The Christmas countdown for many Irish households will officially begin this Friday, the 25th of November after The Late Late Toy Show airs on television.
The Late Late Toy Show is an annual, special edition episode of the Irish chat show The Late Late show. Typically airing near the end of November to coincide with the holiday shopping season, the Toy Show showcases all the popular toys with young kids that year. It is presented by the host accompanied by various children as ‘toy-testers’ and celebrity guests. All the toys bought for the show are donated to children's charities across the country just in time for Christmas!
The Toy Show began in 1975 as a half-hour slot at the end of the The Late Late Show as a way to give parents across Ireland some gift ideas while the kids were sleeping. Since then, it has become a cultural institution in Ireland and is often the most watched programme of the year!
People of all ages come together every year on a Friday evening in November to watch the Toy Show and kick off their Christmas season! Will you be watching this year?