Royal Mail last Christmas post dates: what is the posting deadline for Christmas Day 2021 deliveries?

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‘Allow plenty of time for posting’ - Royal Mail

Christmas is fast approaching.

Halloween has come and gone, the clocks have gone back and the countdown to the festive season is well and truly on.

Christmas ads are starting to appear on TV, supermarkets are stocking seasonal supplies and twinkly fairy lights adorn most high streets.

The sound of jingle bells on your rooftop is not far off.

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And with that in mind many people are beginning to start the Christmas shopping earlier than expected, as many look to make up for lost time last year.

Here’s all you need to know about the Royal Mail last Christmas post dates for 2021 to make sure your carefully picked out gift or card arrives in time for the big day.

When should I send deliveries for Christmas?

As a general rule, never leave it too late.

The last week before Christmas can be a busy time for everyone, including sorting offices and delivery drivers - so preparation is key.

Advice from Royal Mail is to "allow plenty of time for posting".

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"Please post items and gifts for Christmas early, particularly for international deliveries. Ongoing Covid restrictions, reduced air and freight capacity, high volumes and winter weather conditions are all impacting transportation and local delivery across the globe," said a Royal Mail spokesperson.

What are the Royal Mail last Christmas post dates for 2021?

The Royal Mail has issued its last posting dates for Christmas 2021.

Standard letters sent second class need to be posted by Saturday 18 December and first class letters must make the post on Tuesday 21 December.

If events transpire and you miss both those dates then Royal Mail Tracked 24 and Special Delivery Guaranteed are available to give it the best chance of reaching your recipient in time.

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Here are the full list of dates from Royal Mail for this year’s Christmas post:

  • Friday 17 December - Royal Mail Bulk Mail Economy
  • Saturday 18 December - 2nd Class, 2nd Class Signed For, Royal Mail 48
  • Tuesday 21 December - 1st Class, 1st Class Signed For, Royal Mail 24, Royal Mail Tracked 48**
  • Wednesday 22 December - Royal Mail Tracked 24**
  • Thursday 23 December - Special Delivery Guaranteed

Please note that ** Royal Mail Tracked 24 and Royal Mail Tracked 48 are not available to purchase at Post Office branches.

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