‘Tis the season for fantastic advertising! From around the time of Thanksgiving to January 1, you’ll see a variety of holiday ads blasted on every television channel, hear them streaming across the radio, or receive them in your mailbox.

We decided that this month we’re going to give you what some of our favorite television commercials have been – some old, some new – and we encourage you to think of yours and how you can use different themes for your next big holiday advertisement.



Holiday ad: Hershey’s Kisses “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” (1989)

How can you not love this classic?! The Kisses are lined up in “tree-formation” and are essentially a bell choir playing “We Wish you a Merry Christmas.” The very last Kiss nails the final note and wipes his/her brow… that’s the cutest! It’s one of the first holiday commercials I recall as a kid and still look forward to it every year! It’s simple, clean, and memorable – everything that makes a great ad.



Holiday ad: Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup “Snowman” (1993)

The Campbell’s Soup Snowman commercial has been around for as long as I can remember. It airs almost every winter and has become a classic. The snowman melts when it’s served some warm Campbell’s Soup and turns into the little boy. It uses the nostalgia of playing in the snow as a kid, the holidays and family, which appeals to audiences’ emotions and holiday sentiments. It really makes you want to go get a bowl of soup on a chilly day!



Holiday ad: M&Ms “Christmas Faint” (1996)

The holiday ad for M&Ms, where each of the M&Ms and Santa are questioning that the other really exists, has all the elements for a classic commercial with beautiful animation and a touch of humor. It’s been around for several years but is still a favorite of many. Who wouldn’t want candy at Christmas?



Holiday ad: Temptations “Keep Them Busy” (2016)

I love cats (have three of my own) and this new commercial for Temptations where the cats are set loose around holiday decorations and food is very funny. It definitely resonates with me, as I’ve also had experience with Christmas trees being knocked over by cats while I’m away, and as soon as I return there’s not a cat in sight!



Honorable mention…
goes to the Pennsylvania Lottery “12 Days of Christmas” commercial, which has been around so long and is loved so much that they had to recreate it shot for shot to make it high definition and in a widescreen format to look better on today’s newer, broader and sharper televisions.