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Holiday Shipping

Holiday Shipping with UPS

UPS has been hard at work to ensure a smooth 2018 holiday season and to provide the reliable service that you trust us to deliver year-round. In preparation of the surge in online ordering that is expected during the holiday season, we have been expanding our global smart logistics network, which will provide increased capacity, real-time technology and operational efficiencies. 

Rest assured, we are ready to deliver during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Holiday Shipping Resources

Learn more about ways to manage your holiday shipments through the UPS Access Point network and by registering for UPS My Choice® service. Download our 2018 year-end holiday schedule below for quick access to important shipping dates, holiday service guarantees and last days to ship.

Please note that commitment times for Air and International Air packages scheduled for delivery December 17 – 31 are being extended. Delivery times for UPS Next Day Air® Early and UPS Worldwide Express Plus® services will be extended by 90 minutes and all other Air and International Air services will be extended to end-of-day.  View the holiday season service guarantees in our 2018 year-end holiday schedule below.

Download Our 2018 Year-End Holiday ScheduleOpen the link in a new window

The most up-to-date transit time details will be available at Calculate Time and Cost at the time of shipping. Note the following last days to ship to help ensure delivery before Christmas Day for the following service levels:

  • UPS 2nd Day Air®: Thursday, December 20 (delivery on Monday, December 24)
  • UPS Next Day Air®: Friday, December 21 (delivery on Monday, December 24) 
  • UPS On-Call Pickup® for UPS Next Day Air: Saturday, December 22 (delivery on Monday, December 24)

Peak surcharges may apply to shipments during designated peak shipping periods. To learn more about these surcharges and when they apply, view our UPS Peak Surcharges. As a reminder, packages that exceed UPS weight or size limitations are not accepted within our package network.

Create Holiday Shipments

Whether you're shipping toys, gadgets, cookies or golf clubs, the holiday shipping process can be made easier when you use UPS. Just look to our expert packaging  advice, then start your shipments online.

Pack Like a Pro: Packaging Guidelines

Packaging Advisor: Toys, Electronics, and More

Start Your Shipment Online

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead can help reduce costs and stress, and ensure your packages arrive on time.

Solve a Problem

Missing a package? Inclement weather? We're committed to solving your problem as quickly as we can.