Christmas is one of the busiest times for the postal service, but even the Post Office has to close over Christmas. One thing we know for sure is that there will be no deliveries or collections on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. Otherwise, the Post Office Christmas and New Year opening times can vary.
When is the Post Office open at Christmas and New Year?
Post Offices should be open for their regular opening hours on normal working days. Some Post Offices may have extended opening hours in December, staying open later into the evening to allow people to send parcels and letters in time for Christmas. You should check with your branch for specific seasonal opening times. You might have to visit in person to find out when they are going to be open if the times are not updated online and visible using the Post Office branch finder online.
When is the Post Office closed at Christmas and New Year?
Generally, all Post Offices will be closed for the bank holidays on Wednesday 25th December, Thursday 26th December, and Wednesday 1st January. Lots of Post Office branches are likely to close early on Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24th December) and New Year’s Eve (Tuesday 31st December). Other than these days, most Post Offices should resume their normal opening hours. Post Offices in Scotland will be closed on the Scottish bank holiday on 2nd January. Post Offices located within supermarkets or convenience stores might have other opening hours at the retailer’s discretion (check online).
What if I need to collect my benefits at the Post Office?
Some people in receipt of social security benefits from the UK government may collect their payments from the Post Office as arranged with the DWP or Jobcentre Plus. If this is the case, you do not need to worry about being unable to collect your money due to the Post Office being closed. On bank holidays, if a payment is due then it should be paid early on the soonest working day before the bank holiday. Therefore, if you are due to collect your benefits on a day when the Post Office is shut, you should be able to collect your benefit payments from the Post Office 2-3 days in advance.