Some of my most organized friends have had their Christmas shopping done since Halloween, but for me "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving, represents the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Once Thanksgiving is over, I can really get into the spirit of the winter gift-giving holidays.
Salt Lake area merchants are providing lots of extra shopping hours for Black Friday this year, plus special events, giveaways and entertainment to add an extra festive air to your holiday shopping experience.
Tired of navigating midnight crowds Thanksgiving night, dazed from tryptophan, knowing you're going home to a sink full of dirty dishes? When downtown is your destination for Black Friday, stop by Bambara for a Black Friday Brunch from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Prices are a la carte and range from $2 - $16. Shoppers wanting to "shop 'till they drop" can simply drop into bed at Hotel Monaco with the 'Black Friday' package, including deluxe accommodations in the heart of downtown, overnight valet parking for one car, a $25 gift certificate to City Creek Center, and a welcome gift upon arrival. Rates start at $155.
Reservations recommended: 801-363-5454
City Creek Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday. Shoppers can enjoy the mall's new holiday decorations and fountain shows and get photos taken with Santa. City Creek offers a "virtual line" for Santa photos, so shoppers can register for a turn to take a photo, then enjoy shopping while waiting for a text message notification when it's time to take the photo.
Note: Some City Creek stores have extended hours for Black Friday - check individual store websites for more information.
Lots of holiday shopping gets done at discount stores like Walmart, Kmart and Target, or at specialty stores like Best Buy and Toys R Us. The website black-friday.com offers sneak previews of most major retailers' Black Friday ads. Many stores, such as Target, open as early as 8 p.m. Thursday for overnight shopping.
Fashion Place Mall opens at midnight on Black Friday, with all shops opening by 6 a.m. Macy's and Carter's will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Register for the mall's e-club to receive offers by email and register for a chance to win $5,000.