Last posting and shopping delivery dates for Christmas 2023

Make sure Christmas cards and gifts reach family and friends in time this year. Here’s a rundown of the last posting and delivery dates for Ireland and abroad.

What are the last posting dates for Christmas this year?

An Post has confirmed their last mailing dates for cards, letters and parcels to arrive in time for Christmas 2023.

To ensure your post arrives on time, check the final posting dates and send post and parcels early.

Here are the last posting dates for local and international destinations.

Last posting dates before Christmas 2023

Service Republic of Ireland Northern Ireland Great Britain Rest of Europe United States Rest of World  
Standard post letters 21 Dec 19 Dec 18 Dec 18 Dec 11 Dec 6 Dec  
Standard post parcels 21 Dec 19 Dec 18 Dec 14 Dec 6 Dec 6 Dec  
Registered post 21 Dec 19 Dec 18 Dec 18 Dec 6 Dec 6 Dec  
Express post 21 Dec 19 Dec 18 Dec 18 Dec 11 Dec 11 Dec  
International Courier Service N/A N/A 20 Dec 19 Dec 15 Dec 15 Dec  

Other Christmas posting info

  • There will be no mail delivery or collection from 23rd December until 27th December 2023. Normal service will resume on 28th December.
  • The International Courier Service is only available at selected Post Offices, so check An Post to find your nearest International Courier Service drop-off.

How can I make sure my parcel will arrive safely?

If you’re posting a valuable or important parcel or letter, An Post’s Registered Post service can give you peace of mind.

If you use the Registered Post service, you will get:

  • Proof the item was posted
  • Proof of receipt with a signature
  • Secure delivery
  • Online tracking of Registered Post (depending on the destination)
  • Insurance cover for valuable items
  • Compensation if your item is not received

Christmas delivery dates from your favourite stores

We’ve collated the delivery times and prices from your favourite online stores to ensure you receive your Christmas gifts in time.

Delivery lead times may be longer than usual during Christmas due to higher demand, so order a little earlier to ensure your gifts arrive on time.

Online store Standard delivery times Cost from Other delivery info  
Amazon 3-5 working days Free over €20* 2 day free delivery for Prime members  
Arnotts 5 days €5.95 Premium 1-3 days, €9.50  
Boots Within 4 working days €5.00 Free delivery over €40  
Brown Thomas 5 days €5.95 BT Plus Delivery (unlimited) €19.95  
Currys 3-5 working days €6.99 Larger items 5-7 working days. €29.99  
Dunnes 2 working days €3.95 5-7 days for furniture. Free over €50  
Harvey Norman 5-7 working days €6.99 Larger items €29.99  
Marks & Spencer 2-4 working days €4.50 Free delivery over €50  
Next 1-3 working days** €2.00 10 day delivery for furniture  
Smyths Toys 2-4 working days €4.99 Larger items may take 3-6 days. Free over €25  
Tesco Book from 23 November   Priority booking for Delivery Saver customers  
Zara 5-6 working days €3.95 1-2 working days, €9.95. Free delivery over €50  

Deliveries to remote or rural areas may take longer than the estimated delivery times.

*Only on eligible orders dispatched by Amazon ** Confirmed at checkout. Argos no longer offers a home delivery service in Ireland.

What if your order doesn’t arrive in time for Christmas?

If your order is not delivered, you need to take it up with the retailer rather than the delivery company. The retailer is responsible for the parcel until it is delivered to you.

  • You have the right to cancel your order and claim your money back up to 14 days starting from the date you received your item or before.
  • Alternatively, if you paid by debit or credit card, you can claim on your card issuer’s chargeback scheme. If you paid with PayPal you can raise a dispute via PayPal Buyer Protection.

Check out Your refund rights in Ireland for further information about your options.

Christmas Posting FAQs

How much does it cost to send my parcel abroad?

The price you pay will depend on the size and weight of your post, where you send it in the world and what service level you choose.

An Post has a handy postage calculator that can help you work out how much your letter, packet or parcel will cost to send internationally.

What are Post Office Christmas opening hours?

Post offices will be open on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, from 9am to 1pm. It will close on Christmas Eve at 1pm and remain closed until Thursday, December 29, when normal business hours will resume.

Post offices will close again on New Year’s Day, 1 January and Bank Holiday Monday, 2 January 2023.