The heart-warming festive clip, called The Boy & The Piano, sees the musical legend play his first major hit Your Song, while taking viewers on a backwards whistle-stop tour through his life, starting at the present day right until the moment he plays his first note on his grandma's piano - the gift that changed his life forever. In the present day, Elton reflects on his life while sat at his first piano.
With the exception of the present-day opening scene featuring Sir Elton himself, actors take on the role of him at various stages of his life, while the images of the stadium based on a concert in Portland in the USA were entirely recreated with computer-generated imagery.
"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". For now you can view it via one of John Lewis' partners.
John Lewis and Waitrose employees were given the first opportunity to share the two minute and 20 second ad at 6am on Thursday before its launch on the store's social media channels, its website and in shops at 8am.
The TV ad was shared by staff before it officially airs on TV tonight at 9.15pm on ITV.
Speaking to Marketing Week, Inglis explains: "What we've found over the past 10 years is that this kind of advertising, which connects with people on an emotional level, is what really is most powerful at Christmas".
Sir Elton said: "The John Lewis Christmas campaign has so many warm memories for me and my family".
The little boy is later revealed to be Elton John. Especially for fans of the legendary Elton John.
The shop, along with 14 further shops across the United Kingdom, will also have a Yamaha piano for customers to play.
Time for the John Lewis Christmas advert and, true to form, it's a real tearjerker. However, the retailer says that figure is "wildly inaccurate" and that spend on the ad is broadly similar to previous years.
They added: "When first approached to be part of this year's John Lewis Christmas ad, Elton requested that a portion of his fee was to be donated to the Elton John Charitable Trust".