Dates you can book Christmas delivery slots for all supermarkets

Sleigh bells aren’t quite ringing just yet, but the festive season is fast approaching.

Supermarkets will be gearing up for the busiest time of the year as Brits are set to spend billions on mince pies and other Christmas goodies.

December is traditionally the hardest time of year for Brits to reserve a supermarket delivery slot.

And in light of the coronavirus pandemic, more households are relying on online shopping to save facing supermarket queues.

All leading shops have increased their delivery slots this year to ensure that vulnerable, shielding and isolating customers are able to get the essentials.

But delivery slots will be snapped up quickly – so you won’t want to miss out.

According to the Sun, there are ideal times to book slots for your festive deliveries.


Tesco shoppers who are part of the supermarket’s Delivery Saver scheme can book slots from 7am on November 13.

For everyone who isn’t on the £7.99 premium service, the festive season opens from 7am on November 20.

Delivery fees will be between £4.50 and £5.50 depending on where your order is packed. There's a £4 surcharge for deliveries worth under £40 and click and collect orders worth less than £25.


Asda's Christmas delivery slots are already open for those with a Delivery Pass.

Other customers will be able to book a slot from November 6.

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There's a £3 surcharge for delivery orders for less than £40 and £25 for click and collect orders.


Morrisons has not revealed this year’s dates yet. Last year, it was a little later than competitors.

Shoppers were able to book delivers between December 20 and 24 on November 27, with Delivery Pass customers accessing times on November 6.

Standard delivery is between £2 and £7, with passes available for £65 a year.


Sainsbury's will release its Christmas delivery slots one day at a time, starting on November 29.

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On November 29, customers will be able to book deliveries for December 20.

Slots for December 21 will open on November 30, and slots for December 22 will open on December 1.

Customers will be able to book a delivery for December 23 – the last day that Sainsbury's delivers – on December 2.

Saino’s charge £7 for delivery on orders under £40, and between 50p and £7 for orders worth more.

The supermarket also has subscription services which give priority access to Christmas delivery.

The Anytime Delivery Pass gives you one free delivery a day, seven days a week when you spend £40 or more.


Iceland does not offer customers a way of booking deliveries in advance for Christmas.

Instead, it is business as usual with slots available six days in advance.

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So to bag the goodies from the frozen giants, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled on December 14 for December 20 delivery.


Waitrose shoppers may already be able to book Christmas delivery slots for any time between December 20 and Christmas Eve.

Slots for December 19 are released as usual, with no time limit for how far in advance delivery slots are available.

It differs store by store.

Waitrose said it is best to check your store’s website for details.


Ocado staggers the release of slots for the run up to Christmas.

Shoppers can bag a slot from October 24, while Smart Pass members will get early access.

The premium services cost £10.99 and offers unlimited free deliveries.

Orders less than £75 costs between £2.99 and £6.99. More expensive orders are free.

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