Boxing Day 2019

Thursday 26th December 2019


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Christmas in Britain - 2019

Boxing day is the day after Christmas, and when families traditionally gather to finish the Christmas dinner leftovers. It is also become the day where the Christmas sales begin with most shops heavoily discounting their Christmas overstock.


Name

Date

Day

Bank Holiday?

Advent

3rd December 2019

Tuesday

No

Christmas Eve

24th December 2019

Tuesday

No

Christmas Day

25th December 2019

Wednesday

Yes

Boxing Day

26th December 2019

Thursday

Yes

What is Boxing Day?

The name originates from the Middle Ages when masters gave their servants gifts in boxes on boxing day. The servants did the same to their families, and these boxes were called Christmas Boxes.

Besides, on Christmas Day, churches in Britain have been collecting money for the poor in boxes, which were opened on Boxing Day.

Things to do on Boxing Day

Boxing Day is much of a family holiday, when friends and family who didn't spend Christmas Day with each other come together and eat some leftovers from Christmas, baked ham, mince pies with brandy butter and some Christmas cake.

The most typical activities are horse racing, football. Traditionally, people would swim in the English Channel.

Post-Christmas sales start on Boxing Day. Check out the best boxing day deals from our Christmas gift guide page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Boxing Day a bank holiday?

Yes, it is a bank holiday in the whole United Kingdom and Ireland.

Are shops open on Boxing Day?

While it is a bank holiday, shops in the UK are allowed to be open on Boxing Day but this has not always been the case.

Whether shops should be forced to be closed was heavily debated in 2016 with 140 thousand people signing a petition to shut them. Some consider boxing day shopping a tradition while others find the chaos despicable and against the true traditions of Christmas.

Do trains run on boxing day?

Check back here as we get closer to Boxing Day.

As an indication of what you may expect, this was the state of transport services last year.

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