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UPS holiday shipping dates

Here's a look at the last days to ship within the U.S. so that packages arrive by Christmas Eve.


The holiday season is in full swing! Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Hanukkah and Cyber Monday have passed.

Keep these dates handy to ensure packages arrive by Christmas.

During this busy time, UPS wants to ensure timely delivery of all your holiday packages by Tuesday, Dec. 24. (Remember: UPS Express Critical® service is available 24/7, 365 days a year, including Dec. 24 and 25.)

Use the chart below to see at a glance the last shipping dates for Dec. 24 arrival:

Last Days to Ship to Arrive by Christmas  

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Domestic ShipmentsTues., Dec. 17Wed., Dec. 18Thurs., Dec. 19Fri., Dec. 20Sat., Dec. 21Sun., Dec. 22Mon., Dec. 23Tues., Dec. 24
3 Day Select  X     
2nd Day Air   XX**   
Next Day Air      X 
Express Critical***       X


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*Transit times for UPS Ground depend on origin and destination ZIP Codes, typically one to six days.

**Service is available at regular Saturday pickup accounts, including The UPS Store® locations (service times vary by location).

***UPS Express Critical service is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-714-8779 or visit

NOTE: UPS provides international deliveries to more than 220 countries and territories. Transit times and service options vary by country. Since all nondocument shipments require customs clearance, shipping early is advised.


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