This stamp issue continues Australia Post’s tradition of releasing a light-hearted secular stamp issue for Christmas, as part of the Christmas Island stamp program.

In this year’s scene, illustrated by Imogen Joy, the Christmas Island airport features as Santa’s arrival point on the island. Santa’s mode of transport is not his familiar sleigh, but a festive plane captained by his trusty reindeer.

The island’s plentiful Red Crabs act as Santa’s little helpers, handing out gifts to some of the island’s unique and diverse wildlife, seen gathering excitedly on the minisheet. They include the Common Noddy, Red-footed Booby, Emerald Dove, Abbott’s Booby, Sacred Kingfisher, Christmas Island Hawk-Owl, Christmas Island White-Eye, Christmas Island Thrush, Lister’s Gecko, Blue-tail Skink, Hawkesbill Turtle and the Scalloped Grass-Yellow Butterfly.

Technical specifications

Issue date
1 November 2022
Issue withdrawal date
31 December 2023
65c x 1, $2.60 x 1
Stamp illustration
Imogen Joy
Product design
Jo Muré, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell 104gsm Red Phos
Paper: self-adhesive
Arconvert Securepost MC90, Raflatac Cast s/a sheet 10
RA Printing
Printer (sheetlet of 10)
Rapid Labels
Printing process
Offset lithography
Printing process (sheetlet of 10)
Inkjet 1200 dpi
Stamp size (mm)
26 x 37.5
Minisheet size (mm)
135 x 80
Sheetlet size (mm)
192 x 120
14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout
Modules of 50
FDI Postmark
Christmas Island WA 6798
FDI withdrawal date
29 November 2022

Stamps in this issue

65c Santa

$2.60 Reindeer pilot

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Set of stamps:

Set of Christmas Island Christmas 2022 Gummed Stamps

This set of stamps contains the two stamps from the Christmas Island Christmas 2022 stamp issue. 

Sheetlet pack:

Christmas Island Christmas 2022 Embellished Sheetlet Pack

The Embellished Sheetlet Pack contains two embellished self-adhesive sheetlets, both featuring the 65c Santa from the issue.


Christmas Island Christmas 2022 Minisheet

The Christmas Island Christmas 2022 minisheet consists of the two stamps from the issue incorporated into a miniature stamp sheet.

Sheetlet of 10:

Sheetlet of 10x 65c Self-adhesive Santa Stamps

This self-adhesive sheetlet contains 10 x 65c stamps from the Christmas Island Christmas 2022 stamp issue.

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