Located some 2,600 kilometres north-west of Perth, in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island was named by Captain William Mynors, who sailed past it on Christmas Day 1643. The natural history of the island is of great importance. Christmas Island National Park, which comprises 85 square kilometres of the total landmass of 135 square kilometres, was declared in 1980. Unique vegetation and wildlife includes land crab populations of world significance.

Australia Post has produced stamps for Christmas Island since 1993, and our light-hearted Christmas Island Christmas stamp series features Santa Claus interacting with various personified island fauna.

This year’s issue, illustrated by Andrew McIntosh, shows Santa taking a well-earned break from delivering presents, to enjoy the wonderful snorkelling opportunities afforded by the island’s warm waters. Snorkelling is a popular pastime in reefs around the island, including at Flying Fish Cove, Dolly Beach, Ethel Beach, West Beach and Winifred Beach. Santa is also taking the time to chat with some local fauna, who have been eagerly awaiting his arrival.

Technical specifications

Issue date
1 November 2021 *
Issue withdrawal date
31 December 2022
65c x 1, $2.40 x 1
Stamp illustration
Andrew McIntosh
Product design
Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell Red Phos.
Paper: self-adhesive $2.40 stamps
Arconvert Securpost
Paper: self-adhesive embellished sheetlet
Raflatac Cast KS90
Printer: embellished sheetlet
Rapid Labels
Printing process
Offset lithography
Printing process: embellished sheetlet
Inkjet 1200 dpi
Stamp size (mm)
37.5 x 26
Minisheet size (mm)
135 x 80
Sheetlet size (mm)
192 x 120
13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout
Module of 50
FDI Postmark
Christmas Island WA 6798
FDI withdrawal date
30 November 2021

Stamps in this issue

65c Snorkelling Santa

This festive season, equipped with fins and mask, Santa is enjoying Christmas Island’s warm tropical waters, joined by one of the Green Turtles that famously nests on the island and frequents the waters around it.

$2.40 Greeting wildlife

The island’s distinctive, unique wildlife gather to greet their merry visitor. They include Red Crabs, Green Turtles, Red-tailed Tropicbirds, frigatebirds, a Whaleshark and assorted fish.

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Set of stamps:

Set of Christmas Island Christmas 2021 Gummed Stamps

This set of stamps contains the two stamps from the Christmas Island Christmas 2021 stamp issue.

Sheetlet pack:

Christmas Island Christmas 2021 Embellished Sheetlet Pack

The Christmas Island Christmas 2021 sheetlet pack contains two sheetlets of 10 x 65c Snorkelling Santa stamps.


Christmas Island Christmas 2021 Minisheet

The Christmas Island Christmas 2021 minisheet consists of the two stamps from the issue incorporated into a miniature stamp sheet.

Sheetlet of 10:

Sheetlet of 10x 65c Snorkelling Santa Stamps

This self-adhesive sheetlet of 10 x 65c Snorkelling Santa stamps from the Christmas Island Christmas 2021 stamp issue contains selective embellished elements.

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*The on-sale date for international-rate Christmas stamps was 1 October 2021. This is to help ensure that our customers’ international Christmas mail reaches its intended destination on time, in light of the impacts of COVID-19 on worldwide mail delivery.