After a long day of cooking, football games, eating, drinking, eating more and enjoying time with our families, most of us, well, me at least, just wants to sleep. But for others, post-Thanksgiving nighttime activities commence with Midnight Madness...looking for bargains around town while others snooze.
Here's what's going in the wee hours of the night when the leftovers are safely wrapped in the fridge at the start of the 2013 shopping season. Note that a number of stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day, while others are holding out for midnight on Black Friday.
Camarillo Premium Outlets: The Outlets are getting a jump on Midnight Madness as nearly 40 stores open at 6pm Thanksgiving Day, another 10 at 8pm, 5 more at 9pm, 4 at 10pm and the final 2 at 11pm. Then on Friday, stores will be open from midnight until 10pm. Visit www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/sales.asp?id=20 for details.
The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks: Select stores are opening late on Thanksgiving Day, including nearly 20 stores at 8pm, including JCPenney and Macy's, then another few open at 10pm. When the clock strikes midnight on Friday morning, another 32 stores and eateries open (hey, how cool would it be to order a Hot Dog on a Stick at 3am...well, now's your chance). Then there are some stragglers, including Swimspot at 5am, another 7 stores (including Paciugo Gelato...yum!) at 6am, then not but not least Nordstrom opens at sleep-friendly 8am along with 7 other stores. Details at shoptheoaksmall.com/Events/Details/188700.
Most Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day, and will remain open until 10pm on Friday. Local area Toys"R"Us stores in Thousand Oaks (Janss Marketplace), Calabasas, Oxnard, Simi Valley (Simi Valley Town Center), Ventura and Woodland Hills.
The Pacific View Mall in Ventura follows suit on Thanksgiving Day with 18 stores opening at 8pm, including Macy's, Target, JCPenney and Sears and a handful of others at 9pm to 10pm. Then all stores open at midnight. I want to know...who's going to be chowing down at Panda Express at 9pm after a big turkey dinner!? Well, I guess the good thing is that they don't serve turkey there! More details at shoppacificview.com/events/BlackFriday_2013.
Most Macy's stores across the country open at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day until 10pm on Friday. Imagine spending 14 hours straight in a Macy's! Now's your chance! There are Macy's at The Oaks in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley Town Center, as well as in Woodland Hills. More at www.macys.com/index.ognc.
At The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard, Century Theaters are open from 10am to 10:30pm on Thanksgiving Day and Target and ULTA open at 9pm. Then at midnight, several more stores open for business.
Best Buy Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Woodland Hills and Simi Valley Town Center locations open at 6pm on Thanksgiving night and stay open until 10pm on Friday. The Oaks Mall Best Buy hours are 8pm on Thursday to 9pm on Friday.
Walmart has Black Friday specials starting at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day news.walmart.com/news-archive/2013/11/12/walmart-announces-plans-for-black-friday-2013.
That should be enough to start your holiday spending sprees early in the game!