YONKERS N.Y. ‒ Stores were jam-packed and the lines long as last-minute shoppers from Yonkers and throughout Westchester flocked to the Cross County Shopping Center on Christmas Eve.
The Yonkers shopping center has been busy around-the-clock with holiday shoppers, said mall marketing director Liz Pollack.
"People are doing their best to get whatever they needed to before it's too late,” she said. "While it's not overwhelmingly crowded right now, it's certainly going to pick up a little bit later during the afternoon. We haven't had any problems so far. Rather, everything has been going smoothly and everyone has been happy with holiday spirit."
Dean Keays was out shopping for less than an hour, but managed to get everything he needed.
"The mall really isn't as crowded as I thought it would've been on Christmas Eve," he said. "I guess it's still early in the day, which is exactly why I came at this time. I hate long lines, and I just wanted to get a few things, so it worked out perfectly for me. I got what I needed to. Now it's time to get home and start eating with my brother."
At The Body Shop, manager Giovanni David said sales have been good and shoppers have been coming in as expected.
"People have been flowing in and lines have been moving pretty well," he said. "I wouldn't say that sales are better or worse than last year, just that things are different. I think that people have a lot of things on their mind right now, so it may have impacted their shopping priorities. But overall, things are going great, and for the most part people know what want, which makes things much easier."
Donna Nava was one of countless Yonkers residents shopping on Christmas Eve.
"I had to do some last-minute shopping even though I was here the other day," she said. "Things worked out nicely for me because I brought my daughter and she was able to sit on Santa's lap, something I know she really wanted to do. As for me, shopping on Christmas Eve isn't the most fun thing to do, but at least it's not too crazy. I'm just ready to spend time with my family on Christmas."
The Cross County Shopping Center is open until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and closed Christmas Day.