Things to do on Boxing Day

After spending Christmas day with your family and indulging in all the foods on offer, you may be looking forward to relaxing at home or spending the day out. Either way we have compiled a list of events and activities for you to enjoy, continuing the festive season.

Boxing Day Sales

If on Christmas day you received vouchers or money, this is the perfect opportunity for you to splash the cash. Traditionally the sales kick off on the 26th of December, Boxing Day. With retailers such as House of Fraser offering up to half price on some items. If you are looking for fashion deals, Next is known for their end of year sales and is a fantastic opportunity to pick up some statement fashion items. Although it’s not just fashion outlets that will be having sales; there is also the opportunity for you to pick up some bargains on ‘tech’ items. Curry’s, PC World, Amazon and Argos are set to offer great deals this year. If you’re looking to go instore to a shopping centre, then the UK’s largest ones have extended hours to allow you to shop all day.  Westfield, Stratford City is open from 7am – 10pm, whilst Bluewater in Kent is open 8am to 7pm. However, this year some retailers are also starting their sales early. House of Fraser will be starting their sale online on Christmas Day this year. It’s a good idea to check online when your favourite stores will be kicking off their sales to make sure you don’t miss out on any deals.

Visit your Local National Trust House

Another great option for a day out with the family is to visit your local National Trust house. The National Trust has more than 300 buildings open to the public to view. Each house offers its own unique experience with activities designed specifically to entertain children. Opening times for each house varies, with many open over Christmas, for you to explore. By going on the National Trust website, you can discover all the locations closest to you and check opening times.

Local Boxing Day Football Match

If you are looking for somewhere to visit on boxing day that’s close to home, a great idea is to find local football matches taking place near you. It is likely that your local team will be playing a match on Boxing day, so it’s a great idea to have a look on their website to find times and locations. However, if you don’t feel like going out you can also view some of the biggest matches on TV, such as Spurs V Southampton showing on Sky Sports Main Event at 12.30pm.

Pantomime

Pantomimes are a great seasonal tradition that can be great family fun. Most theatres across the country put on annual performances of traditional fairy tales. You can visit your local theatre’s website to find out what show they are putting on and the timings. There are some highly rated Pantomimes across the UK such as the Opera House Manchester’s Dick Whittington which features John Barrowman and has five and four-star reviews.  On Boxing Day, Manchester’s Panto will be showing at 1pm and 5:30pm so you can spend the day or the evening out.

Boxing Day in front of the Box!

If you’re not looking to go out, then there is plenty of Christmas television to watch. Every year, one of the highest rated TV shows around the Christmas period is the EastEnders Christmas specials. This year the drama surrounds the Beal family and will be aired across three days, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The drama continues on Boxing Day, with the family trying to deal with the tragic events of the previous episodes and will air at 7:30pm on BBC One. There isn’t just an abundance of Christmas Specials showing this year but also a variety of Christmas Films for all the members of the family. BBC One are showing Mary Poppins, a Disney classic, at 3:45pm. Whilst ITV is showing the most recent film in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World at 6.40pm.

Whether you choose a day in your PJ’s or something a little more energetic, we hope you all have a great Christmas!