Parcel Force's letter to Santa

How to send a letter to Father Christmas

Make sure you’re top of Santa’s list by using the Royal Mail/Parcel Force to get in touch with him this Christmas.

Writing to Santa

Father Christmas has asked all good boys and girls to write their letters and post them to him at the North Pole by Friday 8 December.

His elves at Royal Mail will help deal with the thousands of letters heading Santa’s way over the next six weeks – a special tradition which is now in its 54th year.

To make sure your letter reaches him in time, pop it in a stamped envelope by Friday 8 December and send to:

Santa/Father Christmas
Santa’s Grotto

Replies from Santa

Don’t forget to include your full name and address when telling Santa what you would like under the Christmas tree as, every year, some lucky children get a reply to their letter.

As Santa and his helpers are busy getting all the presents ready for Christmas Eve, not every letter can get a response, but he always does his best to fit in as many as possible.

Remember – don’t forget to include a stamp on your envelope, and your own name and address with your letter, so Santa knows how to get in touch with you!

Top requests to Santa

Over the years, Santa has received lots of requests for toys, games and gadgets, as well as some more unusual presents.

Special requests include sending gifts to charities and hospitals, providing food for the homeless and even moving Christmas to a different day altogether so family and friends can celebrate the season together.

Father Christmas also receives lots of gifts along with his letters, including mince pies, sweets and carrots for Rudolph and the other reindeers.

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Christmas Postal Advice 2017

Christmas is by far the busiest time of the year for the postal service. On top of all the people sending cards and gifts to loved ones, there’s a huge increase in items ordered online. This year Christmas Day falls on a Monday, so there will be no post of Christmas Eve. So when is the last posting day for Christmas? How late you can post something and have it delivered to the recipient before Christmas Day depends on where you are sending it to and how much you are willing to spend. If you are posting abroad then it may already be too late to use some economy services. The last day for the economy service to Africa and the Middle East is 16th November, but for the rest of the world the ship has, quite literally, sailed.
There is still time to use International standard and international tracked services. For Africa and the Middle East you must post by 2nd December, which s a Saturday. Wednesday 6th December is the last day for Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, and most of Eastern Europe. If you are posting to the Caribbean, or to Central and South America then you must have sent the package by Thursday 7th December. The last service for Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand goes on Saturday 9th December. Wednesday 13th December is the last call for Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland. The following day, Thursday 14th December, is the last posting day for Canada, Finland, Sweden and the USA. Friday 15th December is the deadline for Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland. And finally, if you are posting to Belgium, France, Ireland or Luxembourg you have until Saturday 16th December.

The rules are different of you are posting to a forces address using BFPO, the deadline is Monday 11th December for static and Monday 27th November for operational HM Forces. If you are posting in the UK you have a choice of postal options. Royal Mail and Parcel Force Worldwide aims to deliver first class letters by the next working day, and second class in two or three. However this is not guaranteed and in busy times (like Christmas) it may take longer. To guarantee a delivery date you must pay for a signed for or special deliver service. That said Royal Mail and Parcel Force have given the date of Wednesday 20th December as the last posting date for both 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For, and the following day, Thursday 21st December, as the last date for 1st Class, 1st Class Signed For, and Special Delivery Guaranteed. If you want to post on Friday 22nd December that you will have to pay for Special Delivery Guaranteed Saturday Delivery if you want it there by the big day. After the 22nd you are too late to use Parcel Force Worldwide service, so if you want it there by the 25th you will have to find a reindeer and get it there yourself!

How can I get in touch with Parcelforce customer services?

If you are expecting a parcel from parcel force or have sent one and you want to check the status of the delivery then the first place you should head is their online tracking page:

You can also use their website to get quick price quotes:

If you have a query or complaint you can contact them through a few online channels such as Facebook:

Or via twitter which is known for getting quick responses as it is so public, they also promise to answer direct tweets on their website:

If your parcel has gone missing the first thing you should do is fill in the online claims form which can be found here:

Need to speak to Parcelforce?

This can only be used if you sent your item directly though Parcelforce, if you used a 3rd party company such as:
• Parcel Monkey
• P4D
• Parcels r us
• Send It Now

Then you will need to make a claim directly to the third-party company, details of the processes should be available on each website.
If you still need to get in contact with parcel force after completing this process or have another query then you can contact their customer service department via phone:
0344 800 4466 – This line is open 8am-7pm Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday, and 9am-5pm on Sunday.

If you need to contact through the Welsh language then you can call: 0344 800 5550
If you are hard of hearing then you can use the Textphone service on : 08000 855 854

If you would prefer to contact them in writing you can use the online form here:
Or via post here:
Parcelforce Worldwide Claims Centre
PO Box 491

Claims must be made in the following time scales:
• 30 days of despatch for all UK claims
• 15 days of despatch for globalexpress:
• 30 days of despatch for irelandexpress and globalpriority
• 120 days of despatch for globalvalue and HM Forces

Parcel force do not offer an email address of physical address for making complaints other than claims.

If you have complained to Admiral via the online claims portal or the help form and have not received a satisfactory answer then you can contact the retail ombudsman, you will need to make sure you have exhausted the internal compalints procedure before contacting the ombudsman. This is to ensure that the Parcelforce contact number have had a chance to close the claim prior to the ombudsman getting involved:

You can email the Retail Ombudsman here:

You can write to the Retail ombudsman at this address:

The Retail Ombudsman, 33 floor Euston Towers, 286 Euston Road, London, NW1 3DP

The phone number for the Retail Ombudsman is:
020 3540 863 – this is a local rate number.

If you need any more information on The Retail Ombudsman you can find their website here:

You should ensure you keep copies of any letters you write or phone calls you make in relation to your complaints.