2023 Holiday Shipping Cutoffs

The following are the recommended “send-by-dates” for expected delivery of cards, letters and packages by Sunday, Dec. 25 in the contiguous U.S. (lower 48 states):

  • USPS Ground Advantage: Saturday, Dec. 16
  • First-Class Mail: Saturday, Dec. 16
  • Priority Mail: Monday, Dec. 18
  • Priority Mail Express: Wednesday, Dec. 20

Christmas shipping deadlines for Alaska:

  • USPS Ground Advantage: Saturday, Dec. 16
  • First-Class Mail: Saturday, Dec. 16
  • Priority Mail: Monday, Dec. 18
  • Priority Mail Express: Wednesday, Dec. 20

Christmas shipping deadlines for Hawaii:

  • USPS Ground Advantage: Saturday, Dec. 16
  • First-Class Mail: Saturday, Dec. 16
  • Priority Mail: Saturday, Dec. 16
  • Priority Mail Express: Wednesday, Dec. 20 

Christmas deadline for shipping military destinations:

Here are the deadlines for holiday packages sent to Air or Army post offices, Fleet Post Offices or Diplomatic Post Offices. 

  • USPS Ground Advantage: Monday, Nov. 6
  • First-Class Mail: Saturday, Dec. 9
  • Priority Mail: Saturday, Dec. 9
  • Priority Mail Express Military Service: Friday, Dec. 15

Priority Mail Express Military Service is not available for APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 093.