The countdown to Christmas is well and truly in full swing, and with it comes a host of brand new seasonal shows to RTÉ.
The Christmas schedule has just been announced, promising plenty of reasons to curl up in front of the television with your mince pies, Christmas pudding and box(es) of Celebrations. So get the remote ready and set those reminders, here's what to watch on RTÉ this Christmas.
After a thrilling few weeks filled with muck, sweat and extraordinary displays of grit and determination, Ireland's Fittest Family comes to a showstopping close with its most epic finale yet as the final teams take on The Mountain in Kilruddery. With all four families chasing the ultimate title, it's sure to be a nail-biting finish, and which judge will come out victorious?
Because one of life's joys is watching very fit people climb, scramble and swim to glory while you eat a box of chocolates, this December Ireland's Fittest Family will also show two specials.
On 29 December, Grainne Gallanagh, The Happy Pear’s Flynn twins, and comedians Neil Delamere and Sinead Quinlan complete for title of Ireland’s Fittest Family in our celebrity special, with the winner walking away with 10,000 euro for their chosen charity.
And, in a special Hall of Fame episode, Mairead Ronan, along with Donncha O’ Callaghan, Anna Geary, Davy Fitzgerald and Derval O’ Rourke look back on the most memorable moments and the families that made them over the past nine series. Will yours be among the greats?
While you're double-checking your toy list, or unwrapping your gifts, you can delve into the world of toys in a brand new documentary from the talented team behind The Irish Wedding and The Irish Pub. The Toy Shop features 16 independent toy shops from across the country, sitting down with the people and places that spark the imagination of their youngest customers and the memories of their eldest.
We're already counting down the days to our Christmas feast, and there's no better way to get in the mood for food than tucking into a Christmas cookery special.
Rory O'Connell is back with a festive special, How to Cook Well at Christmas with Rory O'Connell, with Rory preparing delicious dishes in this two-part seasonal show, while Neven Maguire showcases the very best of Kylemore Abbey and Connemara produce for the festive season.
Everyone's favourite chef Donal Skehan embraces traditional favourites this year, sharing his organisational tips for your kitchen including meal prepping and timings to ensure that Christmas is all wrapped up.
Catherine Fulvio will show us how to make the best cocktails, prepare unforgettable meals and introduce us to some Irish artisan producers on this year’s 'Catherine Celebrates Christmas’. During this very special Christmas show, Catherine will meet some of Ireland’s finest artisan producers that are currently supplying us with unique and wonderful tasty choices including Powerscourt Estate Distillery and Nut Farmer, Cathal Regan.
Should you run out of batteries or the kids get tired of their toys too fast, they'll be well-looked after on RTÉjr. Home School Hub returns with Home School Hub: A Christmas Cracker! - only this time, there's nothing on the lesson plans.
Seamus the Dog has found himself alone for Christmas after forgetting to post his invitations for a festive dinner. But with the help of the Irish Army, Marty Morrissey, Dermot Bannon, Mairéad Ronan, intergalactic popstar Nova Jones and a host of surprising guests, will Seamus pull off a Christmas cracker and get our Muinteoirí back together? If there is one programme that will put a smile on your face this Christmas Day, it's this!
Adam Saves Christmas is a festive short animation starring the future host of The Late Late Show Adam King and featuring Ryan Tubridy as the voice of Santa, which will premiere on Christmas Eve on RTÉjr.
The Junk Kouture grand final will showcase some of the most inventive designs in the country, all made from sustainable materials and presented to an all-star judging panel with Michelle Visage and Roz Purcell, and there will be two very special Christmas episodes of Ace My Space.
Finally, you can catch A Kids Country Christmas featuring kids from around Ireland singing Country music classics in a festive extravaganza!