Kids’ toys and scrunchies were on the top of Lydia Davies’ Christmas list while she was shopping Friday morning at Manhattan Town Center.

Davies and her friend Charlene Delawder, both of Leonardville, took advantage of deals both on Thanksgiving day and Black Friday to maximize their shopping experience ahead of Christmas.

“It’s a tradition with me and my girls,” Delawder said.

“We get to have fun girl time,” Davies continued.

Accompanying the women were their daughters.

Manhattan Town Center’s parking lot was full as people like Delawder and Davies streamed into the shopping center to pick out gifts and enjoy a festive morning.

In addition to shopping, people had the opportunity to take photos with “Snowlaf,” based on the snowman character from the movie “Frozen.”

People also took in festive decorations and a large tree spruced up with glittering ornaments and lights.

Mother-daughter duo Brenda Staub, of Olsburg, and Rachel Weber, of Wichita, enjoyed bonding and people-watching Friday while on the hunt for some festive Bath and Body Works candles.

Ultimately, they accomplished their goal.

“I’m done shopping for Christmas,” Staub said. Another shopper, Robin Loader, of Manhattan, visited JC Penney on Thursday and came again to shop Friday morning. She said she has never started this late in the year for Christmas shopping.

While out and about, Loader reconnected with friends at the mall.

“I just like to see all the people out shopping,” she said. “That’s what, you know, is kinda cool to see.”

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