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Last-Minute Christmas Shoppers Rush to Bay Area Stores, Events

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There is just a week until Christmas, and stores were hoping “Super Saturday” brought lots of shoppers looking for those final gifts.

Some people came out to Chinatown to enjoy a festive atmosphere.

“I feel like here is amazing. Santa is amazing. A lot of people are really friendly here. They greet you,” said Felix Chan of Chicago.

Businesses are hoping with a week before Christmas, there will be plenty of people who may still have some shopping to do. The National Retail Federation predicts stores and websites will draw more than 148 million shoppers on what they call “Super Saturday,” which is the final Saturday before Christmas.

But with the strong early holiday shopping number, people might not have much left to buy.

Experts said the surge in COVID-19 cases could also have an impact. But the weather in the Bay Area on Saturday was perfect for shopping and supporting small businesses.

Nonprofits and volunteers put out a "winter wonderland" event in San Francisco's Chinatown. There were plenty of things for visitors to see and do in the area.

Organizers of the event said they hope people will remember the businesses.

"We’re really encouraging the public to come out and patronize these local businesses to keep Chinatown alive," said Linda Phung, an organizer for the Chinatown Winter Wonderland.

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