2018 Holiday Shipping Dates

Of the three major shipping companies, The United States Postal Service (USPS) alone should deliver 900 million packages+ along with about 15 billion pieces of mail this 2018 holiday season!

USPS, FedEx, and UPS strive to make sure customer packages will arrive at their destinations on time for the holidays. However, it’s a good idea to check with your Postal Connections staff regarding shipping date deadlines to ensure on time arrival.

Here are the latest holiday schedules to ensure Christmas domestic delivery for USPS, FedEx and UPS. The bottom line though, is that this is not guaranteed because estimated delivery dates and times will depend on the package’s origin and destination, as well as possible unforeseen weather conditions but it’s still a good bet these holiday shipping dates will be accurate under normal circumstances.

2018 Holiday Shipping Dates | Postal Connections


(Shipping service cutoff dates to ensure Christmas delivery)

  • Retail Ground – Friday, Dec. 14
  • First Class Mail – Thursday, Dec. 20
  • Priority Mail – Thursday, Dec. 20
  • Priority Mail – Express Saturday, Dec. 22


(Shipping service cutoff dates to ensure Christmas delivery)

  • SmartPost Services – Monday, Dec. 10
  • Ground – Friday, Dec. 14
  • Home Delivery – Monday, Dec. 17
  • Express Saver – Wednesday, Dec. 19
  • 2 Day Services Thursday, Dec. 20
  • Overnight Services Friday, Dec. 21


(Shipping service cutoff dates to ensure Christmas delivery)

  • Ground – Friday, Dec. 14
  • 3 Day Select – Tuesday, Dec. 18
  • 2nd Day Air Services – Thursday, Dec. 20
  • Next Day Air Services – Saturday, Dec. 22

For detailed carrier-specific holiday shipping information and updates, ask your Postal Connections employee about which service is right for you. Postal Connections also offers expert packaging services, even for those oddly shaped items, and we can ship anywhere in the world!