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Gold Christmas Cracker Jokes. Copyright: UKTV.

2019 Christmas Cracker joke writing competition

TV channel Gold has opened its competition to find the best topical Christmas cracker jokes of 2019.

The winner of the annual competition, which has been running for seven years now, gains widespread press coverage and receives a prize package.

Last year's winning one-liner was political pun: "What does Donald Trump do after he pulls a cracker? Pays her off.", with 2017's top spot being taken by the gag: "Why was Theresa May sacked as Nativity Manager? She couldn't run a stable government."

Gold says: "From Brexit chaos and Theresa May stepping down as Prime Minister, the launch of the nation's favourite vegan sausage roll and England winning the Cricket World Cup, to Love Island hook-ups and break-ups, the aim is to get the country chuckling this Christmas!

"Britons will pull an astounding 300 million crackers on Christmas Day and Gold's mission is to keep the giggles going with new topical, seasonal gags."

The competition is open until 11.59pm on Sunday 27th October 2019.

How to enter

1. Follow @GoldChannel on Twitter (so they can notify you if you win).

2. Tweet your Christmas-themed joke via your personal Twitter account including the hashtag #GoldCrackers before the 28th October.

Jokes must be original content and suitable for a family audience (e.g. no swear words). The joke entry must be included within one tweet (i.e. not be more than 280 characters).

Multiple entries are allowed.

Full terms and conditions


Gold Christmas Cracker Jokes. Copyright: UKTV.

The winner will receive £1,500 holiday vouchers from Trailfinders, a festive themed hamper, as well as having their joke included in their own personalised set of crackers ready to pull on the big day. The nine runners-up will each receive a festive Christmas hamper, and a box of bespoke Gold Christmas crackers, which includes the top six winning jokes.

Comedy critic Bruce Dessau, who is leading the panel selecting the shortlist, says: "I'm sure we'll all agree that 2019 has been one of the maddest yet! But despite all the ups and downs, we can usually still find something to crack a smile about. I can't wait to see what comic gems emerge from this year's Gold's Christmas Crackers competition - I think we all deserve a laugh!"

Gerald Casey, Gold's channel director, says: "From the Brexit rollercoaster to the Cricket World Cup and some great TV moments along the way, our nation's comics certainly aren't short on inspiration this year. We had some fantastic gags in 2018, so we're expecting even more hilarious one-liners this year to get us chuckling over our Christmas dinners."

See also: Top 15 Christmas Cracker jokes 2018

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