Important Dates for Holiday Shipping

Last days to arrive by Christmas

Monday, Dec 10, 2012  |  Updated 4:20 PM EDT
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Monday is expected to be the busiest day of the year for FedEx, with an estimated 19 million packages being shipped that day alone.

See the dates you need to keep in mind whether you're shipping via FedEx, UPS or the U.S. Postal Service, if you want your package to arrive by Christmas:


  • Home delivery: Tuesday, Dec. 18
  • Ground: Tuesday, Dec. 18
  • 2Day: Thursday, Dec. 20
  • Standard Overnight: Saturday, Dec. 22
  • Priority Overnight: Saturday, Dec. 22

All dates are for domestic shipping only. See other services and shipping destinations here.


  • Normal pickup and delivery: Thursday, Dec. 20
  • 2nd Day Air: Thursday, Dec. 20
  • Next Day Air: Friday, Dec. 21
  • Next Day Air and 2nd Day Air if labeled for Saturday Delivery: Sat., Dec. 22

U.S. Postal Service

  • Parcel Post: Friday, Dec. 14
  • Shipping to military: Monday, Dec. 17
  • Most international shipping: Wednesday, Dec. 19
  • First-class Mail: Thursday, Dec. 20
  • Priority Mail: Friday, Dec. 21
  • Express Mail: Saturday, Dec. 22

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