Christmas posting dates 2016

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Christmas post
Make sure you know this year's Christmas posting dates below so you can be sure your gifts get 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!

Recommended UK last Christmas posting dates 2016:

UK Special Delivery: Thursday 22nd December
1st Class and Royal Mail tracked 48 (UK): Wednesday 21st December
2nd Class: Tuesday 20th December

Recommended international last Christmas posting dates:

Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey: Thursday 3rd November
Western Europe: Thursday 17th November
Africa, Middle East: Saturday 3rd December
Asia, Cyprus, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland
and Slovakia) Far East (including Japan):
Wednesday 7th December Caribbean, Central and South America: Thursday 8th December
Australia, Greece, New Zealand: Saturday 10th December
Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland: Wednesday 14th December
Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA: Thursday 15th December
Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia,
Spain, Switzerland:
Friday 16th December
Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg: Saturday 17th December

Christmas cards

Christmas stamps, featuring all sorts of festive scenes from the Nativity story, are on sale at Post Office branches and on the Royal Mail's website. They include letter and large letter stamps.

64p 1st class letter: For the majority of Christmas cards (under 100g)
96p 1st class large letter: For large or bulky Christmas cards (under 100g, between these sizes: Length 240-353mm, width 165-250mm, thickness 5-25mm)
55p 2nd class letter: Suitable for the majority of Christmas cards (under 100g)
75p 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


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.


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

Letters to Santa

Did you know that there is a real address for Santa Claus? Download our FREE letter for Santa and let your little ones have a go writing their own letter to Santa.

What postal service should you use?

  • For valuable or last-minute Christmas gifts and cards, Royal Mail's Special Delivery next day service is the best and prices start from £6.45.

  • Airsure postal service takes mail from the UK on the first available flight to 35 countries worldwide. It then receives priority handling abroad and items are electronically tracked on their way to their destination. Prices start at £6 plus airmail postage.

  • International Signed-For means items are signed-for on delivery and receive a quick dispatch from the UK. Prices start at £6 plus airmail (or surface) postage and the service is available to most countries worldwide.

  • Visit Royal Mail's 'delivery options' for a full range of Airsure and International Signed-For postal services.

  • Parcelforce Global Express postal service offers fast, international delivery across the world from next working day, and the Scheduled service takes from 3 working days. It's available to 240 countries worldwide, and are both a good choice if you're sending valuable and treasured items abroad.

  • Global priority (to Europe) and Global economy (rest of the World) are cheaper alternatives, and the best options if you're more bothered about cost than speed.

  • For surface mail latest posting dates, which vary depending on the destination, visit

  • In the UK, Parcelforce 48 delivers within 2 working days, Parcelforce 24 is for next working day delivery, and there are three premium-rate time-guaranteed services: by 9am, by 10am and by noon. Prices vary according to weight

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  • Check on for updates on specific countries, to download postal service prices and for full information about services.
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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.


    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


    The link to Postcode Checker as shown under 'Postcodes' doesn't exist. Try:

    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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