For many Melbournians, Boxing Day is a well-deserved rest holiday, a day to relax and recover after the hectic Christmas season preparations and celebrations. For others, it is an early start, pragmatically designed to snag the best deals of the year at Melbourne’s biggest shopping destinations. But, for the 100, 000 fans who attend the MCG and the hordes of people watching from home, December 26 simply means one thing – cricket.
The annual game, played in the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground, fondly known as “The G” to locals) is Australia’s most iconic sporting venue and the yearly host of one of the most hotly anticipated sporting events of the year. This summer, Australia is battling the West Indies in one of the most important event in Australia’s sporting calendar – the Boxing Day Test, which is the second test of the Commonwealth Bank Test Series.
The Boxing Day Test, which can last up to 5 days, is a tradition for many Australians – who travel from near and far to attend this sporting tradition. However, the Boxing Day Test is not the only cricket Melbourne is hosting this summer. The KFC Big Bash League, featuring domestic teams will be playing eight matches in Melbourne from December 20 until January 18. Or if you’re more intrigued by international matches the Victoria Bitter Series of One Day International will play in Melbourne on January 17, before continuing around other Australian cities.
For the ultimate luxury cricket experience, InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto offers deluxe packages for families this summer. If you’re visiting from interstate, overseas, or if you’re a local who simply wants to be closer to the action, the Family Getaway package allows you and your family to enjoy everything Melbourne in summertime has to offer. Enjoy the festive shopping atmosphere in the heart of the city, take a swim in our rooftop swimming pool, and delight in fine dining in the heart of the city.
Whether your family wants to relax, dine, shop or enjoy the cricket, InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto is the ideal luxury destination this Boxing Day.