Here's what you need to know about tonight's Late Late Toy Show

Here's what you need to know about tonight's Late Late Toy Show

THE 2021 Late Late Toy airs tonight, Friday 26 November, with children and parents alike around the world set to tune in to what is staple in the Irish cultural calendar.

An ad for for the show have been airing on RTÉ in recent weeks, with many speculating what the theme of the show would be.

Here's everything you need to know about the this year's Toy Show.


What time is the Toy Show on?

The Toy Show will air on RTÉ One at 9.35pm, taking the place of the usual Late Late Show slot.

For those who are living abroad or who don't have access to a television, the show will be available to view on RTÉ Player and on catch-up.


Times to tune in from abroad

The RTÉ Player Instagram account has released a handy guide for international viewers to know what time to tune in, whether you live in Dubai, Sydney or Tokyo.



Viewers will once again have the option to tune in with Irish Sign Language (ISL) via the RTÉ News channel and RTÉ Player, meaning that everyone can enjoy the show.

RTÉ also released the video below featuring students of The Holy Family School for the Deaf in Cabra, Dublin, meeting Santa ahead of the special night.



Audio Description (AD) will also be available for the repeat on Monday night, and catch-up on RTÉ Player after the repeat.

A fully accessible version (with subtitles, ISL and AD) will be broadcast on Wednesday 1 December, which will also be available on catch-up.


What is the theme?

The theme for the Late Late Toy Show has been a central part of the night in recent years, with choices in the past including 'The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl' and 'The Greatest Showman'.

The theme for this year was kept tightly under wraps until this morning, when host Ryan Tubridy announced that the 1994 Disney classic 'The Lion King' will be the theme of the night.

Ryan will be joined by young people from around the country, performing some of the movies well-known songs, including Hakuna Matata and the Circle of Life.

"Everyone has been locked up for a long time and that’s why we need to head out into the wild and join our friends in The Lion King," he said ahead of tonight's show.

"This isn’t just a theme; it is a movement. Every child can leave the house and leave the room and leave the kitchen and roam free in the jungle of their families because they are the boss tonight."

"So, it is the future, it is wild, and it is beautiful. Join us in the jungle, we will see you tonight," he added.


The Toy Show Appeal

The Toy Show Appeal is back for its second year, after last year raised an impressive €6.6m for Irish charities.

Donations can be made via and new to this year, donations can be given through the 'Donations' tab on the Revolut app which will go live on the night.