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What's on the box this Christmas!

Lots of great sport to watch on TV over Christmas. We've put together a selection of TV picks for you, and there are some crackers not to be missed! 

On Sunday night the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards celebrated the talent, dedication and achievements of athletes, coaches and volunteers during the 2014 calendar – with Lewis Hamilton taking the overall title.

What an action packed year it has been for sport, but it’s not over yet, there are plenty of sporting events to watch this Christmas whilst relaxing at home with your family. Take a look at our Christmas TV guide: 


There's not much time for premiership football players to enjoy the festivities this month. A triple header on Boxing Day will see Chelsea host West Ham United, Queen Park Rangers face Arsenal at the Emirates and Manchester United play Newcastle United. As you nurse your sore head on New Year’s Day there will be plenty more action to watch as Stoke City and Manchester United go head to head, Manchester City play Sunderland and Chelsea play Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. BT Sport and Sky Sports are broadcasting the matches live (see schedule below) and the BBC will show highlights on Match of the Day with a Boxing Day and New Year’s Day special.  

  • Saturday 20 December: Manchester City vs Crystal Palace (BT Sport, 12.45pm) 
  • Sunday 21 December: Newcastle United vs Sunderland (Sky Sports, 1.30pm)
  • Sunday 21 December: Liverpool vs Arsenal (Sky Sports, 4pm)
  • Monday 22 December: Stoke City vs Chelsea (Sky Sports, 8pm)
  • Friday 26 December: Chelsea vs West Ham United (Sky Sports, 12.45pm)
  • Friday 26 December: Manchester United vs Newcastle United (BT Sport, 3pm) 
  • Friday 26 December: Arsenal vs Queens Park Rangers (BT Sport, 5.30pm)
  • Sunday 28 December: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United (BT Sport, 12pm) 
  • Sunday 28 December: Southampton vs Chelsea (Sky Sports, 2.05pm) 
  • Sunday 28 December: Newcastle United vs Everton (Sky Sports, 4.15pm)
  • Monday 29 December: Liverpool vs Swansea City (Sky Sports, 8pm)
  • Thursday 1 January: Stoke City vs Manchester United (Sky Sports, 12.45pm)
  • Thursday 1 January: Manchester City vs Sunderland (BT Sport, 3pm)
  • Thursday 1 January: Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea (BT Sport, 5.30pm)


Sky Sports will broadcast coverage of test cricket during the Christmas period, including 5 day test matches starting on Christmas Day between Australia vs India and New Zealand vs Sri Lanka; and Boxing Day between South Africa vs West Indies. 


The Aviva Premiership will be in full flight over Christmas. On Sunday (21 December) London Wasps will play London Irish at their new home ground in Coventry for the first time since their recent move from High Wycombe.

Add the following matches to your Christmas TV sports schedule: 

  • Saturday 20 December: Northampton Vs Leicester (BT Sport, 3.15pm)
  • Sunday 21 December: London Wasps vs London Irish (BT Sport, 2pm)
  • Saturday 27 December: Bath Vs Exeter (BT Sport, 2pm)
  • Saturday 27 December: Harlequins vs Northampton (BT Sport, 4pm)
  • Sunday 28 December: Gloucester vs Wasps (BT Sport, 2pm)
  • Friday 2 January: Northampton vs Newcastle (BT Sport, 7.45pm)
  • Saturday 3 January: Saracens vs London Irish (BT Sport, 2pm)

Horse Racing

Clare Balding will present the Channel 4 live coverage from Kempton Park on Boxing Day, including the King George VI chase. Coverage starts at 1.15pm. More racing is shown again on Saturday 27 December from 1pm on Channel 4. 

World’s Strongest Man

Action from the 2014 World’s Strongest Man will begin with the Giant’s Live qualifying rounds between Saturday 20 December and Tuesday 23 December. Five heats follow the qualifying rounds, aired from 27 December, as Britain’s strong men Terry Hollands, Ben Kelsey, Eddie Hall, Mark Felix, Laurence Shahlaei and Graham Hicks battle it out against strong men from across the globe to make it to the final and take the ultimate Strongman title. 

The final is on Channel 5 at 8pm on New Year’s Day. Full listings can be found on the World's Strongest Man website.  

Christmas Specials

Question of Sport Christmas Special

Sue Barker hosts the Question of Sport Christmas Special where Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell will be joined by sport-loving celebrities to take part in the usual rounds - but with a festive twist.  

Monday 22 December on BBC1 at 7.30pm. 

Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton: Duel of the Silver Arrows 2014

Suzi Perry, Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard look back at the excitement of the 2014 F1 season, dominated by Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, with Hamilton taking the title in the last race of the season.

Saturday 27 December on BBC1 at 1pm.

Sport Relief the Final Score

Another look at the best bits from Sport Relief 2014, which raised millions of pounds, including the one-off Only Fools and Horses special – with David Jason & Nicholas Lyndhurst reunited as Del-Boy and Rodney and David Beckham starring in a cameo appearance.   

Saturday 27 December on BBC1 at 2.10pm. 

These are just a few of our picks of sport on TV from the Christmas TV guide. Enjoy watching!