Sporty Claus: Sky’s December month of sport

Football, golf, cricket, darts - it’s all on Sky this December!

Sporty Claus - yes, the Sporty Claus - has come to deliver an early present; the gift of sport. Lots of sport. As in, sport on every day of the month on Sky Sports!

You are reading that right, Sky Sports will be showing a different live sport every day of the month this December, and every fixture has as much meaning to it as the last.

Get ready for the special month by checking out the full schedule of the major live events on each day this month, with a focus on the feature fixtures each week.

Week 1 | 1st - 7th December

Tiger Woods signals to the crowd during the Hero World Challenge 2022 competition.

Friday 1st December: PGA Tour Golf - Hero World Challenge

December may be a weird month for some golf, but not when it's played in the Bahamas and hosted by the legendary Tiger Woods.

The Hero World Challenge takes place each year and features a small number of the top-ranked golf pros from the PGA Tour.

The likes of Scottie Scheffler, Viktor Hovland and Tiger himself will be competing, making this a must-watch competition across the four days (30th Nov - 3rd Dec).

Sunday 3rd December: Premier League - Manchester City vs Tottenham

Matchday 14 will see five games on Saturday and five on Sunday, with the final game of the weekend being the feature fixture - Manchester City vs Tottenham.

Both have spent time at the top of the table already this season and with the competition heating up at the top, every point matters even at this stage of the campaign.

The Etihad Stadium will be the location for this big matchup, with kickoff set for 16:30.

Thursday 7th December: BBL Cricket - Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars

The ever-exciting Australian Big Bash League returns this December and it all starts with the Brisbane Heat taking on the Melbourne Stars.

Stars from the World Cup-winning Australia side will be on show, including Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne. Catch the action live at 8:15am.

Full week schedule

  • 01/12: PGA Tour Golf - Hero World Challenge
  • 02/12: Premier League - Nottingham Forest vs Everton
  • 03/12: Premier League - Manchester City vs Tottenham
  • 04/12: NFL - Cincinnati Bengals vs Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 05/12: Netball - England vs South Africa
  • 06/12: Scottish Premier League - Hearts vs Rangers
  • 07/12: BBL Cricket - Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars

Week 2 | 8th - 14th December

Team Europe celebrates winning the 2022 Mosconi Cup.

Saturday 9th December: Pool Mosconi Cup - Europe vs USA

The Mosconi Cup, Europe vs USA, 30th anniversary. It doesn’t come much bigger than this in the world of Pool.

Take the intensity of the Ryder Cup in golf and put it into an arena, swap the golf clubs for pool cues and you have Pool’s biggest team competition.

Taking place at Alexandra Palace in London, you can catch all four days of the action including the finale on Saturday.

Thursday 14th December: IT20 Cricket - South Africa vs India

World Cup finalists India are set for a tour of South Africa this December, facing them in three IT20 and three ODI fixtures.

The two sides are amongst the very best in the world, and their matchups against one another are always interesting affairs.

The three days of the IT20 contests will be on the 10th, 12th and 14th of December, with Sky Sports showing them all on their dedicated cricket channel.

Full week schedule

  • 08/12: BBL Basketball - Newcastle Eagles vs Bristol Flyers
  • 09/12: Pool Mosconi Cup - Europe vs USA
  • 10/12: NFL Red Zone
  • 11/12: NFL - Green Bay Packers vs New York Giants
  • 12/12: EFL Championship - 6 live games
  • 13/12: EFL Championship - 6 live games
  • 14/12: IT20 Cricket - South Africa vs India

Week 3 | 15th - 21st December

England's Michael Smith lifts the Cazoo World Darts Championship trophy after winning the latest edition.

Friday 15th December: World Darts Championship

The biggest competition in all of darts begins on Friday 15th, with England’s Michael Smith looking to defend his crown.

19 days of darts action with all the best players in the world competing for the most coveted prize in their sport, and you can watch it all on the dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel.

Sunday 17th December: Premier League - Liverpool vs Manchester United

The two most successful clubs in English football will face off once again on 17th December as Liverpool hosts Manchester United.

United will need to be at their best if they want to challenge the Reds, with Liverpool looking to be back to their best again this season. Kick-off at 16:30.

Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th December - EFL Cup Quarter-Finals

The race for the first piece of silverware this season continues with the Quarter-Finals of the EFL Cup on the 19th and 20th.

First up on Tuesday will be Chelsea vs Newcastle, and then Wednesday will see Liverpool host West Ham. 

Two interesting matches with a place in the Semi-Finals on the line, you won’t want to miss either one. Both kick-offs at 20:00.

Full week schedule

  • 15/12: World Darts Championship
  • 16/12: EFL Championship - Ipswich vs Norwich
  • 17/12: Premier League - Liverpool vs Manchester United
  • 18/12: EFL Championship - Birmingham vs Leicester
  • 19/12: EFL Cup QF - Chelsea vs Newcastle
  • 20/12: EFL Cup QF - Liverpool vs West Ham
  • 21/12: International ODI Cricket - South Africa vs India

Week 4 | 22nd - 28th December

Liverpool's Mo Salah and Arsenal's Bukayo Saka.

Saturday 23rd December: Premier League - Liverpool vs Arsenal

A clash at the top of the table as Arsenal visit Anfield to take on Liverpool in one of the final matchdays of 2023.

Both teams are in great form this season and will want the win. It is sure to be a barnstormer of a match, with kickoff set for 17:30.

Sunday 24th December: Premier League - Wolves vs Chelsea

For the first time in 25 years, we are getting treated to Premier League football on Christmas Eve!

Wolves vs Chelsea will be the only fixture on Sunday 24th, with kickoff slated for 13:00 at the Molineux. 

Full week schedule

  • 22/12: Premier League - Aston Villa vs Sheffield United
  • 23/12: Premier League - Liverpool vs Arsenal
  • 24/12: Premier League - Wolves vs Chelsea
  • 25/12: NFL - New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles
  • 26/12: Top Rank Boxing - Naya Inoue vs Marlon Tapalas
  • 27/12: Scottish Premier League - Hibernian vs Hearts
  • 28/12: NFL - New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns

Week 5 | 29th - 31st December

Two Celtic and Rangers players tussle for possession of the ball.

Saturday 30th December: Scottish Premier League - Celtic vs Rangers

Known around the world as one of the biggest rivalries in football, Celtic vs Rangers is never a dull affair.

For one last time in 2023, make sure you tune into the Old Firm derby on Saturday 30th at 12:30pm.

Sunday 31st December: Premier League - Fulham vs Arsenal

The final Premier League game of 2023 on Sky Sports will be an all-London affair as Fulham take on Arsenal.

It’s West London vs North London, with not just points but bragging rights very much on offer. Be sure to tune in for this one on Sunday 31st at 14:00.

Full week schedule

  • 29/12: BBL Cricket - Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers
  • 30/12: Scottish Premier League - Celtic vs Rangers
  • 31/12: Premier League - Fulham vs Arsenal

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