Christmas is a great time to catch up with friends and family, especially those who you don’t get to meet all that often.
However, there is also a heck of a lot of sport both on the television and at grounds all over the country for those willing to brave the cold weather.
Here, we pick out five sporting events taking place over the next few days that will be sure to wrap up 2017 on a high note.
Munster v Leinster
Thomond Park plays host to this highly-anticipated clash between the two provinces. After Connacht’s impressive win over Ulster on Saturday, Munster and Leinster will be looking for bragging rights in this derby.
All the big guns are out for the home side, however, Leinster are down a number of international stars. That said, when these two meet the atmosphere and occasion can act as a great leveller and as fireworks are guaranteed.
Team Named | Captain @peterom6 on 💯
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) December 23, 2017
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) December 23, 2017
World Championship Darts at the Alley Palley
You know it’s Christmas when the darts are on…
The Alexandra Palace is the hottest ticket in town over the festive period. With the action already well underway, 20 players remain as Michael van Gerwen looks to retain his crown.
The action continues on December 27 with the last four second round ties before the last 16 kicks off as five of the top eight seeds are still in contention for the title.
St Stephen’s Day Premier League fixtures
There are eight games in the Premier League on St Stephen’s Day.
With, leaders Manchester City not out until Wednesday, Manchester United will be looking to reduce the gap to ten points when they meet Burnley. After a disappointing draw at Leicester at the weekend, United will be keen to get back to winning ways.
Elsewhere, Liverpool host Swansea City, Brighton travel to Stanford Bridge to play Chelsea and Spurs meet Southampton in the lunchtime kick-off.
Festive racing around the country
Festive racing is always popular with punters as this year promises to be no different with three exciting cards taking place around the country.
There is action in Down Royal and both Leopardstown and Limerick have the start of their four-day festivals.
GAA season gets underway
The 2018 season throws in before New Year’s eve with the pre-season competitions beginning.
The Munster Senior Hurling League begins as Clare face Kerry and defending champions Cork most Limerick in Mallow.
There is also football taking place in Leinster as the O’Byrne Cup commences.
There are four games in that tournament as Offaly host Wexford, Louth play Longford, Wicklow take on Carlow and Westmeath and Laois play the first of their two legs as they are the only two teams in their group.