Boxing Day is one of the most relaxing holidays of the year. All the stress of Christmas preparations are in the past: the shopping is finished, the gifts given, the Christmas dinner reduced to tasty leftovers. There’s a loose, easy-going feeling to Boxing Day. A public holiday in most of the country, this free-spirited day allows each person to choose the activity that feels most inviting. Here are five ideas for pleasant ways to spend Boxing Day:
Nhill Boxing Day Races
Australians love their thoroughbred races, and what better way to enjoy a brilliant summer day away from work than to go to Victoria’s Nhill Race Course and watch the action? In addition to the seven races, there is also a traditional fashion element, and ladies can display lovely new race day dresses and elaborate hats that they may have just received as Christmas gifts.
Boxing Day Test Match
Another way to enjoy the fine December weather is attend one of Melbourne’s most popular sporting events: the annual Boxing Day cricket match. Held at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, this annual match has been drawing sports lovers since 1950. Bring along some extra drinks and moist towelettes for clean up, and enjoy the catered snacks from the numerous fish and burger shops, food stores, pizza bars, and mobile pie and drink carts. Or pack a picnic basket with a few thrifty treats from home and add a cold drink picked up from one of the Cricket Ground’s vendors.
As gift cards become increasingly popular as Christmas gifts, more and more people go out shopping on Boxing Day to buy the items that they wanted most. After the stress of shopping for everybody else, it’s a luxurious feeling to shop for oneself. Not only that, but the stores open early and the sales are outstanding. Comfortable shoes are a must for this pleasant opportunity to hike off some of those holiday dinner calories in air-conditioned comfort! For those shoppers who’d prefer staying home, eBay offers endless variety at the touch of a finger.
The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
For those lucky folks who live near Sydney Harbour, the annual start of the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race is a grand reason to come down to Nielsen Park. Supporters of the race come early to claim an ideal spot on the Sydney Harbor foreshore to cheer on the competitors as they head out into the Tasman Sea. The sun is strong in late December, so big hats and sunglasses are essential.
Watching Dolphins at Port Stevens
For a chance to enjoy the sea in the summer weather, revelers can head out to the white sand beaches north of Sydney. There, holiday visitors can enjoy dolphin-watching tours in the quiet waters of Port Stevens. Charming shops and nature walks abound in this lovely area, and it’s a great place for families to reconnect with the natural world after the pre-Christmas bustle. Binoculars are a must when viewing animals in nature.
Holidaymakers can give some of these ideas a go or make up their own relaxed Boxing Day activities. However families and friends choose to spend Boxing Day, the post-Christmas holiday provides a chance to rest up from stressful holiday preparations and enjoy each other’s company.