Sending your Christmas gift via courier is a great solution to surprise your loved ones that live far away. Before you organise the delivery of your presents with GLS, make sure you are familiar with the GLS delivery schedule during the Christmas season in 2021. Prepare your parcels and send your gifts in advance to ensure they will arrive on time for the celebrations!
The 24th of December is not considered a public holiday in most countries; therefore, GLS performs deliveries of Christmas presents on this date. However, it is important to consider that the number of parcels shipped during the month of December and especially on the days prior to Christmas is enormous. Due to the increased workload, the couriers and drivers work around the clock to try to deliver as many gifts as possible. Please have in mind that the GLS opening hours on Christmas Eve may be reduced.
The 25th of December is a public holiday in most western or catholic countries, which includes the UK, USA, Australia, and most of Europe. For this reason, GLS will not perform deliveries on Christmas Day, and the GLS parcel shops will also be closed. If you want your Christmas gifts or cards to arrive before the big day, we recommend shipping them 3-5 working days ahead of when you normally would.
On the days before Christmas Eve, most courier companies, including GLS, have prolonged working hours to make sure they are able to conclude as many deliveries as possible. For this reason, you may experience collections or deliveries earlier than 9 a.m. or later than 6 p.m. However, this does not apply to Christmas Eve itself. Since this is a celebratory day, most GLS offices will have shorter opening hours on Christmas Eve to allow the workers to make it home on time for some quality time with their loved ones.
On the 25th of December, Christmas Day itself, GLS will not have opening hours at all as all offices and parcel shops will be closed due to the national holiday.
LAST POSTING DATES
Many people who wonder if GLS deliver parcels on the holidays come across the information about their last posting date. This date is an estimation and is calculated based on the average delivery time for each service. If you want your parcel to arrive before Christmas, we recommend not leaving it for the last minute, but rather shipping ahead to make sure you won’t be caught in an unfortunate surprise.
To help you choose the service and plan your delivery, check below the last posting date recommended for shipping Christmas parcels with GLS on several European routes.
Please consider the last posting dates below when booking your Christmas deliveries with GLS. However, please bear in mind that the date stated is for the collection to take place, not for placing the order. When time is of the essence, the earlier, the better!
|Germany Domestic||21st December|
|France Domestic||21st December|
|Italy Domestic||21st December|
|Ireland - Croatia||16th December|
|Netherlands - Germany||17th December|
|Germany - Ireland||17th December|
|Netherlands - Ireland||17th December|
|Spain - Germany||16th December|
|Italy - Germany||16th December|
|France - Germany||17th December|
Even though the courier companies do their best to deliver as many parcels as possible before the holidays, it is impossible to handle the huge increase in shipping volume. If your GLS parcel is not delivered until Christmas Eve, it will be stored and automatically rescheduled for the next working days after the holidays. There is no need to contact the courier company or Eurosender to arrange another delivery date.
Note: Please bear in mind that Boxing Day is also considered a public holiday in some countries. In 2021 in the UK, the deliveries will be resumed only on the 29th of December, stopping again on the 1st of January for the New Year’s holiday.
At Eurosender, we work with a wide selection of international couriers, including GLS, to ensure you have the best shipping options available. Book your delivery through our platform, and our team will organise every detail of the shipping service on your behalf. We will take over all the communication with the courier company, so you don’t have to worry about anything – all you need to do is prepare the gift in a shipping box and wait for the courier to collect it!