The 2018 holiday season kicks off this week as family and friends gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving with holiday traditions including mapping out Black Friday shopping strategies in order to catch some of the best deals.
For those planning to finish up their turkey day meals then camp out for early Friday morning deals, bundle up. The current forecast is calling for a chilly Friday with a high of 46 degrees and rain moving in during the evening. For those getting a jump on Black Friday and hitting the stores Thursday night, there isn’t expected to be any rain in your way.
As always, the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office advises everyone doing late night and early morning shopping to be vigilant and observant when exiting and returning to their vehicles, and to never hesitate to contact 911 if needed.
“Be sure not to leave packages in plain sight. There is not much more inviting to a thief than an unoccupied vehicle loaded with merchandise,” said Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson. “Protect your personal belongings, such as your purse and wallet. Never leave these unattended, but rather keep them close to your body.”
In addition to the on-duty patrol deputies, additional deputies will be performing security roles in several of the shopping centers along the GA 400 Corridor.
Black Friday seems to come earlier and earlier every year, with big chain retailers opening their doors to eager holiday shoppers as early as 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
This year, Walmart’s Black Friday deals begin in-store at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving as they did in 2017, but the retail giant has also planned to host in-store Thanksgiving parties beginning at 4 p.m. to bring in more shoppers.
Free coffee and holiday cookies will be available at the in-store parties.
North Georgia Premium Outlets will also be opening its doors at 6 p.m. Nov. 22. The outlets will stay open until 2 a.m. then will reopen at 6 a.m. for Black Friday.
The mall will remain open until 10 p.m. Friday.
Individual outlets have set their store hours, so if there are particular stores you want to stop by, it’s best to check the outlets website or call the stores directly to double check their holiday hours.
The holiday hours at the mall will carry into the weekend, with the mall being open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 24 and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 25.
If Black Friday shopping isn’t your thing and you’d rather find locally crafted gifts for your loved ones, the annual Jingle Market in downtown Dawsonville will be back Dec. 1. From 3 to 8 p.m., stop by the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame to find home decor, arts, crafts, gifts and much more.
And if staying nice and cozy in your house and shopping on your computer is more your style, Amazon’s Black Friday deals are going on until Nov. 23. If you can hold out a few more days, Cyber Monday will be offering even more online deals.