After a six-week break, the Premier League returns over Christmas after the conclusion of the World Cup in Qatar.
Of course, there is still plenty of other domestic football to look forward to, while there are no fewer than 11 horse racing fixtures to come on Boxing Day.
While this time of year is quiet for tennis, golf and boxing, the highlight of the darts calendar takes place this week as the World Darts Championship continues at Alexandra Palace.
Celtic will hope to maintain their nine-point cushion at the top of the Scottish Premiership table when they host St Johnstone on Saturday.
The Hoops have won 10 games in a row since they lost their first match of the season to St Mirren, but they will need to be at their best to overcome St Johnstone, who are unbeaten in six themselves.
Arsenal will resume their Premier League campaign with a five-point cushion over second-placed Manchester City, but they were dealt a blow during the mid-season break for the World Cup.
Striker Gabriel Jesus will miss the next few months of action after picking up a knee injury while playing for Brazil.
The 25-year-old played a major role in helping Arsenal reach the summit of the Premier League, and West Ham will fancy their chances of unsettling them at the Emirates on Monday.
West Ham are 6/4 to win in the double chance market, while Gunners striker Eddie Nketiah is to score anytime as he prepares to fill the void left by Jesus.
Boxing Day remains one of the highlights of the racing calendar, and fans can look forward to 11 meetings between 11:40 and 17:20 on Monday.
In Ireland, Down Royal, Limerick and Leopardstown will host 21 jumps races, while there is one flat card to come from the UK as Wolverhampton hosts seven races from 13:50 until 17:20.
Jumps racing is the theme of the day, though, and all eyes will be on Kempton for the King George VI Chase at 14:30.
As well as action from Kempton, Wetherby, Newcastle, Market Rasen, Fontwell, Huntingdon, and Wincanton will host further jumps cards.
What: World Darts Championship
Where: Alexandra Palace, London
When: 15th December 2022 – 3rd January 2023
How to watch: Sky Sports
Odds: Michael van Gerwen 9/4, Michael Smith 5/1, Gerwyn Price 13/2, Peter Wright 10/1, Josh Rock 12/1, Luke Humphries
The third round of the World Darts Championship starts on Tuesday, and fans will get to see some of the world's best in action.
While James Wade crashed out earlier this week, Nathan Aspinall, Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright and Kim Huybrechts are all still in the hat.
Aspinall faces Josh Rock on Tuesday in the afternoon session, while at night, Wales' Price takes on Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld.
Wright must navigate his way past Huybrechts in the final match of the evening, and he is to do so, while his Belgian opponent can be backed at 3/1.
Manchester City will look to build on their EFL Cup success over Liverpool when they travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds United on Wednesday.
After losing 2-1 to Brentford before the mid-season break, City returned to winning ways with a gutsy 3-2 victory over Liverpool on Thursday.
Pep Guardiola's side looked menacing in possession, and both Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland were fit enough to start.
If that is still the case next week, that should be bad news for Leeds, who have conceded 11 goals to City in their last two matches against the reigning champions.