There are a lot of different things to do and to look forward to at Christmas time, whether that is seeing family, giving and receiving presents or even a good old festive film.
But there are some of us out there who have something else to look forward to: The World Darts Championships with 1.5 million of us watching on Sky Sports according to the latest figures suggest.
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It is a corner stone of the line up for Christmas and New Year as 72 of the world’s best players descend on the Alexandra Palace in London to compete for the chance to be called the world champion.
We all watch it for different reasons too. We want to watch our favourite players such as Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson, but some of us like the sheer unpredictability of the spectacle.
For example, in 2014, a relatively young Michael Smith announced himself onto the darting stage with arguably the most seismic shock in the history of the competition as he knocked out the 16-time champion of the world Phil Taylor.
And this year has seen many seeded players fall at the first hurdle. Stephen Bunting from St Helens was knocked out by Darren Webster, Vincent van der Voort was beaten by Max Hopp, Gerwyn Price was beaten by Jonny Clayton and John Henderson was beaten by Andrew Gilding.
Gary Anderson is currently the reining two time champion of the world but will face stiff competition from the likes of Michael van Gerwen who has had a record breaking year, or Adrian Lewis, last year’s runner up and a two time champion of the world himself and also proving he has one last title in him: Taylor.
But amongst all that, we also have showmen to marvel at. We have already had our fair share with Jerry Hendricks, John Michael, Mark Frost and Peter Wright all up to their usual dancing antics up on the Ally Pally stage.
The Lakeside is a fantastic tournament and although the quality isn’t as high as the PDC, it is still great entertainment, thanks to the likes of Martin Adams who after all these years has remained loyal to the BDO despite many offers to join the PDC.
Traditionally, the winner will at the very least get a spot in the next years PDC Grand Slam, where eight players from the BDO come together with 24 PDC players and it is the chance to showcase their talents- while some others are given the chance to play on the PDC ProTour.
If you want to watch the next generation of dart players coming through then the Lakeside is the one for you.
So there is plenty of darts to watch over the Christmas period and that is why this time of the year is perfect and in the break, you can learn a thing or two from the pros.