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The ideal Lego Christmas sets - top holiday gifts

The best Lego Christmas sets are perfect for gifting, from traditional Lego Christmas ornaments to sets from your favorite Xmas movies.

As the festive season approaches, anticipation fills the air and we begin to fantasize about the best Lego Christmas sets and presents. We particularly love the Lego Christmas tree and the Lego Christmas village – but all of the sets in this guide bring joy and wonder.

Lego is a timeless gift that has brought joy to all ages since its inception. Our picks showcase our favorite Christmas-themed sets amd the best sets for holiday gifts. If you’re buying for a builder with a focus on a particular kind of Lego, you should check out our other Lego guides, from Disney Lego sets, to Lego Ideas creations, and the best Lego sets for adults.

Lego Christmas Tree

As festive as Lego gets!

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Lego Christmas Tree specifications:
Model number 40573
Build time Roughly 2 hours to build
Number of pieces 784
Number of minifigures 0
Recommended age 12+
Reasons to buy
  • Why put Lego under the tree, when Lego can be the tree?
  • Doesn’t shed pine needles
Reasons to avoid
  • Will look a little odd if you keep it on display year round

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a tree, right? Just like a real one, you can decorate the Lego Christmas Tree with colorful ornaments and candles.

This set is perfect if you want a tree but do not have the space, or if you’ve decided that Lego Christmas ornaments will make a nice centerpiece for your Christmas dinner.

This is a 2 in 1 build, giving you the option to build one big tree or two smaller trees. The taller tree stands 30cm tall, the medium measures 23cm tall and the small tree 16cm. This set contains 748 pieces and we think it’s very reasonably priced. The Lego Christmas Tree is a must-have to add a touch of Christmas cheer to your home!

Lego Disney Castle

The most magical Christmas set

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Lego Disney Castle specifications:
Model number 43222
Build time Roughly 12 hours
Number of pieces 4837
Number of minifigures 8
Recommended age 18+
Reasons to buy
  • A rewarding build that creates a beautiful final castle
  • Works as a display piece, but packs in loads of play value
Reasons to avoid
  • Too expensive to buy on a whim

Christmas conjures images of sitting on the sofa, stuffing your face with chocolates, and watching a Disney classic. Just like Christmas, this set exudes pure magic. The Lego Disney Castle is a magnificent beauty and a splendid display piece.

This set measures 80cm high, 59cm wide, and 33cm deep. It comprises an impressive 4837 pieces and comes with 8 minifigures from both classic Disney and more contemporary films. The lineup includes Cinderella, Prince Charming, Snow White, Prince Florian, Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Rapunzel, and Flynn Ryder.

This set is not just beautifully detailed but also filled with Disney references. There are multiple levels, each brimming with magical rooms. The Grand Ballroom allows Cinderella and Prince Charming to waltz gracefully on the rotating dance floor. Another room houses an enchanted fireplace with a spinning wheel. Oh, and it comes with a special time capsule commemorating 100 years of Disney films.

Lego Hogwarts Castle and Grounds

The Hogwarts Castle and Grounds is epic

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Lego Hogwarts Castle and Grounds specifications:
Model number 76419
Build time Roughly 4 hours
Number of pieces 2660
Number of minifigures 1
Recommended age 18+
Reasons to buy
  • An amazing diorama that perfectly captures the aesthetic of the films
  • Perfect gift for Harry Potter fans
Reasons to avoid
  • Very limited play value – one for the grown up muggles

Imagine Christmas at Hogwarts! You wake up on Christmas morning to a pile of presents. One of which is a hand-knitted sweater, compliments of Mrs Weasley. The castle is encased in a blanket of snow.

The Lego Hogwarts Castle is brimming with delightful references to the Harry Potter series. You construct the Whomping Willow, complete with the crashed Ford Anglia. Build the Durmstrang Ship and the Beauxbatons flying carriage, and explore iconic locations like the Chamber of Secrets and the potions classroom. What’s more, it features a golden statue minifigure of the Hogwarts architect, adding an extra dash of enchantment to your collection.

Although over $150 (just under £150) the set offers good value given its 2660-piece count. Upon completion, the set stands as an impressive display piece, measuring 21cm in height, 35cm in width, and 25cm in depth. This set makes for a wonderful gift for all Harry Potter fans.

Lego Disney 100 Walt Disney Tribute Camera

The best Lego Christmas present for die-hard Disney fans.

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Lego Disney 100 Walt Disney Tribute Camera specifications:
Model number 43230
Build time Roughly 3 hours
Number of pieces 811
Number of minifigures 5
Recommended age 18+
Reasons to buy
  • An elegant collectible for Disney fans
  • Packed with clever details and fun build challenges
Reasons to avoid
  • More of a display piece than a toy
  • Quite delicate for something that kids will love to play with

Of course, the Disney castle is just one of the many fabulous sets that have been created to pay homage to a century of Disney magic. Another set is the Lego Walt Disney Tribute Camera. This set presents a distinctive, compact model that elegantly embodies Disney magic with a mature touch.

Experience the engaging features: a crank simulating the sound of a camera recording, rotatable lenses, and a matt box that can be slid back and forth. There is even an opening on the side of the camera unveiling an office space for your Walt Minifigure to perch! The camera features a film strip displaying stills from 20 Disney films, from timeless classics like Sleeping Beauty to modern gems like The Princess and the Frog.

This set contains 811 pieces which form a sleek display item standing tall at over 37 cm, spanning 21 cm in width and 19 cm in depth. It’s attractively priced at $99.99 (£89.99). This set is a delightful blend of challenge and immersion making it the perfect project to build over the holidays.

Lego Santa Sleigh

This is the most nostalgic Christmas set.

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Lego Santa Sleigh specifications:
Model number 40499
Build time Roughly 45 minutes
Number of pieces 343
Number of minifigures 1
Recommended age 9+
Reasons to buy
  • Peak Christmas
  • A kit that kids can build by themselves, with great toy value
Reasons to avoid
  • Just slightly too big to fit in a stocking

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer… Um, Doner, Blitzen… Respect for those of you who can name all nine reindeer! Luckily for me, this set contains four Lego Reindeer figures, so I have the names covered. After all, Santa conjures memories of leaving milk and cookies out on Christmas Eve.

The Lego Santa Sleigh is a beautifully detailed build, filled with toys and gifts like a guitar, skis, and a teddy bear. The Santa minifigure, complete with his list of naughty and nice children, adds a festive touch to this compact design.

This set contains 343 pieces. The sleigh, including the reindeer train, measures 8cm high, 30cm long and 7cm wide. Exclusive to the Lego store, why not display it next to the Lego Christmas tree for the ultimate Lego Christmas diorama?

Lego Home Alone

Best set based on a Christmas movie.

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Lego Home Alone specifications:
Model number 21330
Build time Roughly 11 hours
Number of pieces 3955
Number of minifigures 5
Recommended age 18+
Reasons to buy
  • Packed with references to the film
  • A massive and satisfying build
  • A reserved display piece hides a packed playset
Reasons to avoid
  • A top tier kit with a top shelf price

This offers a slightly more challenging build, aimed at older fans who remember when the film came out. Perhaps it could be fun to build as a family on Boxing Day? It contains a whopping 3955 pieces. Split into 24 bags, the building follows the order of the plot of the film. This set contains 5 minifigures including Kevin, Harry, and Marv. It even includes a light brick to illuminate the furnace!

Measuring over 27cm in height, 34cm in width, and 37cm in depth, this set is quite grand. What’s impressive is that each level of the house is detachable, and the walls and roof can open up, revealing intricate details inside.

The set is loaded with references to the film, including swinging paint cans, collapsible shelves, and even a zip line from the attic to the tree house. With all these features, this set provides the perfect opportunity to relive classic moments with the Sticky Bandits (formerly the Wet Bandits).

Lego Natural History Museum

This is the most captivating Lego set.

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Lego Natural History Museum specifications:
Model number 10326
Build time Roughly 10 hours
Number of pieces 4014
Number of minifigures 7
Recommended age 18+
Reasons to buy
  • A rewarding build that creates a gorgeous display piece
  • Absolutely packed with intricate and charming detail
Reasons to avoid
  • A premium kit at a premium price

The Lego Natural History Museum set is an ideal gift for history, science, museum, and Lego enthusiasts. The model itself measures an impressive 31cm in height, 39cm in width, and 25cm in depth. It’s crafted from a whopping 4014 pieces and is designed as a magnificent display piece intended for adults.

This set is a treasure trove of brick-built exhibits, showcasing a brachiosaurus skeleton and an abundance of intricate details. It offers the chance to construct space and science artifacts, delightful references to classic Lego sets, and even a meticulously designed curator’s office.

The addition of two skylights lets natural light flood the building, adding to its charm. To sweeten the deal further, it comes with 7 minifigures.

A part of the Lego Icons range, this set perfectly aligns with the high expectations of collectors. Officially released on December 1 2023, it’s available on the Lego website for $29.99 (£259.99). As a part of the Modular Building series, it offers the exciting possibility of displaying it alongside other sets from the range to construct your very own Lego town, just like in the Lego Movie!

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How we picked the best Christmas Lego sets

While compiling this list, we considered several key factors for including specific sets. First and foremost is authenticity; we place great importance on whether the set accurately mirrors its on-screen or real-life inspiration. Building complexity is another aspect we take into account, seeking a balance between intricate and more accessible sets.

Value for money is a crucial criterion, ensuring that the sets provide a worthwhile investment. Finally, variety plays a significant role as we aim to encompass a diverse range of Lego sets, exploring the full spectrum of festive delights that Lego has to offer.

If you want to get someone a fancy gift, read our list of the most expensive Lego sets. Meanwhile, our list of the best Lego Technic sets is great for fans who enjoy more complex creations.