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12/06/2016 10:38 am ET

2016's Holiday Ads Will Make You Laugh, Cry And Everything In Between

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The approaching holidays mean an onslaught of festive television commercials, ranging from the heartwarming and thought-provoking to the comedic and downright sappy.

Here are some of the biggest hits we’ve seen so far from around the world this year:

  • 1 Cup Of Tea (Amazon Prime U.K.)
    Amazon Prime tackles Islamophobia by highlighting the heartwarming friendship between a Christian priest and a Muslim imam in its Christmas ad.
  • 2 English For Beginners (Allegro)
    Try not to shed a tear at Polish online auction site Allegro’s commercial, which features a grandfather struggling to learn English for a truly wonderful reason.
  • 3 Santa Forgot (Alzheimer's Research U.K.)
    British actor Stephen Fry narrates the tale of a world where Santa Claus lives with dementia, and is no longer able to visit children on Christmas Eve.
  • 4 El Gordo (Spain's Christmas Lottery)
    An entire town comes together to support Carmina, a retired teacher who thinks she's won Spain's El Gordo Christmas lottery, in this tearjerker of an ad.
  • 5 Buster The Boxer (John Lewis)
    #BusterTheBoxer can't believe his luck when his owners buy *him* a trampoline for Christmas. And neither can this other pooch, who got VERY excited watching the British department store's festive commercial.
  • 6 Buster? Not On My Trampoline! (Robert Dyas)
    The British homeware retailer spoofed the #BustertheBoxer commercial (above) for its own Christmas ad.
  • 7 The Greatest Gift (Sainsbury's)
    "The Late Late Show" host James Corden sings the vocals in the British grocery store's gloriously catchy animation, in which hardworking family man Dave discovers the greatest gift he can give this year.
  • 8 #iProtectTigers (World Wide Fund for Nature)
    A family finds an injured tiger inside its home and does its best to aid its recovery in the World Wild Fund For Nature’s Christmas clip which aims to recruit “Tiger Protectors.”
  • 9 Christmas Moments (Lidl Ireland)
    The German discount supermarket chain reminds its customers in Ireland that today's moments are tomorrow's memories in this warmhearted ad.
  • 10 Christmas With Love From Mrs. Claus (Marks & Spencer)
    Mrs. Claus is the real star of the holiday season in the British retailer's joyous commercial.
  • 11 The Gift Of Beauty (Boots)
    The pharmacy chain treats a handful of the half a million women in Britain who sacrifice their Christmas Day each year to support their communities.
  • 12 Coming Home For Christmas (Heathrow Airport)
    Two special arrivals reunite with their loved ones at London’s Heathrow Airport in this "Paddington"-inspired video.
  • 13 A Very British Bear Tale (Harrods)
    A wicked elf traps Hugh the snuggly bear inside the upmarket London department store, but he soon comes up with a plan to save the day.
  • 14 Kevin The Carrot (Aldi)
    Kevin the Carrot is on a mission to meet Santa Claus in the German grocery store's ad. But will he meet his idol?
  • 15 Home For Christmas (Waitrose)
    A little girl waits and waits for her favorite robin to make it back to Britain in time for Christmas. Beautiful.
  • 16 Just Can't Wait (Argos)
    These ice-skating yetis just can't wait for Christmas in the British catalogue retailer's commercial.
  • 17 Christmas Is Coming For You (House Of Fraser)
    British singer Laura Mvula interprets The Fugees’ “Ready Or Not" as dancers reenact the holiday season.
  • 18 Get More Out Of Giving (Very)
    British online clothing retailer Very.co.uk wants viewers to “get more out of giving” after watching its ad.
  • 19 Bring It On (Tesco)
    It's never too early for Christmas, according to British grocery store Tesco.
  • 20 Time (EDEKA)
    Just like in 2015, German grocery giant Edeka tugs at the heartstrings with its Christmas commercial which this time is all about… time.
  • 21 Frankie's Holiday (Apple)
    Frankenstein finally gets the warm welcome he's always wanted in the tech company's festive spot.
  • 22 Come Together (H&M)
    Hollywood actor Adrien Brody stars in this Wes Anderson-directed commercial. What else do you need to say?
  • 23 Keep Them Busy (Temptations)
    Christmas is for cats, too! As proved by this high-energy Temptations ad.
  • 24 The Sing-Song (TK Maxx)
    What's Christmas without a good old sing-song?
  • 25 A Balloon For Ben (Cineplex)
    Ben and his father pop balloons to release the movies within them in Canadian entertainment company Cineplex’s warming Christmas commercial.
  • 26 The Holidays Are Coming (Coca-Cola)
    And finally, it just wouldn't be Christmas without the traditional Coca-Cola ad -- would it?
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