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.
01 of 09
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.
02 of 09
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 Caffe Niche for a Black Friday Brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Prices are a la carte and no reservations are required.
779 East 300 South
03 of 09
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 6 p.m. Thursday for overnight shopping.
04 of 09
Fashion Place Mall will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday. Some stores will have extended hours - check individual store websites for more information.Register for the mall's e-club to receive special offers by email.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Tanger Outlets in Park City opens at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night then closes at 2 a.m. then opens again for Black Friday at 6 a.m. Check out the deals for each store, updated daily.
06 of 09
The Gateway's stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Black Friday. Check the Gateway website for a listing of Black Friday specials at Gateway stores.
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08 of 09
Black Friday Midnight Madness starts at 12 a.m. at the Southtowne Center. There will be door busters at midnight, prizes at the top of every hour, Hot Coco stations, and live music from Kurt Bestor and One Voice Children's Choir.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Valley Fair Mall will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday. There will be live broadcasts, as well as giveaways and prizes, including a trip for two to Las Vegas.