stable and it plays silent night still, sorry to say its not here anymore but still lives on in the song

  24. Sheila Hodgson says

    3 Kings From Persian Lands Afar.
    Used to sing this at school in the annual carol concert for the parents.
    It’s a beautiful song

  25. FeeHorne says

    O Come All Ye Faithful – even though I now sing it *properly*, I still have to fight the urge to bellow it out like I did as a kid in Christmas assembly at school – usually getting told off in the process!

  26. thepricklypinecone says

    Mine has to be Away in a Manger. I think every child in the UK has been made to sing it at some point in time! Brings back some very fond memories.

  27. Louise says

    The little drummer boy, from xfms its a cool cool Christmas album, lovely carols rocked up by some very cool bands x

  28. says

    O come all ye Faithful – Triumphant! The verses and the chorus are equally strong and everyone is able to sing, sing, sing with out wondering slightly on tune or words too much.

  29. Zoe says

    Little Donkey, because it is the first one I can remember being sung to me at home and at school. I am looking forward to singing it to my daughter this year – she loves animals and I think she will love this calendar. Talking of donkeys…. I need to check their is one at the Santa’s grotto we have booked to go to – there may not be as it is at a zoo!

  30. says

    In the past, I’ve been called pretentious for liking this but I love the Coventry Carol. No, it’s not one we’ll all be singing, and being based on the story of Herod’s massacre of the innocents, it’s a bit ‘heavy’ for some people. But it’s more than 500 years old. And to me, it’s always felt like a connection with the past, and that’s something Christmas ought to do.

    Here’s a link to a Wikipedia page about it, in case anyone’s interested –
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  31. Sharron Brazier says

    I love “It was on a Starry Night” – the kids sing it every year at their Carol concert, and it’s fab.

  32. Kel says

    I don’t know if it is classed as a carol or hymn, but Little Donkey is my favourite! I was singing it the first time my baby boy kicked (in october) and it was his get to sleep song anytime of the year!

  33. Miss Tracy Hanson says

    I nearly put “Andy Carroll” (sorry – wouldn’t mind him for Christmas lol) but Silent Night is the fav (properly). Good luck to everyone :) 😀 x

  34. Emma Smith says

    Good King Wenceslas. My little boy, aged 6, took a fancy to it in November last year. He learnt all the verses off by heart and sang it numerous times everyday whilst plonking radomly and loudly on the piano. The obsession lasted well into January!

  35. Carol Reil says

    Away in a manger is my favourite. My son sang this as a solo at his first nativity. He is now 10 and loves his playmiobil

  36. Jess Mandeville says

    In the Bleak Midwinter is probably my favourite but I like most of them, they make Christmas for me as opposed to Christmas songs which ruin it!

  37. Lucy Pasifull says

    I adore ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ and have loved it since I was in infant school. Christina Rossetti is an amazing poet and it always makes me feel a bit weepy.

  38. Rachel Marr says

    The Holly and Ivy What a wonderful carol, it reminds of carol singing when we were kids! Something that no longer seems to happen! :-(

  39. Zoe Forsyth says

    Our families favourite Christmas carol is We Three Kings, even if the childrens version can sometimes be different to the original 😉

  40. Gayle says

    I *love* Christmas carols… Not sure if Guadete counts as a Christmas carol, but it’s definitely my favourite.. Otherwise, I’m with the innocence of Away in a Manger – particularly now Moo has started singing it!

  41. Nikki C says

    Little Donkey has become my favourite this year as my nearly 4 year old now know all the words. I can’t wait for Christmas so he can sing it for everyone.

  42. Micky Ricketts says

    My little one is learning Little Donkey, I think it’s a great xmas carol and listening to him sing it makes my heart swell!

  43. Anna K says

    My favourite is a little unconventional. When we were children my mum had a cassette (which was then replaced with a CD) with a story on it that was sung, Whoops-A-Daisy Angel. It was about a very clumsy angel and it came out every Christmas for us to listen to on our way to school. I can probably still sing you every word to the main song “Whoops-A-Daisy Angel”.

    If I had to choose a conventional song it would be O Little Town Of Bethlehem, my sisters and I often used to put on our own four person nativity on Christmas day, complete with programmes and hymn sheets for the oldies. This is the hymn I always chose to play (badly) on my recorder/clarinet.

  44. Erin says

    My favourite Christmas carol of all time is
    ‘What Child is this’ sung at the same time as ‘Child of the Poor’ gorgeous.

  45. Victoria says

    My favourite is ‘Oh little town of Bethlehem’ for sure. It reminds me of carol services at school.
    I love the Playmobile advent calendar but I am a bit of a stickler for traditional, magical christmas scenes with nativity and Father Christmas. Just found great company for traditional advent calendars and cards- orchardcards.

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