Wurkhouse's favourite Christmas ads
It’s the most wonderful time of the year … and don’t we all love when those tear jerking, nostalgia filled festive ads start to appear on our TV. The Wurkhouse team have compiled some of their Christmas favourites, both classics and new; we challenge you not to cry!
Sky cinema have created a heart-warming tale of a family growing up, built around the ultimate musical classic, The Sound of Music. Focusing on the cycle of Christmas traditions, we follow a mother and daughter watching the film over 25 years, and the emotional connection the movie brings to their home. We definitely didn’t get a lump in our throats watching this...
Kevin the carrot is back and this time, he’s on the hunt for love! Our favourite, cute talking veggie takes a trip to find Santa, and on his quest, discovers Katie, who he instantly falls for. Of course, it’s not all smooth sailing, as Kevin dodges utensils and Turkey and subsequently saves Katie from an incoming pea invasion. Ah Kevin, our Casanova carrot.
Marks & Spencer
Escape into a festive bubble with A-lister bear, Paddington as he unintentionally saves Christmas! Confusing a bearded, red coated burglar for Santa, our cuddly favourite helps return the stolen goods to their rightful owners. Paddington successfully transforms the thief and epitomises the true meaning of Christmas, (with a touch of heart-warming humour and emotion added in for good measure.)
Buster the boxer stormed onto our screens in 2016 and won a place in our hearts instantly. Whilst some missed the annual sob-worthy ads, we applauded the department store for taking a more lighthearted approach. It's a dog jumping on a trampoline! What's not to love?
The good old classics…
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
“Sssshhhh”, the blonde toddler from the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes ad has been a firm favourite for almost twenty years now! The adorable tot warmed our hearts when she first appeared on our screens in the 1990’s, greeting Santa with his own catchphrase “ho ho ho”. To keep her from waking the other children, she accepts one of his Kellogg’s Corn Flakes with a cute grin.
It’s the original soppy ad that pulled on our heartstrings before the Christmas ad war truly took flight. (yes, we’re looking at you John Lewis)
Long before the tins started to shrink, the 'Magic Moments' ad was a firm favourite at Christmas. The story of a small boy giving the chocolates to his local lollipop lady, who has seen him safely across the road throughout the seasons. Awwww.
Toys R Us
One for the kids of the 80s..."There's a magical place, we're on our way there, toys in the millions, all under one roof..." Thus begins the jingle that was the soundtrack to Christmas for a generation of children who grew up in the late 80s.
Nothing says Christmas like the first time you hear the catchy “Holidays are coming” jingle and see the infamous, glistening red Coca Cola truck appear on your tv screen. The iconic brand struck gold with this ad back in 1995, becoming a household favourite across the nation ever since. Even better news, the truck now visits hundreds of locations throughout Ireland and the UK, bringing its magical Christmas sparkle right to your door step!
From the tinny notes of We Wish You A Merry Christmas to the wordless interaction under the mistletoe between a young boy and a taller girl, it was the "good old Yellow Pages" to the rescue in this memorable Nineties advert.
It doesn’t get more Irish than this as we’re taken on a journey across a snowy Ireland on Christmas Eve. The iconic scenes cover all the festive feels; nostalgia, warmth, friendship, serenity and of course a White Christmas. "Even at the home of the Black Stuff, we're dreaming of a White One."
Word has it that this staple could be banned due to legislation changes in the Public Health Alcohol Bill. Please say it’s not so – it wouldn’t be Christmas without it!
There we have it, 10 of our most love Christmas adverts, old and new. A great festive ad comprises humour, nostalgia and just enough emotion to pull on your heart strings, and if it’s truly special, it’ll re-appear on our screens for years to come.