Christmas Last Posting Dates 2020

Need to send a Christmas gift to a friend or loved one? Or perhaps you’re a small business or marketplace seller preparing for your busiest time of year. Here you’ll find everything you need to know, including those all-important ‘send by’ dates and depot opening information, to help make sure your festive parcels arrive with friends and family before the big day.

During this challenging year, our drivers have continued to connect people across the UK and around the world. Christmas Eve falls on a Thursday, and our drivers will be out working as hard as ever this year to deliver all  your purchases and presents. Parcels sent for UK delivery using our ‘two day’ services may be sent up to Tuesday 22nd December and next day parcels up to Wednesday 23rd December. However, we recommend that you send your Christmas presents as early as possible, to get them under the tree in time.

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Full country list

Download the complete list of all our UK and international last posting dates by country

UK Last Posting Dates

Service Delivery by Thursday 24th December
Timed Services
express9, express10, expressAM, expressPM
Send by Wednesday 23rd December

Next Day Services
express24, express24large

Send by Wednesday 23rd December
Two Day Services
express48, express48large
Send by Tuesday 22nd December

Extended delivery times apply to outlying areas. Click here for more information.

Depot Opening Dates**

Date Opening hours
Wednesday 23 December 2020 Normal
Thursday 24 December 2020 Normal, drop off only (no collections)
Friday 25 December 2020 Closed
Saturday 26 December 2020 Closed
Sunday 27 December 2020 Closed
Monday 28 December 2020 Closed (Bank Holiday in lieu of Boxing Day)
Tuesday 29 December 2020 Normal
Wednesday 30 December 2020 Normal
Thursday 31 December 2020 Normal, drop off only (no collections)
Friday 1 January 2021 Closed
Saturday 2 January 2021 Normal (except Scotland)
Sunday 3 January 2021 Closed

For more information and to find your nearest depot, visit our depot finder here.

**Please note, our depot drop off / collection services and opening dates may be subject to change due to the impact of Covid-19. Please check here for the latest information.

Convenient sending options

When you book a parcel online, you can choose from three ways to dispatch your parcel:

  • Book a collection from your home or work address - great for when you’re too busy to drop it off at one of our depots.

  • Drop your parcel off at a Post Office branch. Perfect if you can’t wait in for a collection. You’ll save a couple of quid too.

  • Drop your parcel off at a Parcelforce Worldwide depot. If you’ve left it late to send your parcel, you’ll be pleased to know that our depots will be accepting next-day deliveries in time for Christmas right up until 7pm on December 24th. 

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Last posting dates for international destinations

Need to send presents to friends or family overseas? We’ve got you covered, with our range of services offering the perfect balance of speed and price. Last posting dates for our most popular destinations are shown in the table below.

Western Europe
Service Last Send by Dates
globalexpress Friday 18th December
globalpriority Friday 11th December - Tuesday 15th December
globalvalue Tuesday 8th December - Tuesday 15th December
USA & Canada
Service Last Send by Dates
globalexpress Friday 18th December
globalpriority Friday 11th December
globalvalue Wednesday 9th December
globaleconomy Friday 30th October
Eastern Europe & rest of the world
Service Last Send by Dates
globalexpress Friday 4th December  - Friday 18th December
globalpriority Wednesday 2nd December - Tuesday 15th December
globalvalue Friday 27th November - Monday 14th December
Ireland (Republic Of)
Service Last Send by Dates
irelandexpress Thursday 17th December
Rest of the world
Service Last Send by Dates
globaleconomy

Friday 30th September - Friday 13th November

Please note these last posting dates are a guide only and are subject to change. Please check here for the latest information.

*excludes globalvalue and globaleconomy

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