Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Christmas Shipping Deadlines

U.S. Postal Service

USPS officials recommend shipping your items by the following dates to guarantee they arrive by Christmas Day:

2021 Holiday Shipping Dates for the Contiguous U.S.

  • December 15: USPS retail ground service
  • December 17: First-class mail service (including holiday greeting cards)
  • December 17: First-class packages
  • December 18: Priority Mail
  • December 23: Priority Mail Express


In order for your packages to be delivered by Christmas Day, UPS is urging customers to ship their packages by the following deadlines:

  • December 21: 3-Day Select
  • December 22: 2nd Day Air services
  • December 23: Next-day Air services

If you’re using ground shipping, UPS has an online calculator to help you determine when your package will arrive in addition to an online tool to check for an accurate quote.


If you couldn’t help but send those holiday packages at the very last minute, FedEx may be the option for you for getting them to their destination on time. Here’s a list of FedEx shipping deadlines:

  • December 9: Ground & Freight Economy
  • December 15: Ground & Home Delivery
  • December 21: Express Saver
  • December 22: 2Day & 2Day-AM
  • December 23: Overnight services
  • December 24: Same-day services