ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Thousands of people packed local shops and congested Rockford's streets as they desperately tried to get their last second Christmas gifts before the holiday.
The National Retail Federation says there are still millions of people who haven't completed their holiday shopping here in the US, and most decided to wait until today to do so. Local Best Buy manager Travis Lee says he Christmas Eve is usually about as busy as every other day leading up to Wednesday's Holiday.
"It's been a little bit hectic," said Lee, "but we're here and we're here to serve the customers."
Most area shops planned on closing in the early evening and plan on reopening on Thursday.