The last date to send to make sure your Christmas post will arrive on time

These are the dates for your diary, the last date recommended by Royal Mail for sending post to the UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and beyond. We’ve also included the information you will need to not only send a letter to – but receive a reply too from Father Christmas!

It’s so nice to receive Christmas greetings, from friends and family, some with photos, some with a little recount of the year that has passed and some just filled with love and well wishes. But in order to receive cards it’s a good idea to be sending some too.

We love the ‘Decorating a Reindeer’ and the other magical photos from The Christmas Wish, available as cards in packs of 10, 25 and 50.


Our cards this year is some very beautiful bohemian cards by Stephanie Davies available in packs from Not on the High Street. They are all written and ready to post…

So, when do you need to have your Christmas cards posted by this year for them to be delivered on time? Put these important latest recommended posting dates in your diary:

Latest recommended international posting dates, for the Nordic countries:

Thursday 15 December Finland and Sweden
Friday 16 December Denmark, Iceland and Norway

Latest recommended posting dates, for the UK:

Tuesday 20 December 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For® 2nd Class
Wednesday 21 December 1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class
Thursday 22 December Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®
More detail about latest posting dates can be found at

Latest recommended international posting dates:

Saturday 3 December Africa, Middle East
Wednesday 7 December Cyprus, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia), Malta and Turkey
Thursday 8 December Caribbean, Central and South America
Saturday 10 December Greece, Australia and New Zealand
Wednesday 14 December Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Poland
Thursday 15 December Canada and USA
Friday 16 December Austria, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland
Saturday 17 December Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg

More detail about Royal Mail international products and services are available through

Write a card for Father Christmas – and receive a reply!

Some have the tradition to make the children write cards to Father Christmas. But did you know that you can also expect a reply? Royal Mail will send a letter from Father Christmas for free if you are posting him a letter by Friday, December 9. This is the address you need:

Santa / Father Christmas
Santa’s Grotto
Reindeerland XM4 5HQ

Make sure you include a full name and address so Father Christmas can write back.

The photo in this post is from The Christmas Wish book, a cozy Nordic tale filled with extraordinary photographs will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. The author is Lori Evert and all photography is by Per Breiehagen. The scene is Ål in Hallingdal, a beautiful mountain area in Norway.

One thought on “The last date to send to make sure your Christmas post will arrive on time

  1. Beautiful magical SOUL expressed in all you do here. I bookmark all things to read, ponder, study and then follow my own heart in writing, painting , writing children’s books, drawing, and just being nice. I love your work here..thank you for what you unleash in a world divided—you sew it together. Thank you , love and blessings Merri

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