UPS, FedEx, USPS holiday shipping deadlines announced – here's what you need to know:

 A FedEx drop box sits next to a US mail box at the announcement of FedEx and the US Postal Service''s business aggreement June 19, 2001 in Washington, DC.
A FedEx drop box sits next to a US mail box at the announcement of FedEx and the US Postal Service''s business aggreement June 19, 2001 in Washington, DC. Photo credit Greg Whitesell/Getty Images

Even Santa has deadlines to hit.

The U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx have released recommended shipping dates for items to arrive at their destination by Christmas Day.

Live On-Air
new york's country ninety four seven
New York’s Country 94.7
Listen Now
Now Playing
Now Playing

USPS (Continental U.S.)
- Retail Ground Service: Dec. 15
- First-Class Mail Service: Dec. 17
- Priority Mail Service: Dec. 18
- Priority Mail Express Service: Dec. 23

USPS (Alaska)
- Retail Ground Service: Dec. 2
- First-Class Mail Service: Dec. 18
- Priority Mail Service: Dec. 18
- Priority Mail Express Service: Dec. 21

USPS (Hawaii)
- Retail Ground Service: N/A
- First-Class Mail Service: Dec. 17
- Priority Mail Service: Dec. 17
- Priority Mail Express Service: Dec. 21

FedEx
- Ground Economy: Dec. 9
- Ground and Home Delivery: Dec. 15
- Express Saver: Dec. 21
- Two-Day and Two-Day AM: Dec. 22
- Overnight Services: Dec. 23
- Same Day: Dec. 24

UPS
- Ground: Pricing here
- Three-Day Select: Dec. 21
- Two-Day Air Services: Dec. 22
- Next-Day Air Services: Dec. 23

Other shipping deadlines – plus information on mailing for international and military destinations – are also available via USPS, FedEx and UPS.

In 2020, mail carriers were stacked with millions of additional shipments for the holidays, as many Americans opted for virtual family gatherings during the winter surge. With the coronavirus pandemic's continued crunch on the worldwide supply chain, continued social distancing and the implementation of the U.S. Postal Service's cost savings plan, these dates are more important than they've been in years.

Mark your calendars accordingly.