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Family Activities to do on Boxing Day 🎁: 'Tis The Day After Christmas

By Shivani Ladwa
Posted 23 December 2021
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After all the anticipation you had the last couple of months as you prepared for the holiday season, Christmas Day came as quickly as munching on the last mince pie! The leftovers of a big Christmas dinner are sitting in the fridge, your recycling bin is packed full of discarded wrapping paper, toys are strewn out after being played with and everyone is either tired from festivities or ready for another day!

But you’re thinking, what can you do on Boxing Day? We’ve got some ideas for you!

Things to do on Boxing Day:

Boxing fun -

Make use out of all the boxes from online purchases or what your gifts came in and build a fort with your kids. A brilliant way to have some imaginative adventures with boxes on Boxing Day, before you throw them out!  You can even add some fairy lights to their cardboard fort to make it that more magical. And if you wanted to do something different, have your kids decorate the boxes in whatever way they want and then they can play in it! Whether they paint a race car, a rocket ship, a boat, a mini shop, or a garden.  Kids imaginations run wild and at least they’ll be occupied for hours (while you recover from the Christmas Day tipple…)

A cardboard box fort

Build some LEGO!

If your kids were gifted with some Lego sets (or maybe you were), then use Boxing Day to spend some fun quality time with your family and build your Lego set! Whether it’s only for a couple of hours or longer, it’s an inclusive activity that everyone can enjoy and at the end, you’ll have your completed set to show off!

A Lego building set

Winter Walks -

If you’re feeling a little sluggish after Christmas Day festivities and fancied getting out of the house, then a winter walk is the perfect solution to get those legs moving and to have your kids engage in some physical activities. Bring a ball with you too or whatever your kids love to play outside with, and walk to a park near you and engage in some friendly competition. Or just go on a long walk around your neighbourhood and create your own light trail by walking past the neighbour's houses that have illuminating light installations. It's still the festive period after all!

A family on a winter walk in the snow

Turkey Dinner -

After Christmas Day, I bet you’ll have lots of dinner leftovers, whether it's turkey, chicken or pies. So, why not make lots of different meals with it, like turkey/chicken sandwiches, chicken salad, turkey tikka masala, turkey and ham pie, the list is endless! And you can never go wrong with eating more delicious food...

Check out BBC Good Food for more turkey recipes

Turkey dinner on Christmas Day

Shop ‘til You Drop! 

No one can resist a little sales shopping, so if you’re able to, why not! Whether you buy clothes for yourself, your kiddies for the year, or even start Christmas shopping for 2022 (if you’re an eager beaver!). Treat yourself to a new wardrobe, or a set of suitcases if you’re wanting to travel (when we can) or some new kitchen utensils. The sales will be everywhere and you’re sure to find something, whether you go in person or buy it all online.

Boxing Day Sales

Sand, Sea and…Sun?

If you live by the sea or you can travel to it, why not take the kids and your family to the beach for some fresh air, enjoy the sand and the cool breeze in your hair? Maybe bring a kite on a windy day and enjoy some kite flying! But make sure to wrap up warm and bring an extra pair of clothes in case they get wet!

Beach on a windy day

Christmas TV Round-Up -

Boxing Day doesn’t have to be eventful if you don’t want it to be. You can just sit back and watch your favourite movies, whether it’s Spider-Man Into the Spiderverse on Film4 or Home Alone 3 on Channel 4. There’s plenty of TV content to entertain you and the family this Boxing Day!

Check out our blog on this year’s festive TV

TV time at Christmas

Go Ice Skating - 

If your family fancy getting out of the house and enjoying some winter activities, then how about some ice skating! Birmingham’s Ice Skate Big Wheel and Ice Rink is open on Boxing Day from 10am to 10 pm so, there’s plenty of ice skating fun to be had.

Check out other ice skating rinks near you here

Ice Skating

Family Zoom Calls -

If you were unable to spend time with the Grandparents or your loved ones this year, then set up a family zoom call. This way you can see your loved ones, show them what gifts you were given, play some family games together and talk about how your holiday season is going. 

Family Zoom Call

Play Some Games or do a Jigsaw Puzzle -

A relaxing day is all you need after the hecticness Christmas Day brings! Sit down with your family and create some hilarious memories, playing entertaining games. Whether it’s traditional board games like Monopoly, Articulate, console games like Mario Kart/Party or a simple jigsaw puzzle. Fun that will last for hours!

People building a jigsaw puzzle

Looking for more things to do with the kids after Christmas? We’ve got a few more ideas for you:

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