Ages 5+

Santa's Railroad Advent Calendar


Count down to Christmas with 24 days of presents! Each day in December, open up the matching envelope to reveal the project inside. Follow the instructions and decorate your creation before adding it to the snowy scene to build your very own winter railroad just in time for Santa to arrive. Check out our other Advent Calendars

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Why it’s awesome

  1. numbered envelopes

    Adorable envelopes

    Create a festive garland or display the envelopes in a stand to double as bonus decor.

  2. toy train on railroad

    Festive railroad

    Build a North Pole–style train set complete with elves, lampposts, creatures, and more!

  3. kid playing with toy train

    Make it your own

    Included art supplies let kids get creative with customizing their railroad.

What’s included?

  • 24 envelopes with:

  • chipboard set (64 pcs)

  • wood set (70 pcs)

  • 4 cubes

  • 5 peg people

  • 6 felt shapes

  • felt sticker sheet

  • 10 foam shapes

  • 8 sticky foam donuts

  • 3 sticky foam sheet

  • 2 yarn lengths

  • 13 sticks

  • 3 lights

  • felt bag

  • 12 stand pieces

  • 4 strings

  • 2 felt sticker sheets

  • sticky foam sheet

  • 4 decorative felt shees

  • 2 thick paper sheets

  • 6 pipe cleaners

Topics explored

  1. Art + design

  2. Pretend play

  3. Holiday fun

Additional details

From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

You can’t have a cozy Christmas scene without some holiday glow! That’s why we included a pair of lampposts and a light-up furnace with the build — to add a little warmth to your wintry wonderland.

- KiwiCo Product Designer

By the numbers


Total wood pieces laser cut during development


Railroad tracks created during prototyping


Number of tiny light bulbs tested



30 reviews



    This was a really fun twist on the traditional advent calendar. I got two different ones, and my kids enjoyed each having their own little box to open each morning, and a craft to complete to add something to their village. We set up a countertop in the living room to display their creations, and that was a fun decoration the whole family could enjoy. The only feedback I have is that some of the boxes were too heavy to hang on the provided string, so I had to get creative to include them in the lineup.



    It was so much fun! We need to build the other one next year! I even bought kits for my niece and nephew's families! Everyone looked forward finding out what they were going to build and then building it!



    This was great. My 3 kids loved doing it (ages 3-9). My 7 and 9 year old were able to do their days alone and my 3 year old needed only a little help. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. This may have been a shipping issue more than your packaging but when the box arrived and we opened it some of the pieces had fallen out of their individual packaging so we didn’t know what the pieces went with. Great December activity to lead up to Christmas.

    Beth K


    My daughter loved this kit, she said there were a few missing pieces- but she was resourceful and made it work.



    My 9 yo loved putting this together! My only suggestion would be to put the axels for the train wheels in their own container as they slipped out of the envelopes and we had some missing. We used pipe cleaner for a make-shift axel and the train worked fine. Would definitely recommend and look forward to what KiwiCo comes up with next!



    My son loved it. We are definitely going to get it again next year.

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