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)
What Would Christmas Be Without Love? (Erste Group)
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)
Reindeer Games (Microsoft)
The Magic Of Christmas Upgraded (Currys PC World)
Family Festivities (Next)
I Am (JD Sports)
Kevin The Carrot Christmas Cliffhanger (Aldi)
The Queen's Speech Upgraded (Currys PC World)
More For Everyone This Christmas (Lidl Ireland)
Turkey Comes And Goes (KFC UK)
Customized (Levi's)
Gifts That Get Them (Boots)
Christmas 2018 (Sky Cinema)
The Neverending Stocking (TK Maxx)
Make Christmas For Everyone (Dunnes Stores)
Close Your Eyes And Think Of Christmas (Burberry)
Simply Be (Simply Be)
The 12 Days Of Giftmas (The Range)
Keep It Local This Christmas (VISA UK)
Believe In Dreams (Tiffany & Co.)
Santa Crashes Christmas (Aldi Australia)
Special Delivery (Parcelforce Worldwide)
Gifts from The Heart (Tipperary Crystal)
Bring Holiday Magic Home (Walmart Canada)
Don’t Drive Naughty (NRMA Insurance)
Free Associate (Freud Museum Shop London)
Unexpected Guests (Walmart Canada)
Happy Holidays (Verizon)
Falling Out (The Dave Berry Breakfast Show)
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (Microsoft Surface)
Magic Man (IKEA)
Peppermint Mocha (Starbucks)
Pit Stop (Mercedes-Benz)
Uniting Through Traditions (WestJet)

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