Last Minute Christmas Shoppers Crowd Malls

CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)– It`s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially at the mall.

With many schools already out and folks off work or at least off early, the Chesterfield Mall is a very busy place Friday but everyone seems to be in a good mood.

It was hard to find a parking place during lunchtime and business has been steadily growing ever since.

According to a study by Visa, about 75 percent of holiday shoppers still have some shopping left to do. And on average they will spend about $300 between now and Christmas.

By this weekend it is almost too late to shop on line unless you want to pay for rush shipping.

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Friday evening, it seemed every parking spot was taken and there was standstill traffic to get in to the South County Mall parking lot. That didn’t stop some shoppers from getting in the holiday spirit.

Meanwhile over at West County Mall, the standstill traffic on Manchester Road was bringing out the Grinch in quite a few drivers.

We caught up with a mall employee making the trek to work. When we asked her about working at the mall, she said, “Awful. Be polite to the people at the mall, that’s all I really have to say. They’re working hard.”

Back at South County Mall, the long lines weren’t only in the parking lots – kids and their families waited well over an hour to meet Santa. 

Despite the hustle and bustle, something about seeing the man in white brought smiles to the faces of many, taking a step back and counting down the days until Christmas morning.

Some mall employees have noticed what seemed like an increased police presence on property. In light of recent tragedies, increased security certainly doesn’t hurt.