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Status: Delegated
Registry Provider: ISC
Type: Generic
Category: Culture

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.christmas is a proposed TLD in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The applicant is Uniregistry[1] The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 26 February 2014.[2]

Application Details

The following is excerpted from the applicant's response to question #18:

"Itʹs the most wonderful time of the year.

Christmas means celebrating the embrace of loved ones, participating in grand traditions, and observing a cherished holiday. It is a time when caring and gift-giving abound, and a time to create magical memories for children. Christmas is a holiday that holds a significant place in our hearts.

Christmas deserves its own online space as a home for all meanings, activities, and services related to the holiday. All of the wonderful uses of the Internet in the support of the Christmas season will be enhanced by the .CHRISTMAS generic top-level domain (ʺGTLDʺ). When the top-level domain ʺ.CHRISTMASʺ is appended to the end of website name, the siteʹs viewers will have an immediate context for the content about to be viewed. A registrantʹs choice of .CHRISTMAS as a top-level domain will provide a lens through which a viewer will see the associated content.

New top-level domains represent the future of naming for Internet-based resources. For a significant number of religious and cultural followers as well as businesses, .CHRISTMAS is a meaningful and accurate description of the content of the works or services a registrant might provide, or a user might seek, online.

DNS-based addressing brings with it unique advantages for branding Internet-based resources with semantic meaning and easily communicable and remembered labels. Domain Names are mnemonic devices, designed to help users remember and invoke the ʺlocationʺ of web sites, email servers, and the like (as opposed to having to remember ip addresses). The addition of many new, semantically meaningful TLDs will enhance this mnemonic function, helping users to discover pertinent resources, differentiate among stored links, and remember how to reach sites they have visited before.

Top-level domains with specific semantic meaning, like .CHRISTMAS, will thrive when operated by a neutral registry-services provider like Uniregistry. A neutral registry does not provide preferential registration opportunities to any particular market participant, create anti-competitive rules that prevent domain name registration by competitors, or become so deeply involved in the target market that its presence as the registry services provider creates the appearance of impropriety or bias. Uniregistry always will act as a neutral services provider for .CHRISTMAS.

A specialized top-level domain string, like .CHRISTMAS, immediately conveys the purpose for which the user is seeking to access a site. Registrants who might get lost in a larger, undifferentiated TLD, and who seek to convey the specific purpose of the site or services, or who are unable to find a satisfactory SLD within existing TLDs, will find it easier to reach potential users.

.CHRISTMAS will be a specialty gTLD, with a flat pricing structure and fixed renewal costs, with no material price increases for the first five years. This moderately priced namespace is designed to offer registrants an attractive, competitive registration alternative or complement to existing registrations for the purpose of specialized content.

The registry will strive to bring value to both the users seeking information or services related to the Christmas holiday and the registrants who are offering that information by providing directory services, traffic-generation toolkits, and search-related functionality from central registry-operated resources designed to promote the .CHRISTMAS top-level domain and the companies, organizations, and individuals choosing to register .CHRISTMAS names.

The registry will implement safeguards to intellectual property interests, while fostering socially and commercially productive growth of its name-space for registrants, stakeholders, and Internet users.


Uniregistry Corp. is a new venture formed by established domain name industry veterans to serve as the delegated registry services provider for the .CHRISTMAS top-level domain.

The mission and purpose of Uniregistryʹs .CHRISTMAS gTLD is to be the pre-eminent general and generic Top Level Domain (GTLD) choice for registrants seeking to learn, engage, display, discuss or sell Christmas-related ideas and goods online through the use of a Second Level Domain (SLD) name.

We want registrants in .CHRISTMAS to build their Internet services on a platform designed for long-term security, stability, and predictability in Internet naming. We will provide a sound foundation for registrants and their registrars by offering world-class technical infrastructure, excellence in organizational management, and low-cost, predictable pricing.

Consistent with the policies defined by ICANNʹs original Consensus Policy, ICP-1, that GTLD registries ʺare trustees for the delegated domain, and have a duty to serve the community,ʺ we believe that the registry should be managed both for the benefit of the individuals and companies that will choose to register domain names as well as Internet users worldwide. The honor of serving these constituents carries with it the obligation to work closely with ICANN, its component bodies and supporters, governments, and the registrants that will choose a .CHRISTMAS domain name for their Internet identity.

Uniregistry founders have a rich history of service to domain name registrants and have channeled their efforts and long-standing culture of service into this application."[3]

Contract Signed

On November 21, 2013 Uniregistry received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .christmas after passing the Initial Evaluation.[4]

Delegation and Availability

.christmas was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on 26 February, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[2]