5 ideas and things to do on Boxing Day in Canberra

In Canberra on 26 December? We’ve got your itinerary sorted.


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It's a day that's marked by the hottest shopping offers and it gives Australians everywhere the chance to get out and about. If you're in Canberra this year and you're looking for a way to make the most of it, look no further.

Discover where to book your Boxing Day itinerary, what's on and where to eat come 26 December.

Top things to do on Boxing Day in Canberra

Pamper yourself

Treat yourself. No really, it's the end of the year and you deserve a relaxing massage to start the new year fresh and rejuvenated (and name a better time than Boxing Day). Take your pick from 45, 60 or even a 90 minute full body massage.

Do something a little different

If doing something outside of the box is up your alley, this is for you. From exploring Canberra's top bar locations to learning how to take off with a replica 737-800, these ideas are perfect for those of you who want an experience you'll never forget.

See the sights

There's nothing like being a tourist in your own city. Catch the main attractions in Canberra with visits to the National Zoo or be guided through the National Museum of Australia (perfect if the weather is a little grey).

National Museum of Australia Building and Architecture tour
National Museum of Australia Building and Architecture tour


Binge watch your favourite shows

Because some days only need a good TV show and food delivered to your door. If leaving your house isn't on the agenda for 26 December, these streaming channels have you covered. From a classic romantic-comedy to action-packed blockbusters, there's sure to be a program that ticks all the boxes.

Have a picnic

Canberra may not be surrounded by shorelines but it does have the next best thing. Why not spend the day off relaxing by Lake Burley Griffin with your friends or family? Pack the picnic rug, sort out your favourite snacks and your Boxing Day plans are sorted.

Where can I book Boxing Day activities in Canberra?

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Name Product Voucher validity Is there a sign up discount? Is price matching available? Can I book exclusive experiences? Where to book
RedBalloon - Boxing Day Canberra
5 years
Adrenaline - Boxing Day Canberra
5 years
Groupon - Boxing Day Canberra
Depends on the individual experience
Viator- Boxing Day Canberra
Depends on the individual experience

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What's open on Boxing Day in Canberra?

If you're keen on checking out the sales in-store on the 26 December, check out our guide on the Boxing Day sales in Canberra.

Boxing Day trading hours for attractions in Canberra

AttractionBoxing Day trading hoursWhere to get tickets
Parliament House9am to 5pmWotif
Australian War Memorial10am to 5pmViator
National Museum of Australia9am to 5pmRedBalloon
Questacon - National Science9am to 5pmExperience Oz
Old Parliament House9am to 5pmWotif
National Dinosaur Museum10am to 5pmViator
National Zoo and Aquarium9:30am to 5pmRedBalloon
Australian National Botanical Gardens8:30am to 5pmAustralian National Botanical Gardens
National Library of Australia9am to 5pmNational Library of Australia
National Gallery of Australia10am to 5pmNational Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery10am to 5pmNational Portrait Gallery

Boxing Day trading hours for restaurants, cafes and bars in Canberra

VenueTrading hoursWhere to book
BentSpoke11am to 11pmGroupon
Museum Cafe9am to 4:30pmViator
Abika11:30am to 9pmAbika
Bicicletta5pm to 10pmBicicletta
Capitol Bar and Grill7am to 11am and 6pm to 9pmCapitol Bar and Grill
Casey Jones11am to 11pmCasey Jones
Coffee Lab8:30am to 4pmCoffee Lab
The District8am to 10pmThe District
The Duxton12pm to 12amThe Duxton
Frugii12pm to 11pmFrugii
Grease Monkey11am to 10pmGrease Monkey
Highroad8am to 3pmHighroad
Hopscotch11am to 12amHopscotch
Kokomo's12pm to 3pm and 4pm to 2amKokomo's
Marble and Grain7:30am to 9pmMarble and Grain
Monster7am to 11am and 2pm to 11pmMonster
The Pedlar6:30am to 10:30pmThe Pedlar
Teddy Pickers8am to 2pmTeddy Pickers
1 or 2 Cafe6am to 4pm1 or 2 Cafe
Conservatory Restaurant8am to 11pm and 12pm to 2pmConservatory Restaurant
Double Shot6am to 2pmDouble Shot
Muse7am to 2pmMuse
Ostani7:30am to 11pmOstani
Portia's Place11:30am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 10pmPortia's Place
Portrait Cafe9am to 4pmPortrait Cafe
Urban Pantry6:30am to 3pmUrban Pantry
Walt and Burley8am to 11pmWalt and Burley

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