Last Christmas posting dates UK

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Left it a bit last minute? Here’s when your Christmas cards and parcels have to be posted by

It’s a busy time in the run up to Christmas. Hopefully, you’re mostly prepared for the big day, but if you’re not there’s still plenty of time. If you’re a bit last minute dot com, we don’t judge. Instead, we’re here to help you! (With Christmas posting dates that is… we can’t tell you what to buy for your niece’s boyfriend.)

Whether you’re yet to send out your Christmas cards, or you’ve got presents to post to friends, it’s good to be aware of how long you’ve got left till they have to go out.

So, we’ve gone and rounded up the dates for the absolute last possible days you can leave it to post something, using any of the main courier services in the UK, and it arrive in time for Christmas.

Last Christmas posting dates for UK couriers

Royal Mail

  • Royal Mail 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For – Monday 18 December
  • Royal Mail 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For – Wednesday 20 December
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed – Thursday 21 December


  • Parcelforce Worldwide express48 and express48 Large – Wednesday 20 December
  • Parcelforce Worldwide express24. expressAM – Thursday 21 December


  • DPD Next Day and DPD Next Day by 12 – both Thursday 21 December
  • DPD Next Day with Saturday delivery and DPD Next Day by 12 with Saturday delivery – Friday 22 December


  • Evri Standard Tracked – Wednesday 20 December by 11am
  • Evri Next Day Tracked – Thursday 21 December by 11am


  • Yodel Direct Store to Store and Store to Door – Sunday 17 December

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