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12 days of Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year but not for the reasons you might imagine.

There’s a certain amount of magic around at Christmas when trees get erected and the lights come on. We see family members that we’ve not seen for the year. The office Christmas parties, mistletoe and drinks with friends. You get gifts that you don’t want and you don’t get the gifts that you do want. You eat copious amount of turkey and who knew wrapping some bacon round a sausage could be such a game changer? Crackers are pulled, jokes are told and the Bailey’s starts to flow. Sometimes we argue but more often than not we laugh but Christmas for many is about one thing and one thing only; sport.

The PDC Darts Championship has begun and will finish on New Years Day. It is now as synonymous with Christmas as a brussel sprout or a Mince Pie. The event began in 1994 when Dennis Priestly beat the Power for a prize of £16,000. The winner now gets half a million and his life changes overnight. Who can forget Van Barneveld defeating Taylor 7-6 in 2007? Van Barneveld, who has just lost in the opening round this time around and bows out of the game for good. Or Gary Anderson finally getting his name on the trophy? The hot favourite this time around will be Michael van Gerwen who is Darts’ Messi; freakishly good. Sometimes it’s hard to see how he can be stopped but Rob Cross and Gerwyn Price are not to be discounted and Gary Anderson always seems to turn up at the Ally Pally. The Ally Pally, home of the fancy dress and one of the great sporting atmosphere’s. We are still offering hospitality should you wish to go. For us, Christmas is not Christmas without a trip to the Palace.

Kempton Racecourse is the perfect destination to get over the Christmas hangover and attempt to win some of the money back you’ve spent on gifts! It also boasts arguably the best race in the racing calendar – the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase. Lining up this year is last years winner Clan Des Obeaux as well as the highest rated horse in training today, his stablemate Cyrname. That in itself is already a mouth watering prospect but then add Altior, one of the greatest two milers to ever have lived, and the Gold Cup favourite Lostintranslation and the race is shaping up to be hotter than ever before. Old favourites Might Bite and Thistlecrack will also line up and there’s few better sporting sights than seeing a thoroughbread jump a fence whilst travelling at full speed. For what it’s worth we think Cyrname will win and win well! The Boxing Day card has 6 other races on the day and is the perfect Christmas Day out. If Kempton doesn’t suit then 10 other British racetracks throw their doors open for the biggest day’s racing on the Calendar and we can provide hospitality for any of them. Just message us if you want to get out of the kitchen and into the fresh air!

Christmas would not be Christmas without Boxing Day football and Football at New Year. Amazon Prime have every single Boxing Day game live this year and BT Sport offer every New Year’s Day game live on their platform. What games can you expect to see? Spurs host Brighton in an early kick off on Boxing Day. Rejuvenated under Mourinho, a win against Graham Potter’s men could see them go to 4th. Beleaguered Arsenal travel to Bournemouth who themselves are out of form. Who will be in the dugout for Arsenal? If the rumours are correct then Mikel Arteta could be making a return in time for that game. Chelsea host Southampton, whilst Manchester United travel to Newcastle for a 5.30 game. The big game of the day comes at The Kingpower where Leicester play Liverpool in a top of the table clash. On the 27th Wolves play Man City who will be looking to reverse the 1-0 defeat they suffered when hosting Nuno’s men a couple of months back. There’s then more games on December 28th with Arsenal play Chelsea before we get to New Years Day where they host Manchester United. All the fixtures can be found here and as ever, GoSporting can get you hospitality to any of these games so you can see them in style.

The sport doesn’t end there. American Football, Rugby and Cricket. There’s something for everyone and whilst family and turkey are important, nothing can beat sport at Christmas!