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11/20/2018 09:23 am ET

2018's Holiday Ads Will Help You Forget The News Cycle Of Doom

For a festive moment, at least.

It’s nearly the most wonderful time of the year.

And, as the holidays approach, companies around the world are releasing festive-themed ads (many of which tug at the heartstrings) in a bid to get people splashing the cash on their products.

A standout from 2018′s bumper crop of promos is this critique of the palm oil industry by British grocery chain Iceland. The spot was banned from broadcast on TV in the U.K. after advertising officials deemed it “too political.”

But it’s worthy of an honorable mention in our annual roundup:

Music icon Elton John and “The Hobbit” actor Martin Freeman are among the famous faces starring in other ads, and the adorable London Heathrow Airport bears also make a welcome return.

Check out the best ads below. We’ll update as new ones arrive.

  • The Big Night (Sainsbury's)
  • The Heathrow Bears’ Return (Heathrow Airport)
  • The Boy And The Piano (John Lewis)
  • We Have To See More Of Each Other (Ruavieja)
  • 'Tis The Season (Bouygues)
  • Fast Forward (Waitrose)
  • 22 Otra Vez (Spain's National Lottery)
  • Share Your Gifts (Apple)
  • Home For The Holidays (Toyota)
  • Glide Through Christmas (Vodafone UK)
  • The Nicest Christmas Ever (Air New Zealand)
  • Saving Up (Petco)
  • Find The Gift (Very.co.uk)
  • Wonderland (BBC)
  • A Little Kindness (RSPCA)
  • The Christmas Fool (Argos)
  • The Snowman (Barbour)
  • This Is Not A Brick (Lego)
  • Kevin The Carrot And The Wicked Parsnip (Aldi)
  • Genie’s Christmas Wish (Cats Protection)
  • Mistletoe (Waitrose)
  • Secret Santa (Cadbury)
  • The Thoughtful Uncle (Debenhams)
  • Bring Christmas Home (Asda)
  • John Lewis (Twitter UK)
  • Reindeer (McDonald's UK)
  • However You Do Christmas (Tesco)
  • Can You Feel It (Amazon)
  • The 1 Gift Santa Can't Deliver (International Committee of the Red Cross)
  • Masters Of Merry (Fortnum & Mason)
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