Last-minute holiday shoppers crowd Albuquerque stores

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Last-minute holiday shoppers were out in full force on Christmas Eve.

“Of course I’m shopping for my wife,” said Christopher Sandoval.

“We are shopping for mom,” said Jop Urquieta.

Holiday celebrations are already here, but before a large group of New Mexicans can kick back with Jolly Old Saint Nick, they have one major task to finish.

“I’m shopping for my grandma, my little sister and my brother,” said Mariah Anaya.

“I am trying to find some stuff for my wife,” said Sandoval.

Last-minute shoppers packed Albuquerque’s Coronado Mall on Thursday.

It was a similar sight at ABQ Uptown.

“There are a bunch of people. The parking is crazy,” said Sandoval.

“I have seen everyone holding a bunch of bags all day, so you know everyone is doing a lot of last minute shopping,” said Lara Karatas.

Lara Karatas works at Coronado selling personalized ornaments.

She said she can’t keep up with the high demand.

“We are running out of things very quickly,” said Karatas.

Sandoval says he’s used to the late holiday scramble.

“Every year I think I’m going to start a month early and then the next thing I know I’m doing the same thing the day before or a couple of days before trying to get everything done,” he said.

A lot of places are staying open later for Christmas Eve this year.

Coronado and Uptwon closed at 6 p.m. Cottonwood was open until 7 p.m. Target in Uptown was open until 11 p.m.

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