LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - You'd be surprised to find out just how many people were still shopping for last-minute presents this afternoon.
That's partly because Park Plaza and McCain Malls experienced different shopping hours this year.
Some shoppers told us they were just out to be out and enjoy the rush. While others, of course, were picking up last minutes items.
“Out here spending time with the family,” said one shopper visiting family from New York City.
“We're just out here last-minute shopping,” another said.
The malls were open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today with no extended shopping hours for Christmas Eve, something a little different from previous years.
“We really weren't sure what to expect with traffic, with people having church this morning. But once church started to let out we really started to see a big increase,” said Park Plaza Marketing Director Alicia Easley.
She can't remember the last time the holiday has fallen on a Sunday, but weekend crowds didn't disappoint.
Is last minute shopping becoming a trend?
“People have to shop. And I understand sometimes you might wait until the last minute, you have to do what you have to do,” a shopper said.
“There are still a few people left. We do close at six, so there will be a few minutes left to get in here and shop if you need to,” said Easley.
Super Saturday, the day before Christmas Eve, was the biggest shopping day for the mall this year. Easley thinks it may have even rivaled Black Friday.
“Honestly I hate to say it but there are a lot of men. The jewelry stores have been packed today. There's all people and all demographics, but definitely seems to be a little more men today,” Easley said with a laugh.
Some shoppers admit there's a little excitement behind the rush of waiting until the night before Christmas to get the remainder of their shopping done.
“That's what a lot of people do, they wait until the last minute to catch sales at different stores,” said a shopper.
One couple out at Park Plaza this afternoon said they felt much safer this holiday season knowing the mall implemented it’s curfew, where kids 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or adult.
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