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Have you thought about posting your Christmas presents yet? Make sure you read this year's Christmas posting dates below so you can be sure you send your Christmas greetings off in plenty of time. Bear in mind that some post could be affected by bad weather - so if you can get your cards and parcels in the post early, it's worthwhile!

Sending gifts

Recommended UK last Christmas posting dates:

UK Special Delivery: Tuesday 23rd December
1st Class (UK): Saturday 20th December
2nd Class (UK): Thursday 18th December

Recommended international last Christmas posting dates:

Western Europe: Saturday 13th December

Eastern Europe, Cyprus & Greece: Monday 8th December

USA: Friday 12th December

Canada & Poland: Tuesday 9th December

South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East: Friday 5th December

Asia, Far East, and New Zealand: Wednesday 3rd December

Australia: Thursday 4th December 

Christmas cards

Christmas stamps, featuring all sorts of festive characters like Santa Claus and Decoration Deer, will be on sale at Post Office branches and on the Royal Mail's website from 6 November. They'll include letter and large letter stamps.

60p 1st class letter: For the majority of Christmas cards (under 100g)

90p 1st class large letter: For large or bulky Christmas cards (under 100g, between these sizes: Length 240-353mm, width 165-250mm, thickness 5-25mm)

50p 2nd class letter: Suitable for the majority of Christmas cards (under 100g)

69p 2nd class large letter: For very large or bulky Christmas cards (under 100g, between these sizes: Length 240-353mm, width 165-250mm, thickness 5-25mm

Delivery dates

Want to make sure you're in to get last-minute present deliveries? Here are the delivery dates for Christmas 2014.

Monday 22 December normal deliveries
Tuesday 23 December normal deliveries
Wednesday 24 December normal deliveries
Christmas Day no deliveries
Boxing Day no deliveries
Saturday 27 December normal deliveries
Sunday 28 December no deliveries
Monday 29 December normal deliveries
Tuesday 30 December normal deliveries
Wednesday 31 December normal deliveries
New Year’s Day no deliveries
Friday 2 January normal deliveries (excluding Scotland as it's Bank Holiday)
Saturday 3 January normal deliveries

Postcodes

If you don't know the postcodes of your nearest and dearest, then don't worry - Royal Mail has a handy postcode checker online. All you need to do is type in the first line of an address and it'll generate a postcode for you.

Branches

To find out your nearest Post Office branch and its opening hours, visit postoffice.co.uk or ring 08457 22 33 44.

Letters to Santa

Did you know that there is a real address for Santa Claus?
Write a letter using and then kids can post their letters off to Santa with a stamp to:

Father Christmas,
Reindeerland,
SAN TA1.

Get it sent off by the first week in December and you should get a response.

Get more info on post in time for Christmas from royalmail.com

 

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janet redwood

Bless you - thank you. Need to send to Thailand. Kenya and Austrailia. Family peppered around the globe x

Santa's Elf

Really helped with the Christmas card sizes, to find out what category of postage they fell into.

jennylshepherd

Hi Kim, Thank you very much for letting us know. We have now updated the link so it works now. Best wishes Jenny, Family editor

kim

The link to Postcode Checker as shown under 'Postcodes' doesn't exist. Try: http://www.royalmail.com/postcode-finder?campaignid=postcodes_redirect

j ainsworth

the post this year has been poor. we had one card posted 8th Dec. arrived 21st Dec. It had a 1st class stamp on from about 10 miles away. We had no post at all for 4 days 17th-20th dec. then a whole pile came through on 21st many posted over a week ago. We have just received (29th Dec.) two cards posted 0n the 15th Dec. one of which was first class informing us about the death of a family member. not good

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