The holiday season is fast approaching.  Chances are, this means you'll have to visit the mall at least once to grab some holidays gifts for someone(s) you love.  As cheery as everyone says the holiday season is, a trip to the mall during it can be a dreadful experience; throngs of people, few and far between parking spaces, and terrible traffic make going to the mall during the holidays quite the stressful experience.  

Here are some important holiday hours for Tampa area malls to make planning your shopping experience at bit easier.

International Plaza and Bay Street
Typical Holiday Weekday Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  (Dec. 1tth - Dec. 23rd 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Typical Holiday Weekend Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Sundays. (Sat. Dec. 19th: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun. Dec. 20th: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
Christmas Eve:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pictures with Santa: Mondays through Thursdays: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Fridays: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturdays: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sundays: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Beginning Dec. 11th: 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Sundays: 12 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Dec. 24th: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m, must be in line by 4 p.m. to see Santa before he leaves of the North Pole.

Pet Photos with Santa: Sunday mornings beginning Nov. 11th from 7 - 9 a.m. in the Grand Court, available for dogs and cats, All pets must be on a leash or in a lightweight cage with a harness.  All pets must be up-to-date with their shots. Park under Bay Street in the parking garage and enter through the double doors labeled Pet Photo Entrance.

For a full schedule of holiday hours at International Plaza, visit https://www.shopinternationalplaza.com/visit-hours/mall-hours

Westshore Plaza
Typical Holiday Weekday Hours: Monday - Thursdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., (10 a.m. - 10 p.m. beginning Dec. 7th)
Friday Hours: Dec. 7th: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Dec. 14th: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday Holiday Hours: Dec. 8th: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Dec. 15th: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday Holiday Hours: Dec. 9th 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Dec. 16th: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Pictures with Santa: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

For a full schedule of holiday hours at Westshore Plaza, visit http://www.westshoreplaza.com/hours

Hyde Park Village
Typical Holiday Weekday Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday Holiday Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday Holiday Hours: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For a full schedule of holiday hours and activities at Hyde Park Village, visit http://www.hydeparkvillage.com

Westfield Brandon Mall
Typical Holiday Weekday Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 7th: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Typical Holiday Weekend Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays (9 a.m. to 10 p.m. beginning Dec. 8th), 11 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 6th, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9th, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16th and 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Sunday, December 23rd. 
Christmas Eve - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pictures with Santa - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays beginning Dec. 7th.

For a full schedule of holiday hours and events at Westfield Brandon Mall, visit http://www.westfield.com/brandon/holiday/hours/

University Mall
Typical Holiday Weekday Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Typical Holiday Weekend Hours - 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Christmas Eve - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For a full schedule of holiday hours and events at University Mall, visit http://www.universitymalltampa.com/CenterInformation.aspx
 

Westfield Citrus Park Mall
Typical Holiday Weekday Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 7th: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Typical Holiday Weekend Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays (9 a.m. to 10 p.m. beginning Dec. 8th), 11 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 6th, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9th, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16th and 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Sunday, December 23rd. 
Christmas Eve - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pictures with Santa - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays beginning Dec. 7th.

For a full schedule of holiday hours and events at Westfield Citrus Park Mall, visit http://www.westfield.com/citruspark/holiday/hours/

The Shops at Wiregrass
Typical Holiday Weekday Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Week of Dec. 17th: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Typical Holiday Weekend Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, 11 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Christmas Eve: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pictures with Santa: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. beginning Saturday Dec. 5th. weekend hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

For a full schedule of holiday hours and events at The Shops at Wiregrass, visit http://theshopsatwiregrass.com/event/holiday-hours/2145464070/

Happy Holiday Shopping from your friends at 813area!