Northlake mall has welcomed the holiday shopping season with a festive display as shoppers arrived in droves to shop for Christmas presents.
It opened its doors at 8am and closed at 10pm on December 25.
The mall is home to some of the city’s largest chains, including Target and Macy’s.
There were already over 8 million visitors during the peak of the holiday season, but the mall was able to maintain the same shopping mood and pace as it has for the last couple of weeks.
Candy-coloured lights, Christmas trees, giant lights and an enormous Christmas tree have been erected in the mall.
A Santa Claus and a reindeer decorated Christmas tree sit atop a Christmas tree, as shoppers look on.
Some customers were even seen carrying snow-melted snow in their hands as they walked through the mall on Christmas Eve.
Kirk and Carol Moore, of South Florida, said they have been visiting Northlake for the past two years.
“We’ve been here so many times.
It’s just a beautiful sight to see,” Carol Moore said.
They had bought a large Christmas tree to bring to their daughter’s birthday party and the next day they had it taken down to put in a new tree.
She was so excited when they showed up to find the tree in a different state.
“She was like, ‘Wow!
What are we going to do with it?'”
Carol Moore added.
Carol Moore said she’s never been to Northlake before, but was so happy she brought a gift from the store.
Kimberly Moore, who is visiting from Florida, was thrilled to see the Santa Claus.
“We love Christmas.
It brings back a lot of memories and we just want to enjoy the holiday,” Kimberly Moore said, before stopping to take a picture with the Santa.
Several holiday decorations were put up around the mall during the Christmas Eve parade.
Staff from Northlake’s department store, Nordstrom, also brought their decorations to the mall, along with Santa Claus merchandise.
Nordstrom, which is based in North Lake, was also at the mall celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with shoppers.
In addition to Santa Claus, Nordstom also brought Santa’s sleigh and a giant snowman for shoppers to ride.
This is the first time a Christmas parade has taken place in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, said Macy’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Tom Schaffer.
Macy’s, which has been in the North Lake mall for decades, opened at 6am and was closed at 11pm on Thanksgiving Day.
While the mall has been closed for the holidays, the mall is expected to open on Christmas Day.