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John Lewis Advent Calendar 2023, Day 6: Find Christmas Eve box inspiration

Christmas Eve boxes are marmite with our Mumsnet users, but for those of you on board with this tradition, here’s some inspiration for making the night before Christmas extra special.

By Gemma Wilcock | Last updated Dec 13, 2023

John Lewis Advent Calendar 2023, Day 6: Find Christmas Eve box inspiration

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A festive themed box that is opened on the night before Santa visits, Christmas Eve boxes are a fairly new tradition for many of us. If you remember desperately wanting to open a gift before bedtime when you were a child, the Christmas treats-filled box helps fulfil some of that excitement.

While our Mumsnet users have mixed feelings about Christmas Eve boxes, those that love the tradition fill it with items that can be enjoyed together as a family before Santa comes. 

This includes things like Christmas pyjamas, treats, a Christmas movie, a book, hot chocolate and a new mug, as well as a festive plate and reindeer food for leaving out for Santa. 

If you’re on a tight budget you may feel like it’s just another thing you have to spend your money on, but you don’t have to buy new items every year to put in the box. In fact, using the same Christmas plates and keepsakes from previous years can make it even more special.

We have a wooden box we use every year. In it goes the personalised Santa plate we’ve had for years, the magic key we’ve had for years and the believe bell we’ve had for years!


Whether this is your first year putting together a Christmas Eve box or you’re looking for some inspiration to help make the day even more special for the children - or adults - in your life, John Lewis has a range of products that will cater for everyone. If food is their thing, there’s Christmas Eve hampers to kickstart the celebrations and there’s festive crockery and games to add to the box to make the day even more fun and special for young children.

The perfect Christmas Eve box

Treat Republic Personalised Jolly Holly Christmas Eve Box, £35

Our verdict

Bring a little extra magic and sparkle to Christmas Eve this year with a Christmas Eve Box filled to the brim with treats for that special little one.

Don't forget treats for Santa

John Lewis Santa's Christmas Plate, £14

Our verdict

The plate provides a place for you to leave tasty treats for Santa and Rudolph complete with a 'Merry Christmas Santa' title and adorable designs next to designated spaces for a carrot, mince pie, and drink. The plate is made from pinewood creating a piece that both looks good and is easy to clean.

Great for younger kids

Orchard Toys Christmas Eve Box Game & Jigsaw Puzzle, £14

Our verdict

Spread some festive cheer with the Christmas Eve Box! Featuring a game and a jigsaw puzzle it's perfect to get the whole family in the Christmas spirit, whether that's during Advent, on Christmas Eve, the big day or even after.

One for the grown ups

John Lewis Christmas Eve Hat Box, £100

Our verdict

Last gifts wrapped? Sprouts prepared for tomorrow? Time to settle down and snack your way through a family Christmas Eve with a bottle of Prosecco and a selection of sweet and savoury goodies.

What is the John Lewis Advent calendar 2023?

For the first 12 days of December, we’re serving up Christmas inspiration, gift ideas and thoughtfully curated products that carry the seal of approval from our very own Mumsnet users. Make sure you check back daily!

About John Lewis

Known for much more than just those tear-jerking Christmas adverts, John Lewis is a department store that will accommodate all your needs. From home, garden, electricals, beauty, and fashion it's the perfect place to find a special gift for someone, or for yourself.

About the author

Rebecca Roberts is a writer, editor, and content marketing expert hailing from Leeds. Here at Mumsnet, she brings parents content designed to make life easier. As a mum-of-two, she knows all too well how difficult it can be organising Christmas. So, she's fully invested in finding the best Christmas gift ideas, offers and promotions for families this year. 

Beyond her role as an editor here at Mumsnet, Rebecca can be found balancing life as a working mum of two toddlers and when she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her at a local playgroup, in a nearby coffee shop, or walking the dog.