All the best Christmas adverts of 2021, including Disney, John Lewis and Aldi

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Photo credit: Aldi
Photo credit: Aldi

Halloween's over, Bonfire Night is done, so it's now officially time to think about Christmas.

If you're struggling to get into the festive spirit while we're still in November, we've rounded up all the best ads to get you feeling warm and fuzzy, and ready for a visit from the big man and his reindeer.

Aldi

Kevin The Carrot is back, and this year he's teaching lessons in joy and goodwill to rotten old Ebanana Scrooge. The animated ad also features a special cameo from Marcus Radishford (voiced by Marcus Rashford himself), and teaches the important lesson "For you to be happy, you need to be kind". The commercial is in partnership with children's charity Barnados.

Eagle-eyed viewers will also notice the ad pokes fun at the supermarket's rivalry with M&S, as their caterpillar cake Cuthbert is seen being arrested by two police-lemons.

John Lewis

Truly the one we've all been waiting for. This years effort shows a boy teaching the joy of Christmas to a young alien called Skye whose ship has crashed on Earth. 'Unexpected Guest' features a soft piano cover of 'Together in Electric Dreams' by 20-year-old singer Lola Young (first made a hit by Human League frontman Philip Oakey and iconic producer Giorgio Moroder).

The ad has already got its own spoof thanks to Iceland and its deal to stock Space Raiders crisps in store.

Disney

If anyone was going to give John Lewis a run for its money in the tearjerker stakes, it was going to be Disney. The stunning animated short centres on a new stepdad as he moves in with his partner and her two children, and tries to find his place in the family around the festive period.

It's also a sequel to last year's advert, where little girl Nicole bonded with her grandmother over their Christmas traditions. Nicole is now the grown-up, with two children of her own.

Celebrations


Anyone who leaves the Bounty in the bottom of the box may find this year's ad from Celebrations really hits a nerve. The lonely chocolate treat struggles to find a match, even with the help of a dating site and singles night. But in a Love Actually-style spoof, he finds his perfect match in Christmas' other divisive food, the brussels sprout.

It also launches the new Bounty Return Scheme, where coconut-hating customers can swap the sweet treat for a miniature Maltesers bar instead.

TK Maxx

Putting a new twist on a classic song has become all the rage in Christmas adverts, and TK Maxx's commercial is no different. The ad features young Laurie, who nervously tries to play the organ at a Christmas concert. But after a few bum notes – and inspired by an early Christmas present of shiny blue boots – Laurie gains the confidence to perform a rocking version of Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way'.

Amazon

Celebrating kindness this year, Amazon's advert shows a woman noticing her young neighbour seems to be dealing with some anxiety following the pandemic. Sharing a smile as she feeds the birds, she gifts her neighbour with a bird feeder of her own, showing how small yet important an act of kindness can be. The advert is also soundtracked by a new song from Adele called 'Hold On'.

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