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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 military, international or U.S. destinations, the U.S. Postal Service has announced the dates those packages must be in the mail. So has FedEx and UPS.

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

Post Office Locations

In the Manchester and Town and Country area, there are U.S. post offices at 14373 Manchester Road in Manchester and at 1100 Town and Country Commons in Town and Country.

Postal Service Shipping Deadlines

Shipping Service
Deadline Parcel Post
Dec. 14 International locations*
Dec. 10 First-Class Mail 
Dec. 20 Priority Mail 
Dec. 21 Express Mail 
Dec. 22

Military Shipping Deadlines*

Parcel Post service to all APO/FPO/DPO addresses was Nov. 13. Priority and First Class Mail must be sent by Dec. 3 to APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093, and Dec. 10 to all other military addresses. 

*The deadline for Dec. 25 delivery to Africa and Central and South America is Dec. 3. For more details on military and international mailing, visit the USPS website.

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. 

The closest FedEx Office Print & Ship Centers are located in 1012 Town & Country Crossing, where the phone number is 636 527-8904 and at 14834 Manchester Rd. in Ballwin. That number is 636 391-4801.

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 in both Town and Country in Lamp and Lantern Village and in Manchester.

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