US post offices will have shortened hours, early collections on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve

santamailmanWASHINGTON — Post Offices nationwide will be open Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, and New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31. Most Post Offices will shorten retail lobby hours and close at noon on these dates. Regular mail delivery will be unaffected by the change.

Revised hours will be posted at each Post Office and commercial customers are asked to check with their business mail entry units for specific information regarding holiday hours of operation.

Blue collection boxes having final collection times before 12 p.m. will not be affected by these changes. However, collection boxes with final collection times scheduled after that may be collected early. Therefore, mail should be deposited into these mailboxes by 12 p.m. for early pickup Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Customers requiring postal services later on those days are encouraged to contact their local Post Office. Customers also may call 1.800.ASK.USPS for additional information.

Areas where Post Offices may have different hours from this schedule will issue local media announcements specific to their locations.

Post Offices will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Only Priority Mail Express will be delivered on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. All Post Offices will be open and regular mail delivery will resume Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

For the most up-to-date holiday information, go to: There you’ll find holiday mailing and shipping deadlines, packing tips and information about Letters to Santa. Information is also included about all of the Postal Service’s holiday forever stamps, including Christmas: Holy Family Stamp, Christmas: Virgin and Child by Jan Gossaert, Eid Stamp, Gingerbread Houses, Global Evergreen Wreath International Stamp, Hanukkah Stamp, Kwanzaa Stamp and Poinsettia Stamps.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

  • willnotgopostal

    What the hell! They just keep doing things to make it worse on the customers of the USPS!!!

    • Eric Simon

      Nothing new they have been doing this for years so why the surprise?

  • willnotgopostal

    But Eric, it is much worse now than in the past! With all the plant closures/consolidations, the mail gets to the carriers much later than it use to. When I carried, and were at work by 6:30am and back by 3pm. I only carried in the dark twice andi was very unsure if the mail was being delivered to the right houses. It was hard to drive on the dark work the light on and the mail boxes & houses weren’t always numbered. I was actually scared when I tried to deliver in the dark on foot. I was a sub and didn’t know the route like the regular carrier would have. Now the carriers on Lubbock ate getting out late which means they are going to come back in later. It doesn’t shock me that Postal management doesn’t care. Most of them never have and they never will!