London’s Heathrow Airport deserves a standing ovation for its first holiday commercial ever, which brought more than just a tear to my eyes.
The emotional ad has two key components that make for a great holiday/travel commercial: bears and good music. The ad shadows an adorable bear couple whose journey through the airport is a hard and all-too-relatable one. After having some difficulty grabbing their luggage and trying to grab a treat from the airport convenience store, the bears look around nervously for their family at arrivals. That’s when the heart starts sinking and the tears really start rolling as they miraculously turn into humans and are then greeted by two excited grandchildren. Seriously, it’s so good.
“Christmas is my favorite time of year at Heathrow – the airport is abuzz with families and friends reuniting for this special time of year,” Heathrow’s commercial director Jonathan Coen, told The Drum. “We love the film and hope the bears’ journey through the airport captures that excitement you feel when walking through Heathrow arrivals into the arms of your loved ones at Christmas.”
Overall, the commercial’s message is short and sweet: Coming home is the best gift of all, and I wholeheartedly agree.