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Where Christmas Day is typically reserved for family and friends, Boxing Day is a public holiday where you can play it your way.
We've found the activities that are up and running on 26 December so you can make this the best Boxing Day yet.
Why spend the day at home cooking for yourself when someone else can do it for you? Especially when you're nursing a Christmas hangover. Stacks of cafes, restaurants and bars open on Boxing Day making it a super breezy day for you.
The day is young and the kids are off from school and looking for some entertainment. Be a tourist in your home city today and head to one of its best family-friendly attractions. SEA LIFE Melbourne, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary are all open on Boxing Day.
There's nothing better on a sweltering Boxing Day than to cool your jets at the beach. For something a little more special than lazing on a towel, try adding an experience into the mix. Mornington Peninsula has more than a few including swimming with dolphins and learning how to surf.
Get under that December sunshine by getting on the water. It's not just relaxing cruises you can tuck into on Boxing Day (although there is that). Experience the adrenaline rush of a jet boat ride or get active with a kayak tour.
Spend your holidays the right way – sitting on your couch and taking it easy. Tuck into some Netflix, Binge or Disney, whichever takes your fancy. Cricket fans will know that 26 December is also the day of the famous Australia vs India Boxing Day Test Cricket. Invite some mates, grab some snacks and get excited.
It's been a heck of a year and you deserve to let some steam out. Play it your way and hit the spa, book a massage or let your anger out inside a smash room.
If you’ve got the day off but are not keen to sit around, get that brain working by trying out a new skill. Whether it’s mastering the classic martini, learning how to make something from a completely new cuisine or finding something that can help you stay active, your new talent is just a lesson away.
Boxing Day is the perfect excuse to get out of the city and enjoy this must-see tourist region as a local. It could just be for a relaxing lunch, an indulgent afternoon winery tour or maybe something a little more daring. Whatever you're craving, the Yarra Valley has got you covered.
The ghost of Christmas past may have come and gone, but on Boxing Day there's still plenty of penal history to spook you silly this season. Visit Pentridge Prison or take a freaky ghost tour through the streets of the city.
Take in Melbourne from a new angle with a daring sky adventure. Families can hop onto the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel while romantics take a helicopter scenic flight over the city. For adrenaline junkies, there are skydiving experiences across the state.
Stacks of museums keep their doors open on Boxing Day. There's the Melbourne Museum for history buffs, National Gallery of Victoria for artistic types and Scienceworks for budding scientists.
Why not take the opportunity to indulge in some arts and culture? Melbourne is known as Australia's cultural capital for a reason.
Playing in Melbourne on Boxing Day are Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Regent Theatre and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Princess Theatre. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
Boxing Day is practically synonymous with sales. You can go sales-hunting in store at these shopping hotspots on the day.
However, if you're tired of the elbow pushing, there are loads of sales happening online. Not only do they let you sleep in and save your energy, but you can shop in your pyjamas and have your goodies delivered to your door.
Check out our picks of the best shopping and travel deals here.
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|Attraction||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to get tickets|
|SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium||9:30am–5pm||Adrenaline|
|Otway Fly Treetop Adventure||10am–5pm||RedBalloon|
|Melbourne Museum||10am–5pm||Book through Melbourne Museum|
|Melbourne Star Observation Wheel||11am–9:30pm||Melbourne Star Observation Wheel|
|Venue||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to book|
|Happy Lamb Hot Pot||11:30-1:30pm||Groupon|
|Dong Phuong Vietnamese Cuisine||11:45-6:15||Groupon|
|Keto Pizza (Mountain Hwy)||5:30-7pm||Groupon|
|Taste of Cantonese Chinese Restaurant||1pm-20pm||Groupon|
|Bangkok Grill by Smile Thai||5pm-8pm||Groupon|
|Romanos Coffee Knox City||12pm-5pm||Groupon|
|Qipo Skewer Bar||12:30pm–4pm||Book through Qipo Skewer Bar|
|Nirankar Restaurant||5:30pm–10:30pm||Book through Nirankar Restaurant|
|Stokehouse||12pm–12am||Book through Stokehouse|
|Neptune||4pm–1am||Book through Neptune Melbourne|
|Pontoon||12pm–12am||Book through Pontoon St Kilda Beach|
|Jamu||12pm–late||Book through Jamu Dining|
|Prince Dining Room||12pm–10pm||Book through The Prince|
|400 Gradi||12pm–12am||Book through 400 radi|
|Tokyo Tina||12pm–4pm||Book through Tokyo Tina|
|Pastore||6pm–9pm||Book through Pastore|
|The Hardware Club||12pm–4pm, 5pm-11pm||Book through The Hardware Club|
|Chin Chin||11am–11pm||Book through Chin Chin|
|Kisume||12pm–11pm||Book through Kisume|
|Baby Pizza||12pm–10:30pm||Book through Baby Pizza|
|Hawker Hall||12pm–11pm||Book through Hawker Hall|
|Arbory||11:30am–late||Book through Arbory|
|Firebird||12pm–4pm, 5:30pm–late||Book through Firebird|
|The European||12pm–12am||Book through The European|
|Butchers Diner||11am–2am||Book through Butchers Diner|
|The B.East||12pm–late||Book through The B.East|
|Stalactites||11am–12am||Book through Stalactites|
|Sirduke||8am–10pm||Book through Sirduke|
|Gensuke||11:30am–9:30pm||Book through Gensuke|
|Hakata Gensuke Carlton||11:30am–8pm||Book through Hakata Gensuke Carlton|
|Daughter in Law||12pm–2:30pm||Book through Daughter in Law|
|Horn Please||6pm–10pm||Book through Horn Please|
|Grand Lafayette||5pm–10pm||Book through Grand Lafayette|
|Winter Malvern||7am–4pm||Book through Winter Malvern|
|Prior||8am–4pm||Book through Prior|
|Falco Bakery||8am–4pm||Book through Falco Bakery|
|Tim Ho Wan||10am–8:30pm||Book through Tim Ho Wan|
|Vegie Bar||11am–10pm||Book through Vegie Bar|
|My Other Brother||7am–5pm||Book through My Other Brother|
|Bentwood||7:30am–pm||Book through Bentwood|
|Glovers Station||7am–4pm||Book through Glovers Station|
|Venue||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to book|
|Hemingway's Wine Room||12pm–11pm||Book through Hemingway's Wine Room|
|MoVida Next Door||12pm–late||Book through MoVida Next Door|
|Stomping Ground Brewing Co.||11:30am–11pm||Book through Stomping Ground Brewing Co.|
|Builders Arms Hotel||12pm–late||Book through Builders Arms Hotel|
|The Great Northern Hotel||10am–1am||Book through The Great Northern Hotel|
|Hobsons Bay Hotel||11am–late||Book through Hobsons Bay Hotel|
|Mr Brownie||12pm–late||Book through Mr Brownie|
|Mrs Singh||6pm–10pm||Book through Mrs Singh|
|Tetto Di Carolina||2pm–late||Book through Tetto Di Carolina|
|Bar Carolina||7am–11pm||Book through Bar Carolina|
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