Last-minute shoppers battle the cold on Christmas Eve

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Shoppers at the Garden City Center in Cranston fought through freezing temperatures on Christmas Eve Saturday to finish their last-minute shopping. With a high temperature of 17 degrees and a real feel of near zero degrees for most of the day, the shoppers in Cranston didn’t let the frigid temperatures shake their holiday spirit.

“It’s very cold, very windy,” said Trinity Tavares, who was shopping on Christmas Eve. “The faster you walk the faster you get it done,” she added.

Those like Trinity braving the elements, following their usual habits of waiting until Christmas Eve to go out to get their shopping done, even if it meant walking around in below-freezing temperatures.

But the cold temperatures, likely deter some would-be shoppers on Saturday. The Garden City Center was not as busy as most would expect, with many open parking spaces available, the smaller turnout a pleasant surprise to most of the shoppers trying to find last-minute gifts for family and friends.

“No, no one’s out,” said Cory Maroney. “It’s cold, and nobody’s out here, [but] Sweener’s is open,” added Billy Jones.

For some shoppers, like the Harrington family, the thrill of finding gifts on December 24th is an annual tradition.

“We’re feeling good. We completed our shopping,” said Sean Harrington, who was at the Garden City Center shopping with his two kids. “We got it all done, [and we] feel good about the purchases. We always come to Garden City last minute, but it is colder than usual.”

Some shopping on Christmas Eve told ABC6 News they originally planned to go shopping Friday, but because of the heavy rain and wind that hit New England, were forced to push those plans back a day.

“I hope that everybody got gifts, and I hope [the cold] didn’t affect their last-minute gifts,” Harrington said.

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