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Singing group surprises mall shoppers with musical flash mob

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With Christmas just a week away, people all across East Tennessee are heading to their local malls looking to complete their shopping lists.

Knoxville malls currently have extended hours so they can accommodate the thousands of shoppers they expect to enter their doors.

According to the National Retail Federation, there's expectation the amount of holiday sales in America will be up four percent over last year, and mall manager David Huesser told us retailers in West Town are already seeing some of that success.

"I can tell you the traffic has been great, the sales have been good, you see the stores have good sales, you see lots of customers in the mall, they're walking by with bags, so I say it's good," he said.

All of that shopping can make things a little bit stressful for shoppers, but Tuesday they got some relief in the form of a musical surprise.

About 40 women, also known as the "K-Town Sound" worked to spread holiday cheer to the shoppers.

Scattered across the mall, at first they were unassuming. Then, they sprung into action, a singing flash mob. One by one they came off the sidelines in song. Before anyone knew it, the acapella aficionados were at the center of the mall.

"It brings in memory of family, it brings in memory of food and most importantly it brings in memory of the birth of baby Jesus Christ," said Senta Hester, who watched part of the concert in the mall.

K-Town Sound is always looking for new members. You can find more information on their website.

If you're waiting until the very last minute to do your holiday shopping, don't panic. As of now, the average person still has half their lists left to complete.

But retailers are taking notice. According to shop.org's more than 43 percent of retailers say they will offer free expedited shipping through December 20th or 21st. Plus, 13 percent of companies say they'll offer shipping promotions until December 22.
 
West Town and Knoxville Center malls are open super late right now for last-minute shoppers.

Here are the extended hours for West Town during the holiday season:

12/17 - 12/20: 8am - 11pm (Holiday Hours)
12/21: 7am - 11pm (Holiday Hours)
12/22: 7am - 11:59pm (Holiday Hours)
12/23: 8am - 11pm (Holiday Hours)
12/24: 7am - 6pm (Christmas Eve)
12/25: Closed (Christmas Day)
12/26: 7am - 10pm (Holiday Hours)
12/31: 9am - 8pm (New Year's Eve)

Here are the extended hours for Knoxville Center:

12/17 - 12/21: 8am - 11pm (Holiday Hours)
12/22: 7am - 11:59pm (Holiday Hours)
12/23: 7am - 11pm (Holiday Hours)
12/24: 7am - 6pm (Christmas Eve)
12/25: Closed (Christmas Day)
12/26: 7am - 10pm (Holiday Hours)
12/27 - 12/29: 10am - 9pm (Holiday Hours)
12/30: 12pm - 6pm (Holiday Hours)
12/31: 9am - 8pm (New Year's Eve)

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