Newspaper publishing and delivery during the Christmas holidays explained

FOR many years, individuals worldwide have obtained their news through newspapers.
Whether you are an avid or occasional newspaper reader, read on to find out how you’ll get your news fix on Christmas Day.


Christmas Day is the only day when newspapers aren’t published in the UKCredit: Getty

Are newspapers published and delivered on Christmas Day?
Most daily national newspapers are published on every bank holiday – except Christmas Day.
The Sun will publish a free digital newspaper on December 25, 2023.
In 2010, The Sun decided to run its first newspaper on Christmas Day, with the editor, Dominic Mohan saying at the time: “Throughout The Sun’s 41-year history we have always respected the agreement among newspaper publishers in not publishing a Christmas Day edition of The Sun. 
“However, this year we have seen dramatic innovations in the way that we deliver news to our readers and couldn’t resist the opportunity to break with tradition and produce this dazzling digital edition of the paper.”

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Since then, publications have continued to publish their papers regardless of the bank holidays, though some still like to uphold traditions.

There are some publications, such as the Financial Times, that don’t publish on selected bank holidays.
They also don’t publish a paper on a Sunday.
Popular free sheet Metro is published Monday to Friday, however, it is not published on public holidays.

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On Christmas Day, most of your favourite national papers will not be published as usual.
Therefore, it is always worth checking online to clarify if your paper of choice will be printed.

Are newspapers delivered during the Christmas period?
If you receive a newspaper through your letter box, you should expect your delivery as normal.
However, it may still be best to check with your local shop that delivers your paper if the bank holiday will disrupt your delivery.
You can still buy them from your local shop on the bank holiday, but it may be best to check their opening times beforehand to avoid arriving at a closed shop.
As mentioned above, many newspapers will not be published on Christmas Day.

These are the 2023 bank holiday dates we still have to look forward to:

Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 26 – Boxing Day