Things to do on Boxing Day in Adelaide filled with fun in the sun

Be inspired to get out and explore the city on 26 December.

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From climbing the roof of the Adelaide Oval to sipping fine wines in the Barossa, McLaren Vale or Adelaide Hills – there are more than a handful of experiences and venues staying open on Boxing Day this year.

Whatever your agenda, fill your day with one – or more – of these options to make this a Boxing Day well spent.

Top things to do on Boxing day in Adelaide

1. Climb the Adelaide Oval

Yes, it's touristic, but it's also a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you'll get to look over the oval and catch 360-degree views of the city from high above.

The beauty about the climb is that it's open all day Boxing Day. Pick from a daytime or twilight session.

2. Take a wine course

Adelaide is ringed by wineries. If that's your choice of drink at the pub, then you'll love getting to know a little more about how your tasty tipple is made with a wine masterclass.

In these classes, you can learn everything from the art of wine blending to key notes and how to taste test like a pro.

Wine Blending Class at d'Arenberg Winery
Wine Blending Class at d'Arenberg Winery

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Shiraz Masterclass with Chocolate Platter
Shiraz Masterclass with Chocolate Platter

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Australian Wine Discovery Tour with Tastings
Australian Wine Discovery Tour with Tastings

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3. Eat your heart out on a food tour

Is there anything better than discovering a new foodie favourite?

If the answer is no, then why not spend the day on a food tour being led through the city's newest and hottest tables?

The Clare Valley Best Of Wine Tasting & Sight Seeing
The Clare Valley Best Of Wine Tasting & Sight Seeing

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Barossa Valley Via Hahndorf food & Wine Includes Maggie Beers Farm Shop
Barossa Valley Via Hahndorf food & Wine Includes Maggie Beers Farm Shop

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4. Have brunch, lunch or dinner out

Whether you hosted Christmas lunch or you're currently hosting a hangover, there's no need to spend Boxing Day indoors cooking for yourself when stacks of joints around the city can do it for you.

When the weather is fine, head out for brunch, lunch or dinner on the town. Or, order in. We won't judge.

$15 Credit Toward Your First Uber Eats Order
$15 Credit Toward Your First Uber Eats Order

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Five-Dish Indian Lunch or Dinner with Drinks
Five-Dish Indian Lunch or Dinner with Drinks

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Three-Course Indian Meal with Sides and Drinks
Three-Course Indian Meal with Sides and Drinks

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5. Cruise along Perth's waterways

Relax, unwind and watch the world drift by on a cruise this Boxing Day. Or you can play it your way with a private charter. If you're up for a little action, head south to Victor Harbour for some wildlife spotting and a wander around the pristine Granite Island.

6. Go climbing or abseiling

Kids, thrillseekers and outdoor adventurists can all put their limbs to work climbing and abseiling their way around the state's favourite climbing walls.

Note: These experiences are super popular on Boxing Day so you might have to book in the day after.

7. Have a wildlife encounter

Adelaide and its surrounds are teeming with native wildlife. Those who like to get their feet wet can hightail it to the city's beaches and take a dip in the waters to meet and swim with the local dolphins.

Up for a bigger trip? Get away to Goolwa at the mouth of the Murray for a cruise with views and the chance to spot fur seals as they sunbake on the rocks.

8. Get wet with watersports

Christmastime in Adelaide is infamous for being a sweltering one, and when the temperatures hit summer highs, the place to be is the water.

On top of swimming and sunbaking, add a little colour to your day with a watersport adventure.

Small-Group River Murray Dark Sky and Sunset Tour with Dinner
Small-Group River Murray Dark Sky and Sunset Tour with Dinner

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9. Team up for an experience

Getting the gang together? With (almost) everyone on break, the holidays are the perfect time to tee-up some catch-up time.

Make it an interesting one with a team challenge and see who'll be crowned champion for 2020.

10. Fly high above the earth

We might not have been able to travel much this year, but if you're missing that sky-high feeling, there are plenty of high-flying experiences available on Boxing Day.

Test your own wings out with an introductory flight lesson, feel the wind on your face with a skydive or simply take it easy with a helicopter flight over the region.

11. Go fishing

The Christmas long weekend and relaxation go hand in hand. Spend your day casting a line into the ocean and seeing what surprises you can catch on the day.

Those who are less seasoned in the art of fishing can book a spot on a fishing charter where you'll be taken to the best spots and nab some pointers from the pros.

12. Catch a movie

Searching for a way to entertain the kids for a few hours? A trip to the movies is a fantastic way to keep them enthralled.

During summer, you've got your choice of a night out at the open-air cinema or a few hours in an air-conditioned theatre.

For a cheaper, more low-key alternative, invite their mates over, put some popcorn in the microwave and host a movie night with their picks of the classics.

School Holiday Movie Tickets at Goodwood's Iconic Capri Theatre
School Holiday Movie Tickets at Goodwood's Iconic Capri Theatre

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13. Stay at home and check out the Boxing Day sales

Tired of the stressful elbow shoving at the Boxing Day sales? It's not really the most enjoyable way to spend your Boxing Day.

Thankfully, many stores offer online sales as well, which let you shop from the comfort of your couch. It's the savvy shopper's way and the deals are just as good, if not better, and include everything from fashion and furniture to holidays and homewares.

Plus, you won't have to lug your bags to your car, as everything can be delivered straight to your doorstep.

Navigate the sales like a pro by checking out our guide to all of the Boxing Day sales worth jumping onto this year.

On the other hand, if you really do like heading out to snag a deal, these physical stores and shopping centres are open in Adelaide this Boxing Day.

Where can I book Boxing Day activities in Adelaide

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5 years
$10
Yes
Yes
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Adrenaline - Things to Do in Adelaide
5 years
No
Yes
Yes
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Groupon - Things to Do in Adelaide
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
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Experience Oz - Things to Do in Adelaide
1 year
No
Yes
Yes
Viator
Viator - Things to Do in Adelaide
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
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No
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What's open on Boxing Day in Adelaide?

AttractionBoxing Day trading hoursWhere to get tickets
Adelaide Oval Rooftop Climb9am-7:30pmAdrenaline
Mega Adventure Obstacle Park10am-4pmAdrenaline
Delta Force Paintball9am-3pmAdrenaline
Virtual Reality Adelaide10am-6pmAdrenaline
Escape Hunt10am-8:30amAdrenaline
Middleton Beach Skydiving6am-5pmAdrenaline
Moonlight CinemasMovie at 8.45pmGroupon
Capri TheatreSessions from 11amScoopon
Adelaide Zoo9:30am-5pmBook direct
Adelaide Botanic Gardens9am-7pmFree entry
Cleland Wildlife Park9:30am-5pmBook direct
South Australian Museum10am-5pmBook direct

Restaurants and cafes

VenueBoxing Day trading hoursWhere to book
Holy Cow11:30am-9:30pmGroupon
The Cinnamon Kitchen4:30pm-8:30pmGroupon
Riverside Restaurant in the InterContinental1pm and 2pm sittings (high tea)RedBalloon
Seafire on the Marina11:30am-11:30pmRedBalloon
Blue Velvet Artisan Pizzeria, Pastry and Dessert Lab5pm-9:30pmBook direct
Taco Quetzalcoatl's11am-9pmBook direct
Sushi Planet11:30am-10pmBook direct
Barry's Burgers11:30am-9pmBook direct
BBKLYN12pm-lateBook direct
Casablabla6pm-1amBook direct
Local Grind8am-10:30amBook direct
Red Berry Espresso Coffee Roastery7am-12pmBook direct
Oar Lakeside9am-3pmBook direct
303 by the Sea9am-3pmBook direct
Marina Chicken and Seafood10am-8pmBook direct
Pesaro Pizza & Pasta3:30pm-10pmBook direct
Richmond Village Pizzeria4:30pm-9:30pmBook direct
Monsoon Indian Restaurant, Modbury12pm-9:30pmBook direct
Passion Food Thai Cuisine5pm-11:30pmBook direct

Pubs and bars

VenueBoxing Day trading hoursWhere to book
West2pm-lateBook direct
The Uraidla Hotel11:30am-9pmBook direct
Hains and Co4pm-2amBook direct
Big Shed Brewing Concern5pm-1amBook direct
The Stag Public House12pm-lateBook direct
Bibliotheca5pm-2amBook direct

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