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Christmas supermarket delivery slots have opened but they are selling out fast - here's when and how to book

Merry Christmas! Happy family are having dinner at home. Celebration holiday and togetherness near tree.

Ocado and Waitrose have begun taking bookings for food deliveries over the Christmas period and so we have compiled a full breakdown of what the other leading supermarkets are doing - but you may need to act quickly as many slots have already been taken. 

We've put together the table below to help you navigate the festive minefield when it comes to deliveries but a couple of quick points to bear in mind first: 

  • The time and date of when you can place bookings varies considerably. 
  • When your orders for Christmas will be delivered also varies, although most supermarkets will deliver up to and including Christmas Eve. 
  • Not all shops release specific Christmas dates for orders; some will simply run their usual delivery services.

For full help on cutting the cost of your grocery bill, see our Supermarket Shopping Tips

Which supermarkets have opened Christmas delivery slots?

Supermarket Are Christmas slots open to book now? When Christmas orders will be delivered
Aldi TBC Waiting to hear
Asda Open now for Delivery Pass customers and 28 Oct for non-Delivery Pass customers Up to and incl 24 Dec
Co-op Five days in advance of delivery Up to and incl 24 Dec
Iceland Six days in advance of delivery Up to and incl 24 Dec
Lidl Does not offer a food home delivery service
Morrisons TBC Waiting to hear
Ocado Open now (1) 20-24 Dec
Sainsbury's TBC 22-24 Dec
Tesco

From 16 Nov for Delivery Saver customers and

23 Nov for non-Delivery Saver customers

Up to and incl 24 Dec
Waitrose Open now 20-24 Dec

Correct as of 19 October 2021. (1) Certain regions may have no slots but Ocado will let customers know as soon as more do become available. 

Booking tips

Before you book a slot, here are a couple more tips:

  • Customers who pay for a delivery pass often get early access. For example, Ocado customers were given priority when booking a Christmas delivery slot - those without these passes may have to wait.
  • Consider click and collect. If you do miss out on a delivery slot with your favourite supermarket, stores are generally offering click-and-collect slots, which may have more availability (See the table below). Many supermarkets also offer free click and collect, so you could save on delivery costs too. Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose and M&S Food to Order all offer Christmas click and collect at certain branches or from all of their outlets. 

Which supermarkets have opened Christmas click and collect slots?

Supermarket Are click and collect bookings open now? Christmas collection dates
M&S Food
Open now
22-23 Dec
Morrisons Open now 21-24 Dec
Sainsbury's Open now 22-24 Dec
Tesco

From 16 Nov for Delivery Saver customers and

23 Nov for non-Delivery Saver customers

Up to and incl 24 Dec
Waitrose Entertaining Range / Food Made to Order is open now 20-24 Dec

Correct as of 19 October 2021.

What to watch out for when booking delivery slots

And here's what to watch out for: 

  • Get in quickly. Ocado has sold out of Christmas delivery slots already. 
  • Watch out if booking close to delivery date. Co-op and Iceland, for example, could be riskier options as you'll be waiting until nearer the time to get your slot as they don't have specific Christmas releases. This may leave you with fewer options if you miss out. But it could be a good back-up plan if you miss out on slots at other retailers.
  • Check if you can edit orders. Many shops, including Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose, let you make an unlimited number of changes to your order by certain deadlines. So, even if you're not sure what your final shopping list will be, it could be worth getting your order in with just a few items and making edits later.
  • Beware of delivery fees. Also remember to factor in food costs, as these will vary by supermarket.

See our 44 Christmas MoneySaving Tips guide for more on how to reduce financial stress over the festive season, including banning unnecessary presents and free (or very cheap) ways to create Christmas magic for kids.

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