Courier delivery schedule for Christmas & New Year 2020/2021

Send your Christmas gifts and cards on time this year! Follow our expert’s guidelines on how to send your Christmas presents in the mail or by courier and benefit from our diversified range of global shipping services. To make sure you don’t miss the deadline to send your parcel, we made a list of the last posting dates along with the couriers’ delivery schedule for Christmas and New Year 2020/21.

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Couriers’ delivery schedule for Christmas and New Year 2020/2021

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are not considered public holidays in most countries. Therefore, most couriers and postal service will work on these dates, performing deliveries of Christmas gifts and parcels. However, since this is a time of the year when logistics services are in extremely high demand, most couriers will give priority to delivering the packages they already have instead of performing collections.

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, FedEx, Royal Mail and UPS will perform deliveries on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve in 2020:
Christmas Eve (24/12)
Christmas Day (25/12)XXXXX
Boxing Day (26/12)XXXXX
Boxing Day Substitute (28/12)*XXX
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; 4th January 2021.

Freight transport – Last shipping dates before Christmas

Freight transport is a bit more delicate than parcel delivery during the Christmas period because most roads are closed for trucks between the holidays of Christmas and New Year’s. As a result, logistics companies may perform collections until the last working days before Christmas, but, from 18th of December onwards, the shipment will be stored at their warehouse until their normal shipping activities are resumed on the 7th of January. If you need any assistance while arranging freight transport during the Christmas season of 2020, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Tips to avoid parcel delivery delays during the Christmas period

Since most couriers and postal services do not perform deliveries on Christmas or New Year’s Day, we have gathered a couple of tips to ensure you will have a successful parcel delivery on the 1st attempt.

Provide the correct pick-up and delivery address

Avoid shipping prohibited and restricted items

Schedule the collection 5-7 working days ahead

Due to the increased volume of deliveries during the Christmas and New Year period, please be aware that delivery times are only estimates and not guaranteed. While we do our best to give you the most accurate posting dates, we always recommend mailing 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?

Please have in mind that the 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, you can be sure they will do so on the following working days. There is no need to reschedule the delivery service in this case.


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

At Eurosender, we are proud to help our customers surprising their loved ones by 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? Find out how to pack them safely, first.
For parents: Why not send Mum 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 2020/21

Check the full list of holidays between December and January in Europe and other countries


December 1st, 2020Portugal
December 6th, 2020Finland
December 8th, 2020Albania, Italy, North Macedonia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland (most cantons)
December 24th, 2020Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia
December 25th, 2020All Western European countries, Albania, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, USA
December 26th, 2020Australia, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Swtizerland, UK
December 28th, 2020New Zealand, Scotland, UK
December 31st, 2020Latvia
January 1st, 2021All countries
January 2nd, 2021Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Scotland, Switzerland
January 4th, 2021Albania, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland
January 5th, 2021Russia
January 6th, 2021Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
January 7th, 2021Montenegro, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine
January 8th, 2021Montenegro, Russia
January 18th, 2021USA
January 24th – January 30th, 2021China


FAQs – Parcel delivery during Christmas period 2020

Can you send wrapped Christmas gifts in the mail?
Yes, as long as you make sure to protect it in a sturdy cardboard box. Most shipping companies do not recommend sending wrapped Christmas gift, be it by mail or courier. There are very little chances the gift wrap will survive the journey since the packages are loaded and unloaded several times during transit. Therefore, if you want to send a wrapped Christmas gift, 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.
How early should I schedule the delivery of my Christmas gifts?

To avoid any complications, you should mail your Christmas gifts as early as possible. We recommend organising the collection no later than the 15th of December if you are using the Standard or Express Services and until the 14th of December for freight shipments 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.

If you are in doubt about when to ship your Christmas gifts or cards, send us a message, and we will be happy to help you arrange everything.

What is the last day for scheduling a Standard and Express shipping before Christmas?
When organising your shipment with Eurosender, we recommend considering the 23rd of December as the last posting 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, therefore, we strongly advise you to schedule your parcel delivery service for the Christmas period in advance.
How can I check if DPD, DHL, UPS, FedEx, and the Royal Mail perform Christmas deliveries on my country?
The schedule presented in this post is applicable to most European countries. However, if you want to know the DPD, DHL, UPS, FedEx, 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 delivery with Eurosender, simply start your order in our booking engine or reach out to our experts if you need further assistance.

Disclaimer: Take into consideration this information regarding Christmas parcel delivery dates for 2020/21. However, please be aware that estimated delivery times can vary due to unexpected delays, and you should always check the particular 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.