The John Lewis Christmas advert 2018 has finally arrived - see it here!

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It's the most talked about TV event of the year, as the decorations come down, we all go back to work, and from January through to November barely a week goes by where we're not wondering what the retail giant will pull out of the bag come Christmas.

Sir Elton John has taken a starring role in John Lewis's Christmas advert in a touching retrospective of his career.

"When first approached to be part of it though, Elton requested that a portion of his fee was to be donated to the Elton John Charitable Trust".

Sir Elton John spoke about his feelings about the advert said, "The John Lewis Christmas campaign has so many warm memories for me and my family".

A statement released by John Lewis explained: "The speculation in recent months around the costs associated with this year's ad is wildly inaccurate and our total spend is similar to previous years".

"To date it has proven to be one of the most effective marketing campaigns in the industry, delivering an excellent return on investment". "Your Song" was first released almost 50 years ago and proves to be a timeless classic in the heartwarming Christmas advert that aims to spread the message that 'Sometimes a gift isn't just a gift".

Customers at the retailer's flagship Oxford Street branch can also step into a 2,000 square foot recreation of the ad production set to try on some of the costumes, listen to recordings from Elton John's 17-11-70 album and have photos taken at the piano.

"The ad is absolutely fantastic and I've truly loved every minute of being a part of it".

'They didn't know who they were playing at that point, ' a spokesperson from John Lewis told us. "I hope audiences will watch this and really enjoy the national treasure that is Elton John".

The 2018 John Lewis Christmas advert stars a four-year-old boy as a young Elton John.