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Last minute shoppers packing the malls before Christmas

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WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Christmas is just days away, but last minute shoppers were still out Saturday night looking for the perfect gift. 

Even at 9 p.m., the mall was packed with people who left the bulk of their shopping for the last weekend before Christmas. 

Hundreds of cars filled the West Farms Mall parking lot as shoppers hoped to find special gifts with just days to spare. 

"It was bad because we didn't know what to get anyone this year so we kind of went in not knowing, we didn't have a map or an idea of what stores to go to, we just did window shopping and found gifts for loved ones," said Laurell Marinelli. 

Marinelli and her boyfriend Michael Albert started and finished all of their shopping withing just a few hours. They said busy schedules are to blame for the rush. 

"We've just been pretty hectic, I've been working doubles at works, she's in nursing school. Being busy this time of year is hard," Albert said. 

With relatively short lines and even some unexpected sales today, they got exactly what they wanted. 

"We got like ten people, we got his family and my family, so we made out good," Marinelli said. 

One family went to the mall and waited almost an hour to take photos with Santa. 

"We both work full time, so it's just kind of hard, everyone is off on the weekends so we had to do it, it had to be done," said Emily Guivas. 

Tony Walters made his list and checked it twice, but he said he's not even close to getting everything he needs. Luckily, he still has a few more days left. 

"I didn't get everything. Tomorrow is another day, another mission," Walters said. 

The Westfarms Mall usually closed at 9:30 p.m., but extended holiday hours kept the mall open until 11 p.m.

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