Boxing Day in Canada in 2021

Boxing Day in Canada in 2021

  How long until Boxing Day?
Boxing Day
  Dates of Boxing Day in Canada
2023 Dec 26
AlbertaTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
New BrunswickTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and LabradorTue, Dec 26Government Holiday
Nova ScotiaTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
OntarioTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2022 Dec 26
Newfoundland and LabradorMon, Dec 26Government Holiday
NunavutMon, Dec 26Government Holiday
OntarioMon, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SaskatchewanMon, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2021 Dec 26
AlbertaSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
New BrunswickSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and LabradorSun, Dec 26Government Holiday
Nova ScotiaSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
OntarioSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2020 Dec 26, Dec 28
Newfoundland and LabradorMon, Dec 28Government Holiday (in lieu)
NunavutMon, Dec 28Government Holiday (in lieu)
AlbertaSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
New BrunswickSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Nova ScotiaSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
OntarioSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2019 Dec 26
AlbertaThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
New BrunswickThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and LabradorThu, Dec 26Government Holiday
Nova ScotiaThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
OntarioThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday

The second day of Christmas is known as Boxing Day or St. Stephens Day. St Stephen was the first Christian martyr.

  Boxing Day in other countries
Boxing Day internationally
  Which regions observe Boxing Day in 2021?
  AlbertaDec 26Regional Holiday
  New BrunswickDec 26Regional Holiday
  Newfoundland and LabradorDec 26Government Holiday
  Nova ScotiaDec 26Regional Holiday
  OntarioDec 26Regional Holiday

Boxing Day in Canada

Boxing Day in Canada is mostly a shopping holiday, but in some localities within the Great White North, retailers are closed to allow for a day of post-Christmas rest.

Boxing Day is largely a shopping holiday in Canada, similar to Black Friday in the United States. Most shops are open and experience their highest sales of the year on Boxing Day. As most people are off, it is popular to go to pubs to celebrate with friends on Boxing Day having celebrated Christmas with family.

When is Boxing Day?

This public holiday is celebrated on December 26th in several countries as part of the Christmas holidays.

Typically it will be moved and celebrated on the next working day if December 26th is a Saturday or Sunday.

Traditions of Boxing Day

It has been said that the name of Boxing Day comes from people getting rid of empty boxes from presents after Christmas day. While a beguiling notion, the tradition dates back to England in the middle ages, though the exact origin is debatable

One theory is that it comes from the fact that servants were given their presents in boxes on this day, the 26th being the first working day after Christmas day. This tradition of giving gifts for service extended beyond servants to tradesmen, such as milkmen, butchers, etc.

Another popular theory is that it is named after the custom of priests opening alms boxes in churches after Christmas. These held money which had been donated to the poor and needy in the run-up to Christmas. Some churches still open these boxes on Boxing Day.


In South Australia, Boxing day is known as Proclamation Day. It celebrates the proclamation of South Australia as a British province by Captain John Hindmarsh when he arrived at Holdfast Bay on December 28th 1836.

United Kingdom

Boxing Day has been a Bank Holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since 1871. Having this status during the height of the British Empire explains why this holiday is still celebrated in many Commonwealth countries.

St. Stephen's Day

In non-Commonwealth countries, the day is more commonly referred to as St Stephen's Day or the Feast of Stephen as mentioned in the carol 'Good King Wenceslas'.

Boxing Day has been a public holiday in Canada since 1871.

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