The tills are expected to be ringing at stores across Leeds as shoppers flock to the high street for the last shopping weekend before Christmas.
Stores in the city have reported busy trade during the Christmas period with many retailers slashing prices and others reporting their belief that the strengthening British economy was
David Maddison, general manager at Trinity Leeds said: “2015 has brought with it a significant increase in consumer confidence at Trinity Leeds, which has grown in the last couple of months leading up to Christmas.
He added: “We also expect Boxing Day to be equally successful as savvy shoppers head out in force to take advantage of the discounts. We have also added two extra hours on the 26th, so we are open from 9am right through till 8pm.”
Francesca Simpson, marketing manager at the White Rose shopping centre in Leeds, said: “The run up to Christmas 2015 has been a particularly busy period for the White Rose shopping centre. This is partly due to the fact that many of our resident retailers are holding sales that are too good for shoppers to miss.
“We also believe that the strengthening British economy is encouraging more people to spend this year.”
The Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, urged people to get back to basics this Christmas saying: “Christmas is fundamentally a celebration of God being down to earth.”
Routes across Leeds and other parts of the region are also expected to be busy today as shoppers search for last minute bargains and gifts and visit friends and relatives, while others are expected to begin the Christmas getaway.
The Highways Agency has previously pledged that it will finish many of the roadworks across the UK in a bid to help make people’s Christmas getaway as pain free as possible.