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Christmas parcel deliveries and final postage dates

Tips • 7th Dec, 18 • 0 Comments



With Christmas fast approaching it’s important that Santa Claus (and Royal Mail!) receive your list in time for delivery aboard the sleigh. We know that this cherished winter holiday can be hectic enough without the added stress of misplacing presents or forgetting to post them in time for Christmas day, so we have put together the key information that you need to know to make this year the best Christmas yet.


Beat the festive rush with these handy last recommended posting dates from Royal Mail:


  • Tuesday 18th December – for 2nd Class delivery, which is 2-3 working days including Saturdays, and Royal Mail Signed for 2nd Class
  • Thursday 20th December – for 1st Class delivery, which is delivery aimed for next day delivery including Saturdays, Royal Mail Signed for 1st Class, and Royal Mail Tracked 48
  • Friday 21st December – for Royal Mail Tracked 24
  • Saturday 22nd December – for Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed


For Collections during the Christmas period

You can continue to collect Christmas deliveries as normal up until Sunday 23rd as there will be normal deliveries, but there will be Saturday-timings from 9am to midday on Christmas Eve. Both Christmas Day and Boxing Day will have no deliveries or collections and services will resume as usual from 27th to Sunday 30th.

There will be deliveries on New Year’s Eve if you have placed any orders mid-Christmas festivities, however it will be Saturday style collections again, same as Christmas Day. No deliveries or collections will take place on New Year’s Day, then services will continue as normal from 2nd January for England. For Scotland, deliveries and collections will resume from 3rd January.


If you do happen to miss out on these final recommended dates, it will be hit and miss whether your deliveries will arrive in time for the 25th December. So, why not give yourself the best chance and prepare now? Find out how to prepare your franked mail in our blog here and check out more on Royal Mail’s website here.


For helpful, affordable mailing solutions for the Christmas period, get in touch with FP Mailing L&C and we can help you to find the right postage solutions for you, whether it be print, scan, copy, fold or frank! Find out more information on our products such as Multi-Function Printers, Software, Folder Inserters and Franking Machines and for a no obligation quote, get in touch on 01925 820 638 or complete our contact form here.

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