Calling all jokesmiths – write a modern Xmas cracker joke and win £1500!


UKTV channel Gold has announced its fifth annual national joke competition to discover the best new Christmas cracker gags – covering all the ups and downs of 2017, as written by you, the British public.

Last year’s winning one-liner was the political pun “How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit? No Brussels” – with 2015’s top spot being taken by “Why does Ed Milliband like advent calendars? He gets to open the door to number 10”.

Britons will pull an astounding 300 million crackers on Christmas Day and Gold’s mission is to keep the laughs fresh with new topical, seasonal gags – from pop culture and politics to sports and celebrities – with the aim of getting the country in the festive spirit for the holiday season!

The competition is open until 11.59pm on Sunday 29th October 2017, and can be entered by tweeting new, original and funny Christmas jokes with the hashtag #GoldCrackers.

The winner will receive £1,500 holiday vouchers, 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 include the top six winning jokes.


Open to all UK residents aged 18 and over, to enter please:

• Tweet a Christmas-themed joke via your personal Twitter account including the hashtag #GoldCrackers

• Gold is looking for modern festive jokes that put a comedy twist on the current news agenda or pop culture phenomenon

• Must be your original content and suitable for a family audience

• The joke entry must not be more than 140 characters, including the hashtag #GoldCrackers • Multiple entries are allowed

• All entrants must follow @GoldChannel (so we can notify the winners) – but the @GoldChannel twitter handle does not need to be included in the joke entry

For further information on the terms and conditions, please click here. The best jokes will be shortlisted by a comedy panel and then put to a public vote – with the top ten winning jokes being announced in December.