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The best Christmas sports guide for 2023

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20 Dec 2023
Ryan Tucker 20 Dec 2023
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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Fans wearing Santa hats are seen watching on during day two of the Men's First Test match between Australia and Pakistan at Optus Stadium on December 15, 2023 in Perth, Australia (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The best Christmas sports guide for 2023


One of the best things about being an Aussie at Christmas time is all the sport on offer. 

The NBA have a whole slate of games for Christmas Eve Australian time starting with the Milwaukee Bucks at the New York Knicks in the early window with tip off at 4am. The 13 game bonanza finishes with the Minnesota Timberwolves taking on the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center at 2pm AEDST. 

The NBL also have a number of games scheduled around Christmas, with the Brisbane Bullets and Adelaide 36ers matching up for an afternoon game at 2pm on Christmas Eve. The South East Melbourne Phoenix and Tasmanian Jackjumpers are the first game of a Christmas Day double header with Illawarra Hawks and Sydney Kings rounding out the evening with a 7:30 pm AEDST start. 

Boxing Day is when everything culminates with 3 Cricket games, 5 NBA Games and 1 NBL game to go together with the Sydney to Hobart and NFL games. The second test between Australia and Pakistan played at the MCG starts at 10:30 am which will lead right into a Big Bash double header at 6pm AEDST with Melbourne Stars taking on the Sydney Sixers at the SCG followed by the Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers in Perth at 9:15pm AEDST. 

NBA Christmas Games 2023 - What NBA Games are on during Christmas 2023? What channel is the NBA on during Christmas?


Here is the ultimate list of NBA games, times and venues for Christmas 2023.
Date
Time (AEDT)
Home Team
Away Team
Venue
Network
Sunday 24th4:30 AMNew York KnicksMilwaukee BucksMadison Square Garden (IV)ESPN
Sunday 24th7:30 AMLos Angeles ClippersBoston CelticsCrypto.com ArenaESPN
Sunday 24th11:00 AMCharlotte HornetsDenver NuggetsSpectrum CenterESPN
Sunday 24th11:00 AMIndiana PacersOrlando MagicGainbridge FieldhouseESPN
Sunday 24th11:00 AMNew Orleans PelicansHouston RocketsSmoothie King CenterESPN
Sunday 24th11:30 AMAtlanta HawksMemphis GrizzliesState Farm ArenaESPN
Sunday 24th11:30 AMBrooklyn NetsDetroit PistonsBarclays CenterESPN
Sunday 24th11:30 AMToronto RaptorsUtah JazzScotiabank ArenaESPN
Sunday 24th12:00 PMChicago BullsCleveland CavaliersUnited CenterESPN
Sunday 24th12:00 PMOklahoma City ThunderLos Angeles LakersPaycom CenterESPN
Sunday 24th12:30 PMDallas MavericksSan Antonio SpursAmerican Airlines CenterESPN
Sunday 24th12:30 PMGolden State WarriorsPortland Trail BlazersChase CenterESPN
Sunday 24th2:00 PMSacramento KingsMinnesota TimberwolvesGolden 1 CenterESPN
Tuesday 26th4:00 AMNew York KnicksMilwaukee BucksMadison Square Garden (IV)ESPN
Tuesday 26th6:30 AMDenver NuggetsGolden State WarriorsBall ArenaESPN
Tuesday 26th9:00 AMLos Angeles LakersBoston CelticsCrypto.com ArenaESPN
Tuesday 26th12:00 PMMiami HeatPhiladelphia 76ersKaseya CenterESPN
Tuesday 26th2:00 PMPhoenix SunsDallas MavericksFootprint CenterESPN



NBL Christmas Day Games 2023 - Who is playing on Christmas Day?


Here is the ultimate list of NBL games, times and venues for Christmas 2023.
Date
Time (AEDT)
Home Team
Away Team
Venue
Network
Sunday 24th2:00 PMAdelaide 36ersBrisbane BulletsAdelaide Entertainment CentreESPN
Monday 25th5:30 PMTasmania JackJumpersSouth East Melbourne PhoenixMyState Bank ArenaESPN
Monday 25th7:30 PMSydney KingsIllawarra HawksQudos Bank ArenaESPN
Tuesday 26th7:30 PMCairns TaipansPerth WildcatsCairns Convention CentreESPN


Christmas Cricket 2023 - What time does the Cricket start on Boxing Day?

Here is the ultimate list of Cricket games, times and venues for Christmas 2023.

Date
Time (AEDT)
Home Team
Away Team
Venue
Network
Tuesday 26th10:30 AMAustraliaPakistanMCGKayo Sports
Tuesday 26th6:05 PMSydney SixersMelbourne StarsSCGKayo Sports
Tuesday 26th9:15 PMPerth ScorchersMelbourne RenegadesOptus StadiumKayo Sports


NFL Christmas Games 2023 - What NFL Games are on during Christmas 2023? What channel is the NFL on during Christmas?


Here is the ultimate list of NFL games, times and venues for Christmas 2023.
Date
Time (AEDT)
Home Team
Away Team
Venue
Network
Sunday 24th8:30 AMPittsburgh SteelersCincinnati BengalsAcrisure StadiumDAZN
Sunday 24th12:00 PMLos Angeles ChargersBuffalo BillsSoFi StadiumDAZN
Monday 25th5:00 AMAtlanta FalconsIndianapolis ColtsMercedes-Benz StadiumDAZN
Monday 25th5:00 AMCarolina PanthersGreen Bay PackersBank of America StadiumDAZN
Monday 25th5:00 AMHouston TexansCleveland BrownsNRG StadiumDAZN
Monday 25th5:00 AMMinnesota VikingsDetroit LionsU.S. Bank StadiumDAZN
Monday 25th5:00 AMNew York JetsWashington CommandersMetLife StadiumDAZN
Monday 25th5:00 AMTennessee TitansSeattle SeahawksNissan StadiumDAZN
Monday 25th8:05 AMTampa Bay BuccaneersJacksonville JaguarsRaymond James StadiumDAZN
Monday 25th8:25 AMChicago BearsArizona CardinalsSoldier FieldDAZN
Monday 25th8:25 AMMiami DolphinsDallas CowboysHard Rock StadiumDAZN
Monday 25th12:15 PMDenver BroncosNew England PatriotsEmpower Field at Mile HighDAZN
Tuesday 26th5:00 AMKansas City ChiefsLas Vegas RaidersGEHA Field at Arrowhead StadiumDAZN
Tuesday 26th8:30 AMPhiladelphia EaglesNew York GiantsLincoln Financial FieldDAZN
Tuesday 26th12:15 PMSan Francisco 49ersBaltimore RavensLevi's® StadiumDAZN



We are taking things a step further and have compiled a complete list of games below for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day in order of start times so you can set your TV's to catch as much action as possible! 

Which sports are playing on Christmas Eve 2023?


SportTime (AEDT)Home TeamAway TeamVenueChannel
NBA4:30 AMNew York KnicksMilwaukee BucksMadison Square Garden (IV)ESPN
NBA7:30 AMLos Angeles ClippersBoston CelticsCrypto.com ArenaESPN
NFL8:30 AMPittsburgh SteelersCincinnati BengalsAcrisure StadiumDAZN
NBA11:00 AMCharlotte HornetsDenver NuggetsSpectrum CenterESPN
NBA11:00 AMIndiana PacersOrlando MagicGainbridge FieldhouseESPN
NBA11:00 AMNew Orleans PelicansHouston RocketsSmoothie King CenterESPN
NBA11:30 AMAtlanta HawksMemphis GrizzliesState Farm ArenaESPN
NBA11:30 AMBrooklyn NetsDetroit PistonsBarclays CenterESPN
NBA11:30 AMToronto RaptorsUtah JazzScotiabank ArenaESPN
NBA12:00 PMChicago BullsCleveland CavaliersUnited CenterESPN
NBA12:00 PMOklahoma City ThunderLos Angeles LakersPaycom CenterESPN
NFL12:00 PMLos Angeles ChargersBuffalo BillsSoFi StadiumDAZN
NBA12:30 PMDallas MavericksSan Antonio SpursAmerican Airlines CenterESPN
NBA12:30 PMGolden State WarriorsPortland Trail BlazersChase CenterESPN
NBA2:00 PMSacramento KingsMinnesota TimberwolvesGolden 1 CenterESPN
NBL2:00 PMAdelaide 36ersBrisbane BulletsAdelaide Entertainment CentreESPN


Which sports are playing on Christmas Day 2023?


SportTime (AEDT)HomeAwayVenueChannel
NFL5:00 AMAtlanta FalconsIndianapolis ColtsMercedes-Benz StadiumDAZN
NFL5:00 AMCarolina PanthersGreen Bay PackersBank of America StadiumDAZN
NFL5:00 AMHouston TexansCleveland BrownsNRG StadiumDAZN
NFL5:00 AMMinnesota VikingsDetroit LionsU.S. Bank StadiumDAZN
NFL5:00 AMNew York JetsWashington CommandersMetLife StadiumDAZN
NFL5:00 AMTennessee TitansSeattle SeahawksNissan StadiumDAZN
NFL8:05 AMTampa Bay BuccaneersJacksonville JaguarsRaymond James StadiumDAZN
NFL8:25 AMChicago BearsArizona CardinalsSoldier FieldDAZN
NFL8:25 AMMiami DolphinsDallas CowboysHard Rock StadiumDAZN
NFL12:15 PMDenver BroncosNew England PatriotsEmpower Field at Mile HighDAZN
NBL5:30 PMTasmania JackJumpersSouth East Melbourne PhoenixMyState Bank ArenaESPN
NBL7:30 PMSydney KingsIllawarra HawksQudos Bank ArenaESPN



Which sports are playing on Boxing Day 2023?


SportTime (AEDT)HomeAwayVenueChannel
NBA4:00 AMNew York KnicksMilwaukee BucksMadison Square Garden (IV)ESPN
NFL5:00 AMKansas City ChiefsLas Vegas RaidersGEHA Field at Arrowhead StadiumDAZN
NBA6:30 AMDenver NuggetsGolden State WarriorsBall ArenaESPN
NFL8:30 AMPhiladelphia EaglesNew York GiantsLincoln Financial FieldDAZN
NBA9:00 AMLos Angeles LakersBoston CelticsCrypto.com ArenaESPN
Cricket10:30 AMAustraliaPakistanMCGKayo Sports
NBA12:00 PMMiami HeatPhiladelphia 76ersKaseya CenterESPN
NFL12:15 PMSan Francisco 49ersBaltimore RavensLevi's® StadiumDAZN
NBA2:00 PMPhoenix SunsDallas MavericksFootprint CenterESPN
Cricket6:05 PMSydney SixersMelbourne StarsSCGKayo Sports
NBL7:30 PMCairns TaipansPerth WildcatsCairns Convention CentreESPN
Cricket9:15 PMPerth ScorchersMelbourne RenegadesOptus StadiumKayo Sports

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