Your shopping list for Christmas most likely includes gifts that will be mailed to someone right? According to the U.S. Postal Service those packages need to be posted by a certain date to ensure a timely delivery.

  • December 4 - APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • December 11 - APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • December 14 - USPS Retail Ground
  • December 18 - APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express
  • December 20 - First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
  • December 20 - First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • December 20 - Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • December 20 - Priority Mail
  • December 20 - Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • December 22 - Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
  • December 22 - Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
  • December 22 - Priority Mail Express

KSFY TV is reporting that the Sioux Falls Postal Service will have extended hours:

Main Post Office, 320 S. Second Avenue
Saturday, December 3, 10 and 17: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Mondays and Fridays through December 23: Opening early at 7:30 AM
Saturday, December. 24: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM (Dutch door open for package pickup only)

Meadows Postal Store, 2501 S. Louise Avenue
Saturday, December 3, 10 and 17: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Mondays and Fridays through December 23: 8:30 AM-6:00 PM

This year our post office employees will be handling around 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages to be delivered this holiday season.