Here Are Your 2013 Christmas and Holiday Shipping Deadlines

What's the latest to send a package this year to ensure pre-Christmas delivery? We run down the options for J-Town.

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If you're the type to put off holiday shopping until the last minute, not to worry—there are plenty of speedy ways to ship your items nationwide and ensure that they'll arrive before Dec. 25.

Below is a rundown of USPS, UPS, and FedEx deadlines for pre-Christmas arrival. Cost, of course, goes up with the speed of the service.

The absolute latest option nearby? FedEx Same-Day on Dec. 25.


U.S. Postal Service 

DEADLINES - Last day to ship
  • First Class Mail  Friday, Dec. 20
  • Priority Mail  Saturday, Dec. 21
  • Express Mail  Monday, Dec. 23


  • Hopatcong Post Office, 32 Durban Ave.
    Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-noon
  • Sparta Post Office, 2 Main St., Suite 1
    Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-noon

For a full calendar of USPS holiday shipping deadlines, visit here.



  • SmartPost delivery: Thursday, Dec. 12.
  • Fed Ex Home Delivery or FedEx Ground: Monday, Dec. 16.
  • FedEx Express Saver: Thursday, Dec. 19.
  • FedEx 2nd and FedEx 2nd a.m.: Saturday, Dec. 21.
  • FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight or FedEx First Overnight: Monday, Dec. 23.
  • FedEx SameDay: Wednesday, Dec. 25.


FedEx Rockaway, 
321 Mt Hope Ave., 973-328-0686
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday noon-6 p.m.
  • Last Daily Express Dropoff
    Monday-Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday - No Pickup
  • Last Daily Ground Dropoff
    Monday-Friday 6 p.m.
For a full calendar of FedEx holiday shipping deadlines, visit here.




  • Normal pickup and delivery service: Friday, Dec. 20.
  • UPS Worldwide Express, UPS Worldwide Express Freight, UPS 2nd Day Air: Saturday, Dec. 21. (Pickup service provided for regular Saturday pickup customers of air and international shipments only, or if prearranged by Friday, Dec. 20.)
  • UPS Next Day Air: Monday, Dec. 23.
  • UPS Express Critical service for urgent packages: Tuesday, Dec. 24. (Pickup service available for air and international shipments if prearranged by Monday, Dec. 23).
  • UPS Express Critical service for urgent packages: Wednesday, Dec. 25.

UPS 179 Route 46 #9, Rockaway, 973-586-1100

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Ground Pickup Time Monday-Friday 6 p.m.

For a full calendar of UPS holiday shipping deadlines, visit here.


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