Get your decorations out of the loft and crank up the Christmas tunes because the most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us. While we all love getting presents and indulging in one too many mince pies, everybody knows that the best thing about the festive period is the jam-packed calendar of sporting events to look forward to.
Thankfully, there’s plenty to enjoy this year, including football, tennis and darts.
Festive football in the Premier League
The Christmas period is always one of the busiest parts of the football calendar and this year is no different, with a bumper Premier League schedule on the horizon. As we edge towards the halfway point in the campaign, the league table is starting to take shape and some clubs are counting down the days until the transfer window reopens.
Defending champions Manchester City currently lead the way but the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are hot on their tail. Jurgen Klopp’s side face a testing festive fixture list, with clashes against Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle all within the space of two weeks.
Spurs take on Everton two days before Christmas, which could be a huge contest at both ends of the table following the Merseyside club’s recent points deduction. Meanwhile, Chelsea face a trip to Wolves on Christmas Eve and Man United host surprise package Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
Elsewhere, following their Champions League win City have a mid-season trip to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Club World Cup.
Key festive football matches:
● Arsenal v Brighton – 17th December
● Liverpool v Manchester United – 17th December
● Tottenham v Everton – 23rd December
● Liverpool v Arsenal – 23rd December
● Wolves v Chelsea – 24th December
● Manchester United v Aston Villa – 26th December
● Liverpool v Newcastle – 1st January
The Ultimate Tennis Showdown heads to London
After three showpiece tournaments throughout 2023, the Ultimate Tennis Showdown is on its way to London for the competition’s inaugural Grand Final. For three days in mid-December, eight of the top ranking players will go head-to-head at the ExCel in a bid to become the ultimate champion.
The UTS gives tennis a modern twist. Instead of your usual scoring format, players face off during quarters of eight minutes. Second serves are a thing of the past and players get just one added to their total each time they score a point.
The Grand Final takes place following UTS tournaments in Los Angeles, Frankfurt and Seoul this year. Andrey Rublev and Holger Rune, who are both ranked in the top 10, are set to compete, along with Casper Rudd, Jack Draper and Gael Monfils.
The event runs from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th December and you can watch the action from the best seats in the house with our exclusive hospitality packages.
The World Darts Championships returns to Ally Pally
Christmas wouldn’t quite be the same without a daily darts extravaganza from Alexandra Palace. The World Darts Championship moved to north London in 2008 and it returns in December, with Michael Smith looking to defend his title
After losing the 2022 final, Smith bounced back last year to edge Michael van Gerwen 7-4 to claim the Championship for the first time. Van Gerwen will be seeking revenge as he looks to win the competition for a fourth time.
This year’s tournament gets underway on 15th December, with the final taking place on 2nd January. 32 players will lock horns at the famous oche, with a whopping £2.5 million prize pot to be won.
The best in music and comedy
It’s not just sport that’s on the agenda this winter, with plenty of music and comedy to look forward to. Dust off your santa hat and get your dancing shoes on because the Jingle Bell Ball is back at the O2 on 9th and 10th December, where Alicia Keys, Busted, Take That, Rita Ora and loads more will be taking to the stage for a blockbuster weekend.
They’re not the only superstars gigging at the O2 as Madonna, Tom Jones and Madness are all performing over the festive period. And if you’re in the mood for a Christmas giggle, Peter Kay’s monthly residency at the O2 takes place on 16th December.
Engage Christmas gifts
Christmas is all about giving but as we all know, finding our loved ones the perfect gift isn’t always easy. Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered. Treat your friends and family to a hospitality experience, with the biggest sports and entertainment events on offer.
With packages ranging from bronze to platinum, take a look at our Christmas gifts and get in touch to secure an unforgettable experience.