I am officially obsessed with planning to watch soccer in England. And that means I have London — and the Christmas season — on my mind.

Brentford will be home (in West London) for the holidays this year

Brentford will be home (in West London) for the holidays this year

Updated 10-12-2018 with TV changes

I always love to travel, but once the schedules for the Premier League and the English Football League are announced, I sit down with that information, my frequent flier points, maps and travel websites, then get serious about planning trips.

I have a post you can check out about the best times, in the 2018-19 season, to go to England for games, but for today I want to focus on a specific time and place: London over the holidays. They call it the Festive Period, and it’s a time that is traditionally packed with games.

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For the 2018-19 season, here is just a sketch of the number of games in and around London.

Note that some of these dates will change with the TV announcement on October 12, 2018.

December 26:

  • Premier League: Spurs, Crystal Palace, Watford and Fulham at home. Brighton and Hove Albion at home an hour away, Leicester City and Southampton at home 90 minutes away.
  • Championship: Millwall and QPR at home.
  • League One: Wimbledon at home, Oxford United at home an hour away
  • League Two: Cambridge United and Cheltenham Town at home about an hour away

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December 29:

  • Premier League: Spurs, Watford and Fulham at home. Brighton and Hove Albion at home an hour away, Leicester City and Southampton at home 90 minutes away.
  • Championship: Millwall and QPR at home.
  • League One: Wimbledon at home, Oxford United at home an hour away
  • League Two: Cambridge United and Cheltenham Town at home about an hour away
The Valley at Charlton Athletic, in East London, will see the Attics in action over Christmas.

The Valley at Charlton Athletic, in East London, will see the Attics in action over Christmas.

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December 30:

  • Premier League: Crystal Palace at home.

January 1:

  • Premier League: Arsenal at home.
  • Championship: Brentford at home, Reading at home an hour away
  • League One: Charlton at home, Luton Town at home an hour away, Portsmouth at home 90 minutes away
  • League Two: Stevenage, MK Dons and Crawley Town all at home.

January 2:

  • Premier League: Chelsea and West Ham at home

January 5:

  • Premier League and Championship: no games, because …
  • FA Cup: Third Round, with all of the Premier League and Championship clubs playing. Last year there were eight London-area games in this round.
  • League One: Charlton, Oxford, Luton Town and Wimbledon at home
  • League Two: MK Dons, Cambridge United and Crawley Town at home
When in London, be sure to get to Selhurst Park to see Crystal Palace.

When in London, be sure to get to Selhurst Park to see Crystal Palace.

So let’s count that up: 11 nights, one city (or within 90 train minutes) … something close to 50 games!

Oh, and London is lovely at Christmas:

England at Christmas: A party on and off the pitch.

Festive, indeed!

So yeah, I’m obsessed. And if this sounds fun to you, get in touch! I can help in several ways, including my first-ever public tour this holiday season.

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