The Christmas season brings with it festivities as well as holidays. Major leagues in Europe have all played their final game before Christmas with most set to resume footballing activities next year. The only exception is the English Premier League who are always at their busiest during the Christmas and New Year season.
Leagues such as the German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, French Ligue 1 and Italian Serie A are all on holidays until the New Year.
Take a look at those clubs flying high and battling for their various league titles; take a look at the top six across Europe's five major leagues.
English Premier League
It is without a doubt that the English Premier League will not be going on holidays like the other four major leagues in Europe but the top six clubs heading into Christmas are Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United. Chelsea leads the way on top of the EPL with six points ahead of second-placed Liverpool who sit one point above third-placed Manchester City. Sixth-placed Manchester United are ten points behind Chelsea and three points behind fifth-placed Tottenham. According to pundits, Chelsea look favorite to win the league after picking up eleven straight victories. Liverpool has their defense to sort out which makes their title challenge a little bit far-fetched.
Spanish La Liga
The Spanish La Liga are on holidays and will resume next year. The top six clubs heading into Christmas are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Villareal, Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid lead the line with three points above second-placed Barcelona who are one point above third-placed Sevilla. Sixth-placed Atletico Madrid are nine points behind Real Madrid and one point behind fifth-placed Real Sociedad. The battle for the Spanish La Liga will definitely be between Real Madrid and Barcelona and with Madrid's form, it would be difficult for any of these teams to stop them except of course Barcelona.
The German Bundesliga are also on holidays until 2017. The top six clubs heading into Christmas are Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Hertha BSC, Eintracht Frankfurt, TSG Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund. Bayern Munich leads the way with three points above second-placed Leipzig who are six points clear off third-placed Hertha bSC. Sixxth-placed Borussia Dortmund are twelve points behind Bayern Munich and one point behind fifth-placed TSG Hoffenheim. Defending champions Bayern Munich will be looking to retain the league with the other competitors marred by inconsistency except newly promoted RB Leipzig who are performing widely above expectation.
French Ligue 1
The French Ligue 1 have also gone on holidays until the new year after playing their last league games of the year this week. The top six clubs heading into Christmas are Nice, monaco, Paris Saint Germain, Lyon, Guingamp and Marseille. OGC Nice leads the Ligue 1 table with two points above second-placed Monaco who are three points clear off third-placed Paris Saint Germain. Sixth-placed Marseille are fourteen points behind Nice and level on points with fifth-placed Guingamp. Defending champions, PSG has been lethargic ever since the departure of Laurent Blanc who won the French Ligue 1 with the club for four consecutive seasons. OGC Nice are not the most consistent side but then again, the entire top six clubs aren't consistent as well.
Italian Serie A
The Italian Serie A also played their last league games of the year this week and will resume in 2017. The top six clubs heading into Christmas are Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Lazio, AC Milan and Atlanta. Juventus lead the way as they always do with four points above second-placed Roma who are three points clear off third-placed Napoli. Sixth-placed Atlanta are ten points behind Juventus and one point behind fifth-placed AC Milan. Juventus are looking to pick up their sixth straight Serie A title if they can secure top spot until the end of the season. Second-placed Roma has been marred by inconsistency which could make the job easy for Juventus.