Christmas 2021 – Courier Parcel Delivery Service

Courier parcel delivery during Christmas & New Year 2021/2022

Send your Christmas gifts and cards on time this year! Use the tool below to book the delivery of your Christmas presents and schedule the collection right away. To help you get your goodies to your loved ones in time for the celebration, we made a list of the courier’s delivery schedules for Christmas and New Year 2021/22 so you can be prepared.


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Couriers’ delivery schedule for Christmas and New Year 2021/2022

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are not considered public holidays in most countries. On these dates, most couriers and postal services work around the clock to deliver Christmas gifts and parcels. However, since this is a time of the year when logistics services are in extremely high demand, most shipping companies will prioritise delivering the packages they already have instead of performing collections.

Christmas Day is usually considered a national holiday, during which most shipping companies will not work. Please take into consideration that Christmas may be celebrated on different dates depending on the country. Catholic countries usually celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, while Orthodox nations have the same holiday on the 7th of January.
Check the full calendar for European countries.

Check if DPD, DHL, GLS, Royal Mail and UPS will perform deliveries on Christmas and New Year in 2021:
Christmas Eve (24/12)
Christmas Day (25/12)XXXXX
Boxing Day (26/12)XXXXX
Christmas Day Substitute (27/12)XXXX
Boxing Day Substitute (28/12) *XXXX
New Year’s Eve (31/12)
New Year’s Day (01/01)XXXXX
*Only valid for countries where Boxing Day is considered a National Holiday, such as the UK.

Most courier deliveries and collections will resume normally on the first working day of the year; 3rd January 2022.

See more about the last posting dates of some of the most known courier companies:

Freight transport – Last shipping dates before Christmas

Freight transport is a bit more delicate than courier parcel delivery during the Christmas period because most roads are closed for trucks between Christmas and New Year’s. As a result, logistics companies may perform collections until the last working days before Christmas, but, from the 23rd of December onward, the shipment will be stored at their warehouse until their normal shipping activities are resumed on the 6th of January. The last day for freight collection if you want a delivery still on the same year, before Christmas, is the 16th of December. If you need any assistance while arranging freight transport during the Christmas season of 2021, do not hesitate to reach out to us via chat or email!


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Tips for sending parcels in time for Christmas

One of the main reasons for shipping delays is the high occurrence of failed delivery attempts. Here are a few tips to make sure your parcel will be successfully delivered on the 1st attempt:

Provide the correct pick-up and delivery addresses

Avoid shipping prohibited and restricted items

Schedule the collection 5-7 working days ahead

Have someone present at the delivery address

Shipping in advance is the best solution to avoid delays since most couriers and postal services do not perform deliveries on Christmas or New Year’s Day. Due to the increased volume of deliveries during the holiday period, please be aware that delivery times are only estimated and not guaranteed. While we do our best to give you the most accurate shipping dates, we always recommend sending your Christmas gifts and cards as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

What to do if the courier does not deliver your parcel before Christmas?

Shipping companies do their best to deliver as many packages as possible before the holidays. However, if the courier or postal service does not deliver your parcel before Christmas, the delivery will be automatically rescheduled for the following working days.


Christmas gifts ideas for long-distance friends, family, or girlfriends

At Eurosender, we are proud to help our customers surprising their loved ones by offering efficient solutions for sending Christmas gifts and cards abroad. It does not matter how big or small your package is; we can always find the best and most affordable solution for you! Here are a few ideas of Christmas gifts to send to long-distance friends, family, or girlfriends.

  • For kids: Santa’s not the only one who can deliver toys safely and on time. Find out how to pack and ship toys.
  • For couples: Why not send a nice bottle of wine or a box of chocolates for a romantic Christmas gift?
  • For parents: Surprise Mum with that new lipstick she wanted or find out if you can send Dad a pack of his favourite beer.


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Holiday season 2021/22
Check the full list of holidays between December and January in Europe and other countries


December 1st, 2021Portugal, Romania
December 6th, 2021Finland, Spain
December 8th, 2021Albania, Italy, North Macedonia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland (most cantons)
December 24th, 2021Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden
December 25th, 2021Albania, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA
December 26th, 2021Australia (most regions), Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (certain regions), Sweden, Switzerland (most cantons), UK
December 27th, 2021Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, UK, Ukraine
December 28th, 2021Australia (most regions), New Zealand, Scotland, UK
December 31st, 2021Latvia, Russia, Sweden, USA
January 1st, 2022All countries
January 2nd, 2022Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Scotland, Switzerland (many cantons)
January 3rd, 2022Albania, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Scotland, Ukraine, UK
January 4th, 2022New Zealand, Russia, Scotland
January 5th, 2022Russia
January 6th, 2022Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Germany (some regions), Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
January 7th, 2022Montenegro, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine
January 17th, 2022USA
January 31st – February 4th, 2021China


FAQs – Courier parcel delivery during Christmas period 2021

Can you send a wrapped Christmas present in the mail?
Yes, as long as you make sure to protect it in a sturdy cardboard box. Most shipping companies will not allow customers to send packages wrapped in Christmas paper because there are very few chances the gift wrap will survive the journey. Every package is loaded and unloaded several times during transit and, if the wrapping paper is lost, so is the shipping label with all the relevant information about the parcel. Therefore, if you want to send a wrapped Christmas gift by mail or courier, we suggest preparing the present packaging and then putting it inside a standard cardboard box. This way, the gift wrapping will be intact, and the recipient will still have the pleasure of unwrapping the present.
What is the best service for sending parcels in time for Christmas?
When booking a Christmas courier service with us, we recommend choosing Express Delivery for an expedited solution. With this service, your parcel will be transported via air transport, arriving at the destination country in the shortest time possible. If you plan ahead and send your Christmas gifts in advance, the Standard Service is an affordable solution for courier delivery via road transport.
If you are still in doubt about how to send your Christmas presents by courier, don’t hesitate to reach out to us using the chat button on the bottom right corner. Our specialists will be happy to help you organise that special surprise.
How early should I send my parcels, so they arrive in time for Christmas?
To avoid any complications, you should send your Christmas gifts as early as possible. We recommend organising the collection no later than the 14th of December if you are using the Standard Services or any of the freight shipping options if you need them to be delivered before the Christmas holidays. However, please bear in mind that the delivery estimations are predictions and, therefore, are not guaranteed.
Send us a message if you need any extra help in arranging shipping for your Christmas gifts or cards.
What is the last day for scheduling Standard and Express shipping before Christmas?
When organising your shipment with Eurosender, we recommend considering the 23rd of December as the last shipping date for Christmas. Since this is a very busy time of the year, the courier companies may not be able to conclude all collections and deliveries on the 24th of December, so we strongly advise you to schedule your parcel delivery service for the Christmas period in advance.
How can I check if DPD, DHL, UPS, GLS, and the Royal Mail perform Christmas deliveries in my country?
The Christmas courier delivery schedule presented above is based on the restrictions for the UK, but it applies to most European countries since they have similar public holidays.
If you want to know the DPD, DHL, UPS, GLS, or the Royal Mail delivery schedule for Christmas or New Year on a specific location, we recommend checking their official websites. In case you would like to book a Christmas parcel delivery with Eurosender, simply start your order in our booking engine or reach out to our experts if you need further assistance.
What time do couriers stop delivering parcels on Christmas Eve?
Most courier companies consider Christmas Eve a regular working day and will deliver parcels on their usual working hours, typically from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, each courier company may define their own working schedule with either reduced or prolonged working hours. UPS, for example, performs collections and deliveries only until 14p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
If you want to know the exact hours in which your courier will perform deliveries on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we recommend getting in contact with them.
Disclaimer: Take into consideration this information regarding the courier schedule for parcel delivery on Christmas and New Year’s 2021/22. However, please be aware that estimated delivery times can vary due to unexpected delays, and you should always check the specific pick-up and delivery country’s courier holidays carefully before deciding to ship. For more information about the courier mentioned above companies, we strongly recommend checking their official websites.