The first Toy Show aired on RTÉ in the early 1970s as a 30-minute slot at the end of the regular Late Late Show. Gay Byrne hosted a segment for parents on the current toys for Christmas while the children were tucked up tight!
It proved so popular, that it eventually became a full-show special with Christmas musical entertainment. Lucky children were invited on to test and review the toys and it eventually evolved into the Christmas extravaganza that we love!
It continues to attract record audiences, with nearly 1.4 million people tuning in in Ireland to watch the show live on RTÉ One last year, and nearly the same number streamed it online around the world.
Every year, applications to be in the coveted Toy Show audience attract more than 100,000 entries for just 200 tickets! Not only is it a chance for adults to indulge in some festive fun, dress up in their best (and worst!) Christmas outfits, but there is also the very famous catchphrase to look forward to…”There’s one for everybody in the audience!”