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7 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

1. 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 a full body massage, facial, sauna session or the whole lot.

Men’s Hot Towel Shave and Hair Cut with Beer and Gift
Men’s Hot Towel Shave and Hair Cut with Beer and Gift

RedBalloon

2. 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.

3. 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

RedBalloon

4. 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.

5. 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.

Picnic Basket and Accessory Set in Choice of Size and Design
Picnic Basket and Accessory Set in Choice of Size and Design

Groupon

6. Head out for lunch or dinner

Chances are, you've been cooking up a storm this season so why not treat yourself with a meal out (and avoid the dishes). Indulge in an elegant high tea, savour a long lunch after a spot of wine tasting or, you can even make a day of it and head out for a full day of wining and dining.

Full Day Private Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch
Full Day Private Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

RedBalloon

Canberra Wine, Gin and Chocolate Tour with Lunch
Canberra Wine, Gin and Chocolate Tour with Lunch

RedBalloon

7. Learn something new

You've got a whole day off, you might as well make the most of it. Plus, before the year's out, you might find your next new obsession. Whether it's facing your fears and hitting the stage or conquering the skies with a helicopter lesson, Boxing Day could be the start of a new you.

Check out the Boxing Day sales

If you feel up to heading out to snag a deal, Canberra has no shortage of physical stores and shopping centres that are open for business this Boxing Day.

Tired of dodging the crowds and hunting for car parks at the Boxing Day sales? Fortunately, many stores offer online sales as well so you can shop from the comfort of your couch.

Shop the sales like a pro this year by checking out our guide to all of the Boxing Day sales worth getting out of bed for.

Where can I book Boxing Day activities in Canberra?

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RedBalloon
RedBalloon - Boxing Day Canberra
5 years
$10
Yes
Yes
Adrenaline
Adrenaline - Boxing Day Canberra
5 years
$10
No
Yes
Groupon
Groupon - Boxing Day Canberra
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
Viator
Viator- Boxing Day Canberra
Depends on the individual experience
No
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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
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
Questacon - National Science9am to 5pmQuestacon - National Science
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

See the latest Boxing Day activities deals for Canberra

Deal

Up to 15% off local activities

Available on select dates on activities including day tours, skydiving, hot air ballooning, attraction passes and cruises. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Cairns, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 50% off Australia experiences

Available on select dates, including Christmas and New Year's, for activities such as skydiving, hot air balloon flights, bridge climbing, high teas and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more.
Deal

Up to 42% off activities for kids

Available on select dates for activities like whale watching, go karting, sightseeing tours, attraction passes and more. Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra and more.
Deal

Up to 70% on local deals

Shop for dining experiences, attractions and more for up to 70% off. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and more.
Code

Up to $10 off Canberra hot air balloon flight experiences

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $300. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Snow day trip trip to Perisher from $90

Verified 4 days ago Expires 11 Jul 2022
Available on select dates from 2 July – 27 August 2022 and includes return transfers from Canberra.
Deal

Up to 73% off things to do in Australia

Available on purchase including getaways, dining experiences, attraction passes, sightseeing cruise, cinema tickets, day tours and more. Destinations include Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and more.
Code

Things to do in Canberra from $15 + an extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you buy 2 or more vouchers. Activities include tandem skydives, dinning experiences, getaways, spas, wine tastings and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Canberra workshops from $29

Available on select dates on activities such as drumming for wellness classes, local tours, arts and crafts workshops and more.
Deal

Canberra experiences and activities from $23

Available on select travel dates and on select activities including hot air balloon flights and attraction passes. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Australia activities from $8

Available on select dates for activities like sightseeing tours, attraction passes, river cruises, hop-on hop-off tours and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Launceston, Melbourne, Cairns, Hunter Valley, Perth, Canberra and more.
Deal

Things to do in Canberra from $109

Available on select activities including jet flight simulator experience, hot air balloon flights, animal interactions and more.
Deal

Canberra classes and workshops from $40

Available on select dates on activities including painting classes, soap making workshops, cooking classes, flower crown making and more. Sample rate is for a sewing class.

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