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Boxing Day in Canada

Boxing Day in Canada Falls on December 26th and is a Public Holiday.


Boxing Day in Canada
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Dates for Public Holidays 2013 to 2018 | Family Day | Duty Free Shopping

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?

  • Banks, schools, government offices are closed.
  • Stores, malls and retailers are packed. Grease up those elbows and arrive early for the best Boxing Day deals.
  • Call ahead to restaurants or tourist attractions to confirm holiday hours.
  • Public transportation probably runs on holiday schedule.
  • Boxing Day Dates

    2012: 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

    Boxing Day in Canada Resources:

    Boxing Day Shopping

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    Boxing Day in Vancouver

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