The day after Christmas, December 26th, is a public (or, statutory) holiday called Boxing Day across Canada.
Several theories exist on how Boxing Day got its name. It may come from a tradition in the U.K. in which household employers boxed gifts for their servants. One thing is for certain, the name comes from storage boxes, not the sport.
However, you may witness enthusiastic shoppers coming to blows over Boxing Day bargains. Boxing Day like the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, in the U.S. is THE big shopping day in Canada. Stores, malls and most retailers are open and generally continue till New Year's. Many, but not all, restaurants stay open to feed hungry shoppers.
What Does Boxing Day Mean for Visitors?
Boxing Day Dates2012: Wed, Dec 26, 2012
2013: Thurs, Dec 26, 2013
2014: Fri, Dec 26, 2014
2015: Sat, Dec 26, 2015
2016: Mon, Dec 26, 2012
2017: Tues, Dec 26, 2013
2018: Wed, Dec 26, 2014
2019: Thurs, Dec 26, 2015
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