It’s finally that time of year again and here’s our guide to enjoying The Late Late Toy Show in the most fun and festive way possible
Now in its 46th year, The Late Late Toy Show will return to our screens this November 26th to fill our homes with the magic of Christmas. Airing on RTÉ 1 at 9.30pm, or for free all over the globe through the RTÉ Player, it promises to be a really cheerful night for Irish people everywhere. Get in the festive mood by watching the extremely cute advert for last year's show below and then read our tips on how to have a terrific Toy Show night!
Crack out the Christmas Jumper
If you can’t wear that cozy, slightly tacky, but totally wonderful Christmas Jumper during The Late Late Toy Show, when can you wear it?! Have a dig through the wardrobe and give it a clean before Friday night. If you want to keep everything a bit more stylish you could pick up a pair of these brilliant Bosco Socks from Irish Socksciety (tap HERE) to celebrate THE original Irish Christmas toy, or even don a chic bow tie from My Shop...Granny likes it to really show a bit of Christmas class! Whatever outfit you decide on for the night, make sure to wear a smile!
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Fun & Games
Some of you may not have much interest in the toys themselves. For you; there's always drinking games! Head over to the The Blue Note Off Licence before all the craic of The Late Late Toy Show starts. Buy your drinks of choice in time for the show and then during the show take a swig of your drink or have a shot (if you're feeling brave!) every time Ryan Tubridy says "one for everyone in the audience". Now that sounds like serious Toy Show fun! Check out the drinks they have available HERE.
Deck The Halls
If you ask us, it’s never too early to get the festive lights up. It will do your heart the world of good to see all the wintery sparkles. However, if you are a firm believer that November is no time for a Christmas Tree, you can keep it small with a couple of yuletide decorations from some of Galway's finest retailers. Yes Flowers stock a great range of fancy bows, ornaments and snow globes that will turn your sitting room into a North Pole hideout just in time for The Toy Show. A little online browse of the 2 Wild Geese website will unveil some fabulous Christmas decorations crafted by local artists. The Late Late Toy Show has always been the unofficial start of the Christmas period in our calendar, so it’s important to set the mood, ya know?
The Toy Show is an iconic event in the calendar of every Irish person at home and abroad - so it’s definitely not a night for slaving over a hot stove! Luckily, there are loads of bars, takeaways and restaurants delivering food straight to your door. Feel like wings? Burgers? Pizza? Thai? We’ve got it all HERE. Pro-tip: You can even order some boozy cocktails or shakes for the adults to enjoy from places like Harry’s, Sliders or Seven.
Toy Show Treats
We have to start with a Toy Show Classic: Hot Chocolate! For the ultimate takeaway Hot Chocolate, you’ve got to pick up one of the best hot chocolates in Galway, check out our favourites HERE. Smooth, mildly sweet, densely chocolatey before mellowing into a pleasant moreish finish, these Hot Chocolates are really special! If you're enjoy a warming cocoa at home it is guaranteed to taste even better when sipped from one of these cute Christmas Mugs from Kilkenny Shop. Delightful! The Old Barracks in Athenry have a very special treat for you, in their Toy Show Treat Boxes. Packed with handmade treats from our bakery, Retro Sweets & Mallows, Chocolate sticks for the perfect cup of Cocoa, Ula’s Cake Pops, Taytos and more. Order online HERE by November 20th for collection in time for the show.
For those of you who love sweets and nostalgia, Aunty Nellie’s on Shop Street is ideal! Filled your coffers with popping candy, chocolate coins, candy canes and a whole lot more of your festive old-school favourites to stuff your face with while you’re watching the antics into the evening. They've got so many different types of sweeties to choose from, so you’re going to want to look into this!
Before all the fun kicks off, head into town and soak up the festive atmosphere of the Galway Christmas Market. Featuring the highly popular 32m observation wheel, Après Ski Bar, Santa’s Express Train, a traditional Carousel and over 50 wooden chalets which line Eyre Square. Feast on a wide selection of treats, everything from German Bratwurst, Traditional Crepes, Irish handmade fudge, Chocolate fountain, Chimney cakes and other indulgent confectionery and get yourself in a cheery Christmassy mood.
Now that everything’s sorted, it’s time to put the feet up and start watching a few classic Toy Show moments to get in the mood! Enjooooooooy