Last Posting Dates for Christmas

This morning I visited Royal Mail's Delivery Office in Winsford to see first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post and to pass on early Season’s Greetings to the dedicated postmen and women, who will be working hard to sort and deliver mail in Eddisbury in the forthcoming busy Christmas period.  It was great to meet the team and have the opportunity to thank them for the huge amount of effort and dedication that goes into ensuring Christmas parcels and cards are delivered on time, as well as thanking them for delivering our mail services all through the year, in all weathers.

The festive season is Royal Mail’s busiest period, as millions of people shop online for gifts as well as sending Christmas cards and parcels.  You can help Royal Mail ensure that all your letters, cards and parcels are delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible by taking a few easy steps:

  • Post early – Avoid disappointment by posting your cards and parcels early.
  • Use the postcode – A clearly addressed card or parcel, with a postcode, and return address on the back of the envelope, will ensure quick and efficient delivery.
  • Use Special Delivery – For valuable and important packages and parcels guarantee delivery with Royal Mail’s Special Delivery, which means your gift is tracked, traced and insured against loss.
  • Wrap parcels well and always give a return address

The last recommend posting dates for Christmas are:

Second Class – Tuesday, 18 December 2018

First Class – Thursday, 20 December 2018

Special Delivery – Saturday, 22 December 2018

If you are receiving parcels, you do not need to travel to a Royal Mail Delivery office to pick up parcels if you can’t or do not want to.  You can arrange a re-delivery free of charge on a day that is convenient for you (including Saturdays) or Royal Mail can deliver the item to a different address within the same postcode area.  This service can be arranged by calling the number on the “Something for You” card Royal Mail leave or by visiting their website at

Royal Mail can also now leave many mail items with a neighbour if you are not at home when they attempt delivery.  you can nominate a dedicated neighbour to take in their parcels by filling in a form at their delivery office.

For more information about Royal Mail’s services, please visit: or call 03457 740 740.