WHETHER you like Christmas or not (Scrooge!), you know it’s nearly upon us when the seasonal TV adverts start to air.
We’ve had some very strong contenders already this year, but will they be able to reach the same success as these campaigns?
Handout With Christmas approaching, we take a look back at some of the top festive adverts
Coca Cola – Holidays are Coming, 1995
Christmas really is coming when we see Santa in his Coca-Cola truck accompanied by the catchy ‘Holidays are Coming’ theme tune.
The red-faced cherry chap with his cheeky wink from the side of the vehicle catapults us into a warm, glittery glow of festive spirit.
The original advert, which screened in 1995, is heaped with nostalgia, snowy scenery and the original shots of the glitzy soft-drink lorry.
Cheers to that.
Coca-Cola: Holidays are Coming 2014
John Lewis – Monty The Penguin, 2014
This little black and white winged cutie has us all wishing he was our BFF too.
The touching telly advert from John Lewis had us gripped with heartwarming scenes of a schoolboy playing outdoors with his new mate before they collaborate on a Lego toy.
After a trip to the park and a sneaky fish finger feast a snowy winter finally comes and the penguin gets the partner he’s always been after.
New John Lewis Christmas 2014 TV advert
Irn Bru – Snowman, 2006
More high fives to the festive season from the fizzy drinks sector, this time with zingy Iron Bru proving popular with none other than The Snowman.
This cheeky adaptation of the teary movie starring Raymond Briggs’ character is given a light-hearted feel with a choir boy blasting out lyrics like: “I tell him once again, the Irn Bru is mine.”
Can popped open, a young lad grabs the hand of his frozen friend and takes to the skies.
Irn Bru’s iconic christmas themed Snowman advert
Sainsbury’s – Christmas is for sharing, 2014
Proof that Christmas CAN be about more than cheery images of Father Christmas and his merry band of reindeer, supermarket chain Sainsbury’s pulled at every heartstring going with this commercial.
The thought-provoking minutes start with as soldier in the barracks looking at family photos on Christmas Eve, 1914.
His fellow officers then burst into a poignant rendition of carol Silent Night with the German forces doing the same in their own camp.
We won’t spoil the rest, but have the tissues ready.
Sainsbury’s moving WW1 Christmas ad
John Lewis – The Long Wait, 2011
Who can forget the pouty kid who was waiting restlessly for Christmas.
The little boy tried everything from magic to get the clock to move faster, to eating his food as quickly as possible so he could sleep as soon as possible.
The emotional ending involved a huge twist when he couldn’t wait to give his parents a present instead of opening his own.
Christmas ads: John Lewis 2011
Marks & Spencer – Magic and Sparkle, 2013
This one’s a spot-the-celeb fest for those who favour a spot of fairytale magic ahead of their Christmas adventures.
As Rosie Huntington-Whiteley falls down the rabbit hole Alice in Wonderland style, model hunk David Gandy is lying in wait.
Fans of blonde model Rosie see her stripped to her undies as she rides on a magic carpet before the green Oz-like Helena Bonham Carter. An M&S classic.
Marks and Spencer Christmas advert ‘Magic and Sparkle’
John Lewis – Boxer the Dog, 2016
The advert focuses on six-year-old Bridget who is so excited for Christmas that she can’t sleep.
She is watched by the family pet, Buster the Boxer, who is the real star of the two-minute long tale, which also features an array of computer-generated stars – including a fox, badger, squirrel and even a hedgehog.
Bridget’s mum and dad buy her the trampoline and hide it in the garden to surprise her on Christmas Day.
To cut a long story short, the dog ends up enjoying her prezzie way more than anyone. Buster the bouncing Boxer is star of John Lewis Christmas advert 2016