"This figure has jumped 13 percent from past year, showing that consumers are increasingly eager to take advantage of the great sales retailers are putting on".
Jewelry and electronics stores were the main draws but sporting good stores were also a hub of activity.
Sears is open from 8:00 a.m.to 6:00 p.m.
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Halifax Transit buses will be operating on holiday service schedules on Dec.25 for Christmas Day, and Boxing Day on December 26.
HRM recreation facilities, with the exception of the Oval, will be closed on Christmas Day.
Saturday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) - Stores close at 6 p.m.
For last-minute shoppers, several retail stores and grocery stores in Wichita Falls will be open Christmas Eve. The HSR Information Line will only be open from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. on December 25.
While bags were full, feet were shuffling, and money was changing hands shoppers say they don't like waiting until the last minute to finish their Christmas shopping, many of them saying they get it done well before the holidays. Known as Boxing Day, the observance started out as a respite for servants to visit family and also to receive gifts from their employers - which came in Christmas boxes.
Saturday is the final day of shopping before Christmas, and just a handful of stores remained open for the evening.
The Accessible Transportation Services (ATS) Officer will be open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. throughout the holiday period, except for December 26 and 27.
If you're still looking for a gift for the tech lover on your list, Best Buy will be open on Christmas Eve. Most other stores will be open until midnight Christmas Eve and 8 a.m.to 10 p.m. Christmas Day.
JCPenney's will be open 7 a.m.to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
Barnes and Noble 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. "It's usually the 24th we go out on".
Schools, the DMV, and the library are closed Saturday.
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