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Helpful Hints: Holiday Package Shipping Deadlines for Christmas 2012

Want those cards and packages to arrive in time for Christmas? Find out the drop-dead dates from the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS.

If you want Santa Claus to arrive on time with holiday packages to U.S. destinations, the U.S. Postal Service has announced the dates those packages must be in the mail. So has FedEx and UPS.

Here's what you need to know to get your packages to their destinations on time.

Post Office Location

The Dormont Post Office is at 3038 West Liberty Avenue and the Brookline Post Office is at 612 Brookline Boulevard.

Postal Service Shipping Deadlines

Shipping Service Deadline Parcel Post Dec. 14 International Locations (Past due) Dec. 10 First-class Mail Dec. 20 Priority Mail Dec. 21 Express Mail Dec. 22

FedEx Deadlines

The deadline for FedEx Ground delivery by Christmas is Dec. 17. FedEx overnight services sent by Dec. 22 will get you there on time. And FedEx Same Day service will be operating on Christmas Day. 

There is a FedEx Office store located in Norman Centre. The address is 1720 Washington Rd.

UPS Deadlines

The UPS schedule notes that packages can be sent by air, international and ground by Dec. 20. UPS Next Day Air packages picked up on that day will arrive Friday, Dec. 21. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up that day will arrive on Dec. 24. 

There is a UPS store located at 2400 Oxford Dr. near the Home Depot.

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