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Tesco helps nation 'become more Christmas' with festive ad

Created by BBH, the campaign taps into the insight that for many people Christmas is about so much more than the big day

By creative salon

Featuring a family that is getting into the Christmas spirit ahead of the big day, some more enthusiastically than others, the Tesco Christmas ad is here to help get the nation into the festive spirit. Created by BBH, the campaign taps into the insight that for many people Christmas is about so much more than the big day.

While there will always be the ‘Big Christmas Shop’, the need for festive goods and festivities in general starts a lot earlier than 25 December. In fact, the Tesco 2023 Christmas Report revealed that nearly a third of UK adults (31 per cent) said they find the build up to Christmas more exciting than the big day itself.

The ad opens on an enthusiastic Dad and his reticent son driving to Tesco for their usual shop. Whilst wandering around the store, the Dad spots a Christmas sampling display and, after getting his first taste of Christmas (the Tesco Finest Triple Chocolate Star Shaped Panettone), immediately transforms into a Christmas tree as he gets into the festive spirit. In typical teenage fashion, his son looks embarrassed and walks away, clearly reluctant to join in the fun.

In another scene, Dad has gone through a truly tree-mendous transformation, complete with twinkling lights, and is excitedly putting the decorations up at home. When Mum returns home from Tesco and delights in sharing some Tesco Finest Golden Mince Pies, she is overcome with festive joy and ‘Becomes More Christmas’, transforming into a spectacular Snowmum.

Following a second visit to Tesco, other customers can be seen ‘Becoming More Christmas’ with baubles and glittering stars exploring the aisles. At the checkout, Dad is served by a Tesco colleague who has transformed into a reindeer. As soon as Dad’s Tesco Clubcard is accepted, a shining star decoration explodes from the top of his head, and his Christmas transformation is complete.

While everyone around him ‘Becomes More Christmas’, the teenage son continues to remain reluctant to get into the festive spirit. Until, Dad gives him the handcrafted Christmas tree topper that he made when he was a little boy – it’s just the nudge he needs to transform into a Christmas tree himself, topped with that very star.

Capturing the moments that bring on that Christmas feeling is at the heart of the campaign. Regardless of life stage or location, the truth is that food, whether it’s that first mince pie, a cheeseboard or a festive meal deal, plays a pivotal role in people’s journeys to ‘feeling Christmassy.’

BBH’s Felipe Serradourada Guimaraes was the campaign’s deputy executive creative director, and Elliott White and Will Maxey were the lead creative team. The film was directed by Alaska (Marco Lafer and Gustavo Moraes) through Iconoclast. Media was handled by EssenceMediaCom.

Felipe Serradourada Guimaraes, deputy executive creative director, BBH, said: “Christmas is a strange time. You hang out with people you don’t usually. You eat food you never do at any other time of the year. But whether you love it from the minute Halloween ends, or the hour before Christmas dinner, the one thing we know is true, is that eventually everyone gets into it. It's infectious. That's what we brought to life, in all its joyfully wonderful, and ridiculous, Christmas glory. Enjoy (with a side of mince pie).”

Emma Botton, Group Customer Director, Tesco, added: “We want our seasonal campaigns to reflect how our customers feel as we know there’s been more anticipation for the festivities this year. Our Christmas Report revealed that, as early as September, nearly a quarter of the nation (24%) was already looking forward to celebrating Christmas more than usual. This year, our #BecomeMoreChristmas ad captures the emotions and excitement we feel, as we draw closer to the big day.

“At Tesco, as Christmas approaches, we’re providing customers with all their festive favourites and some exciting twists, with quality and great value at the heart of it all.

“On behalf of Tesco, we wish you all a Merry Christmas.”

Set to the soundtrack of OMC’s ‘How Bizarre’, the ad airs on TV for the first time on ITV during ‘I’m at Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’, which starts at 9pm. Ahead of the TV premiere, the Tesco Christmas advert will be previewed to Tesco colleagues across 100 Cineworld locations from 16 November.


Client: Tesco

Campaign name: Become More Christmas

Client Credits

Group Customer Director: Emma Botton

Group Marketing Communications Director: Murray Bisschop

Head of Seasonal Campaigns: Alicia Southgate

Head of Media & Campaign Planning: Tom Mardon

Campaign Manager: Simon Boiko

Seasonal Media Manager: Sophie O’Sullivan

Campaign Assistant: James Johnson

Agency credits

Creative Agency: Bartle Bogle Hegarty London

Global Chief Creative Officer: Alex Grieve

Deputy Executive Creative Director: Felipe Guimaraes

Creative Director: Felipe Guimaraes

Senior Copywriter: Elliott White

Senior Art Director: Wil Maxey

Group Strategy Director: Saskia Jones

Strategy Director: Hannah Slapper

Senior Strategist: Tom Papaloizou

Senior Producer: Lisa Nicholls

Senior Producer: Nicole Southey

Assistant Producer: Valentina Schwendinger

Art Producer: Julian Cave

Managing Partner: James Rice

Business Lead: Tori Meadows

Account Director: Owen Keating, Celia Taylor

Account Manager: Georgina Thompson

Account Executive: Talia Morrow

BBH Dublin: Amy Crowe + Amy Harrington

Music Supervisor: Hywel Evans and Daniel Olaifa

Production Company: Iconoclast

Director: Alaska (Marco Lafer and Gustavo Moraes)

Executive Producer: Jean Mougin

Line Producer: Emma Butterworth

Production Manager: Natalie Isaac

Production Designer: Arthur De Borman

Costumes: Anarchy Ltd

Prosthetics Make Up: Freddie Stopler

DOP: Pierre De Kerchove

Edit House: Trim Editing

Editor: Paul Hardcastle

Assistant Editor: Josh Mannox

Post House: Black Kite Studios

VFX Supervisor: Alex Lovejoy

Colourist: Tom Mangham

3D lead: James Hansell

Compositing Lead: George Brunt

Executive Producer: Paul Branch

Senior Producer: Phil Whalley

Sound House: 750MPH

Sound Engineer: Sam Ashwell

Media agency: Essencemediacom

Senior Associate Director: Harry Pearce

Account Director: Eliz Ustusoy


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