December is one of the busiest months regarding shopping, partying and also Christmas delivery. So, in order to get all your Christmas and New Year’s presents for your loved ones on time, it’s good to plan the shipping a little bit ahead. Namely, some of the courier service providers do not deliver on the last days before Christmas and also parcel collections can be postponed.
Although courier companies work hard to deliver all of the parcels on time, the huge volumes of shipments sent in holiday season can cause delays. The other factor causing delays of Christmas delivery is also bad weather, which can slow down the courier drivers and the delivery of your December gifts.
When using standard shipping keep in mind, that couriers usually follow the working calendar of each European country. So, check when are the national holidays and which dates are the weekend days.
To help you with this, we have put together a table of public holidays in European countries so you can organize your shipping schedule for December.
Public holidays in European countries
|December 1st||Portugal, Romania|
|December 6th||Finland, Spain|
|December 8th||Austria, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland|
|December 24th||Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia|
|December 26th||Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK|
|December 31st||Latvia, Sweden|
This information is general, so check with us if you are unsure about different delivery dates or locations that could be reached in Europe.
The collections and deliveries take place anytime between 9 am and 6 pm. So, someone has to be present at the pick-up address in this timeframe. For this, you should wisely choose the address for the parcel collection and instead of your home address maybe rather choose your workplace.
Depending on the items you want to ship in December, be it small Christmas gifts, sports equipment or bulky items, keep in mind the transit times for the Christmas delivery. So, plan the shipping at least 2 days in advance. Make sure to pack your items properly in order to reach the destination in one piece. For detailed information on packing check our dedicated pages.
Also keep in mind that on days approaching Christmas or New Year’s Eve, deliveries are given priority over the collection. This means that delivery before Christmas has the priority. Therefore, leaving Christmas shipping for last minute is not a good idea. Instead, book shipping service in advance and have a peace of mind.
Choose the pick-up and delivery countries, the number of packages and their weight.
You will be provided with the best available offer.
Fill in the form with your details and pay for the service.
Get informed on how to pack your items for shipping.
When booking courier services for Christmas delivery, you will notice that, depending on the chosen route, more days are blocked in the pickup calendar. There are two reasons for this:
If you are shipping freight in December be aware that companies that offer freight transport will usually make the collection on any working day between December 20th and January 7th. Note also, that the shipment will be kept in the warehouse and delivered at the destination after January 7th.
If you have any further information regarding Christmas posting dates or ordering process, do not hesitate to contact our friendly customer support team. Give us a call or write an email.