No need to wonder whether there's time for last-minute details

SHIPPING

Customers can wait as late as Wednesday to have packages reach their destinations before Christmas. Wednesday is the last day the U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx offer options that ensure delivery by Friday.

Here's what you need to know about shipping your packages in time:

USPS

Packages sent on Wednesday must go express mail to make it in time for Christmas.

UPS

Packages that go out Wednesday must be sent next-day air to reach their destination by Friday.

FEDEX

Standard overnight, priority overnight and first overnight should make it in time.

FROLICKING

Here are a few places to see holiday lights:

GROVETOWN: Lights of the South (above) is open 6-10 p.m. daily through Dec. 30. Admission is $7.50 adults, $4 children ages 4-17, free for children 3 and younger. It's closed Christmas.

AIKEN: Hopelands Gardens is open 5:30-9:30 through Wednesday and on Saturday. Shuttle service from the Goodwill parking lot is offered from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

EVANS: Fernbrook Crossing neighborhood, off North Belair Road, has four homes listed on The Chronicle 's Christmas lights Web site.

GET A PREVIEW and a map of light displays at apps.augusta.com/holidays/map

SHOPPING

Retailers have extended hours as shoppers head into the home stretch. Here are places to get what you need and when you can get it:

AUGUSTA MALL: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. today and Tuesday; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; closed Friday; and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday

TARGET: 8 a.m. to midnight through Wednesday; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; closed Friday; and 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday

WALMART: Closing 8 p.m. Thursday; reopening 6 a.m. Saturday

KROGER: Closing 7 p.m. Thursday; reopening 7 a.m. Saturday

PUBLIX: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. through Wednesday; closing 7 p.m. Thursday; reopening 7 a.m. Saturday

BI-LO: 6 a.m.- midnight through Wednesday; closing 7 p.m. Thursday; reopening 6 a.m. Saturday

FOOD LION: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. through Wednesday; closing 7 p.m. Thursday; reopening 7 a.m. Saturday