It’s the most wonderful time of the year for LEGO. The holiday season is when LEGO brings out some of the best sets of the year, so it’s a great time to buy gifts for friends and family. Or, if you’d prefer, you can just treat yourself.
To help you find the best LEGO sets for this holiday season, we’ve created this list of our favorites. From a cheery Christmas tree to a colossal Colosseum, you’re sure to find something you’ll love.
Best For Building a Holiday Village: Holiday Main Street
Have you been collecting LEGO sets like the Santa’s Visit set to create a holiday village? If so, the Holiday Main Street set will be the perfect addition to your festive town. This 1,514-piece set allows you to build two village shops and one streetcar. It also comes with six Minifigures and plenty of pieces to build extras like Christmas trees.
If you’re looking to add a little movement to Main Street, you can pair the streetcar with Powered Up devices and tracks. Keep in mind that these devices, including the Hub, Train Motor, and Tracks, are sold separately.
Best Tabletop Holiday Decoration: Christmas Tree
There’s just something about a Christmas tree that brings the joy of the season into any room. If you’re short on space (and love all things LEGO), you’ll want to pick up this Christmas Tree set. It comes with 784 pieces and is perfect for builders aged 12 and over.
The beauty of this affordable set is that it gives you two building options. You can create one larger tree that stands 11 inches tall or two smaller trees. The medium tree is just over 9 inches, while the small tree measures a little over 6 inches. No matter which tree you build, it’s sure to make a wonderful decoration for the holidays.
Best For Reindeer Games: Santa’s Sleigh
Whether you’re looking for a new addition to your holiday town or you just want to play some reindeer games, the Santa’s Sleigh set is a great buy. It comes with 343 pieces that allow builders aged nine and up to create Santa’s sleigh and four of his reindeer. It also comes with a Minifigure of Saint Nicholas himself.
In addition to Santa, his sleigh, and four tiny reindeer, this set also comes with extras like gifts for all the good LEGO boys and girls, as well as items to embellish the sleigh. When completed, the entire set measures 3 inches high by 11.5 inches long by 2.5 inches wide.
Best Daily Surprise: LEGO City Advent Calendar
Everyone loves an advent calendar because it allows you to enjoy little surprises in the days leading up to Christmas. While many people have had an advent calendar that includes candy and snacks, a calendar with non-edible surprises can be just as much (if not even more) fun. Don’t believe us? Just check out the LEGO City Advent Calendar.
This LEGO-themed advent calendar comes with 24 days of gifts, which comes to 287 pieces in total. Kids and the young-at-heart will love seeing what their daily surprise is. It could be anything from a festive Minifigure, an animal friend, or a holiday accessory.
Best For Amateur Egyptologists: Great Pyramid of Giza
From the Great Pyramid of Giza to the stoic Sphinx, there’s just something about ancient Egypt that’s mesmerizing. If a trip to Egypt is a little outside of your budget right now, you can always bring a bit of Egypt into your home. How? With help from the Great Pyramid of Giza set.
This new addition to the Architecture line from LEGO comes with 1,476 pieces and is best suited for builders aged 18 and over. As you build, you’ll see that this set includes views of the Nile River and incredible details like cross-sections that show tunnels and chambers deep within the pyramid. At 13.5 inches wide, this LEGO model will make the perfect historic centerpiece.
Best For Super Mario Fans: The Mighty Bowser
Most people cheer for that little Italian plumber when they play any game from the Super Mario franchise. However, others find the biggest baddie to be more interesting. LEGO realizes this, which is why the brand created The Mighty Bowser set to honor King Koopa.
When you pick up this set, you’ll have quite a build ahead of you, as the set comes with 2,807 pieces. Due to the sheer size and complexity of this build, it’s recommended for those aged 18 and over. The beauty of this LEGO set is that the finished Bowser model is fully posable and comes with a display stand and special features like snapping jaws.
Best Motorized Set: Motorized Lighthouse
LEGO fans everywhere have been talking about the Motorized Lighthouse set since well before it became available for purchase. This 2,065-piece set allows builders aged 18 and over to build a fully functional lighthouse. It’s all thanks to a battery box, medium motor, and cable with lights.
Once the lighthouse is built, the light will spin and shine from the top of the tower. However, that’s not all this set includes. You can also open the lighthouse to see a winding staircase and a cozy cottage where the two Minifigures can relax when they aren’t watching for ships at sea.
Best For Combining Sports and LEGO: Table Football
Even if you aren’t athletic, it’s easy to enjoy a game of table football. LEGO is bringing this fun to LEGO lovers everywhere with the new Table Football set. With 2,339 pieces and 22 Minifigures, this set allows you to build a working foosball table. This means you can enjoy building the set and then have hours of fun playing table football.
One of the most noteworthy features of this LEGO set is the diversity shown in the Minifigures. Each set includes figures with a wide variety of skin tones, including one with vitiligo. You’ll also find that one of the Minifigures has hearing aids. All of these little details are huge wins for representation.
Best Blast From the Past: Lion Knights’ Castle
Who says you can’t relive the past? LEGO has created the Lion Knights’ Castle set as an ode to the original castle set from 1984. And what an ode it is! This iconic LEGO set comes with 4,514 pieces and 22 Minifigures. When it’s completed, the castle measures more than 14 inches high. It’s no wonder this set is recommended for builders aged 18 and over.
Due to the castle’s impressive size, there are plenty of details hidden throughout the building. In addition to the various rooms, you can also explore hidden passages, moving walls, secret hideouts, and a dungeon trapdoor.
Best For Old School Gamers: Atari 2600
Gamers everywhere have Atari to thank for being among the first to bring video games into our homes and hearts. To celebrate one of the original consoles, LEGO has released the Atari 2600 set. With 2,532 pieces and one Minifigure, you can build your very own Atari that you can display anywhere.
There are plenty of details sprinkled throughout the build to celebrate the Atari 2600. For example, the front panel includes functioning switches to mimic the original console. You can also build your own Atari joystick that moves and feels just like the original.
Best LEGO Splurge: Colosseum
Sometimes, you have to treat yourself, and the Colosseum set is a great way to do it. This behemoth set comes with a whopping 9,036 pieces that allow you to build a replica of the Colosseum. LEGO recommends this set for builders aged 18 and over, and we recommend dividing your building into several sessions.
When you finally finish your build, you’ll notice architectural details like archways and ancient walkways. You’ll also find that the Colosseum set includes the hypogeum, which is the structure beneath the floor of the elliptical-shaped arena.