February 5, 2023

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Opening hours may vary during the holidays (Photo: Getty)

After a long year Christmas is finally here – a welcome chance to kick back and relax.

However, you may need to send something to a friend or family member, or pick up a missed delivery, which may mean a last minute trip to the post office.

Before braving the cold weather, it’s a good idea to check opening times as they vary during the holiday season.

Here’s everything you need to know.

What are the post office hours this Christmas?

Opening hours may vary from branch to branch, so it is recommended to find your local opening hours using the branch finder tool.

There will be no deliveries or collections on December 23 and 24, as Royal Mail employees are on strike over wage disputes on these days.

There will also be no deliveries or collections on December 25, 26 and 27 as these are public holidays, so you will not receive any mail between December 23 and 27.

Christmas Eve: Each branch is open at different times, with opening hours from 9am to 1pm.

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The official advice on the post office’s website states that ‘opening hours may change at short notice. That could be for a deep cleaning or because of a shortage of personnel.’

christmas day: Some branches are closed on Christmas Day.

Boxing Day: Some branches are closed on Boxing Day.

December 27: Some branches are reopening, but there are no collections or deliveries.

December 28: Some branches are reopening, but there are no collections or deliveries.

The Post Office told Metro.co.uk: ‘We typically have around 4,000 of our 11,500 post offices open at weekends and we expect the majority of these 4,000 branches, mostly located in convenience stores, to be open throughout the Christmas period, including Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

‘In branches there should be posters on which customers can read their opening hours. We also encourage people to visit the branch locator for information on post office opening times and the nearest branches.”

Normal hours for most branches will not resume until Wednesday, December 29, although some branches will reopen for limited services.

It is recommended to use the post office branch finder tool beforehand.

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