Boxing Day in the UK

When is Boxing Day in United Kingdom?

Boxing Day in United Kingdom is on December 26, 2022. It falls on Monday.

How many days until Boxing Day in United Kingdom?

There are 83 Days left until Boxing Day in the United Kingdom.

Is Boxing Day a public holiday in United Kingdom?

Boxing Day is a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. If it falls on Saturday, the following Monday is stated as the public or bank holiday. If it falls on Sunday, the following Tuesday becomes the substitute holiday.

Origin of Boxing Day

Boxing Day originally started in the United Kingdom, a country in Europe. It was first commemorated in the middle of the thirteenth century under the ruling of the former queen of United Kingdom, Queen Victoria. The holiday is sometimes referred to as Charity Drive as a box is traditionally placed in different churches prior to Christmas Day and it's on the people’s decision whether they’ll drop a money or donation in the box. The box is opened on the Boxing Day. This day is celebrated in various countries that was part of the British Empire such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, among others. On this day, all schools are closed, just like most businesses and organizations.

Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated as the day in which the employees and the servants are given a day-off from work by their employers and masters. The holiday originated from a time where the wealthy people used to box up Christmas presents for their workers, servants or less fortunate individuals. The workers used to receive their gifts, bonusses, or any form of present from their employers or masters, known as the Christmas Box. It was given as a way of thanking them for their service. Most people would then go back to their houses and give that to their families on Boxing Day. Such practice influenced how the holiday is named – Boxing Day. In contemporary times, the employees usually receive some gifts from their employer days or even weeks before the Boxing Day.


Boxing Day Traditions in UK

For most people in the United Kingdom, Boxing Day is specified as a day where they are going to spend quality time with their families and friends. It is a day after Christmas hence, most people opt to celebrate this day with friends or with the members of the family who were not seen in the exact Christmas Day celebration.

People in United Kingdom usually spend the holiday engaging in outdoor activities while others enjoy an even simple relaxation at home. The holiday is now usually associated with sports like watching football league, rugby, horse racing, among others. They also do different other forms of activities and some traditions like swimming the icy cold English Channel or participating in events like fun run with the family. Other people take this day to attend and participate in charity events.

Taking Advantage of Boxing Day Sales

Nowadays, Boxing Day in UK is essentially considered by most people as a shopping holiday. On this day, just like in Canada, Australia and other countries, Boxing Day sales and discount offers are prevalent. Many people take this day to shop and take advantage of huge discounted items in different retailers and stores. Some of the most common items on big sales on this day include electronics, clothing, different home equipment and many others. While some people choose to shop online in the convenience of their own home, numerous people in UK still go to shopping stores and check out deals from various retailers.

Dates of Observance for Boxing Day
Year Date Day Holiday
2022 December 26 Monday Boxing Day
2023 December 26 Tuesday Boxing Day
2024 December 26 Thursday Boxing Day
2025 December 26 Friday Boxing Day
2026 December 26 Saturday Boxing Day
2027 December 26 Sunday Boxing Day
Upcoming United Kingdom Holidays
Holiday Date
Christmas Day December 25, 2022
Boxing Day December 26, 2022
New Year's Day January 01, 2023