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Cheese advent calendars are a major thing for 2023 and we think they’re brie-lient

It doesn’t get cheddar than this – counting down to Xmas with delicious cheese!

cheese advent calendars
Katherine Robinson
Katherine RobinsonSenior Lifestyle Editor
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Advent calendars get more exciting each year. Gone are the days of picking out your favourite chocolate brand, and cardboard picture windows? Forget it!

Now we have beauty advent calendars, gin advent calendars and even jewellery advent calendars. And even better, you can countdown to Christmas with one of these delicious cheese advent calendars for 2023. Just remember to put them in the fridge! The ones we've found below look mighty gouda... Keep checking back as we'll updating this edit with more as they become available. 

How we chose the best cheese advent calendars

  • Trusted brands: These advent calendars all come from HELLO! approved brands that we know make the most delicious cheese.
  • Variety: Whether you love a classic cheddar or stilton or prefer artisan options and more unique flavours, we've found something for everyone.
  • Price: We've chosen advent calendars at a range of price points from £25 to £150. All of them are great value for money.

The best cheese advent calendars to shop for Christmas 2023

Paxton & Whitfield advent calendar 2023

Paxton cheese advent calendar

What do you get? A delicious hand-cut and hand-wrapped taster of artisan cheese each day in December. This carefully curated cheese advent calendar features festive classics including Gruyere and Stilton, as well as more unusual cheeses from artisan British and European cheesemakers. 

Why we love it? You'll receive three fresh deliveries of eight hand-cut and hand-wrapped, artisan cheese boxes, so you don't need to worry about how to store it. The first advent parcel will be delivered on 30 November, followed by the second on 8 December and the final installment on 15 December.

The Chuckling Cheese Company advent calendar 2023

cheesmas calendar 2021

What do you get? Last year, this experimental cheesy dream was packed with 24 different pieces of cheese, including flavours such as Orange and Whisky, Margherita Pizza, Gin and Tonic Cheddar and of course, the extra special Xmas flavour - we're talking a Christmas pudding with a hint of brandy and cinnamon. Yes, really!

Why we love it? The fantastically flavoured cheese treats come in different coloured wax cheese truckles, think Babybels but with the ultimate luxury upgrade. That means should you want to save them for later they’ll last way beyond the festive season. We're hoping for much of the same for 2023.

Ilchester Cheese advent calendar 2023

ilchester cheese 2021

What do you get? Last year’s 24-door model had a mini cheese surprise behind each one - from Wensleydale to Applewood and even Mexicana, with a wide range of flavours. 

Why do we love it? Along with the individual cheeses, there were also cheesy jokes waiting for you behind each door – praise cheesus! Plus the new book design means it can be split in half for easier storage in the fridge. 

ilchester crackers calendar

What do you get? Everything mentioned in the Ilchester calendar above, plus a Jacobs selection of crackers and biscuits to enjoy your cheese on. Plus, a Naras festive activity card, which features either jokes, activities or acts of kindness to keep you buys in the run-up to Christmas.

Why do we love it? For an extra few quid you get yummy crackers to enjoy your cheese with - as well as some fun Christmas activities. Great!

Giant Welsh Cheese advent calendars 2023

welsh cheese advent calendar

What do you get? This giant calendar is a celebration of Welsh cheesemaking, containing produce from seven different cheesemakers, with contents ranging from creamy soft cheeses to punchy Cheddars and yummy blues. 

Why we love it? Cheese lovers, brace yourselves. Last year, this beauty from The Welsh Cheese Company contained a whopping 4.2 kilograms of cheese and measured over a metre in width. You're getting a lot of cheese for your money! 

mini welsh cheese calendar

What do you get? This mini version of the above advent calendar has six windows and six delicious individual Welsh cheeses to enjoy throughout December. There's a total of 1.2kg of delicious cheese to enjoy, which is still enough for a cheesy feast!

Why we love it? You still get to sample some of the most stunning offerings from the Welsh Cheese Company  - including a brie, a blue and two gorgeous cheddars, but this smaller-sized calendar is a lot easier to fit in the fridge!