Activities Christmas Days Out Ideas Festive Fun

Things to do on Boxing Day

Written by Chloe Penn

After Santa has visited in his sleigh,
What do you do on Boxing Day?
And what if Christmas just isn’t for you?
Don’t worry, we’ve got some things you can do!

Go for a family walk

Wrap up warm and get the whole family out for an adventure after a day indoors full of presents and food! Perhaps a forest walk is for you, or your local beach? We can guarantee everyone will benefit from a wintry stroll, fingers crossed for snow! Check out our best Boxing Day walks blog.

Visit a Christmas Market

Still in the Christmas spirit after the big day? Most of the big Christmas markets in the UK are open until early January including Boxing Day so head out for even more festive food, fun fairground rides and local small businesses selling treasures. This might be your last chance until next year! Check out our list of the UK’s best Christmas markets this year and check their websites for opening times.

Attractions that are open:

Warwick Castle

Family of 4 from £70 with Picniq!

Christmas at the Castle is an unmissable event, so if you didn’t get the chance to visit before Christmas then this is your chance! Extra charges apply for Ice Skating and the Light Trail, but enjoy full access to the Castle and grounds during the day, which are all fully decked out in beautiful Christmas decorations!

London Zoo

Book here and get a free £5 Picniq voucher!

What better way to spend Boxing Day than surrounded by incredible animals and your loved ones?! London Zoo being open on Boxing Day means you can have a wild adventure getting to know all their amazing residents, all while they’re still celebrating the fun-filled The Magic of Christmas event.


The London Eye

Family of 4 ticket from £75!

Soar to new heights and witness the iconic London skyline from a new perspective in this must-do London attraction. This fascinating experience is great for the whole family, and a fun adventurous Boxing Day activity guaranteed to impress.


Spinnaker Tower

Exclusive up to 11% off tickets with Picniq!


Christmas in Neverland at Castle Howard

Save 15% on tickets with Picniq!


Whipsnade Zoo

Book here and get a free £5 Picniq voucher!

Get back to nature this Christmas! Visit a whole range of animals from the gorillas and tigers to armadillos and honeybees. Whipsnade Zoo is the biggest zoo in the UK and covers over 600 acres with more than 2500 fantastic animals, offering a wild day out for the whole family! What better way to burn off all that Christmas food than with a walk around these animals?

Kew Gardens

Get up to 21% off with Picniq!

Another beautiful location for a Boxing Day walk, Kew is the World’s most famous botanical gardens and the largest UNESCO World Heritage site in London! Marvel at the beautiful landscapes, glasshouses, historic buildings and the largest and most diverse collection of plants in the World.

The London Bridge Experience

Save up to 26% with Picniq!

 Head here to experience London’s gruesome history first hand with this interactive character led adventure tour! Be prepared for thrills, laughs and frights as you are regaled with stories from the past. Meet some of London’s most horrifying characters as they lurk in the ‘lanes’ including Jack the Ripper and Ben Crouch. This attraction will inject a bit of horror into your Christmas for those looking for a thrill!

Go to a Panto or Theater show

A family theater trip is the perfect Boxing Day activity! You’ll be nice and warm and cosy, everyone will be entertained, and you can relax after the big day for a few hours! There are lots of festive family shows on Boxing Day for everyone to enjoy, check out what’s on near you.

Go and see a family film at the cinema

Plenty of cinemas have special screenings on Boxing Day and some even show old Christmas classics! Check your local cinema before visiting. If you haven’t watched enough films at home, why not make a day of it and take everyone to see a wholesome family film, Disney’s Wish is currently showing and it’s the perfect feel-good family film.

Go ice skating

Gliding around an ice rink on a winters day is the perfect family activity, especially when you want to get out and about for an adventure after Christmas Day. Lots of Christmas Markets and events have their own rinks which remain open on boxing day, check out our top picks and find one near you.


What have you been up to? We’d really love to know! Someone else might love it, and really want to go! If you’ve got ideas, suggestions or reviews, you can shout all about it on whatever channel you choose!

Let’s go on a Picniq! Follow us on FacebookTwitter or tag us on Instagram using #PicniqUK! ❤️

Leave a Comment

1 Comment

About Us

Picniq is a site for all parents on the hunt for fun things to do with the kids! We’ve found all the attractions, both near and far, so you don’t have to! Visit Website

Got a question, need some help or have an great idea for a new feature? We’d love to hear from you! You can contact us at [email protected]

Picniq® Experts in Family Travel

© Copyright 2021 | Picniq Ltd (a division of IMMAT LTD) Registered in England and Wales, company number: 08507282.
Registered Address: Space House, 22-24 Oxford Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 8EZ.
Members of ABTA (number P7380). Picniq Ltd acts as agent for all attraction tickets and holiday packages booked through this website.
Data Protection Act 1998 Reg No. Z1385884 Terms of use + Privacy Policy