Last recommended posting dates for Christmas 2016

Whether you purchased all your gifts over the Black Friday weekend, still have a few presents to buy or have done everything including the wrapping up, the next stage is ensuring those who aren’t local receive their gifts and Christmas cards in plenty of time. We’ve compiled this year’s Christmas posting dates for you so you don’t miss those important deadlines.

UK Posting:

For posting within the UK the recommended last posting dates are:

Tuesday 20th December – 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For 2nd Class

Wednesday 21st December – 1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For 1st Class

Thursday 22nd December – Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed

Friday 23rd December – Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed


International Posting:

For family and friends around the world the recommended International last posting dates for International Standard and International Tracking and Signature Services are:

Saturday 3rd December – Africa, Middle East

Wednesday 7th December – Cyprus, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia), Turkey, Malta

Thursday 8th December – Caribbean, Central and South America

Saturday 10th December – Greece, Australia, New Zealand

Wednesday 14th December – Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland

Thursday 15th December – Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA

Friday 16th December – Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Saturday 17th December – Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

Letters to Santa: 

Christmas is a busy time for everyone especially Santa Claus, so don’t forget to remind the kids to post their important letters to Santa by Friday 9th December. This will give him enough time to respond and let the elves know what they want for Christmas before he heads out on his sleigh on Christmas Eve.

Letters to Santa need to be sent to the following address and must include a full name and address so he can write back.

Santa/Father Christmas

Santa’s Grotto,




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