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UPS Holiday schedule 2018: Everything you need to know about Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s

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Does UPS® deliver on Christmas? What about Thanksgiving? When you’re sending last-minute packages to your friends and family this holiday season, the one thing you really want to know is whether they’re going to arrive in time for the big day! Here’s what UPS has planned for the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays:

Does UPS deliver on Thanksgiving?

Good news! UPS delivery for Thanksgiving week is available. Even on Thanksgiving Day—when standard UPS pickup and delivery isn’t available—the UPS Express Critical® service can ensure that your packages get to where they need to go. Check out the UPS delivery schedule for Thanksgiving right here:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 21: Normal pickup and delivery service. All UPS Next Day Air® packages picked up today will be delivered on Friday, Nov. 23. UPS 2nd Day Air® packages picked up today will be delivered on Monday, Nov. 26 (except those processed and labeled for delivery on Saturday, Nov. 24).
  • Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day (UPS Holiday): No UPS® pickup or delivery service. UPS Express Critical® service is available.
  • Friday, Nov. 23: UPS pickup and delivery service in all areas.
  • Saturday, Nov. 24: Delivery of UPS Worldwide Express®, UPS Next Day Air and UPS 2nd Day Air packages processed and labeled for Saturday Delivery. Pickup service available for UPS Air and international Air packages for regular Saturday pickup customers. UPS On-Call Pickup® service is available to all customers for UPS Air and international Air packages. Pickup and delivery of UPS® Ground on Saturday packages will be available in many metro area ZIP codes.

Does UPS deliver on Christmas?

The UPS Christmas schedule enables you to send and have packages received all the way up to Christmas Eve, while UPS Express Critical® services ensure that your most important packages arrive safely on time, even if you need to have them received on Christmas Day.

  • Monday, Dec. 17: UPS pickup and delivery service. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will be scheduled for delivery on Thursday, Dec. 20. UPS 3 Day Select packages picked up today will be scheduled for delivery on Friday, Dec. 21.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18: UPS pickup and delivery service. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will be scheduled for delivery on Friday, Dec. 21. UPS 3 Day Select packages picked up today will be scheduled for delivery on Monday, Dec. 24.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19: UPS pickup and delivery service. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will be scheduled for delivery on Monday, Dec. 24.
  • Thursday, Dec. 20: UPS pickup and delivery service. This is the last day to ship UPS 2nd Day Air packages for delivery on Monday, Dec. 24. UPS 2nd Day Air service may also be available for delivery on Saturday, Dec. 22. These packages must be processed and labeled for Saturday Delivery, which is not available to all ZIP codes. All UPS Next Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Friday, Dec. 21.
  • Friday, Dec. 21: UPS pickup and delivery service. This is the last day to ship UPS Next Day Air packages for delivery on Monday, Dec. 24. UPS Next Day Air service may also be available for delivery on Saturday, Dec. 22. These packages must be processed and labeled for Saturday Delivery, which is not available to all ZIP codes.
  • Saturday, Dec. 22: Delivery of UPS Worldwide Express, UPS Next Day Air and UPS 2nd Day Air packages processed and labeled for Saturday Delivery. Pickup service is available for UPS Air and international Air packages for regular Saturday pickup customers. UPS On-Call Pickup service is available to all customers for UPS Air and international Air packages. Pickup and delivery of UPS Ground on Saturday packages will be available in many metro area ZIP codes.
  • Monday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve: UPS delivery service. Pickup service available only for Air and international Air packages if prearranged by Thursday, Dec. 20. UPS On-Call Pickup service and UPS Drop Boxes are available for Air and international Air packages.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25, Christmas (UPS Holiday): No UPS pickup or delivery service. UPS Express Critical service is available.

Does UPS deliver on New Year’s Eve?

Yes, pickup and delivery is available throughout the week leading up to New Year’s Day. With UPS Express Critical® operating on New Year’s Day, you never have to worry that your most important packages aren’t going to reach their destination in time. Here is everything you need to know about UPS holiday hours this New Year’s Eve:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 26: Normal pickup and delivery service. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Friday, Dec. 28. UPS 3 Day Select packages picked up today will be delivered on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
  • Thursday, Dec. 27: Normal pickup and delivery service. UPS Next Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Friday, Dec. 28. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Monday, Dec. 31 (except those processed and labeled for delivery on Saturday, Dec. 29).
  • Friday, Dec. 28: Normal pickup and delivery service. UPS Next Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Monday, Dec. 31 (except those processed and labeled for delivery on Saturday, Dec. 29).
  • Saturday, Dec. 29: Delivery of UPS Worldwide Express, UPS Next Day Air and UPS 2nd Day Air packages processed and labeled for Saturday Delivery. Pickup service available for UPS Air and international Air packages for regular Saturday pickup customers. UPS On-Call Pickup service is available to all customers for UPS Air and international Air packages. Pickup and delivery of UPS Ground on Saturday packages will be available in many metro area ZIP codes.
  • Monday, Dec. 31: Delivery of UPS Air and international Air packages only. Pickup service available only for Air and international Air packages if prearranged by Thursday, Dec. 27. UPS On-Call Pickup service and UPS Drop Boxes are available for Air and international Air packages.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1: New Year’s Day (UPS Holiday): No UPS pickup or delivery service. UPS Express Critical service is available.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 2: Normal UPS pickup and delivery service resumes.

Download a printable copy of our 2018 year-end UPS holiday schedule.

Find Out More

  • Need it there immediately?

    24/7, 365. UPS Express Critical is our fastest shipping service.

    Learn more about UPS Express Critical®
  • Santa can come on Saturday, too

    With UPS Ground on Saturday, you can schedule pickups and receive deliveries six days a week.

    Learn more about Saturday delivery
  • Don’t need overnight shipping?

    UPS 2nd Day Air has you covered. Guaranteed delivery to every address throughout the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico, and free UPS packaging included to protect your presents.

    Find out more about 2nd Day Air
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