Central Florida shoppers flood stores for last-minute gifts, groceries

Orlando's outlets packed as shoppers buy items for Christmas


ORLANDO, Fla. – Shoppers all over Central Florida flooded the stores to get last-minute gifts and groceries for Christmas Day.

Judy Gambrell said it isn't Christmas without her standing rib roast, and more importantly, her son.

"He's from Virginia, in the military, coming a day after Christmas so we're ready," she said.

The managers at the Publix in Winter Park Village told Local 6 the day before Christmas is busier than the day before Thanksgiving. Some of the hot items flying off the shelves include wine, flowers and baking ingredients.

Like every year, Orlando's outlets were packed.

"Horrendous. I've been looking around for parking for about 30, 35 minutes now, finally found one," said Vishwa Shah, who is visiting his grandfather.

Some shoppers created their own parking spots.

"I just said forget it. I'm going to jump the curb. I saw the car in front of me do it. I did it behind them," said Madairies Boyd.

Sky 6 captured the scene around the Mall at Millenia and if you made it down East Colonial Drive, you may have seen the line out the door at HoneyBaked Ham.

"I was expecting maybe in and out, and I called this morning and they said they had the ham and turkey, but I didn't quite prepare for a 30-minute wait," said Matthew Bennett.

If you still have some last-minute shopping to do on Christmas Eve, Publix closes at 7 p.m., Toys 'R Us closes at 9 p.m. and Target is open until 10 p.m.

"Family. Family makes it worth it to me," said Gambrell.