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The Late Late Toy Show trailer is here and it's a (Nut)cracker!

The Late Late Toy Show trailer is here and it's a (Nut)cracker!

The countdown to the Christmas season is officially on as the trailer for this year’s Late Late Toy Show debuts on RTÉ One tonight.

But you can watch it here first!

The Late Late Toy Show Trailer

This year’s trailer goes for a traditional Christmas feel taking inspiration from the classic children’s story The Nutcracker. A young girl settles down to sleep as a festive snow globe twinkles at her bedside. As she sleeps, the snow globe comes to life with toy soldier – and Late Late Toy Show host – Ryan Tubridy joined by the girl and her friends opening presents and playing in the snow. All to the tune of The Shins' version of the festive classic Wonderful Christmastime.

The trailer was created by the RTÉ Marketing and Promotions team and features a 5-metre snow globe, miniature snow globes handmade by the production and a group of young actors – and real life friends – from the Empire Dance and Performing Arts Academy in Tallaght.

The promo will premiere on television tonight [Thursday, November 23rd] in between EastEnders and Fair City and will play in place of the ad break between the two shows.

The promo will air in rotation across RTÉ television over the coming days as the excitement builds for this year’s Late Late Toy Show on Friday, December 1st on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

Fans will also get an insight into how the programme is put together in a three-part documentary series, The Late Late Toy Show Unwrapped, starting on Wednesday, November 29th on RTÉ One at 7pm.

The chance to be in the lottery for tickets to this year’s show has now passed with the process closing earlier this week having received more than 140,000 applications. But viewers could still be in with a chance of being there on the big night with two tickets up for grabs in the #ToyShowTalent competition. All you need to do to be in with a chance of getting your hands on two golden tickets to this year’s Late Late Toy Show, airing on RTÉ One on Friday, December 1st, is make a video of you doing whatever it is you do best. Then post it to the RTÉ One or Late Late Facebook pages OR post it to Instagram or Twitter with #ToyShowTalent. It’s that simple.

Last year’s Late Late Toy Show was the second most watched programme on Irish television this century. The Jungle Book themed show roared to an impressive average consolidated audience* of 1.57 million viewers as Ryan Tubridy and 320 children entertained the nation.  

For more updates on this year's show, check The Late Late Show and RTÉ One Facebook pages and follow @RTELateLateShow and @RTEOne on Twitter. 

The Late Late Toy Show, Friday, December 1st at 9.35pm

Ratings Source: TAM Ireland Ltd / Nielsen TAM
*Average consolidated audience - consolidated data incorporates VCR, DVDR and PVR playback viewing that took place within 7 days of the original broadcast. This time-shifted viewing is added to the live data to produce consolidated viewing data. Consolidated data is available eight days after the original transmission date. This data is the 'TAM Gold Standard' used by the industry to report and trade on.