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2021 Advent Calendar Promotions

2021 Advent Calendar Promotions


Sue Dawson

Every year, a number of UK bingo sites and slot sites run Advent Calendar promotions.  But which of the 2021 Advent Calendar promotions is the best?  We took at look at more than a dozen sites and evaluated the promotions taking the following into account:

  1. Size/quality of prizes/rewards The chance of winning a substantial prize scores well as do most freebies.  Deposit offer codes and insultingly tiny freebies like 10p cash or one free spin, not so much.
  2. Is it fun to interact with? Are there windows to open, presents to unwrap?
  3. Is it really an Advent Calendar? Some promotions that look like Advent Calendars are actually daily free games with fairly unimaginative prizes

Best 2021 Advent Calendar promotions

Four Advent Calendar promotions (two of them from the same operator) really stand out in the 2021 season.

Tombola

Tombola Advent Calendar

Tombola‘s Advent Calendar is pretty awesome, boasting £100,000 of prizes in all!  It’s essentially a match 3 game that goes on over 24 days.  You open a window each day to reveal a symbol; collect 3 of a symbol and win the corresponding prize, ranging from £5 bonus to £5000 cash.  If you play on every one of the 24 days you’re guaranteed to win something.

To play, you just need to have played £2 cash on any game on Tombola some time during November or December – and if you missed day 1 or day 2, you can catch up any time up until midnight on day 3.

The only minus points with this particular promotion are:

  1. You need to wait until you’ve collected three of the same symbol to collect your reward
  2. If you forget to open one or more of the windows, you may end up with nothing.

Paddy Power Bingo

Paddy Power Advent Calendar

The Paddy Power Bingo promotion is called Paddy’s Bingo Blowout but it’s a true Advent Calendar; everyone gets the same reward on the same day.  The gifts include free bonuses, special offers and prize draws you can enter by correctly answering a quiz question. They say there’s more than £80,000 of bingo bonuses to be won during the promotion!

This is a pretty good Advent Calendar – the prizes are worthwhile and you don’t have to play every day.  It’s visually lovely as well, featuring “Chippy The Elf” on his rocket powered sled!

Gamesys bingo sites

Double Bubble Advent Calendar

Jackpotjoy and Double Bubble Bingo both have promotions that are called something else (Christmas Is A Knockin’ and Bauble the Fun respectively) but are really Advent Calendars.  Every day, there is a different prize draw to reveal, with tangible prizes and/or that Gamesys stalwart, Box Bonanza games, to be won.  Once you’ve revealed the day’s prizes, you can enter the draw by playing just £1 on any game.

The tangible prizes include some really nice kitchen gadgets, Lifestyle vouchers, spa packs and tech items.

The really great thing about these prize draws (apart from the awesome prizes, of course) is that only one entry per player per day is allowed so everyone has an equal chance.

The rest

The rest of the Advent promotions are not quite up to the same high standard. Tiny prizes, the need to make a deposit to claim any of the rewards, lack of interactivity – these are some of the things that make them less appealing than the others.

Gala Bingo

Advent Calendar

The Gala Bingo Advent Calendar is arguably the best of the rest. It doesn’t actually look much like an Advent Calendar; instead of doors it has numbered gift boxes and only three are on screen at a time. The boxes are actually a free daily game with variable rewards rather than an Advent Calendar with something specific behind each window. The rewards include small amounts of free bingo tickets, entry to a free bingo session, chocolate hampers and prize draw entries – perfectly decent but without the wow factor of the top three.

Grace Media bingo sites

The Advent Calendar at this group of Pragmatic Play bingo sites, which includes Bubbly Bingo and BOGOF Bingo, is a bit of a disappointment.  Behind the doors, you’ll find a series of deposit based offers and promotions, some of which are recycled from elsewhere on the promo page.

PlayOJO

PlayOJO‘s Advent Calendar is not actually an Advent Calendar at all, but a series of daily offers that appear in the Kickers account area for selected players only.

Unibet

The Unibet Advent Calendar reveals a series of sports and casino offers.  There’s nothing for bingo, but they do have two other cool Christmas promotions (Christmas Cash Drops and Festive Bingo Raffles) for bingo players.

Buzz Bingo

Buzz Bingo‘s Advent Calendar is another one which is actually a daily free game and is a bit underwhelming; many of the prizes are deposit based offers or time limited club vouchers and the rest are small amounts of bonus or spins.

Mecca Bingo

Mecca Bingo have a free daily game, Catch the Cash, rather than an Advent Calendar; it comes in free and premium versions and the main thing you can win from the free version is prize draw entries

Sun Bingo

At Sun Bingo, there’s a daily match 3 game, Sun Bingoboard, instead of an Advent Calendar.  It’s fun to play but the prizes aren’t great. Only just over 50% of plays result in a win and the prizes are small amounts of bingo bonus or spins (with a 0.02% chance of winning £100 cash).

Jumpman bingo sites

The Jumpman Free Spins Advent promotion is not an Advent Calendar at all – it’s a collection of deposit codes valid on specific dates in December and you can look at them all now so there’s no element of surprise.

Heart Bingo

Heart Bingo have the Advent Wheel daily game which comes in free and premium versions (spend £10 on any game to access the premium version) and awards cash, free spins, free bingo tickets – or nothing!


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