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Children gather around Ryan Turbridy ahead of tonight's show.
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Toys, dancing and Ryan Tubridy singing... The Late Late Toy Show is only a few hours away
A record number of children will be appearing on tonight’s show.

THE WAIT IS over. The Late Late Toy Show is on TV tonight and here’s the important news: this year, Ryan Tubridy will be wearing FOUR Christmas jumpers.

We’ll also get to hear how good his singing voice is. As part of the opening act, he will be performing a song from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the theme of this year’s show.

So what can we expect from tonight’s programme?

RTÉ has confirmed that there will be a record number of children appearing from all over the country this year, with over 269 performers and toy testers taking part in the show.

Toy Show Preview 13 Toy testers in this years show Julia Dempsey (8) from Carlow and Cara Hayes (9) from Dublin.


In what sounds like it could be a performance close to Riverdance, the opening act alone will have 46 performers, while a total of 191 singers and dancers will be showcasing their talent throughout the show.

It’s not just the number of performers that have reached new heights: the number of toys Tubridy and his little helpers will be checking out has also reached record levels, with over 200 toys featuring in the show and over 300 toys used for the set design. 

We all know that the tickets are like gold dust, but a number of lucky children will get to experience the magical set ahead of the show.

Toy Show Preview 16

Kids nominated from a number of charities such as Heart Children Ireland, Laura Lynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, Temple Street Children’s Hospital, the Central Remedial Clinic and National Rehabilitation Hospital are going to get to experience the wonders of The Late Late Toy Show set beforehand. Their time on set will be captured and screened during the show.

The Late Late Toy Show is a nostalgic experience for everyone, young and old, with many Irish people abroad getting fairly upset at the idea that they could miss this year’s show.

Fear not: no matter where people are in the world you can enjoy the beginning of Christmas as RTÉ describes ‘Irish style’ by watching the show live online on the RTÉ Player or catching up with the show later on. 

So, make sure you get out of work on time, put on the fire, grab a cup of hot chocolate, put the feet up and enjoy the show. It kicks off at 9.35pm.

Read: Listen to this little girl’s special song about the Toy Show>

Read: How to watch the Late Late Toy Show from anywhere in the world>

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