Sure, everyone tries to cross off all the items on their Christmas to-do list, but invariably there's going to be some last minute gift you still haven't gotten, or some holiday specialty you somehow forgot.
That's where a trip to the mall comes in, one that can fill you with dread thinking of the crowds who all have similar chores on their minds.
For the procrastinator in you, Quaker Bridge Mall will be open today from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23 from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., and – if you really like to cut it close – you can do some last minute shopping on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bridgewater Commons will be open today through Sunday, Dec. 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Freehold Raceway Mall will be open today through tomorrow from 7 a.m. to midnight. They will open on Christmas Eve at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.
Woodbridge Center will be open today and tomorrow, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. They will be open on Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Down the road on Route 1, Menlo Park Mall will be open the same days and hours as Woodbridge Center in the countdown to Christmas.
Just remember: individual stores (particularly anchor stores) may have different hours than the main mall. Call to make sure before you set out on your trip.