5 Christmas ads to make you laugh, cry and get in the festive spirit

The festive season is upon us and with it the flurry of viral Christmas adverts that make headlines

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The festive season is upon us and with it the flurry of viral Christmas adverts that make headlines with their heartstring-tugging storylines.

This year is no different. From Internet giant Amazon Prime to the WWF, businesses and organizations around the world are spreading cheer and reminding us of those less fortunate.

Read on for a roundup of the funny, moving and shareworthy Christmas ads of 2016.

Amazon Prime

A touching Christmas ad that doesn’t actually mention the occasion at all, this video went viral due to its tale of interfaith friendship.
The clip tells the story of two friends – a Muslim imam and a Christian vicar – who exchange identical gifts with the help of the online shopping portal.


This year, the World Wildlife Fund spotlights tigers and the importance of releasing animals into the wild. The ad tells the story of an ordinary family who wake up to find a tiger in their home.


This polish ad has taken the online community by storm, causing viewers to shed a tear the world over. The advert tells the tale of an elderly man who is trying to learn English for one touching reason. Funny, poignant and simple, the YouTube posting has raked up more than 11 million views.

John Lewis

British retailer John Lewis has become known for its sob-worthy Christmas adverts and this year, they decoded to shine a light on man’s best friend with a decidedly lighter ad. The clip follows a boxer dog called Buster whose sole festive aim is to enjoy a bounce on the garden trampoline.


Clothing retailer H&M went for star power this year with a Wes Anderson directed advert starring Hollywood actor Adrien Brody. The short film shows passengers on a train which has been delayed due to bad weather. While that may sound like a damp squib of a journey, the conductor soon puts on a special celebration to get the travelers into the spirit of the festive season.